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Rau goes big, Clark shuts out competition as MTC takes two Greco titles in Vegas

Published December 19th, 2015 by MTC Staff

By Jason Bryant, MTC Storm

 

Las Vegas, Nevada -- The move up two weight classes has paid off big for Joe Rau. A move West to Hawaii has seemed to work for veteran Jake Clark.

 

On Friday at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, Rau and Clark captured U.S. Open championships and led a field as 18 Minnesota Training Center/Storm athletes took part in the Olympic qualification event.

 

Clark, a 2006 World Teamer originally from South St. Paul, came back to competition earlier this year and has looked sharp since coming back to the mainland. Training and running a wrestling club in Hawaii, Clark didn’t give up a point and outscored his opponents 24-0 in four bouts. He shut out 2012 Olympian Ben Provisor 6-0 in the championship finals at 85kg. By placing in the top seven at the event, Clark qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in Iowa City, which takes place April 9-10.

 

Prior to competition in November’s Bill Farrell Memorial, Clark’s last competition came at the 2012 Olympic Trials, where he injured his shoulder and appeared to be at least semi-retired.

Rau, who’d already qualified for the Olympic Trials, opted to compete at the event and wowed the crowd early during his 9-6 finals victory over three-time World Team member Caylor Williams of the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program.

 

Rau got behind and launched Williams for a beautiful five-point backarch to take a 5-0 lead. Williams pushed the pace to earn a chance to get on top in par terre. Williams, known for his powerful lifts, hoisted Rau from the mat and turned him for a four-point move, then scored another turn midway through the second period to take a 6-5 lead. Rau would push the face and force a passivity call, which put Williams down in par terre. Rau would score two points on a gutwrench before arching Williams backwards for an unconventional two points and the final 9-6 count.

University World silver medalist Pat Smith came through the top bracket to reach the finals and punch his ticket to Iowa City at 66kg. Smith moved into the finals after beating top-seeded Alejandro Sancho, but he would fall 5-2 to 2012 Olympian Ellis Coleman.

 

Parker Betts finished second at 130kg, his highest senior-level placement of his career. Betts fell 8-0 to the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club’s Adam Coon in the finals. Coon is a returning NCAA runner-up for the University of Michigan.

 

Devin Scott (sixth at 66kg), Jake Fisher (sixth at 75kg) and John Wechter (sixth at 98kg) also qualified for the Trials by placing in the top seven at the event. That gives the Minnesota Training Center/Storm 10 athletes who have qualified in Greco-Roman. Brian Graham hit a qualifying spot, finishing seventh at 66kg, but he'd previously qualified by medaling in an international event.

 

Olympic Trials Qualifiers: Andy Bisek, Brian Graham, Jordan Holm, Joe Rau, Pat Smith, Devin Scott, Jake Fisher, Jake Clark, John Wechter, Parker Betts.


Full Minnesota Storm Results

59kg

Jacob Raymond

Champ. Round 1 - Max Nowry (Army (WCAP)) won by tech fall over Jacob Raymond (Minnesota Storm) (TF 8-0)

Cons. Round 2 - Jacob Raymond (Minnesota Storm) won by tech fall over Bobby Raines (All-Navy) (TF 8-0)

Cons. Round 3 - Mike Fuenffinger (Army (WCAP)) won by tech fall over Jacob Raymond (Minnesota Storm) (TF 8-0)
 

Justin LaValle

Champ. Round 1 - Justin LaValle (Minnesota Storm) won by tech fall over Mike Fuenffinger (Army (WCAP)) (TF 8-0)

Champ. Round 2 - Sam Jones (NYAC/NMU) won by tech fall over Justin LaValle (Minnesota Storm) (TF 9-0)

Cons. Round 2 - Justin LaValle (Minnesota Storm) won by decision over Randon Miranda (NMU-OTS) (Dec 6-0)

Cons. Round 3 - Justin LaValle (Minnesota Storm) won by fall over Xavier Johnson (Marines) (Fall 2:05)

Cons. Round 4 - Aaron Kalil (Marines) won by decision over Justin LaValle (Minnesota Storm) (Dec 10-7)
 

66kg

Pat Smith

Champ. Round 1 - Patrick Smith (Minnesota Storm) won by decision over William Simpson (Army (WCAP)) (Dec 7-2)

Champ. Round 2 - Patrick Smith (Minnesota Storm) won by decision over Michael Hooker (Army (WCAP)) (Dec 7-2)

Quarterfinal - Patrick Smith (Minnesota Storm) won by tech fall over Austin Morrow (NMUOTS) (TF 9-0)

Semifinal - Patrick Smith (Minnesota Storm) won by decision over Alejandro Sancho (NYAC/NMU) (Dec 5-2)

