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Oklahoma State wrestling: AJ Ferrari wins 2020 UWW Junior National title at 92 kilograms

The Cowboy freshman outscored his opponents 37-1 in the tournament.

Oklahoma State freshman AJ Ferrari celebrates his 6-1 win over Missouri freshman Rocky Elam to claim the UWW Junior Nationals title at 92 kilograms in men’s freestyle Nov. 15, 2020 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Oklahoma State freshman AJ Ferrari defeated Missouri freshman Rocky Elam 6-1 to win the United World Wrestling Junior Nationals at 92 kilograms in men’s freestyle on Sunday in Omaha, Nebraska.

Ferrari scored a blast double-leg takedown 49 seconds into the first period to take a 2-0 lead at the break. He was put on the shot clock in the opening minute of the second and scored a push out 20 seconds later off a shot attempt for a 3-0 edge.

Ferrari then kept Elam from scoring on the shot clock for another point and added another blast double-leg takedown before Elam avoided the shutout with a push out.

Ferrari outscored his opponents 37-1 in the tournament, with Elam scoring the lone point with only seven seconds remaining in the final match. With the win, Ferrari earned a bid to the 2021 Junior World Team Trials.

Anthony Ferrari, a 2022 prospect who listed OSU in his top three schools list and is a younger brother of AJ Ferrari, defeated Cal Poly redshirt freshman Legend Lamer by first-period technical fall to claim third place at 65 kg. Anthony scored one push out and four takedowns to secure the win and finish the tournament 7-1 with his lone loss to Virginia Tech sophomore and eventual runner-up Bryce Andonian by tech fall in the quarterfinals.

OSU sophomore Reece Witcraft was 3-2 at 57 kg and did not place. He started the tournament with three wins by first-period tech fall then fell 9-8 to Columbia sophomore and eventual runner-up Angelo Rini in the quarterfinals and 8-6 to Michigan commit Chance Lamer in consolations.

Victor Voinovich, a 2021 signee, went 5-2 to take seventh place at 65 kg. The Brecksville, Ohio native had three tech falls before a 5-4 loss to Cameron Picklo of Mustang, Oklahoma. Voinovich responded with a 12-4 win against Iowa State freshman Cameron Robinson then suffered a 4-1 loss to Lamer. Iowa’s Cobe Siebrecht forfeited the seventh-place match to Voinovich.

Results

AJ Ferrari (92 kg) — 1st place

  • Final: VPO1 6-1 vs. Rocky Elam (Tiger Style Wrestling Club)
  • Semis: VSU 10-0 5:45 vs. Nicolas Willham (Indiana RTC)
  • Quarters: VSU 10-0 :40 vs. Christopher Smith (Southeast RTC)
  • Round of 16: VSU 11-0 2:43 vs. Denzel Mabry (San Francisco Wrestling Club)
  • Round of 32: BYE

Anthony Ferrari (65 kg) — 3rd place

  • 3rd place: VSU 11-1 2:26 vs. Legend Lamer (Central Coast RTC)
  • Cons semis: VIN vs. Cameron Picklo
  • Cons 4: VFO Cobe Siebrecht (Hawkeye Wrestling Club)
  • Cons 8: VPO1 7-3 vs. Joshua Saunders (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club)
  • Quarters: VSU1 12-2 1:45 loss vs. Bryce Andonian (Southeast RTC)
  • Round of 16: VSU 11-0 2:31 vs. Jaden Le (New York City RTC)
  • Round of 32: VSU 11-0 1:36 vs. Kyle Prewitt (Arkansas RTC)
  • Round of 64: VSU 11-0 1:50 vs. Camden Baarda (Grand View Wrestling Club)

Victor Voinovich (65 kg) — 7th place

  • Seventh place: VFO Cobe Siebrecht (Hawkeye Wrestling Club)
  • Cons 4: VPO1 4-1 loss vs. Legend Lamer (Central Coast RTC)
  • Cons 8: VPO1 12-4 vs. Cameron Robinson (Cyclone RTC)
  • Quarters: VPO1 5-4 loss vs. Cameron Picklo
  • Round of 16: VSU 10-0 1:38 vs. Ben Monroe (Cyclone RTC)
  • Round 32: VSU 10-0 2:29 vs. Carson Sheets (Mustang Wrestling Club)
  • Round of 64: VSU1 14-4 2:13 vs. Nicholas Stonecheck (Mat Town USA)

Reece Witcraft (57 kg) — DNP

  • Cons 8: VFO 8-6 loss vs. Chance Lamer (Mat Sense Wrestling)
  • Quarters: VPO1 9-8 loss vs. Angelo Rini (New York City RTC)
  • Round of 16: VSU 10-0 2:38 vs. Nico Provo (South Side Wrestling Club)
  • Round of 32: VSU1 12-2 2:10 vs. Gabe Whisenhunt (Mat Sense Wrestling)
  • Round of 64: VSU 10-0 1:42 vs. Jacob Perez-Eli (Cyclone RTC)