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Kaitlyn is a three-sport athlete who is a leader in sports
and in the classroom. Kaitlyn, who
has been the captain of her softball team since her junior year, also plays
volleyball and basketball for her school.
She carries a 4.3 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society, is
the Senior Class Historian, plus a member of the Math Team and is
Vice-President of the Future Educators Association. Kaitlyn’s softball coach
says she’s a natural leader.
Outside of school she has logged over 120 community service hours.
(Baseball) El Toro HS (Lake Forest, CA)
Ford is not only one of the top high school baseball
pitchers in the country, but he is also one of the smartest. Ford is currently wrapping-up his high
school career before he heads east to set his sights on a college baseball and
academic career at Yale University.
He carries a 4.80 GPA with AP courses in English, history, calculus and
physics. He was a perfect 11-0 as a junior with an ERA of 1.06 to help his
school to its 6th straight league title. He also served as Secretary General for the National Model
United Nations conference.
Candice carries a weighted 4.7 GPA as a two-sport athlete
playing volleyball and softball for her school. She’s an active member of the National Honor Society, the
school’s Athletic Boosters and Future Farmers of America. Every year that she has played varsity
sports she’s been named to the Greater Neuse River Conference All-Academic
Kevin James (Water
Polo) Coral Springs HS (Coral Springs, FL)
Aside from being an outstanding defender on his school’s
water polo team, James is incredible in the classroom. He is senior class valedictorian
with a weighted GPA of 5.4388 with an ACT composite score of 30. Kevin’s taken over 17 AP courses over
his four years in high school and is president of Mu Alpha Theta and a member
of the National Honor Society.
He’s won seven varsity letters as a member of the school’s water polo
and swim teams.
Brittany, who has a twin sister, is a three-sport athlete
that will continue her college career running track & field and cross
country at Indiana University. She
carries a 4.5 GPA, which ranks her second in her class. She’s a member of the
National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish Club, Key
Club and Students Against Drunk Driving.
Aside from being her school’s all-time leading scorer in basketball,
she’s a three-time state finalist in track & field and a two-time state
finalist in cross-country.
Dan Rafuse (Track
& Field) Norton HS (Norton, MA)
This senior came of age in both basketball and track &
field during his junior year when he led the school to its first league
championship in basketball in 24 years and led the track team to its first
undefeated season. As a senior
he’s kept his GPA high a 3.75 while taking a challenging course load in AP and
Honors’ courses. He’s a member of
the school’s Leadership Council and works with younger students throughout the
district, serving as a role model and peer leader. This season in basketball he
was the team’s leading scorer. In December Rafuse was named MIAA Student-Athlete
of the Month for he outstanding achievements in sports and in the classroom.
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Ohio crowned three individual
champs at the Freshman Nationals at the 24th annual National HighSchool Coaches Association National Wrestling Championships held April 3rd
through the 7th in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Behind the Buckeye State was Georgia,
New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania with two individual champs each.
Leading the way was Tyler Warner of Claymont High School in
Ohio, who followed-up his state championship by taking the gold medal at
106-pounds. Warner pinned Jose Tapia of New Mexico in the finals.
The other Ohio champs were Nick Svarda from Carlisle High at
170-pounds and Kordell Chaney of Sandusky Perkins at 220.
Warner was one six state champs from the 2012-13 high school
season that captured NHSCA gold medals.
The other 2012-13 state champs that mined gold in Virginia Beach are:
Kyle Norstrem of nationally-ranked Brandon High School in Florida; Jarrett
Degan of Belgrade High in Montana; Kevin Budock of Good Counsel in Maryland;
and brothers Daniel and Thomas Bullard of Archer High School in Georgia.
At 152 pounds, Jordan Torbitt of Whitney Point High School
in New York pinned Joe Nadotti of Florida in the finals. Torbitt won the 2012 154-pound Middle
Another 2012 Middle School champ Jimmy Saylor of Easton High
School in Pennsylvania finished second at 132 pounds.
