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Friday, March 29, 2013
Gold Medals abound in Sophomore Division at 24th Annual National High School Coaches Association National Wrestling Championships
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.