Monday, August 4, 2014

NHSCA announces 2014 Senior Athletes of the Year Awards

by Jeff Fisher

The National High School Coaches Association today announced its selections for its 2014 National High School Senior Athletes of the Year Awards.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 releases preseason national high school cross country rankings

by Jeff Fisher
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North Central High School from Spokane, Washington is ranked as the #1 preseason boys' cross country team in the nation by, the country's premiere ranking service for the sport.  Great Oak from Temecula, California is the #1 girls' cross country team.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NHSCA announces 2014 National Coaches of the Year

by Jeff Fisher
The National High School Coaches Association announced the winners for its 2014 National High School Coach of the Year Awards this week. This is the 15th year straight year the NHSCA has honored these achievers in the high school coaching community nationwide. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

2014 NHSCA High School National Wrestling Championships wrap-up

by Jeff Fisher
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It was a record-breaking weekend at the 25th annual National High School Coaches Association's High School National Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Aside from the record number of competitors (3,367) that took part in the three-day event, two wrestlers entered the exclusive 4-time NHSCA champion club.

Baseball: Florida's The First Academy wins National High School Invitational title

by Jeff Fisher
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The First Academy from Orlando, Florida won the 2014 National High School Invitational in Cary, North Carolina.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

25th annual NHSCA High School National Wrestling Championships - Finals

by Jeff Fisher
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Here are the match-ups for Sunday's championship finals in the high school divisions for the 25th annual NHSCA High School National Wrestling Championships.

Senior Nationals

106 – Brandon Cunningham (Prattville HS, Alabama) vs. Issac Blackburn (Del Oro HS, California)
113 – John Twomey (St. Anthony’s, New York) vs. Joe Calderone (Walt Whitman, New York)
120 – Mason Pengilly (Porterville HS, California) vs. Tyrone Klump (Nazareth HS, Pennsylvania)
126 – Ryan Millhof (Collins Hill HS, Georgia) vs. Isaiah Locsin (Gilroy HS, California)
132 – Sean Fausz (Campbell County HS, Kentucky) vs. Dusty Hone (Cedar City HS, Utah)
138 – Josh Reyes (Parkrose HS, Oregon) vs. Clay Walker (Eastside HS, South Carolina)
145 – Niko Villarreal (Gilroy HS, California) vs. Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer (Cheektowaga HS, New York)
152 -  Paul Fox (Gilroy HS, California) vs. Jairod James (Bedford HS, Ohio)
160 – Dakota Juarez (Grand Haven HS, Michigan) vs. Brandon Womack (Scottsboro HS, Alabama)
171 – Cale Wilson (Sallisaw HS, Oklahoma) vs. Nathan Marek (Southmoore HS, Oklahoma)
182 – Luis Peguero (Robinson HS, Florida) vs. Nicholas Fiegener (Folsom HS, California)
195 -  Tristan Sponseller (Bermudian Springs HS, Pennsylvania) vs. Marcus Harrington (Waterloo West HS, Iowa)
220 – Corey Daniel (River Hill HS, Maryland) vs. Matthew Moore (Apalachee HS, Georgia)
285 – James O’Hagan (Seaford HS, New York) vs. Jesse Webb (Mt. Anthony Union HS, Vermont)

