Michigan State Spartan Wrestling Places Two on Junior Greco-Roman World Team

Michigan State Spartan Wrestling Places Two on Junior Greco-Roman World Team

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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Competing at the UWW Junior World Greco-Roman Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, April 25, Michigan State wrestling's Cameron Caffey (87kg) and Peyton Omania (67kg) each placed first in their respective weight classes to earn spots on the Junior Greco-Roman World Team. Caffey, Omania, and the rest of the Junior World Team will represent the United States at the Junior Greco-Roman World Championships held August 12-18 in Tallinn, Estonia.

"Representing yourself, country, and school is something every wrestler dreams of at a young age, now they get to go do it" said Michigan State head wrestling coach Roger Chandler. "This is great for them and our program. We have something special happening in East Lansing and this is just validation that our wrestlers are developing."

Omania and Caffey each have decorated Greco-Roman backgrounds, with Omania a member of the Junior World Team that traveled to Trnava, Slovakia last summer. Omania was also a Cadet World Team member in 2016. A runner-up at the U.S. Open last season, Caffey traveled to Fortaleza, Brazil as a member of the Junior Pan-American team and took home two gold medals (Greco-Roman, 87kg and Freestyle, 92kg) at the 2018 Junior Pan-American Championships.

At 67kg, Omania stormed through the first two rounds of action, winning by fall (0:43) in round one and superiority (8-0, 1:18) in round two. In the semifinals, Omania defeated Dominic Damon, 9-4, to advance to the finals against No. 2-seeded Brandon Peak. The No. 1-seeded Omania, defeated Peak, 2-0 in a best of three series that featured wins by 6-4 and 7-4 margins.

Caffey was dominant at 87kg, finishing the day with three wins by fall. After a first round bye as the No. 1-seed, Caffey defeated his quarterfinals opponent, Thomas Bentley, by superiority (8-0). Caffey went on a tear through the remainder of his opponents, defeating Connor Bourne by fall (1:07) in the semifinals before pinning Keaton Fanning in back-to-back bouts in the finals to secure his spot on the Junior World Team.

"It was great to see how well both Cam and Peyton competed today," said Chandler. "They controlled and dictated all of their matches from beginning to end."

Also competing for the Spartans on Thursday were Rayvon Foley (60kg) and Brad Wilton (97kg). Wilton took fourth place on Thursday after wrestling back to the third place bout.

Michigan State continues action at the 2019 Marine Corps U.S. Open on Friday where Nathan Atienza (74kg), Layne Malczewski (79kg), Foley (57kg), Omania (70kg), and Wilton (92kg) will compete in the Junior Freestyle bracket. Caffey (86kg), alongside assistant coach Wynn Michalak (97kg) will compete in the Senior Freestyle bracket.

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