2022 USMC/USAW Junior and 16U National Championships

Fargo Team Preview: Oklahoma Is In The Hardware Hunt

Fargo Team Preview: Oklahoma Is In The Hardware Hunt

Several of the state's top standouts are absent from the Fargo entry list, but Oklahoma has an assortment of hammers capable of bringing home hardware.

Jul 6, 2022 by Andy Hamilton
Fargo Team Preview: Oklahoma Is In The Hardware Hunt

Oklahoma finds itself in somewhat of a revolving door situation with its roster heading into Fargo this year. While 2019 16U freestyle champ Cael Hughes is back and expected to be a force at 132 pounds after missing last year due to injury, three-time Fargo champ Jordan Williams isn’t on the entry list for a run at a fourth title. Similarly, several more of the state’s top standouts are absent from the Fargo list, but Team Oklahoma is still headed north with a squad that figures to collect plenty of individual hardware, including 2021 All-Americans Zane Donley, K.J. Evans and Talon McCollom and a mix of new hammers. 

2021 Freestyle Team Finishes 

16U — 18th  

Junior — ninth 

2021 Fargo All-Americans 

16U freestyle 

K.J. Evans — second at 152 

Clayton Giddens — seventh at 126

Talon McCollom — fifth at 160  

Junior freestyle 

Zane Donley — champion at 100 

Treshaun Tecson — third at 100 

Christian Forbes — fourth at 106 

Jordan Williams — champion at 145 

Harley Andrews — eighth at 285 

Hammers To Watch 

#9 K.J. Evans (Junior/152) — Registered five shutout wins in six matches last year during his run to the 16U freestyle finals, where he dropped a 10-9 shootout against Zack Ryder. The two-time state champion posted a runner-up finish this spring at the U17 World Team Trials. 

#7 A.J. Heeg (Junior/182) — An Oklahoma commit who his second state title in February. Heeg went 4-0 in freestyle last month at the Junior Duals, highlighted by a win against Ironman champ Brody Conley.  

#2 Cael Hughes (Junior/132) — Currently ranked 13th on the 2023 Big Board. The Oklahoma State recruit reached the Fargo finals in both styles back in 2019 in the 16U division and claimed a freestyle title that year. Hughes went 8-0 in freestyle last month at the Junior Duals with five techs, two pins and a win over third-ranked Kannon Webster. 

#10 LaDarion Lockett (16U/152) — Won the Ironman last December during his 38-1 freshman season, helping elevate him to #4 on the 2025 Big Board. Placed third this spring at the U17 World Team Trials. 

HM Jersey Robb (Junior/195) — A three-time state finalist and two-time champ who’s coming off two straight undefeated seasons. Robb is an Oklahoma State commit. He’s ranked #35 on the 2023 Big Board. 

HM Jace Roller (Junior/145) — Posted a 6-2 freestyle record last year in Fargo but fell a couple wins short of the podium after dropping 10-9 and 13-10 bouts. Claimed a state title in February and went 5-2 last month in freestyle at the Junior Duals, where he notched a win against then-#5 Brock Herman.  

#20 Kael Voinovich (Junior/152) — Coming off a 34-4 sophomore season that included a state title and a fourth-place finish at the Ironman. Went 4-1 at the Junior Duals.

Up-And-Coming Prospects Who Need To Be On Your Radar 

Colt Collett (16U/113) — Won a state title as a freshman in February and followed that up with a sparkling performance at last month’s 16U Duals, where he went 8-0 with seven techs and a pin. 

HM Zane Donley (16U/106) — Ran through his bracket last year in Fargo on his way to a Junior title at 100 pounds. This year, he’s back in the 16U division, which figures to be deeper and more competitive. 

HM Beau Hickman (16U/145) — Went 2-2 in freestyle last year in Fargo, where he dropped competitive matches to credentialed opponents. Captured a state title in February as a freshman at 132. 

HM Trae Rios (16U/138) — Coming off an 8-0 performance at the 16U Duals, where he registered four techs, three pins and a win by forfeit.