Fort Dodge's Ross wins national Freestyle, Greco, titles; Ayala also crowned champ

Submitted photo: Dreshaun Ross of Fort Dodge stands at the top of the podium after winning the 14U USA Wrestling Kids freestyle national title at 165 pounds in Wisconsin Dells.

WISCONSIN DELLS — Dreshaun Ross continued to turn heads and stack trophies at the USA Wrestling Kids National Championships here this weekend.

Ross, who recently completed his seventh grade academic year at Fort Dodge Middle School, captured both the Freestyle and Greco-Roman national titles in his 14U, 165-pound bracket at the Wisconsin Dells Center Woodside Dome. The 13-year-old phenom, representing Sebolt Academy, defeated Miguel Rojas of Indiana by technical fall in the Greco finals, then dominated Rojas again for another technical fall victory and the freestyle crown.

For Ross, winning at an elite level has become almost second nature. This was his fourth freestyle gold at the USAW event, and third in the Greco competition.

This past April, Ross secured his fifth Reno Worlds championship, which also locked up his fifth Trinity Award — a prestigious honor which goes to a wrestler who brings home titles at the distinguished Kickoff Classic, Tulsa Nationals and Reno World events. Ross became the first Iowan ever to win six golds at Tulsa Nationals, and also has six Kickoff Classic trophies to his credit.

In the past calendar year alone, Ross also took an AAU state crown — his fifth — as well as Northern Plains Freestyle and Greco titles. He was a USA Freestyle Duals All-American, and placed fifth at the UWW World Team Trials.

The 2020 USAW national double at the youth level was Ross’ last. A little over a year from now, Ross — the son of Fort Dodge’s Andre and Amy Ross — will be headed to Fargo Nationals as a freshman-to-be.

Ross wasn’t the only Dodger who reached the top of the podium here over the weekend. Knox Ayala, who will be in fifth grade at Fort Dodge Middle School this fall, won the 12U Freestyle championship at 58 pounds. Ayala — the younger brother of FDSH standouts Drake and Dru Ayala — prevailed three times by technical fall.

Ayala is the son of Fort Dodge’s Sam and Angie Ayala.

Nolan Fellers, the son of 2001 FDSH graduate Adam Fellers, also brought home a title at 125 pounds in the 14U Greco competition.


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