Future Hawkeye Cassioppi Defeats defending champ Metz to win Junior Triple crown with Greco-Roman gold

BY GARY ABBOTT, USA WRESTLING

Anthony Cassioppi

FARGO, N.D. – Trailing as time was running out, heavyweight Anthony Cassioppi of Illinois decided to go for it. His dream of winning a Junior Triple Crown was sinking fast.

Cassioppi’s two point throw with one second left on the clock gave him a 4-3 lead over returning Greco-Roman Junior National champion Brandon Metz of North Dakota. When the challenge by Metz was denied, the final score ended up 5-3, making Cassioppi only the eighth Junior Triple Crown winner and the first since 2014.

“I was just going for something. I was looking for the passivity call, but when I saw the clock start to tick down, I just went for it. I tried to make it a smart, last-ditch effort,” said Cassioppi.

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