Franek Finishes Second At FloNationals



3X North Dakota state champion Jared Franek, who won a USA Wrestling Folkstyle national title last spring, chose the FloNationals route this season and was upended in the finals by #8 ranked Jaden Mattox of Ohio.  The West Fargo product navigated through four matches to make the finals, including a convincing 11-4 decision in the quarterfinals over Illinois Class A state champion Danny Braunagel.  In the semifinals, Franek dug himself a hole by giving up an early slide-by takedown to Josh Stillings of Green Lane, PA.  After a Stillings escape to start the second, Franek was able to grab a takedown to narrow the gap to 3-2, but was reversed and ridden out.  Down 5-2 entering the third, Franek chose neutral and scored a takedown, stalling point, and riding time point for the come from behind 6-5 victory.

Franek’s run at a FloNationals title ended at the hands of Mattox by fall in 5:13.  The two had a fantastic flurry to start the match in which Franek nearly scored a two point takedown, but was denied when Mattox scrambled through the position for his own two.    Mattox, who impressed throughout the match with his ability to score from his own attacks, as well as those of Franek, got to work from there, racking up 13 points including two different sets of fearful before scoring a fall.  Mattox is currently a junior in high school and has verbally committed to compete at Ohio State University.

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