Ross, Fellers qualify for U15 Pan-Am event
Freshmen-to-be both secure Greco titles at team trials
BOYS TOWN, Neb. — A pair of familiar Fort Dodge wrestling names will accompany Team USA to the U15 Pan American Games this November.
Fort Dodge Senior High freshman-to-be Dreshaun Ross and fellow ninth-grader Nolan Fellers — an incoming student at Bondurant-Farrar High School — both qualified at their respective weights based on their point value performances at the Greco-Roman team trials here on Friday. The Sebolt Academy prospects will now represent the United States on Nov. 4-6 in Apartado, Colombia at the U15 Championships.
Ross, the 15U national gold medalist in Greco-Roman and a recent Fargo Nationals champ, swept Adonis Bonar II of Nebraska at 85 kg (187.4 pounds), 8-0 and 17-8. Fellers, the son of former Dodger standout and Iowa Hawkeye Adam Fellers, pinned Blue Stiffler of South Carolina for the 62 kg (136.7 pound) title in 3:39.
“This means a lot, because it’s about more than just me,” Ross said. “This is about my team, my school, my family and my country. It wasn’t necessarily one of my main goals, but it’s definitely a milestone for me and my career so far.
“Greco is a choice. It’s fun to me because there’s some tension in it, with throwing someone or getting thrown. That’s why I like it. Just a different style.”
Ross won both freestyle and Greco national titles in Las Vegas this past May at the USMC United States Open Wrestling Championships in the 15U division. Last summer, he swept both brackets at the USA Wrestling Kids National Championships in Wisconsin.
Fellers was third in the 132-pound 16U Greco-Roman bracket at Fargo Nationals with a 7-1 overall record. The momentum carried over into this event, as Fellers went 2-0 and advanced on USAW’s tiebreaker rule.
Fellers pinned Stiffler, a South Carolina high school state titleist and a U15 national Greco-Roman champion.
“I am extremely proud of this accomplishment. It will be an honor to represent the United States,” Fellers said. “This has been my No. 1 goal for the past 12 months, making it even more rewarding.
“My Greco skills are pretty good, because I’m comfortable and effective from many positions often wrestled in Greco. I also use many Greco skills, like underhooks and 2-on-1s in the other two styles (folkstyle and freestyle).”
Team members in each weight class will compete at both the freestyle and Greco-Roman levels in the 2022 Pan American U15 Championships.