Junior Nationals

106 – Jabari Moody (Rich Central HS, Illinois) vs. Jarret Reisenbichler (Jackson HS, Missouri)
113 -  L.J. Bentley (St. Edward, Ohio) vs. Niko Colunga (Oakdale HS, California)
120 -  Jordan Allen (Huntington HS, West Virginia) vs. Steven Simpson (St. Mary’s Ryken, Maryland)
126 – Rico Montoya (Robertson HS, New Mexico) vs. Mike Dangelo (Commack HS, New York)
132 – Lucas Weiland (Seckman HS, Missouri) vs. Will Clark (Cary HS, North Carolina)
138 – Max Thomsen (Union HS, Iowa) vs. Pat Lugo (South Dade HS, Florida)
145 -  Lorenzo De La Riva (Folsom HS, California) vs. Neal Richards (Matoaca HS, Virginia)
152 – Sean Glasgow (Bound Brook HS, New Jersey) vs. Miguel Barreras (Rio Rancho HS, New Mexico)
160 – Johnathan Viruet (Springfield Central HS, Massachusetts) vs. Kollin Moore (Norwayne HS, Ohio)
170 -  Benjamin Schram (Bellbrook HS, Ohio) vs. Johnny Garcia (Danbury HS, Connecticut)
182 -  Dylan Wisman (Millbrook HS, Virginia) vs. Cash Wilcke (OA-BCIG,Iowa)
195 -  Jeff Velez (David Brearley HS, New Jersey) vs. Matthew Rudy (Cane Bay HS, South Carolina)
220 – Austin Myers (Campbell County HS, Kentucky) vs. Kenneth Brinson (Marist HS, Georgia)
285 – Nicholas Wimmer (North Davidson HS, North Carolina) vs. Andrew Pacheco (Warren Hills HS, New Jersey)

Sophomore Nationals

106 – Garrett O’Shea (Morris Knolls HS, New Jersey) vs. Sebastian Rivera ( Christian Brothers Academy, New Jersey)
113 – Peter Del Gallo (Gardiner HS, Maine) vs. Josh McClure (Fulton HS, Missouri)
120 – Jake Spiess (Delta HS, Ohio) vs. Kyle Norstrem (Brandon HS, Florida)
126 -  Kris Lindemann (Howell HS, New Jersey) vs. Christopher Diaz (Archer HS, Georgia)
132 – Jarrett Degen (Belgrade HS, Montana) vs. Mark McCormick (Camden Catholic HS, New Jersey)
138 – Kevin Budock (Good Counsel, Maryland) vs. Dakota Gardner (Fredonia HS, New York)
145 – Abner Romero (Buchanan HS, California) vs. Thomas Bullard (Archer HS, Georgia)
152 – Daniel Bullard (Archer HS, Georgia) vs. Deyaun Trueblood (Gateway HS, Colorado)
160 – Austin Bell (Belle Vernon HS, Pennsylvania) vs. Chris Weiler (Wyoming Seminary, Pennsylvania)
170 – Bridger Barker (Corona del Sol HS, Arizona) vs. Dean Drugac (Morris Knolls HS, New Jersey)
182 – Ross Graham (Poquoson HS, Virginia) vs. Blake Rypel (Indianapolis Cathedral, Indiana)
195 – Drew Phipps (Norwin HS, Pennsylvania) vs. Matthew Correnti (Holy Cross HS, New Jersey)
220 – Kyle Mann (Columbus HS, Florida) vs. Kyle Jennings (Ponderosa HS, California)
285 – Nick Coe (Asheboro HS, North Carolina) vs. Jake Beistel (Southmoreland HS, Pennsylvania)

Freshman Nationals

106 – Brian Courtney (Athens HS, Pennsylvania) vs. Jose Tapia (Capital HS, New Mexico)
113 – Brandon Felix (Ocean Grove HS, California) vs. Tyler Waterson (Spearfish HS, South Dakota)
120 – Josh Wyland (Benedictine College Prep, Virginia) vs. Dominick Mandarino (Don Bosco Prep, New Jersey)
126 – Jaden Enriquez (Mission Oak HS, California) vs. Francisco Valdes (Miami Southwest HS, Florida)
132 – Brock Wilson (Nazareth HS, Pennsylvania) vs. Stephan Glasgow (Bound Brook HS, New Jersey)
138 – Dominic Demas (Dublin Coffman HS, Ohio) vs. Trey Greiner (Olentangy Liberty HS, Ohio)
145 – Max Andreoni (Woodford County HS, Kentucky) vs. Bryan McLaughlin (Woodbridge HS, New Jersey)
152 – Drew Peck (Chambersburg HS, Pennsylvania) vs. Jesse Beverly (Delta HS, Ohio)
160 – Caleb Little (Jefferson HS, Georgia) vs. Bunmi Smith (Camden County HS, Georgia)
170 – Brian Hennessy (St. John’s, Maryland) vs. Chase Singletary (Palmetto Ridge HS, Florida)
182 – Zane Black (Bishop McDevitt HS, Pennsylvania) vs. Matt McKenzie (Wall HS, New Jersey)
195 – Quinn Miller (Archer HS, Georgia) vs. Cole Nye (Bishop McDevitt HS, Pennsylvania)
220 – Sammy Evans (Alcoa HS, Tennessee) vs. Nick Mosco (Jesuit HS, Florida)
285 – Nick Boykin (Riverdale HS, Tennessee) vs. Brody Gregory (Hixson HS, Tennessee)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dave Dean named NHSCA National Wrestling Coach of the Year