The team championship was a close battle with New York edging
Pennsylvania by one point 208.5 to 207.5 points. Ohio finished a close third
with 204 points.
Freshman Nationals Finals
106: Tyler Warner (Ohio) pinned Jose Tapia (New Mexico),
113: Kyle Norstrem (Florida) dec. Trent Olson (Wyoming), 11-6
120: Jarrett Degen (Montana) dec. Kellen Devlin (New York), 6-4
126: Kevin Budock (Maryland) dec. Max Pickett (New Jersey), 4-3
132: Christopher Mauriello (New York) dec. Jimmy Saylor (Pennsylvania), 9-4
138: Daniel Bullard (Georgia) dec. Ryan Peters (New Hampshire), 6-0
145: Thomas Bullard (Georgia) pinned Joey Nadotti (Florida), 3:24
152: Jordan Torbitt (New York) major dec. Dean Drugac (New Jersey), 10-0
160: Brandon Dallavia (New Jersey) major dec. John Jakobsen (Pennsylvania),
170: Nick Svarda (Ohio) dec. Alan Clothier (Kansas), 11-8
182: Drew Phipps (Pennsylvania) pinned Christian Araneo (New York), 0:56
195: Matthew Correnti (New Jersey) dec. Kobe Woods (Indiana), 13-7
220: Kordell Chaney (Ohio) dec. Joe Hensley (Ohio), 8-7
285: Jake Beistel (Pennsylvania) dec. Edwin Rubio (New York), 4-3
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With two individual champs and one runner-up
finish, New York won the team championship at the 6th annual Middle
School Nationals that were held during the 24th annual National High
School Coaches Association National Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach,
Leading the way for the Empire State that
edged-out Pennsylvania by one-and-a-half points for the team title was Mack
Berkowitz, who won the title at 127, and Travis Race, who captured the
165-pound crown. Berkowitz was a
2012 NHSCA champ.
California, which finished third in the team
championship crowned three individual champs: Izzak Olejnik at 85, Navonte
Demison at 90 and J.J. Figueroa at 105.
At 90-pounds, Zach Sherman, who finished third
in the state in the Florida Class 1A championships at 106-pounds as an 8th
grader, finished third for the second straight year at the NHSCA Middle School
Nationals. Sherman lost his
first-round match, but battled-back through wrestlebacks to win a bronze medal.
The Top 8 wrestlers in each weight class won
All-American honors. To qualify of the Middle School Championship event, every
wrestler had to place in the Top 8 in his official NHSCA State Championship.
The top three states
all received team awards with New York taking home the National Championship
Cup to display at their State Championships.
2013 Middle School Nationals Finals
75 – Tanner Jordan (Ohio) pinned Ryan Zimmerman
(New Jersey) 3:54
80 – No Contest, Cole Rhone (Pennsylvania) and Joe Klock
85 – Izzak Olejnik (California) dec. Charles
Chapman (Ohio) 4-1
The talent registered in the Senior Division for 24th
annual National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) National Wrestling
Championships is incredible. The field includes seven 4X state champs, with
wrestlers who have won a combined 203 state championships. In addition to the seven 4X champs;
there are 18 3X state champs; and 23 2X state champions.
Our four-time state champs in the Senior Division are: Michael
Billingsley of Lowry High School in Nevada; Miguel Calixto of Mount Anthony
Union High School in Vermont; J’den Cox of Hickman High School in Missouri;
Dani Fischer of Campbell County High School in Wyoming; Joey Lavallee of Reno
High School (ranked #15 in the nation) in Nevada; Ryan Nivan of Tyngsboro High
School in Massachusetts and Tyler Tate from Spring Creek High School in Nevada.
While all seven 4X champs are outstanding, Cox, who will
wrestle at the University of Missouri next season, hasn’t lost since his
freshman year and brings a 205-3 record to Virginia Beach. Cox won all four of his state titles at
different weight classes.