1st Place Match - Ellis Coleman (Army (WCAP)) won by decision over Patrick Smith (Minnesota Storm) (Dec 4-2)
 

Devin Scott

Champ. Round 1 - Devin Scott (Minnesota Storm) won by tech fall over Kevan Garcia (Unattached) (TF 10-0)

Champ. Round 2 - Devin Scott (Minnesota Storm) won by tech fall over Jake Bohn (Michigan Wrestling) (TF 8-0)

Quarterfinal - Alejandro Sancho (NYAC/NMU) won by decision over Devin Scott (Minnesota Storm) (Dec 5-2)

Cons. Round 4 - Devin Scott (Minnesota Storm) won by decision over Sahid Kargbo (Patriot Elite Wrestling Club) (Dec 4-2)

Cons. Round 5 - Devin Scott (Minnesota Storm) won by injury default over Brian Graham (Minnesota Storm) (Inj. 0:00)

Cons. Semi - Jesse Thielke (NYAC/OTC) won by tech fall over Devin Scott (Minnesota Storm) (TF 8-0)

5th Place Match - Alejandro Sancho (NYAC/NMU) won by tech fall over Devin Scott (Minnesota Storm) (TF 11-0)
 

Julian Gunnels

Champ. Round 1 - Austin Morrow (NMUOTS) won by decision over Julian Gunnels (Minnesota Storm) (Dec 3-1)

Cons. Round 1 - Sahid Kargbo (Patriot Elite Wrestling Club) won by tech fall over Julian Gunnels (Minnesota Storm) (TF 14-4)
 

Brian Graham

Champ. Round 1 - Brian Graham (Minnesota Storm) won by tech fall over Hunter Kelley (NMU-OTS) (TF 8-0)

Champ. Round 2 - Jamel Johnson (Army (WCAP)) won by decision over Brian Graham (Minnesota Storm) (Dec 5-2)

Cons. Round 2 - Brian Graham (Minnesota Storm) won by decision over Jamal DeArmond (NMUOTS) (Dec 7-0)

Cons. Round 3 - Brian Graham (Minnesota Storm) won by decision over Joe Warren (NYAC/OTC) (Dec 6-4)

Cons. Round 4 - Brian Graham (Minnesota Storm) won by decision over Austin Morrow (NMUOTS) (Dec 8-2)

Cons. Round 5 - Devin Scott (Minnesota Storm) won by injury default over Brian Graham (Minnesota Storm) (Inj. 0:00)

7th Place Match - Brian Graham (Minnesota Storm) won by tech fall over Bo Beckman (NYAC/OTC) (TF 8-0)
 

75kg

Alec Ortiz

Champ. Round 2 - Alec Ortiz (Minnesota Storm) won by decision over Joshua Castellano (Wood Dale) (Dec 4-2)

Champ. Round 3 - Alec Ortiz (Minnesota Storm) won by decision over Dylan Ness (Minnesota Storm) (Dec 10-9)

Quarterfinal - Cheney Haight (NYAC/OTC) won by tech fall over Alec Ortiz (Minnesota Storm) (TF 11-0)

Cons. Round 6 - Corey Hope (NYAC/OTC) won by tech fall over Alec Ortiz (Minnesota Storm) (TF 8-0)
 

Dylan Ness

Champ. Round 1 - Dylan Ness (Minnesota Storm) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 - Dylan Ness (Minnesota Storm) won by tech fall over Kyle Bateman (CSU Pueblo wrestling RTC) (TF 9-0)

Champ. Round 3 - Alec Ortiz (Minnesota Storm) won by decision over Dylan Ness (Minnesota Storm) (Dec 10-9)

Cons. Round 4 - Jacen Petersen (Unattached) won by injury default over Dylan Ness (Minnesota Storm) (Inj. 0:00)
 

Tim Matheson

Champ. Round 1 - Tim Matheson (Minnesota Storm) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 - Dillon Cowan (Army (WCAP)) won by tech fall over Tim Matheson (Minnesota Storm) (TF 10-1)

Cons. Round 2 - Taylor Walsh (Rider Broncs Wrestling Club) won by injury default over Tim Matheson (Minnesota Storm) (Inj. 0:18)
 

Jake Fisher

Champ. Round 1 - Jacob Fisher (Minnesota Storm) won by tech fall over Nick Tarpley (NYAC/OTC) (TF 9-0)

Champ. Round 2 - Jacob Fisher (Minnesota Storm) won by decision over Corey Hope (NYAC/OTC) (Dec 6-0)

Champ. Round 3 - Tarrence Williams (CSU Pueblo wrestling RTC) won by decision over Jacob Fisher (Minnesota Storm) (Dec 6-3)

Cons. Round 4 - Jacob Fisher (Minnesota Storm) won by tech fall over Jacob Deutschlander (Unattached) (TF 10-1)

