FARGO, N.D. — Elyria High’s Dylan Shawver ended his run at the Cadet Freestyle National wrestling championships Monday at the FargoDome with a win — and a feeling he has what it takes to do even better.
Already assured of All-America status for the second year in a row, the sophomore dominated fellow two-time All-American Joshua Ogunsanya 12-2 to take fifth place at 113 pounds.
“That showed a lot,” Shawver said. “In the end, I have the drive to succeed.”
Mick Burnett, another Elyria sophomore, came away talking about his drive, as well, even though he had to settle for sixth at 120 pounds.
Burnett, who earned All-America honors in his first trip to nationals, lost 12-2 to two-time All-American and national prep champion Trevor Mastrogiovianni of New Jersey, who is ranked 10th in the nation.
“Even if I did win it, it would still drive me to do better,” Burnett said of his fifth-place match. “The lower I finish, the more it will drive me to succeed next season.”
In a field of 1,153 wrestlers, it was a good showing for both.
For Shawver, who became the school’s first two-time Cadet Freestyle All-American, it was proof of how good he can be and of how far he still has to go.
“I can take a lot out of here,” Shawver said. “It shows how much I’ve worked. Knowing I came a little bit short from where I finished last year (fourth) means I need to work a little bit harder. It’ll drive me a lot to do better and push more so I can improve to be the best that I can.”
Shawver’s best was plenty good as he beat some of the best around, including two-time Georgia state champ Jaxon Smith, Michigan and Iowa state placers Brody Kemper and Cody Anderson and regional runner-up Maxx Mayfield from Nebraska.
As for Burnett, it took two state champions — Dominic Serrano of Colorado and Caleb Tanner of Oklahoma — to knock him into the fifth-place match. Before that he defeated Illinois state champ Jacob Lindsey and Minnesota regional champ Jack Svihel.
“I’m proud,” Burnett said. “I’m a little disappointed in how I finished, but overall I think I wrestled pretty good.”
Elyria senior Josh Breeding (132) will have plenty to build on after his fourth trip to Fargo. While the state placer didn’t earn All-America status in Junior Freestyle, the Princeton commit came within two-tenths of a second of advancing in the consolation rounds against South Carolina state champion Trevor Mansfield.
Breeding actually closed a seven-point deficit and was tied and in line for the win on a tiebreaker when Mansfield pushed him out of bounds with less than a second to go for a point and a 21-20 win.
“It was a tough match,” Breeding said. “It just shows if you take a break for a little bit, it’ll cost you. It’s really going to push me to achieve my goals in the season and do the most I can. You can’t dwell on it forever. You just have to move and go to the next thing.”
What Breeding can dwell on is a weekend in which he picked up three wins and knocked off two-time state placer and Arizona runner-up Angelo Pool.
Midview’s Ariah Snyder (127) was injured in camp and was unable to compete in Cadet Freestyle. According to Ohio coach Lauren Lourvie, they are trying to see if she can compete in the Junior division, which begins Wednesday.
Avon’s Luke Masisak was injured in camp and won’t wrestle in the Junior Greco-Roman tournament.
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