Sparta's Matt Tourdot placed 6th at 215 pounds over the weekend at the National USA Freestyle Wrestling Championships in Fargo, ND. The finish gives Tourdot the label of All-American as he heads into his senior season–something only five wrestlers from Wisconsin can say. Themat.com says "college coaches will tell you that performance at Junior Nationals at Fargo is the best predictor of success in NCAA."
Tourdot qualified for the tournament by placing at the Northern Plains Regional Tournament in April. Over 1000 kids from 45 states descended on Fargo for USA Junior Division, which is for high school students who were seniors last year or younger. The top eight wrestlers in each weight class receive All-American status. Matt wrestled to a sixth place finish in a bracket that included 66 wrestlers.
On the weekend, Tourdot wrestled 12 times going 8-4. Full match-by-match results are below…
Junior-215 – Matt Tourdot's place is 6th.
Match #1 Matt Tourdot (Wisconsin) over Tyler Wilson (California) Fall 0:51
Match #2 Matt Tourdot (Wisconsin) over George Artigues (Louisiana) Fall 0:31
Match #3 Matt Tourdot (Wisconsin) over Taylor Hellman (North Dakota) Fall 1:24
Match #4 Matt Tourdot (Wisconsin) over Nate Gaffney (Pennsylvania) Fall 0:57
Match #5 Trevor Rupp (Idaho) over Matt Tourdot (Wisconsin) TF 6-0,7-1
Match #6 Matt Tourdot (Wisconsin) over Cody Davis (Texas) Dec 9-2,8-3
Match #7 Matt Tourdot (Wisconsin) received a bye.
Match #8 Matt Tourdot (Wisconsin) over Josef Rau (Illinois ) Dec 6-5,8-1
Match #9 Matt Tourdot (Wisconsin) received a bye.
Match #10 Derrick Borlie (Virginia) over Matt Tourdot (Wisconsin) Dec 6-2,6-0
Match #11 Trevor Rupp (Idaho) over Matt Tourdot (Wisconsin) TF 6-0,7-1
Match #12 Spencer Myers (Pennsylvania) over Matt Tourdot (Wisconsin) Dec 8-1,2-0
Full results for the division are below…
1st Place – Tony Nelson of Minnesota
2nd Place – Derrick Borlie of Virginia
3rd Place – Trevor Rupp of Idaho
4th Place – Alex Polizzi of Wisconsin
5th Place – Spencer Myers of Pennsylvania
6th Place – Mat Tourdot of Wisconsin
7th Place – Joshua Davis of New Jersey
8th Place – Josef Rau of Illinois
1st Place Match – Tony Nelson (Minnesota) over Derrick Borlie (Virginia) Dec 3-1,2-1
3rd Place Match – Trevor Rupp (Idaho) over Alex Polizzi (Wisconsin) Dec 1-0,6-1
5th Place Match – Spencer Myers (Pennsylvania) over Matt Tourdot (Wisconsin) Dec 8-1,2-0
7th Place Match – Joshua Davis (New Jersey) over Josef Rau (Illinois ) Dec 1-1,0-1,1-0
We also have a video clip of Tourdot's match against Derrick Borlie of Virginia. Borlie finished 2nd overall in the division and is going to Wisconsin next year on scholarship. Check it out.
And here are some photos of Tourdot in action…
Congrats to Matt Tourdot on garnering All-American status!