Half Moon Bay High School junior Caspian Grabowski placed fifth at 110 kilograms (242 pounds) in Greco-Roman wrestling at the Cadet World Team Trials in Akron, Ohio, on May 31. In so doing, he earned All-American honors at one of the toughest national tournaments in the country.

Grabowski lost his first match, 5-6, in a tough fight against Daniel Striggow from Minnesota, but came back to win his second match of the day, beating Wisconsin state champion Jaren Rohde, 8-0, by technical superiority less than one minute into the first round.  

Consolation semifinals ended in a tie, but victory went to opponent Matthew Moore, the Colorado state champion, as he scored the final points in the match.

Grabowski faced Riley Ucker, Ohio state freestyle champion and Greco runner-up, in the fifth-place match, defeating him by technical superiority before the end of the first period with a score of 14-5. Grabowski also competed in freestyle, where he finished in the top 12 but did not medal.

Grabowski is currently training for USA Wrestling Nationals in Fargo, N.D., in July. He will be representing Team California in both freestyle and Greco at 285 pounds. He hopes to earn All-American honors in both styles.

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