Northwest Florida Matmen staff report
Editor’s Note: Updating to reflect 7th-place match results.
FARGO, ND — The northern part of Florida has one USA Wrestling All-American in Greco-Roman wrestling as of Friday.
On Saturday, Tate HS rising senior Jacob Cochran finished eighth in the 106-pound weight class of the Junior division. Cochran fell by a 4-0 decision, by VFA, to Michigan’s Reese Fry, in the seventh-place match.
Cochran clinched a top-eight showing at the FargoDome on Friday, earning all-American honors in so doing.
Cochran actually started the Greco competition with a losing effort, taking a 22-12 loss by VSU1 in 4:12 to Connecticut’s Jarod Kosman, sending him into the consolation rounds.
That sent Cochran into the consolation rounds, where he had to win three matches to clinch a spot on the Fargo podium. And, that’s precisely what he did.
Cochran’s first of those three wins was a victory by VIN, a 0-0 decision over Iowa’s Devin Harmison in consi round of 16-2. In the next round, consi 8-1, Cochran won easily, taking a victory by VSU in 29 seconds over Texas’ Jack Falloon, 11-0.
That put him into the blood round against another Texas wrestler, Preston Decker, and while the result was the same, it took a little longer to accomplish, as Cochran picked up another 11-0 VSU victory, this time in 1:38.
That moved Cochran into the consi of 4 round, essentially the consi quarters, against California’s Blake Fredrickson, and Fredrickson held the upper hand, needing 1:03 to win by VSU over Cochran, 10-0.
Fry, who lost in the quarters to eventual finalist of Sam Latona of Thompson (ALA), has had one common opponent with Cochran. Fry beat Kosman, 10-0, in the blood round.