Lyon Wins Junior Freestyle National Title

July 19, 2017

Results, Brackets

A pair of Purdue wrestling incoming freshmen earned All-America accolades at the U.S. Marine Corps Junior Freestyle National Championships on Tuesday. Max Lyon won the 182-pound national title and Parker Filius placed third at 138 pounds while competing inside the Fargodome in Fargo, North Dakota. Lyon's national championship is the sixth for the Boilermakers in 2017.

"I am extremely proud of Max and Parker," Purdue head wrestling coach Tony Ersland said. "I thought Max wrestled smart. He stayed aggressive, had a balanced attack in every match and wrestled smarter in his attacks and tactics. For Parker to move up on the podium to third after placing sixth last year shows that he has continued to develop and grow as a wrestler."

Lyon, a native of Dyersville, Iowa, defeated Jack Jessen of Illinois 10-3 to claim the 182-pound title. Jessen's three points came at the beginning of the match, but then it was all Lyon. He closed out the first period by taking a 4-3 lead and finished the match with three takedowns in the second period.

"I got up right away and he was kind of hanging back, I'm saying alright, `I am still ready to go. I am prepared for six minutes,'" Lyon said. "I stayed on him and the shots started coming."

Over the course of the three-day tournament, Lyon went 7-0, winning his first five matches by technical fall in the first period and outscored his opponents 76-8.

"All summer I wrote down my two goals: Fargo champ and 4.0 for summer class," Lyon said. "Every day I would look at those goals and I would go to practice thinking about that goal. I feel like that really helped me focus on doing all of the little things right with sleeping, eating and everything."

When asked if he learned anything about himself at the tournament and the grind of seven matches in three days, Lyon's response came with a big smile, "Yes, I'm a freestyle national champion and a [high] caliber kid. I've struggled at this tournament. I've never placed here before and I go from not placing to a Fargo champ."

The national championship is the second for Lyon, claiming the USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle 182-pound national championship earlier this spring. It also marks the fourth All-America honor of his high school career.

After placing eighth in 2015 and sixth in 2016, Filius turned in his best performance in Fargo with a third-place showing at 138 pounds. Filius cruised into the quarterfinals, but was upended and sent into wrestlebacks. He recovered and disposed of three opponents via tech fall. The Havre, Montana, native defeated Jakob Bergeland of Minnesota in a high-scoring 18-17 bout to place third.

"Parker showed a lot of character to come back and place third after losing in the quarterfinals," Ersland said. "To train as hard as he did and to have his dream of a national title ripped away, it's tough to come back. He rebounded and performed very well with three strong wins."

The All-America finish is the third in Fargo for Filius and his fifth overall. Like Lyon, Filius was a USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle national champ at 138 pounds this spring.

The Boilermakers have won a freestyle national championship at all three levels in 2017: junior, university and senior. In April, Griffin Parriott won the UWW junior freestyle national championship at 70 kg and former assistant coach Kendric Maple claimed the 61 kg title at the U.S. Open Men's Freestyle National Championships. Luke Welch brought home the 57 kg freestyle championship at the USA Wrestling University Nationals in June.

"With four national champions in our wrestling room, it shows that we are attracting the right kind of wrestlers that have high goals and that they have the talent to fulfill those goals," Ersland said.

Round 1 // Bye
Round 2 // Nathan Swartz, Pennsylvania // W, TF, 10-0 (1:26)
Round 3 // Mason Schulz, North Dakota // W, F, 1:47
Round 4 // Drew Scharenbrock, Wisconsin // W, TF, 11-0 (2:25)
Quarterfinals // Michael Millage, Iowa // L, 11-9
Consolation Round 8 // Nate Keim, Oklahoma // W, TF, 10-0 (2:07)
Consolation Quarterfinals // Jack Davis, Pennsylvania // W, TF, 10-0 (1:35)
Consolation Semifinals // Jaden Enriquez, California, W, TF, 17-5 (3:29)
Third-Place // Jakob Bergeland, Minnesota // W, 18-17

Round 1 // Isaac Butler, Oregon // W, TF, 11-0 (1:14)
Round 2 // Gabriel de la Rocha, Arizona // W, TF, 11-0 (0:52)
Round 3 // D`Angelo Dewitt, Alabama // W, TF, 10-0 (2:46)
Round 4 // Jayden Woodruff, Colorado // W, TF, 12-1 (2:55)
Quarterfinals // Cameron Caffey, Illinois // W, TF, 10-0 (1:19)
Semifinals // Lucas Davison, Indiana // W, 12-4
Finals // Jack Jessen, Illinois // W, 10-3



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