There are two 2X NHSCA champs in the Senior Division field
led by Dennis Gustafson of Forest Park High School in Virginia. Gustafson, who will wrestle in college
at Virginia Tech, is currently ranked 15th in the nation according
to Win Magazine. Coleman Hammond
of Bakersfield High School in California is also a 2X NHSCA champ, who is
entered at 145-pounds. Back to defend
his 2012 Junior championship at 152 is Kyle Perreault of Clovis East High
School in California
Another nationally-ranked wrestler in the field is two-time
National Prep champion Frank Mattiace of national champion Blair Academy in New
Jersey. Entered at 195 pounds, Mattiace was 160-16 during his scholastic career
and ranked #7 nationally by Win Magazine.
Last year the State of California walked away with three
championships in the Senior Division, followed by Florida, New Jersey and New
York with two champs apiece. California captured the Senior title with 240.5 points,
followed by New York (191) and New Jersey (159.5).
Blair Academy’s (Blairstown, New Jersey) Mark Grey won the
132-pound championship and the Senior Division’s Most Outstanding Wrestler
Capturing Senior titles from California were Josh Rodriguez
(Righetti HS) at 120; Natrelle Demison (Bakersfield HS) at 138 and Richard
Black (Chavez HS) at 220.
Florida’s champs were Clark Glass (Brandon HS) at 160 and
Doug Vollaro of Pine Castle Christian at 285.
New Jersey’s champions were Grey and Alenick Richardson (St.
Peter’s Prep) at 145.
New York gold medalists were Dylan Palacio (Long Beach HS)
at 145 and Anthony Lock (Pioneer HS) at 182.
Other states with single champs in the 2012 Senior Division
were Kansas, Maryland North Carolina, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
This year’s Junior Nationals are loaded from top-to-bottom with
eleven 3X state champs in the field, plus eight 2012 NHSCA Sophomore Division
champs are back to defend their titles.
In fact, three wrestlers are looking to add a third NHSCA title to their
Nathan Rose of Sibley East High School in Minnesota, Ryan
Millhof of Collins Hill in Georgia and Jesse Webb of Mount Anthony Union High
School in Vermont are halfway to becoming 4X NHSCA national champs. There have only been two wrestlers in
the history of the NHSCA National Wrestling Championships to win four titles.
Millhof, who is currently ranked 5th in the
nation at 120 pounds, also owns two Georgia state championships, plus a
runner-up finish as a freshman. Rose, who is currently ranked 12th
in the nation at 195, is coming-off his second straight Minnesota title. Webb,
who is ranked 17th in the nation, is a 3X Vermont state champion.
The 126-pound bracket is loaded with 3X Kentucky state champ
Brock Ervin of Union County High School and 2X Colorado state champ and
defending 120 pound NHSCA Sophomore champ P.T. Garcia of Bear Creek High School
in Colorado entered. Also at 126 are two 2X state champs Jack Mutchnik of St.
Paul’s in Maryland and Cameron Perry of Gilmer High School in Georgia. The 126-pound bracket has registrants
with a combined 17 individual state championships.
Other returning 2012 Sophomore Division champs are: 3X
Delaware state champ Brent Fleetwood of Smyrna High School (ranked #3
nationally @ 113 pounds); 3X South Carolina state champ Clay Walker from
Eastside High; former Blair Academy (New Jersey) wrestler P.J. Klee, who sat
out this season after transferring to Cardinal Newman High School in California
because of transfer rules; 3X Maryland state champ Alfred Bannister of Bishop
McNamaraHigh School (ranked #5 nationally @ 138 pounds); Larry Bomstad of
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove in Minnesota, who won a state championship this year.
Another top junior is Burke Paddock of Warsaw High School in
New York. Burke won an NHSCA Freshman Division title and finished runner-up
last year at 160 pounds.