by Jeff Fisher

Dave Dean of Lowell High School in Michigan is the 2014 NHSCA National High School Wrestling Coach of the Year.

In nine years as the head coach at Lowell, Dean has built the Red Arrows program into one of the best in Michigan while also gaining attention on the national level.  This past season, Dean led his program to its second overall Michigan’s Division 2 team championship, plus a Top 20 ranking by multiple national media outlets.  Three of his wrestlers – Lucas Hall (112 pounds), Max Dean (171 pounds) and Josh Colegrove (215 pounds) – won individual state championships this past season.

With three state champs this past season, Dean has now coached 12 individual state champs along with 46 state place winners while amassing an overall record of 237-39.  Under Dean, Lowell has won nine Michigan district titles, six regional championships and seven conference titles.  This past year, Dean was named Michigan Division 2 Coach of the Year.

Maybe more impressive than his on-the-mat record, is the fact that since 2007, every Lowell wrestling team has been named Academic All-State.

“Coach Dean and his family have set a level of excellence in Michigan and the nation that makes Lowell High School one of the top programs each year,” said Bob Ferraro, Junior, Executive Director of the National High School CoachesAssociation. “We are proud to honor Coach Dean not only for his work on the mat, but also his drive to turn-out top quality student-athletes.”

“My very first thought is to thank all of the coaches, athletes, parents and administrators that have shared in all of the work and sacrifice over the years,” said Coach Dean. “Without the backing of all of those people, a recognition like this would be possible.  On behalf of them, I am truly honored to receive this prestigious recognition from the NHSCA.”

This past season was Dean’s last at Lowell.  He has accepted the job as the head of the Olympic Development Program at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. 

Dean’s son Gabe just finished his freshman year wrestling for the Big Red.  Gabe Dean finished third at 184-pounds at the recently completed NCAA National Championships.  Earlier this year, Dean beat Penn State’s Ed Ruth two stop the two-time champs 84-match win streak.  Ruth gained revenge at the NCAA’s, beating Dean in the semifinals before going on to win his third NCAA title.

Dave Dean was a two-time All-American while wrestling at the University of Minnesota, that included a runner-up finish at the NCAA’s.  He was also a two-time Big 10 champ.

Next year, Coach Dean will have seven former student-athletes wrestling at the Division 1 level.

