Prep wrestling: Local trio secures All-American status

Prep wrestling: Local trio secures All-American status

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Prep wrestling: Local trio secures All-American status

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Three area wrestlers earned All-American status after the first day of competition at the 2014 USA Wrestling Junior and Cadet Folkstyle Nationals in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Friday.

Two Rivers’ Paul Bianchi (113) and Ty Pelot (126) along with Kiel’s Matt Halverson (285) are among a contingent of eight wrestlers competing for X-Factor Elite wrestling club.

In order to reach All-American standing, a wrestler must place eighth or higher in their respective weight class. After Day 1, Bianchi, Pelot, and Halverson have all accomplished that feat. Bianchi and Pelot can still finish as high as third and no lower than eight.

Bianchi is competing in the cadet division, while Pelot and Halverson are in the junior division.

Halverson, who is in the semifinals, will finish in at least sixth.

The former Kiel standout went 2-0 on the day with a pair of pins. He is slated to face Jake Minshew of California in the semifinals.

Bianchi posted a record of 5-1 on the day. He opened up competition with back-to-back pins before being upended by Alec Hagen (Missouri) 8-0 in the third round. Bianchi rattled out three straight victories to end the day.

Pelot went 4-1. He started out with three consecutive wins, including a pin against Brandon Kile, a Nebraska state champion. Pelot then fell to two-time Nevada state champion Joshua Temple in sudden victory, 4-2, in the quarterfinals. He rebounded by pinning Utah state champion Bracken Lovell in 3:26 in the final match of the night.

Manitowoc Lincoln’s Jose Acosta (126) competed in the cadet division, but was eliminated. He finished the tournament with a record of 2-2.

Wrestling resumes today at 8:30 a.m.

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