Danbury native Jakob Camacho defeated top-seeded Boilermaker RTC’s Matthew Ramos to advance to the US World Team Trials men’s freestyle challenge tournament final at 57 kilograms (125.6 pounds) on Saturday in Coralville, Iowa .
Camacho, who will be a junior at North Carolina State in the fall, beat Ramos, 11-7 to advance to Sunday’s best-of-3 final against Vito Arujau, Cornell’s two-time All-American.
The winner of the Challenge Tournament will advance to Final X Stillwater on June 3 to face Thomas Gilman in a best-of-3 series for a spot on Team USA for the World Championship. Gilman won the 2021 world championship and an Olympic bronze medal in 2020 at 57 kilograms.
4 seed Camacho, who represents Wolfpack Wrestling Club, took a 3-0 lead over Ramos, who just finished his freshman year at Purdue, after one spell. Camacho got one out with 44 seconds left in the period and an extra point because Ramos was on the shot clock for being passive.
Wrestlers receive a warning about their passivity. After that, if called for passivity, they have 30 seconds to shoot or lose a point.
Ramos rallied in the second period with a four-point move and a point for pushing Camacho out of bounds to take a 5-3 lead. Wrestlers are penalized one point for being pushed out of bounds.
Camacho quickly rallied for a takedown with 1:20 remaining to tie the game at 5-5. With 35 seconds left, Camacho secured a four-point move to take a 9-5 lead. Camacho extended the lead to 11-5 with another out with 16 seconds left, but that was called off on a call from Ramos’ coaches, with Ramos earning another point to cut the lead to three, 9-6.
Ramos quickly earned another point with six seconds left by pushing Camacho off the mat to cut the lead to 9-7. But Camacho earned another out as time expired for an 11-7 win.
It was sweet revenge for Camacho, who lost to Ramos on criteria in the semifinals of the recent US Open championship tournament in Las Vegas in April.
Camacho advanced to the semi-finals with a 9-4 victory over Anthony Molton of Buies Creek Wrestling Club, 9-4.
Arujau, who won a silver medal at the 2018 World Junior Championships, beat Zane Richards in the semifinals, 7-0.
2022 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament