Wrestling nationals

Forest Hills youth wrestlers Owen McMullen (first row, then clockwise) Bo Bassett, Mason Gibson and Keegan Bassett pose for a photo after the 2019 USA Wrestling Kids Freestyle and Greco-Roman Nationals tournament over the weekend. In the back row are coaches Johnny Miller, Jack Bassett and Bill Bassett.

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. – A trio of Forest Hills youth grapplers won USA Wrestling Kids Freestyle and Greco-Roman Nationals championships over the weekend.

Bo Bassett (83 pounds) and Mason Gibson (114) were both 14-and-under national champions in both freestyle and Greco, becoming two of just 19 wrestlers to win both titles. 

Keegan Bassett (71) was a Greco champ and freestyle runner-up in the 10-and-under bracket. 

Owen McMullen (108), also from Forest Hills, finished fourth in freestyle and sixth in Greco in the 12-and-under division.  

In Greco, Bo Bassett recorded technical falls over opponents from Maine, Connecticut, South Dakota and Arizona. In the championship, Bo Bassett beat Riley Graber from Minnesota. He became the fifth grappler to win back-to-back freestyle gold medals. 

Gibson posted wins over boys from Wisconsin, South Dakota and Colorado, and pinned Nick Fox from Iowa in the championship. 

Keegan Bassett had technical falls over youths from Arizona and Iowa. He beat Arseni Kikiniou from New York. 

Kikiniou’s father was on the Russian Greco Olympic team for many years. 

In freestyle, Bo Bassett compiled three technical falls leading into the finals. Bassett beat Graber again, this time 8-6 for the gold.

Gibson supplied impressive wins leading into his championship match, where he won 9-2 against Arron Lucio from Michigan. 

Keegan Bassett battled to the finals with wins over youngsters from Connecticut and Minnesota, before losing to Kikiniou. 

The entire state of Pennsylvania only had six national champions in Greco, and Forest Hills produced three of them. In freestyle, Pennsylvania had five national champions. 

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