Phetxoumphone competes at Cadet nationals, finishes one win away from All-American status

Webster City freshman to be Camron Phetxoumphone (above) competed for Team Iowa at the US Marine Corps Cadet and Junior Nationals in Fargo, N.D., last week. He won three matches and just missed earning All-American status in the Cadet 88-pound bracket. Submitted photo

WEBSTER CITY — Yet another youth wrestler with lofty potential is making his way through the pipeline.

Camron Phetxoumphone, a freshman to be at Webster City High School, competed to within one win of All-American status at the U.S. Marine Corps Cadet and Junior Nationals last weekend in Fargo, N.D.

Wrestling for Team Iowa, Phetxoumphone put together a 3-2 record in freestyle at 88 pounds in the Cadet Division. He dropped a tight 3-2 decision to fellow Iowan Brandon O’Brien in the blood round — the match that determined which of the two would make it onto the podium.

O’Brien attends Linn-Mar High School in Marion.

Phetxoumphone opened his tournament with a 16-4 rout of Jordan Habeen from Kansas, but dropped his Round of 16 bout to eventual national champion Mason Gehloff of Minnesota, 11-0.

Gehloff went on to become a Triple Crown winner in freestyle, folk style and Greco Roman.

Phetxoumphone reeled off consecutive wins over Sam Smith of Oklahoma, 10-0, and Payton Smith of Washington, 12-2, on the backside of the bracket before he fell to O’Brien.

Phetxoumphone is a veteran of the youth circuit across the state. Over the past year, he won tournament titles in Ankeny, Webster City and at the Iowa Grade School and Junior High State Tournament. He was a runner-up at the Iowa/USA State Freestyle Championships and placed fourth at the Iowa AAU Kids State Championships.