Wrestling: Keegan Moore adds another national title
FARGO — About the only thing Jackson, Minn., native Keegan Moore did wrong in his week wrestling at the Fargodome was botch the landing on a backflip.
Considering it was after he won the USA Wrestling Cadet freestyle national title, Moore let it go.
“I’m able to do it usually, but that was the first time I tried it out there,” said Moore after a 7-0 win over Utah’s Wyatt Koelling for the 182-pound title. “You know how they say after a match everyone has the energy to do a celebration or something like that? Well, me not sticking my backflip that I always land shows that I had no energy. I left it all on the mat.”
The win gave Moore the USA Wrestling Triple Crown in the cadet division. Moore won national titles in folkstyle in Cedar Falls, Iowa, along with a Greco-Roman title in Fargo on Monday to go along with Friday’s freestyle title.
Moore didn’t give up a point in the freestyle tournament, winning technical falls of 10-0, 13-0, 11-0, 11-0 before knocking off Koelling 7-0.
“Knowing that you’re the best guy in the country and no one can score on you is real good,” Moore said. “It gives me great confidence. Great confidence like I can go up against a tough guy and say, ‘Hey, I’m the best in the country.’”
Moore, who capped off his 48-0 sophomore season at Jackson County Central High School with a state title at 170 pounds this year, said the toughest match he fought all year was his 6-5 win in the Greco-Roman title match against Koelling.
As was the tournament, the title match was all Moore. He was up 4-0 early and never trailed, adding another point at the beginning of the third and clinching it with two points with seconds remaining.
Between Greco-Roman, folkstyle and freestyle, Moore was pretty open as to which he least enjoyed.
“I hate Greco,” Moore said. “I think I’m going to be done with Greco. I like folkstyle the best and then probably freestyle.”
Moore smiled when asked why he did Greco-Roman.
“To get the national triple crown,” Moore said.
Only Moore and Wisconsin’s Beau Breske took home the cadet USA Triple Crown. After Breske won a 9-6 decision over Illinois’ Kamal Bay to claim the 170-pound freestyle national title and clinch the Triple Crown, he was asked what he likes to do outside of wrestling.
The 16-year-old Hartford, Wis., native laughed and said, “I don’t really do a lot away from the mat.”
It showed this week, as Breske did not give up a point in either the Greco-Roman or freestyle tournament before the freestyle title match. He used four 10-0 and one 11-0 technical falls to win the Greco-Roman national title and did the same to get to the freestyle title match.