September 2, 2020

Buckeye Welcome – Anthony Echemendia


*Photo above by Jim Thrall,

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Anthony Echemendia’s ascension into the national spotlight began in July 2019 in Fargo, N.D. There, he not only tech’ed his way into the freestyle semifinals en route to a title, but he also captured the Greco-Roman championship despite little-to-no previous experience in Greco-Roman.

Next up was another dominating performance on the national stage, earning a tech fall in the Who’s #1 event. Echemendia had also ripped through an unblemished 52-0 season for Sunnyside High School (Tuscon, Ariz.) after leaving his native country of Cuba.

In Cuba, he found much success in the freestyle world. The son of Davami Orduna and Rodolfo Echemendia was a two-time Senior-level medalist and U23 Cuba Freestyle National Champion (’17) as a teenager. He reached three straight Cuba Junior Freestyle finals from 2015-17, capped by back-to-back titles in ’16-17. Echemendia strung together a three-year national title run among the Cadet ranks from 2012-14 as well.

Despite English being a secondary language, Echemendia has instantly impressed in the academic realm. He was recently recognized by the Student-Athlete Support Services Office (SASSO) as one of 10 ‘Student-Athletes of the Month’ for September 2020.