Jesse Porter was an All-American at Fargo a year ago in Greco Roman action when he grabbed fourth at 132. In 2013, Porter moved up several weight classes and up a few spots higher on the podium as he earned second place at 152 pounds behind Nick Reenan of Texas, the same opponent he faced in the medal round in 2012.
It was a back and forth affair with a number of flurries in the title bout. After the first period, the score was knotted at 3. Then Porter got off to a good start in the second with a body lock and throw that led to a 6-3 advantage. However, his opponent responded with a takedown and exposure with just under a minute and a half to go on the path to a 9-6 triumph.
Porter, a Shenendehowa and Journeymen wrestler, simply dominated in his pool, capturing all seven of his matches by pin or technical fall and giving up just two total points. He will try to pick up even more hardware when the Cadet Freestyle event commences later in the week. (At the New York State championships in Binghamton back in May, Porter cruised to titles in both international styles).
Also high on the podium for the Empire State was James Bethel, who took third. After dropping his first contest in Fargo to eventual runner up Jordan Wood by one point, Bethel went on a six-match winning streak, including a pin over fifth placer Kyler Childers and a 7-0 technical fall over Shane Coombs in the bronze bout.
Joining Bethel on the medal stand at 220 was Garyn Huntley, who grabbed sixth after picking up four victories at the event. He notched two pins and two technical falls.
One more All-American was crowned from New York – Nassau County’s Nick Casella at 120 pounds. Casella began Day 2 the same way he finished the first day of competition – with a victory (over Roshaun Cooley of Pennsylvania). He concluded pool action with a 6-2 record, earning a spot in medal round against Raul Nevarez of Idaho in the 75-person 120 pound bracket. The Section 8 wrestler trailed 8-2 in the opening period but took over from there on the way to a 13-8 final and seventh place.
Coming within one win of the podium was Leonard Merkin of Poly Prep, who went 4-1 on the opening day of the event, but lost his first contest on Monday to Conner Noonan of Oregon at 132 pounds.
Updates from the Junior Greco Roman tournament, which began on Monday, will be coming later.
Other Participants from New York in the Cadet Greco Roman tournament were:
88: Drew Schafer, Justin Lopez, Oscar Lainez
106: Sean Miller, John Luke Destefano
113: Taylor Picciano, Evan Barczak
126: Ian Lupole, Christian Briody, Michael Berkowitz
138: Frank Jilling, Zachery Bendick, Sam Ward
145: Kevin Parker, Gino Titone, Jordan Bushey, Logan Brunick
152: John Vouzonis, William Marcil
160: Vance Cuffie, Collin LaBombard, Zafar Iskandarov, Andrew Cummings
170: Jacob Woolson
182: Joseph Sabia, Colby Stayley
195: Aidan Mathews
285: Peter Strassfield