Past NHSCA High School National High School Wrestling Coaches of the Year

2013 – Steve Tirapelle – Clovis (California)
2012 – Pat Simpson – Father Ryan (Tennessee)
2011 – Cliff Ramos – Collins Hill (Georgia)
2010 – Barry Chooljian – Timberlane (New Hampshire)
2009 – Jeff Sweigard – Central Dauphin (Pennsylvania)
2008 – Bill Jacoutot – Spencerport (New York)
2007 – Jerry Winterton – Cary (North Carolina)
2006 – Mike Polz – Carl Sandburg (Illinois)
2005 – Roy Hall – Davison (Michigan)
2004 – Terry Dubert – Northampton (Pennsylvania)
2003 – Jeff Jordan – St. Paris Graham (Ohio)
2002 – David East – Bakersfield (California); Jim Jackson – Apple Valley (Minnesota)
2001 – Dave Crowell – Wilson Borough (Pennsylvania); Jeff Jordan – Clarksville (Tennessee)
2000 – Russ Cozart – Brandon (Florida); Scott Legacy – Mount Anthony Union (Vermont); Herb Stinson – Aztec (New Mexico)
1999 – Lewie Benitz – Lincoln (Wisconsin); Keith Healy – Providence Catholic (Illinois); Tim Marzuola – Highlands Park (Texas); Dick Rhoades – Bald Eagle Area (Pennsylvania)
1998 – Jim Poston – Montgomery Bell Academy (Tennessee)

Record number of entrants set to battle at NHSCA National Wrestling Championships

by Jeff Fisher
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The 25th annual NHSCA High School National Wrestling Championships will break a record for number of entrants with 3,367 wrestlers from 47 states and Germany entered for the competition that will take place this weekend in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  This size of this year’s field shatters the old record of 2,800 that was set in 2013.

This year’s field in the five divisions (Senior, Junior, Sophomore, Freshmen and Middle School) features the following: 618 seniors with 374 state champions; 983 juniors with 254 state champions; 806 sophomores with 89 state champions; 604 freshmen with 39 state titles; and 357 Middle School wrestlers.

The Senior Nationals enter their Silver Anniversary with an incredible ten four-time state champs, 19 three-time champs and 72 two-time state champs with 494 state place winners.  Two wrestlers: Ryan Millhof of Collins High School in Georgia and Clay Walker of Eastside High School in South Carolina will try to make history by becoming four-time NHSCA National Champions.  Only three wrestlers have ever won four consecutive NHSCA titles.

The NHSCA High School National Wrestling championships are known as a Who’s Who in the sport of high school wrestling with three former champs – Cael Sanderson, Jake Varner and Jordan Burroughs - going on to win Olympic gold medals. 

In the recently complete 2014 NCAA Division 1 National Championships, 17 of the 20 finalists competed in the NHSCA National Champions while in high school.

In addition to the 3,367 wrestlers that will be competing at the NHSCA National Championships in the Virginia Beach Convention Center, over 1,200 high school coaches are expected to be in attendance along with 200-plus college coaches.

36 mats will be used to handle the record number wrestlers that will be competing for NHSCA All-American status that goes to the top eight finishers in each weight class in each division.

The NHSCA High School National Wrestling Championships will be carried LIVE on

Monday, March 24, 2014

Seven 2013 NHSCA Freshman National Champs looking for back-to-back gold at Sophomore Nationals

by Jeff Fisher
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Seven 2013 NHSCA Freshman National champs are back to defend their titles at the 25th Annual National High School Coaches Association High School National Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Back-to-back titles put wrestlers halfway to joining the exclusive NHSCA 4X National Title Club.  Only three wrestlers have ever captured four NHSCA's. Last year B.J. Clagon of Toms River South High School in New Jersey joined Blake Roulo of Matoaca High School in Virginia and Tyler Beckwith of Greene High School in New York as the only four-time champs in the history of the event.

The 2014 NHSCA Sophomore Nationals field features 16 two-time state champs from around America. Three of those two-time state champs hail from Georgia - Jack Barber of Buford High School and twins Thomas and Daniel Bullard of Archer High School.

The Bullard boys have been been the talk of the Peach State over the last two year and they are back to defend their 2013 NHSCA Freshman Nationals titles.  Both wrestlers have also won back-to-back Georgia state championships.  This past season, Thomas was 60-1, while Daniel was 60-4.

As freshmen, Daniel owned a record of 58-5, Thomas was 54-7. The twins brother Sam, who is a junior, has finished as a state runner-up twice, plus a third place finish.  All three boys carry 4.0 GPA's.

