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Over A Dozen US Age-Groupers Earn Medals at Holland’s ‘Easter Tournament’

Photo: Bill Sullivan

For the second year in a row, young American Greco-Roman athletes will be coming home from the Netherlands carrying a whole lot hardware.

Over the weekend at the famed Easter Wrestling Tournament in Utrecht, Holland, 15 US age-groupers from Legends of Gold earned medals, including seven champs. The total number of medalists is nearly double what it was a year ago for the US at the same event, when eight wrestlers managed to make the podium.

Best of all, there were a slew of repeaters in terms of both placewinners and participants from 2018 — important not only due to the obvious evidence of improvement but also because it means youths are maintaining interest in Greco.

Billy Sullivan (55 kg) and Kellyn March (63 kg) finished first for the second consecutive year, and both wrestlers project to have big futures in the sport once they advance past age-group competition. They were joined by first-time Easter Tournament champs Riley Hollingshead (55 kg), Sloan Johannsen (38 kg), Ayson Rice (41 kg), Gavin Chapman (57 kg), and 2019 U15 World Team member Joel Adams (48 kg).  Hollingshead, Rice, and Chapman all competed in this event last year, but none of them medaled. A lot can change in 12 months.

The tour, which continues on this week with a multi-national training camp, was organized by the aforementioned Legends of Gold team, the full-time wrestling training center located in South Dakota helmed by Terry Pack, father of Senior competitor Cody Pack (77 kg). Legends of Gold were crowned the 2019 Easter Wrestling Tournament team champions, with Budapest Honved and de Halter Ultrecht taking second and third, respectively.

2019 Easter Wrestling Tournament

April 20th-21st — Utrecht, Holland

Boys 18-20

55 kg

Billy Sullivan — gold

60 kg

Adam Allard — bronze

63 kg

Kellyn March — gold

72 kg

Garhett Gibson — 72 kg

77 kg

Austin Smith — 9th

Boys 15-17

45 kg

Trason Oehme — silver

51 kg

Otto Cate-Cribari — silver
Andy Meyer — 5th

55 kg

Riley Hollingshead — gold
Cannon Montoya — 13th
Ethan DeLeon — 16th

60 kg

Russell Nickerson — 21st
Payton Fridrich — 29th

65 kg

Lucas Slack — 9th

71 kg

Cody Kimball — 6th

80 kg

Matt Rodgers — 4th
Damion Schunke — 5th
Jayden Johnson — 14th

92 kg

Navarro Schunke — 5th

Boys 12-14

35 kg

Trevon Oehme — silver

38 kg

Sloan Johannsen — gold

41 kg

Ayson Rice — gold
Koltyn Grebel — 6th

48 kg

Joel Adams — gold
Koye Grebel — silver

52 kg

Ashton Keller — silver

57 kg

Gavin Chapman — gold

62 kg

Jarrett Roos — bronze

Boys 7-11

26 kg

Gage Lohr — bronze

29 kg

Carter Kendrick — 8th

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