Last year, Pennsylvania, with three champions, won the
Junior National team title with 189 points to edge-out Virginia with 186. New York finished third with 183.5
The Sophomore Division of 24th annual National
High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) National Wrestling Championships could
be called “golden” with 45 wrestlers entered having won their respective state
wrestling championships during the 2012-13 school year. Eighteen of those
champs are 2X state champs, who will grace the mats at the Virginia Beach
Convention Center April 3rd through the 7th.
Included in the field so far are four wrestlers that
captured NHSCA titles as freshman: Conor Ross of Springstead High School in
Florida at 170-pounds; Tevis Bartlett of Cheyenne East High School in Wyoming
at 182; Kenneth Brinson of Marist High School in Georgia at 195-pounds and Gage
Cervenka of Emerald High School in South Carolina at 285.Bartlett and Cervenka are both two-time
state champions, who both pinned their ways to gold in last year’s NHSCA
Freshman championship matches.
Multiple two-time state champs entered at 106, 113, 120, 126
and 132.Both 120 and 126 have
three, two-time state champs.
Two-time winners at 120 are Troy Gassaway of Mount Anthony
Union High School in Vermont, Gresh Jones of Sidney High School in Montana and
Richard Montoya of Robertson High School in New Mexico.
At 126 pounds, the two-time champs are: Dylan LaFountain of
Mount Anthony Union High School in Vermont; Brooks Law of Foxcroft Academy in
Maine and Dylan Lucas of Brandon High School in Florida.
Pennsylvania won last year’s Sophomore Nationals with 213
points to outdistance second place Ohio and third place Virginia.Pennsylvania didn’t claim any
individual championships, but did have two runner-up finishes.Minnesota, New Jersey and Ohio claimed
two individual titles each in the Sophomore Division.States with single champs were: California, Colorado,
Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, Vermont and West Virginia.
Eight of last year’s Sophomore champs are entered in the
Junior Division this year. They are: two-time NHSCA champs Nathan Rose of
Sibley East High School in Minnesota, Ryan Millhof of Collins Hill in Georgia;
and Jesse Webb of Mount Anthony Union High School in Vermont; plus 2012 champs
Brent Fleetwood (Delaware) at 106, P.T. Garcia (Colorado) at 120, Clay Walker
(South Carolina) at 126, P.J. Klee (California) at 132, Alfred Bannister
(Maryland) at 138 and Larry Bomstad (Minnesota) at 145.
19 wrestlers from around America who are fresh off capturing
freshman state championships over the last month-and-a-half will be vying for
gold in the Freshman Division of the 24th Annual National High
School Wrestling Championships at the Virginia Beach Convention Center next week.
The 106-pound bracket is loaded with nine state champs
entered. In alphabetical order they are: Benjamin Anderson of Pleasant Grove
High School (Utah), Jake Brindley of Lake Highland Prep (Florida), Rian Burris
of White Knoll (South Carolina), Peter Del Gallo of Gardiner High School
(Maine), Chris McCrackin of Banks County (Georgia), Trent Olsom of Campbell
County (Wyoming), Derek Spann of Adirondack High School (New York), Dylan Udero
of Las Cruces High (New Mexico) and Tyler Warner of Claymont High School
2012 Middle School champ Kelan McKenna of New Hartford High
School in New York is entered at 103 after taking the 90-pound title last
year. Jimmy Saylor of Easton High
in Pennsylvania won the 127 Middle School title last year. This year’s he’s
entered at 132 pounds. Another
Middle School champ moving-up is Jordan Torbitt of Whitney Point High School in
New York, who won the 154-pound title in 2012.
Last year, Pennsylvania won the Freshman Division with 199
points, beating out Ohio and Virginia.
The Keystone State won the title with only one champ to Ohio’s four
individual champs it the Freshman Division. Austin Myers of Kentucky was the division’s Outstanding
Four of last year’s champs are back to defend their 2012
titles in the Sophomore Division.
2012 Freshman champs that are competing this year are: Conor Ross
(Florida) at 170, Tevis Bartlett (Wyoming) at 182, Ken Brinson (Georgia) at 195
and Gage Cervenka (South Carolina) at 285.