Junior World Team Trials Preview
May 19, 2016


What happens in Vegas doesn’t necessarily stay in Vegas. Eight wrestlers carry a title in Vegas to the JR Trial Finals.

In an Olympic year, where the wrestling calendar demands changes, Junior Nationals and Junior World Team Trials are less than four weeks apart as opposed to the five- or six-week gap we typically see.


60KG - 2015 World Team Member - Joey McKenna, NJ

Sitting in the Finals: Mitch McKee, MN

Vegas Placers:
2nd - Seth Gross, MN
3rd - Yianni Diakomihalis, NY
4th - Jaydin Eierman, MO
5th - Taylor LaMont, UT
6th - Scotty Parker, PA
7th - Nick Lee, IN
8th - Josh Terao, HI

New to the Field: Markus Simmons, OK

What Happened in Vegas: One of the biggest stories of Vegas was the high-scoring affair between Yianni and Eierman. There appeared to be several miscalls and mis-interpretations, perhaps some on both sides. Eierman scored on his own shot early and then it was Yianni who did most of the attacking. Eierman’s points thereafter came exclusively on counters.

Eierman lost his next match to Scotty Parker, and then was teched by Yianni in the 3rd place bout. As it turned out, Mitch Mckee had to face neither Eierman nor Yianni, but beat Parker and then fellow Minnesotan Seth Gross. Also pay attention to Nick Lee, whose losses were to McKee and Eierman, and Gfeller, whose losses were to Gross and Yianni.

The winner here was us fans, who get the possibility of Yianni-Eierman III.

Willie’s Prediction: Yianni over McKee in 3