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Monday, March 18, 2013
24th annual NHSCA High School Wrestling National Championships - Junior Division
With plenty of time to still register for the 24th
annual National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) National Wrestling
Championships, the field in the Junior Division is stocked from top-to-bottom.
As of March 15th, wrestlers who have won a combined 100 state championships have
registered for the Junior Nationals April 3-7, 2013 at the Virginia Beach
Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Currently there are eight 3X state champs registered in the
Junior Division, plus eight 2012 NHSCA Sophomore Division champs are back to
defend their titles.
The 126-pound bracket is loaded with Brock Ervin of Union County
High School in Kentucky, P.T. Garcia
of Bear Creek High School in
Colorado and Clay Walker of Eastside High School in South
Carolina.Ervin and Walker are 3X
state champs; Garcia is a 2X state champ. Last year at the NHSCA’s, Garcia won
the 120-pound Sophomore Division championship, while Walker was the 126-pound
champ.Right now the 126-pound
bracket has registrants with a combined 17 individual state championships.
Nathan Rose of Sibley East High School in Minnesota is
halfway to becoming just the third 4X NHSCA national champ. Rose, who is currently
ranked 12th in the nation, is coming-off his second straight
Minnesota title. Rose, who will be trying to defend his Sophomore Division
195-pound title in the same weight class, won NHSCA titles as a freshman and a
Other returning 2012 Sophomore Division champs are: 3X
Delaware state champ Brent Fleetwood
of SmyrnaHigh School; former Blair
Academy (New Jersey) wrestler P.J.
Klee, who sat out this season after transferring to Cardinal NewmanHigh School
in California; 3X Maryland state champ Alfred
Bannister of Bishop McNamara High
School; Larry Bomstad of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove in Minnesota, who
won a state championship this year; and Jesse
Webb, a 3X Vermont state champ at Mount
Anthony Union High School.
Other top juniors registered are Ryan Milhof of Collins Hill
High School in Georgia and Burke
Paddock of Warsaw High School in
New York. Milhof is ranked 5th in the nation at 120 pounds, while
Paddock is ranked 11th at 160.Milhof and Burke both won an NHSCA Freshman Division titles. Burke
finished runner-up last year.
Last year was another record-breaking year with over 2,407
wrestlers competing in the NHSCA’s five championship divisions: Senior, Junior,
Sophomore, Freshman and Middle School.In the four high school divisions in 2012, there were over 800 state
champions and 1,600 state place winners competing for the coveted title of
NHSCA national champ.In addition
to crowning individual champs, the NHSCA names wrestlers All-Americans for
finishing in the Top 8 in each weight class.