School’s Eli Pokorney had a nice week in North Dakota.
Pokorney went a
perfect 5-0 with two pins and a tech fall victory in picking up the 285
pound Greco title at the USA Wrestling Fargo Nationals at North Dakota State
University July 15-22.
“It was a good
experience,” Pokorney said. “I’ve been wrestling a lot of juniors, seniors
and recent grads. Now, I was wrestling kids my own age finally.”
victories over Wisconsin’s Logan Zschernitz, Colorado’s Santana Solano and
Pennsylvania’s Colby Whitehill in the first three rounds.
“You can’t be
sloppy in techinique,” Pokorney said. “Especially with the weight
difference. I was wrestling at about 230 pounds and giving up 40-50 pounds
every time out.”
A semifinal victory
over Tennesee’s William Taylor set up a final against South Dakota’s Nash
Hutmacher. Hutmacher beat Pokorney in the semifinals of the Freestyle
Tournament earlier in the week before going on to the title himself.
“It was nice to
come back and beat the kid that beat me in Freestyle,” Pokorney said. “He’s
a little more skilled in Freestyle. I have to change up my style a little
bit (at 285). It’s more positioning and technical.”
the match to the tune of a 4-0 win. He was named an All-American in both
“Every match I try
to stay more offensive,” Pokorney said. “My conditioning is always an
advantage. I can’t wait to go back and do it again.”
Davison finished third in the Freestyle Tournament and was seventh in the
Greco Tournament at 182 pounds.
Davison went 6-1 in
the Freestyle Tournament with four tech falls and two pins.
His victories came
against Illinois’ Cameron Caffey, Minnesota’s Trey Rogers, South Dakota’s
Devin Stork, Colorado’s Xavier Vazquez, Ohio’s Victor Marcelli and Iowa’s
All-American honors in both tournaments.
The third Trojan
competing was Danny Tolin in the 100 pound Freestyle Tournament where he
finished 2-2 overall.
came against Illinois’ Dylan Ragusin and Iowa’s Matthew Lewis.