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Wilson places second at Nationals, Wisdom finishes fourth

FARGO, ND – Farmington wrestler Craig Wilson won 10 straight matches in the USA 2005 Asics/Vaughn Cadet & Junior National Championship held from July 23-30 in Fargo, North Dakota. Wilson took second place in the Cadet 125 Freestyle Division. His only loss came at the hands of Kellen Russell from High Bridge, New Jersey, who was the National Prep Champion in 2004.

Wilson had an easy go of it at the start with scores of 10-0, 5-0 and 10-0 in his first three matches, but things got tighter after that. Wilson won his next seven matches by a combined total of only 12 points. His wins were by a margin of less than two points per match. The last match a 4-3 win over Corey Jantzen of New York.

The 10 consecutive wins gave Wilson first place in the Red Division, and the division leader faced off with Russell, the Blue Division leader. Russell controlled the championship match, scoring four points in the first period and going on to a 6-0 win over Wilson.

Wilson finished third in the state championships this past season for Farmington High School.

Brad Wisdom wrestled in the 98 pound class of the tournament, and placed fourth. Wisdom won six of his first seven matches losing only to Anthony Valles of Connecticut. Valles went on to win the championship.

Wisdom earned a spot in the third place match and came up on the short end of a 7-0 score to Nick Lester of Missouri.

Mike Zaricor was the third Farmington wrestler to enter the tournament. Zaricor wrestled in the 140 pound Junior Class and went 1-2 in his matches.

Wilson and Wisdom were two of 28 wrestlers from Missouri who were All-American wrestlers by finishing in the Top 8 of their respective classes.

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