At 120, two-time Florida state champ Kyle Norstrem of Brandon High School is back to add another gold medal to the trophy case.  Norstrem won the 2013 Freshman Nationals title at 113.

Defending 2013 NHSCA Freshman Nationals champ at 132, Chris Mauriello of Hauppauge High School New York is back at the same weight class as a sophomore.  Mauriello won the state's Division II title this year with a 48-1 mark.

At 138, Kevin Budock of Good Counsel will be going after a second straight NHSCA championship.  Budock won the 126-pound title last year. 

The 195-pound weight class features 2013 Freshman Nationals champ Matthew Correnti of  Holy Cross High School in New Jersey. Correnti, who placed third in this year's New Jersey state championships, won the 182-pound NHSCA title last year.

At 285, Jack Beistel of Southmoreland High School in Pennsylvania is back to defend the title he won last year as a freshman.

Runner-ups from last year that are entered in the 2013 NHSCA Sophomore Nationals: Kellen Devlin (126) of Amherst High School in  New York, Ryan Peters (132) of Timberlane High School in New Hampshire Jimmy Saylor (138) of Easton High School in Pennsylvania, Dean Drugac (170) of Morris Knolls High School in New Jersey, Alan Clothier (170) of Lawrence High School in Kansas, Christian Araneo (182) of Melville High School in New York, Joe Hensley (285) of Archbishop Moeller in Ohio.

2X State Champs entered in 2014 NHSCA Sophomore Nationals

113 - Peter Del Gallo, Gardiner HS (Maine)
113 - Michael Prieto, Garden City HS (Kansas)
120 - Benjamin Anderson, Pleasant Grove (Utah)
120 - Chris McCrackin, Banks County (Georgia)
120 - Michael Murphy, Baylor School (Tennessee)
120 - Kyle Norstrem, Brandon HS (Florida)
126 - Jack Barber, Buford HS (Georgia)
126 - Michael Berkowitz, Long Island Lutheran (New York)
132 - Jarrett Degen, Belgrade HS (Montana)
132 - William Verallis, Wyoming Seminary (Connecticut)
138 - Lenny Merkin, Poly Prep (New York)
145 - Thomas Bullard, Archer HS (Georgia)
145 - Eric Reyes, Dedham HS (Massachusetts)
145 - Luke Weber, Forsyth HS (Montana)
152 - Daniel Bullard, Archer HS (Georgia)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Tons of talent in the NHSCA Freshman Nationals

by Jeff Fisher
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The 8th annual NHSCA Freshman Nationals at the 25th Annual NHSCA High School National Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach will feature 37 state champs from around America.  The 106-pound weight class is stacked with 16 champs from 13 states, plus one high school champion wrestler from Germany. 

Some notables in the 106-pound weight class...

Jose Tapia of Capital High School in New Mexico, who finished runner-up as an 8th grader at the 2013 Freshman Nationals, is back.  Tapia captured his second straight Class AAAA state title last month when he won the 113-pound weight class.  Tapia, who was unbeaten during 2013-14, also won a New Mexico state title as an eight grader.  

Last year in the 106-pound freshman final, Tapia was pinned by Tyler Warner from Ohio.

Danny Bertoni of Middletown High School in Maryland won his first competitive wrestling match when he was four years old.  Earlier this month, Bertoni won the Maryland 2A-1A 106-pound title with a perfect 44-0 record.

Dane Heberlein of Alexander High School in New York was also a perfect 44-0 this past season, winning New York's Division II 99-pound individual title.

Andrew Burpee of Habersham High School in Georgia won the state's Class 6A title with a 46-1 record. Burpee is Habersham's first-ever state champ.

Another Georgia state champ in the field at 106-pounds is Eli Hartley of Buford High School, who comes to Virginia Beach after capturing Georgia's 106-pound AAA state title in February.  Hartley was one of six individual AAA champs for Buford that also captured its first-ever Georgia AAA team title.

