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BOYS TOWN, Neb. – A pair of familiar names from Fort Dodge wrestling will accompany Team USA to the U15 Pan American Games in November.
Future freshman at Fort Dodge High School, Dreshaun Ross, and fellow ninth-grader Nolan Fellers — an incoming student at Bondurant-Farrar High School — both qualified at their respective weights based on their points performance. during the Greco-Roman team trials here on Friday. The Sebolt Academy hopefuls will now represent the United States from November 4-6 in Apartado, Colombia at the U15 Championships.
Ross, a 15U National Greco-Roman gold medalist and recent Fargo Nationals champion, swept Nebraska’s Adonis Bonar II at 85 kg (187.4 pounds), 8-0, 17-8. Fellers, the son of former Dodger and Iowa Hawkeye star Adam Fellers, pinned South Carolina’s Blue Stiffler for the 136.7-pound title in 3:39.
“It means a lot, because it’s not just about me,” said Ross. “It’s about my team, my school, my family and my country. It wasn’t necessarily one of my main goals, but it’s definitely a milestone for me and my career so far. now.
“El Greco is a choice. It’s fun for me because there’s a certain tension in there, with throwing someone or being thrown. That’s why I love it. Just a different style.
Ross won the national freestyle and greco titles in Las Vegas last May at the USMC United States Open Wrestling Championships in the 15U division. Last summer, he swept both groups at the USA Wrestling Kids Nationals in Wisconsin.
Fellers finished third in the 132-pound 16U Greco-Roman bracket at the Fargo Nationals with a 7-1 overall record. The momentum continued in this event, as Fellers went 2-0 and advanced on the USAW tiebreaker rule.
Fellers pinned Stiffler, a South Carolina high school state champion and U15 Greco-Roman national champion.
“I am extremely proud of this achievement. It will be an honor to represent the United States,” Fellers said. “That has been my #1 goal for the past 12 months, which makes it even more rewarding.
“My Greco skills are quite good, as I am comfortable and effective in many of the often-struggled positions in Greco. I also use many Greco skills, like hooks and 2 on 1 in the other two styles (folkstyle and freestyle).
Team members in each weight class will compete at the Freestyle and Greco-Roman levels at the 2022 Pan Am U15 Championships.