Making sure he stayed consistent was the biggest focus Carson Kharchla had heading into the U.S. Marine Corps Junior and Cadet National Championships that concluded July 20 in Fargo, North Dakota.
Doing so led to a championship for the Olentangy Liberty High School senior, as he beat Dustin Plott of Oklahoma 10-0 on July 17 to capture the Junior Freestyle national title at 170 pounds.
Kharchla, who won the Division I state title at 170 in March, was one of seven central Ohio wrestlers to earn All-America honors at nationals with a top-eight finish in the annual event.
“I definitely felt like I had three pretty solid days (July 15-17), but a lot of it is about your training and your preparation, making sure you’re doing everything right and not slacking off,” Kharchla said in an interview on flowrestling.org. “I always believed in myself and I always believed you can get those matches, but you never know coming in. The biggest thing (against Plott) was just looking for action, looking to wrestle and not trying to hold it close. … I just went out and gave it all I had.”
Also competing in Junior Freestyle was Liberty senior Connor Brady, who finished third at 152.
Their performances helped Team Ohio score 62 points to finish second behind Illinois (95).
In the Cadet Freestyle competition that concluded July 16, Seth Shumate finished fifth at 170 and Riley Ucker was seventh at 220. Both will be freshmen at Dublin Coffman in 2018-19.
Team Ohio scored 51 points to finish second behind Pennsylvania (72).
In the Cadet Greco-Roman competition that concluded July 19, Shumate (170) and Westerville South junior Aaron Morton (160) both finished fourth and Dublin Scioto junior Daniel Segura (145) placed fifth.
In the Junior Greco-Roman competition that concluded July 20, Dublin Coffman senior Lennox Wolak finished fourth at 182.