Hartley's gold medal came in heart-stopping style. He found himself down 3-0 to Noah Kile of Blessed Trinity after two periods in the finals.  After battling back to tie match at 3-3, Kile escaped to take a 4-3 led with 20 seconds to go.  Hartley captured the gold by taking down Kile with 0.8 seconds left on the clock.  Hartley's overall record for the 2013-14 season was 48-12.

Jacob Baird from Virgin Valley High School in Nevada also felt the joy mining freshman gold by beating a senior from his own school in Nevada's Division I-A classification Baird, who finished the year undefeated, beat teammate Clancy Leavitt in the finals.

Matthew Bolduc of Patch American captured the 106-pound title at the DODDS-Europe Wrestling Championships.  Patch American has won four Division I titles in the last five years.

Steven Shields of Brother Martin High School captured Louisiana's 106-pound Division I individual crown.  Shields was one of five individual champs for Brother Martin that has won three straight Louisiana Division I team titles.

At the other end of the spectrum is 220-pounder Sammy Evans of Alcoa High School in Tennessee.  In February, Evans won his first varsity Tennessee state title with four straight pins in the 220-pound bracket. Evans won Tennessee state titles as a middle schooler at the 7th and 8th grade levels.

At 113, Jake Brindley of Lake Highland Prep has an impressive resume with two Florida 1A state championships to his credit.  This past season Brindley finished 52-2.

Brindley's teammate Joey Silva won the Florida 1A state title as an 8th grader with 42 victories this year.

Also at 113 is New York Division II state champ Hunter Dusold of Locust Valley High School. Dusold won this year's title by defeating defending state champ Derek Spann in the 113-pound championship. 

Another state champ at 113-pound pounds is Christian Miller of Plainview High School in Nebraska.  Miller won the Nebraska Class D 113-pound title this past season with a 41-0 record.

Here are the other 2013-14 State Champs in the field...

106 - Jacob Baird, Virgin Valley HS (Nevada)

106 - Danny Bertoni, Middletown HS (Maryland)
106 - Matt Bolduc, Patch American HS (Germany)
106 - Dylan Boone, SouthLake Christian HS (North Carolina)
106 - Andrew Burpee, Habersham Central HS (Georgia)
106 - Jayce Cunha, Ironwood Ridge HS (Arizona)
106 - Luke Davis, St. John's College (Maryland)
106 - Sawyer Degan, Belgrade HS (Montana)
106 - Eli Hartley, Buford HS (Georgia)
106 - Dane Heberlein, Alexander HS (New York)
106 - Gavin Hutchens, Pigeon Forge HS (Tennessee)
106 - Bjorn Schroeder, Bozeman HS (Montana)
106 - Steven Shields, Brother Martin HS (Louisiana)
106 - Joseph Silva, Lake Highland Prep (Florida)
106 - Jose Tapia, Capital HS (New Mexico) - 2X NM champ
106 - Zachary Van Alst, Montgomery Catholic HS (Alabama)
113 - Bradley Beaulieu, Marshwood HS (Maine)
113 - Jake Brindley, Lake Highland Prep (Florida) - 2X FL champ
113 - Hunter Dusold, Locust Valley HS (New York)
113 - Christian Miller, Plainview HS (Nebraska)
113 - Reid Stewart, Brookville HS (Virginia)
120 - Knox Fuller, Bradley Central HS (Tennessee)
120 - Grant Hall, Croatan HS (North Carolina)
120 - Quentin Hovis, Seton Catholic Prep (Arizona)
120 - Franco Valdez, Southwest HS (Florida)
120 - Joshua Wyland, Benedictine College (Virginia)
126 - Hayden Hastings, Sheridan HS (Wyoming)
126 - Victor Plante II, Bedford HS (New Hampshire)
132 - Gil Gerber, Arrichion HS (North Carolina)
132 - Jacob Hart, Independence HS (West Virginia)
138 - Jared Henry, Dayton HS (Oregon)
138 - Max Wohlabaugh, Bishop Moore HS (Florida)
152 - Noah Adams, Independence HS (West Virginia)
152 - Anthony Falbo, Newtown HS (Connecticut)
160 - Caleb Little, Jefferson HS (Georgia)
182 - Justin Allman, Parkersburg South HS (West Virginia)
195 - Jeffrey Allen, Amherst College (Virginia)
220 - Sammy Evans, Alcoa HS (Tennessee)

