Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot Photography.
CLEVELAND, OHIO - Harvard freshman Steven Keith won the 55kg title at the ASCIS FILA Junior National Championships over the weekend and qualified for the World Team Trials next month. Classmate Paul Ligouri also competed at the tournament, falling one match short of placing.
Keith defeated Anthony Zanetta of Pittsburgh Wrestling Club, 4-3, 1-3, 3-1, in the championship match at 55 kgs (121 pounds). He won four matches to get to the finals beating, Ty Mitch of Seasons (0-1, 6-0, 8-3), Columbia’s Robert Dyar (5-1, 6-0), Justin Brooks (3-6, 4-0, 2-1) and Cory Ryak Finch of Arizona Heat Wrestling (6-3, 4-2).
At 70kg, Ligouri won three matches before falling to third-place finisher Drake Houdashelt in the consolation brackets. Ligouri defeated Phillip Egnor of Burnett Trained Wrestling by technical fall (7-0, 6-0), but fell to RJ Pena of Orange Crush (3-1, 2-0) in the championship round. In the wrestle backs, he picked up wins over Timmy Boone and Shawn Perry before a three-round loss to Houdashelt.
Keith advances to the best-of-3 finals for May’s FILA Junior World Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo. The top six wrestlers in each weight class advance to the Junior World Team Trials.