EP's Talmadge takes third at nationals

Eagle Point Middle School seventh grader Shun Talmadge recently placed third at the USA Wrestling/Cliff Keen Folkstyle Nationals and will challenge for wrestling's triple crown beginning next Saturday at Parkrose High School.

The 13-year-old, 255-pound Talmadge earned the Southern Oregon Middle School Athletic Conference's district title in February with a 1-0 decision over McLoughlin's Nathan Eli as the only two competitors in the 273-pound weight class. Talmadge went on to earn the state title in the schoolboy division at 265 with three wins at the Oregon State Folkstyle Tournament.

Talmadge, who stands fourth in the nation at his age/weight class on the USA Wrestling Future Olympians rankings, will make his first attempt at a triple crown next week at Oregon's Greco-Roman and Freestyle Tournament.

Most recently, Talmadge won his first match 4-3 over Louisiana's Randel Amos to make it into the finals of the six-person schoolboy 265 division at the folkstyle nationals. He was pinned in 1 minute, 28 seconds by Wisconsin's Dylan Campton in the finals, then lost a wrestleback to Indiana's Conor Dwyer when he was pinned in 2:09 to settle for third.

Talmadge has wrestled for the past four years as a member of the Club West Wrestling Club, with Evan Pogue serving as his current coach. Given his age and body size, finding competitors his age has been challenging for Talmadge.

Through his training with Sam Pecktol, Talmadge also owns the dead lift world record in the age 12-13, 242-pound class after his effort of 374.7 pounds at last year's World Championships in Las Vegas. At the same event he set an Oregon record for age 12-13, 242-pound class in the bench press with a lift of 225.7 pounds.

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