2013 Freshman Nationals Finals

106: Tyler Warner (Ohio) pinned Jose Tapia (New Mexico), 5:45
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), 12-2
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

2013 Freshman National Team Scores

1. New York – 208.5
2. Pennsylvania – 207.5
3. Ohio – 204
4. New Jersey – 184.5
5. Virginia – 135.5

Thursday, March 20, 2014

NHSCA Senior Nationals feature 203 2013-14 State Champs from around America

by Jeff Fisher
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There's no better way to cap a high school wrestling career than by winning an NHSCA Senior Nationals Championship.  

The 25th Annual NHSCA High School National Wrestling Championships will feature 203 wrestlers from 41 different states, plus Germany that won high school state championships during the 2013-14 school year. 

Overall the Senior Nationals feature nine, four-time state champs; 17 three-time champs; and 64 two-time state champs.

All eyes will be on Ryan Millhof (126 pounds) of Collins Hill High School in Georgia and Clay Walker (138 pounds) of Eastside High School in South Carolina as they try to become only the fourth and fifth four-time NHSCA champions.  

Millhof, who is a three-time Georgia state champ, and Walker, a four-time South Carolina state champ, are looking to join Tyler Beckwith of Greene High School in New York, B.J. Clagon of Toms River South High School in New Jersey and Blake Roulo of Matoaca High School in Virginia as four-time NHSCA champions.

Millhof, who will wrestle at the University of Oklahoma next year, is ranked #7 in the nation at 126 pounds.  This past season Millhof finished 65-3 to give him an overall high school record of 239-7.

Walker won the 2013 NHSCA Junior Nationals at 132 pounds.  Walker is second on South Carolina's all-time wins list with 251 wins and only 10 losses.  This past season he won South Carolina's 3A title with a 70-1 record.  As a junior, Walker set the state's all-time single-season wins record with 72 victories.

Right now the 132-pound weight class is loaded with four, four-time state champs: Dusty Hone of Cedar High School in Utah, Bryce Meredith of Cheyenne Central High School in Wyoming, Christian Monserrat of Methuen High in Massachusetts and Trevor Schermer of Brusly High School in Louisiana. Hone is ranked #19 in the country at 132.

The wrestlers entered in the 132-pound weight class have won a combined 52 state titles during their careers.

The 152-pound weight class has two four-time state champs with Hayden Ryals of Southside in Alabama and John Van Slooten, Jr. of Summerville High in South Carolina entered.

Other four-time state champs in the field are: Brandon Womack (160 pounds) of Scottsboro High in Alabama, Chance McClure of Commerce High in Georgia and Jesse Webb (285 pounds) of Mt. Anthony Union High School in Vermont. 

McClure is back to defend his 2013 Junior Nationals title that he won at 195 pounds.  This year McClure, who will attend the University of Virginia, is entered at 220-pounds. He finished his high school career with 185 straight wins.  McClure, who won four straight Georgia Class A titles, sports an overall high school mark of 191-2 and is ranked a high as #3 in the country at 220 pounds. 

The 160-pound weight class will be very interesting with Womack and two-time New York state champ Burke Paddock of Warsaw High School entered.

Womack, who finished second at the 2013 Junior Nationals at 152 pounds, is ranked #12 in the nation at 160.  Womack tied the Alabama record for state championships when he won his sixth consecutive title in February.  His high school record is an incredible 422-8 with five of this loses coming as a 7th grader.  327 of his matches ended with a pin. 

Womack finished his high school career with a perfect 77-0 record, which is a record for the most victories in a season without a loss. 

