LOS ANGELES, CA. – The 2018 Fargo Cadet Nationals is set to begin on Saturday, July 14th, at the Fargo Dome. Earning All-American honors is not an easy task as many of the top wrestlers throughout the country will be competing with hopes of catching the eye of a college coach and earn a scholarship.
The golden state will have a strong contingency of highly talented and already accomplished Cadets ready to make a name for themselves on the national stage. The Cadet Division is for 15-16-year-old wrestlers born between 2002 and 2003.
The finals, medal matches, and awards are set to take place on the main floor on Monday, July 16th. The following is a preview of the top Cadets from California to watch at Fargo.
Top California Cadets to watch
Ryan Franco (132lbs)
Franco has a remarkable freshman campaign for Clovis North that saw his advanced to the CIF state finals over quality opponents. However, Franco seems to be an even better wrestler in the international style of wrestling. He recently competed at the Junior Freestyle Duals where he completed a 4-1 record and was fourth at the UWW Cadet tournament. Additionally, he is a Fargo Cadet runner-up which should help him obtained a favorable draw and contend for a national title this week.
Maxximus Martinez (94lbs)
Martinez is one of the top incoming freshmen for the 2018-19 season in California and could be walking away from North Dakota next week with a national championship. A two-time Flo Reno World Champion, Martinez was close to becoming a Cadet World team member as he placed second at UWW Cadets. The 94-weight class is usually a small bracket, so All-American honors seems a lock for Martinez and a run to the finals is achievable.
Robert Paul Perez III (145lbs)
Only in middle school, Robert Paul Perez has accomplished many outstanding wrestling feats in his short career. He is a six-time CA-USAW Triple Crown Winner, USAW Cadet – Folkstyle Nationals Champion, Super 32 Middle School Champion, and a Pam American Schoolboy Freestyle and Greco-Roman Champion. Only left for him is to win a Fargo National Championship. With Robert’s track record on the mats, he should get a high seed and contend for a national title.
Maximo Renteria (120lbs)
Renteria, like Franco, had a breakout freshman season that saw him become the first ever ninth-grader state champion for Buchanan High. Just like Franco, Renteria is well-versed in the international style of wrestling as he was seventh at 55 kg at the UWW Cadet tournament. The 120-weight class is always a loaded weight with some outstanding wrestlers eager to make a name for themselves. This could be an excellent opportunity for Franco to achieve All-American honors and become a household name throughout the country.
Isaac Salas (126lbs)
Salas started strong during the 2017-18 season that saw him placed fifth at the Walsh Jesuit Ironman tournament for St. John Bosco. However, due to weight issues, Salas was not able to finish the season. Now at a more comfortable weight class, Salas, should make a run for All-American status and solidified his spot as one of the top 126-pound wrestlers in the country.
Others to watch
Alex Ramirez (132lbs) – 2018 Marines Western Regional-Freestyle Champion
Tyler Sepulveda (132lbs) – 2018 Northwest Cad/JR Freestyle Regional Champion
George Ruiz (138lbs) – 2018 Cadet Duals – Freestyle (5-1)
Tyler Badgett (152lbs) – 2018 Double Champion at Marines Western Regional
Maxwell Wilner (160lb) – 2018 NHSCA Champion
Nathan Haas (182lbs) – Two-time CA USAW Cadet Freestyle State Champion
Chris Island (220lbs) – 2018 Cadet Duals – Freestyle (5-0) and 2018 Folkstyle Cadet National Champion
Justin Darter (220lbs) – 2018 CA USAW Cadet Freestyle State Champion
Fargo Cadet Roster
88 – Logan Valledor
94 – Joseph Kosenko, Maxximus Martinez
100 – Zeth Romney
106 – Calvin Antonio, Carter Bailey, Isaiah Medina
113 – Johnny Lopez, Ko Ruiz, Oscar Aranda
120 – Christian Cabuag, Maximo Renteria, Raul Jimenez, Sergio Montoya
126 – Carson Prim, Gustav Petruske IV, Isaac Salas, Roman Carrillo
132 – Alex Ramirez, Cade Lucio, Christian Antonio, Donte Lopez, Isaiah Ramirez, Ryan Franco, Tyler Sepulveda
138 – George Ruiz, Nicolas Guynn
145 – Cael Valencia, Hassan Khan, Matthew Rodiguez, Robert Perez 111, Spencer Steiner, Tyler Okada
152 – Desi Lobos, Tyler Badgett, Valor Buck
160 – Jairo Rivera, Kristopher Darrin, Maxwell Wilner
170 – Alexander Hernandez, Kodiak Stephens
182 – Carsten Rawls, Nathan Haas, Zane Hake
195 – Peter Ming, Shane Hansen, Tristen Wilson
220 – Caspian Grabowski, Chris Island, Jacob Christensen, Justin Darter
285 – Josiah Hill, Lucas Cook, Taven Avila