Cons. Round 5 - Jacob Fisher (Minnesota Storm) won by tech fall over Jesse Porter (NYAC/NMU) (TF 8-0)

Cons. Round 6 - Jacob Fisher (Minnesota Storm) won by tech fall over Dillon Cowan (Army (WCAP)) (TF 8-0)

Cons. Round 7 - Jacob Fisher (Minnesota Storm) won by decision over Barrett Stanghill (NYAC/NMU) (Dec 4-0)

Cons. Semi - Tarrence Williams (CSU Pueblo wrestling RTC) won by tech fall over Jacob Fisher (Minnesota Storm) (TF 8-0)

5th Place Match - Corey Hope (NYAC/OTC) won by injury default over Jacob Fisher (Minnesota Storm) (Inj. 0:00)
 

Dylan Reel

Champ. Round 1 - Dylan Reel (Minnesota Storm) won by tech fall over Michael Donato (NMU-OTS) (TF 8-0)

Champ. Round 2 - Cheney Haight (NYAC/OTC) won by tech fall over Dylan Reel (Minnesota Storm) (TF 9-0)

Cons. Round 2 - Dylan Reel (Minnesota Storm) won by fall over Giusseppe Rios (NMU-OTS) (Fall 0:10)

Cons. Round 3 - Dylan Reel (Minnesota Storm) won by fall over Thomas Domerese (Air force wrestling club) (Fall 3:13)

Cons. Round 4 - Caleb Smith (Maurer Coughlin WC) won by decision over Dylan Reel (Minnesota Storm) (Dec 6-6)
 

85kg

Joel Bauman

Champ. Round 2 - Jon Anderson (Army (WCAP)) won by fall over Joel Bauman (Minnesota Storm) (Fall 4:18)

Cons. Round 2 - Joel Bauman (Minnesota Storm) received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 3 - Kevin Radford Jr (Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club) won by tech fall over Joel Bauman (Minnesota Storm) (TF 13-2)
 

Jake Clark

Champ. Round 2 - Jacob Clark (Minnesota Storm) won by tech fall over Ethan Dondlinger (NMU-OTS) (TF 8-0)

Quarterfinal - Jacob Clark (Minnesota Storm) won by decision over Mark Stenberg (NYAC/NMU) (Dec 6-0)

Semifinal - Jacob Clark (Minnesota Storm) won by decision over Lucas Sheridian (Army (WCAP)) (Dec 4-0)

1st Place Match - Jacob Clark (Minnesota Storm) won by decision over Ben Provisor (NYAC/OTC) (Dec 6-0)
 

98kg

Joe Rau

Champ. Round 1 - Josef Rau (Minnesota Storm) won by tech fall over Jacob Kasper (Roughhouse) (TF 8-0)

Quarterfinal - Josef Rau (Minnesota Storm) won by decision over Patrick Carey (Minnesota Storm) (Dec 5-0)

Semifinal - Josef Rau (Minnesota Storm) won by tech fall over G Angelo Hancock (NYAC/OTC) (TF 9-0)

1st Place Match - Josef Rau (Minnesota Storm) won by decision over Caylor Williams (Army (WCAP)) (Dec 9-6)
 

Patrick Carey

Quarterfinal - Josef Rau (Minnesota Storm) won by decision over Patrick Carey (Minnesota Storm) (Dec 5-0)

Cons. Round 2 - Endhyr Meza (Army (WCAP)) won by fall over Patrick Carey (Minnesota Storm) (Fall 3:20)

 

John Wechter

Champ. Round 1 - G Angelo Hancock (NYAC/OTC) won by decision over John Wechter (Minnesota Storm) (Dec 3-0)

Cons. Round 1 - John Wechter (Minnesota Storm) received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 2 - John Wechter (Minnesota Storm) won by decision over Jarod Trice (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) (Dec 6-4)

Cons. Round 3 - John Wechter (Minnesota Storm) won by tech fall over Jacob Kasper (Roughhouse) (TF 8-0)

Cons. Semi - G Angelo Hancock (NYAC/OTC) won by injury default over John Wechter (Minnesota Storm) (Inj. 0:00)

5th Place Match - Orry Elor (NYAC/NMU) won by injury default over John Wechter (Minnesota Storm) (Inj. 0:00)

130kg

Parker Betts

Champ. Round 1 - Parker Betts (Minnesota Storm) received a bye () (Bye)

Quarterfinal - Parker Betts (Minnesota Storm) won by decision over Eric Fader (Marines) (Dec 9-5)

Semifinal - Parker Betts (Minnesota Storm) won by decision over Matthew Lamb (Army (WCAP)) (Dec 2-1)

1st Place Match - Adam Coon (NYAC/CKWC) won by tech fall over Parker Betts (Minnesota Storm) (TF 8-0)

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