FARGO — Michael Shannon did not want a repeat of his freestyle experience when he began US Marine Corps Junior Greco-Roman competition on Thursday.
His goal — like everyone’s, to win a Fargo stop sign reserved for the top eight in each weight class contested throughout the week at the Fargodome — wasn’t realized, but it represented significant progress, particularly compared to the 0-2 freestyle experience the rising New Smyrna Beach senior had had on Sunday last.
It took two Pennsylvania wrestlers — Sam McMonagle on the front side and Noah Rice in the consis — to end Shannon’s tournament, but in between, he rolled up three wins and got pretty deep into the consi bracket.
Shannon jumped out to a 6-2 lead over McMonagle with a minute left in the first period, but McMonagle then racked up seven takedowns in succession for a 16-6 superior victory in the round of 128. And Nevada’s Tyson Cuamba ramped up a 5-0 lead through one period in the first consi-side match, and it looked like a second 0-2 day.
But Shannon wasn’t ready yet, with two 4-point turns and a takedown for an 11-5 points win over Cuamba, building on that in the subsequent round against Montana’s Brady Ellison, with a 4-point turn and two takedowns en route to a 10-0 superior victory (4:11).
However, the third consi-side round against Texas’ Joshua Moreno took quite a bit, as Moreno built a 10-4 lead through the first period. Shannon needed every point to advance, with a takedown, 4-point turn, and then a takedown with four seconds to push past Moreno for a 12-10 points win. That sent him into a fourth consi round against Rice, and Rice pushed the pace early with a 4-point turn and subsequent takedown for a 6-0 first period lead. Shannon would get some momentum back with a takedown with 57 seconds left, but Rice answered with one of his own down the stretch, taking a 9-2 points win.
While Shannon had a solid run on Thursday, two other area wrestlers had a too-short stay.
Rising Bolles senior Jacob Witt and rising Lake Mary senior Dominic Rubino both had trouble getting offense started in their respective pairs of matches.
Witt fell on the front side of the bracket to Illinois’ Jalen Dunson (12-1 in 2 minutes) and in the consis to Georgia’s Carson Chalk (12-2, again in 2 minutes). For his part, Rubino also had losses on the front to Alaska’s Colton Parduhn (10-0 in 1:01) and Michigan’s Austin Matheney (10-0 in 1:47).
Results for all three wrestlers can be found below.
Round of 64: Jalen Dunson (IL) VSU1 Jacob Witt, 12-1, 2:00.
Consi 64 #2: Carson Chalk (GA) VSU1 Witt, 12-2, 2:00.
Round of 128: Colton Parduhn (AK) VSU Dominic Rubino, 10-0, 1:01.
Consi 64 #2: Austin Matheney (MI) VSU Rubino, 10-0, 1:47.
Round of 128: Sam McMonagle (PA) VSU1 Michael Shannon, 16-6, 5:16.
Consi 64 #2: Shannon VPO1 Tyson Cuamba (NV), 11-5.
Consi 32 #1: Shannon VSU Brady Ellison (MT), 10-0, 4:11.
Consi 32 #2: Shannon VPO1 Joshua Moreno (TX), 12-10.
Consi 16 #1: Noah Rice (PA) VPO1 Shannon, 9-2.