Dominic Vasquez - Go-Greco National Champion and Tournament MOW

July 09, 2018 | Bryan Knepper

Dominic Vasquez entered his Freshman year in college as just a student.  He ended his Freshman year as a National Greco-Roman champion and Most-Outstanding Wrestler of the 2nd annual NCWA Go-Greco Nationals at Richland College (TX).

After initially committing to Otterbein (NCAA-D3) his Junior year at Bedford High School (Temperance, MI) and then to Ohio University his Senior year, he re-opened his recruitment and ended up staying home ultimately enrolling at the University of Toledo.  After sitting out the fall semester, he joined the Rocket Wrestling squad as their 184-pounder, as the starting spot at 174-lbs was taken up by Sophomore Major Moore (a transfer from Ohio University the previous season).  During the spring semester of the regular NCWA season, Vasquez wrestled anywhere from 7 to 58 lbs above his normal weight to help the team win.  He was a part of the 8-man roster that placed 11th at the NCWA National Duals.  The 184-lb weight class proved very difficult in the Great Lakes Conference as he finished in 3rd place behind Brendan DeVries (GVSU, 2nd at GLC, 7th at Nationals) and Jerron Thomas (Mott CC, 1st at GLC, 2nd at Nationals).  Finishing in 3rd place in Conference earned him the #12 seed overall, again while weighing much less than his opponents stepping on the mat.

The national tournament did not end as Dominic wanted, as he ended up being removed from competition just 2 matches away from All-American due to a concussion vs. the #13 seed Cameron Dewey of West Chester.  The Toledo coaching staff, which includes Dominic's father Pedro (himself a collegiate wrestler from the University of Findlay), believed that having to be removed kept him motivated for the next portion of the season -- GRECO -- which, based on his very successful amateur high school career, which saw him compete at Fargo, is his strong suit.  He kept training in the folkstyle offseason helping to coach the Great Lakes Wrestling Club and wrestled in the Ohio Tournament of Champions and then finally at the U-23 World Team Trials in Akron from June 1-3, 2018.  This event was a harsh reminder of the rigors of collegiate wrestling.  His first round in Greco at 82 kg was against Chandler Rogers of Oklahoma State.  His second match came against a much larger Thomas Brackett out of TN.  While both matches ended in defeat, they were an important stepping stone for him as he was not afraid to step onto the mat with some of the best that Team USA has to offer. Rogers placed 3rd while Brackett placed 5th.

From the World Team Trials, Vasquez ventured his way down to Dallas, TX to stake his claim at a national title within the NCWA's Go-Greco initiative.  Dominic did not disappoint as he outscored his opponents 44-3 in four matches.  Three of these victories were 10-0 technical victories.  He scored several 4- and 5-point moves during the event.  His 14-3 technical superiority victory over Quinn Redmond of North Texas in the 85 kg finals was impressive enough to earn him the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award as voted by the head coaches at the event.  It was also enough to earn the University of Toledo a 3rd place finish as a team.  

Undoubtedly, this 19-year old from Toledo has unfinished business to take care of as a Sophomore in the collegiate folkstyle season, but he may have just announced his intentions by wracking up UT's first National Collegiate Championship in Greco-Roman.