3 Wrestlers/2 Coaches to Make Trip to USA/W Nationals
Returning Cadet National All-American Joey Prata will be joined by teammates Will Kelly and recent grad Robert Janis and Assistant Coaches Ross Gitomer and Rob Prebish in Fargo, ND for the 2013 USA Wrestling Cadet and Junior Nationals. They will represent the Virginia Wrestling Association in the "grandaddy of them all" and the world's largest wrestling tournament- the Cadet and Junior Nationals.
Prata, a rising sophomore for the Saints, finished 4th in Greco Roman and 5th in Freestyle at the Cadet Nationals last year competing at 94 lbs. He is coming off an outstanding effort at the 2013 USA Wrestling Cadet National Duals in Daytona, FL registering a 12-2 overall record, 6-1 in each style. Prata will definitely be a contender for titles in both Greco Roman and freestyle. Prata has had a very successful off-season, winning both styles at the Northeast and Southeast Regional tournaments and at the VAWA State Tournament. He was a National Prep All-American and VISAA State runner-up for St. Christopher's in 2013.
Rising senior (and newly crowned team captain) Kelly posted a 2-2 record at 113 lbs in last year's Junior National freestyle tournament. The two-time VISAA State Champion and National Prep All-American qualified for Fargo by virture of his 3rd place finish at the VAWA State Tournament. And 2013 graduate Robert Janis will compete in both styles at 152 lbs in the Junior National Tournament. He finished 2nd in both styles at the 2013 Southeast Regional tournament to qualify for Nationals. The three-time VISAA State Champion and National Prep All-American will compete for the University of Maryland in the fall.
The three wrestlers will be joined by Saints assistant coaches Ross Gitomer and Rob Prebish. Gitomer will focus primarilly on the freestyle tournaments, while Prebish's focus in on Greco Roman. Both coaches were successful in freestyle and Greco Roman in their careers.
The Cadet Greco Roman Nationals begin on Sunday July 14th and the Junior Greco Roman Nationals will begin on Monday July 15th. The Cadet Freestyle National tournament takes off on Wednesday, July 17th and the Junior Freestyle tournament on Thursday, July 18th. Be sure to follow all of the action on Virginia Wrestling, The Mat, The Open Mat, and Flo Wrestling.