In 2012, Womack, who will attend Cornell, set the state record for wins in a season with 85.

Paddock, who will attend the University of Iowa, finished his high school career with a second straight New York Division II title, winning the 170-pound title.  Paddock finished 55-0 this season while breaking the state record for lifetime victories.  He's currently ranked #17 in the country at 170-pounds.

The Paddock brothers have been regulars at the NHSCA's through the years.  As a family, the Paddocks own over 1,000 high school wrestling victories.

Entered at 285 is Webb, who is ranked #13 in the nation. Webb won NHSCA titles as a freshman and sophomore at 285.  Last year Webb finished 5th in the Junior Nationals.

2013 Junior National champ Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer of Cheektiowaga High School in New York is looking for his second straight NHSCA title.  This year, Rodriguez-Spencer will wrestle at 145 pounds.

Rodriguez-Spencer made national news when he beat Alfred Bannister of Bishop McNamara in the 138-pound final 4-3 with a flying squirrel move as time expired.  Video of his move went viral on YouTube with nearly a million views.

Also back trying to defending 2013 gold is Ian Baker of LaCosta Canyon High School in California. Baker won the 182-pound title in 2013. This year's he's entered at 195 after winning a California state title earlier this month.

Looking to trade 2013 silver for 2014 gold are: Nathan Marek of Southmoore High in Oklahoma, who finished runner-up at 170-pounds last year; Malik McDonald of South View High School of North Carolina who finished runner-up last year at 182-pounds; Reggie Williams of Johnson City High School in New York, who finished second at 195 in 2013; Trent Allen of South Brunswick High in North Carolina, who won silver at 220 last year; and James O'Hagan of Seaford High School in New York, who was runner-up at 285 last year.

Below is the latest list of 2013-14 state champs entered for the 2014 Senior Nationals.

106 - Brandon Cunningham, Prattville HS (Alabama)
106 - Larry Hankens, Princess Anne HS (Virginia)
106 - Irvin Portugal, Robbinsville HS (North Carolina)
113 - Alonzo Allen, Rockdale County HS (Georgia) - 2X GA champ
113 - Michael Beck, River Hills HS (Maryland) 
113 - Zach Christopher, Southside HS (Alabama)
113 - Casey Coulter, Grants Pass HS (Oregon) - 2X OR champ
113 - Gage Currier, Colstrip HS (Montana) - 3X MT champ
113 - Tyler Fitzpatrick, Timberlane (New Hampshire) - 2X NH champ
113 - Camerson Kelly, Franklin HS (Massachusetts)
113 - Drew Turner, Parkland HS (North Carolina) - 3X NC champ
120 - Chase Brennan, Monett  HS (Missouri) - 3X MO champ
120 - Landon Curry, Brookville HS (Virginia) - 2X VA champ
120 - James Daggett, Chatham Central HS (North Carolina)
120 - Ryan Elliott, North Marion HS (West Virginia) - 2X WV champ
120 - Heath Gleaton, Central Carrabus HS (North Carolina) - 2X NC champ
120 - Mark Gutierrez, Catholic Memorial HS (Massachusetts) - 
120 - Cody Hill, Live Oak HS (Louisiana) - 3X LA champ
120 - Parker Howell, Kapaun Mt. Carmel (Kansas) - 2X Kansas champ
120 - Zack Orr, Robbinsville HS (North Carolina) - 2X NC champ
120 - Nick Pipes, Warren Woods Tower HS (Michigan) 
120 - Peter Robinson, Saint John's HS (Massachusetts)
120 - Evan Smith, Campbell County HS (Wyoming)
120 - Jeffrey Walker, Brentsville HS (Virginia) - 2X VA champ
126 - Jon Boatman, Greeneville HS (Tennessee)
126 - Alex D'Alosio, Lincoln HS (Rhode Island) - 2X RI champ
126 - Josh Epperson, Tallassee HS (Alabama) - 3X AL champ
126 - Tyler Everett, Massabesic HS (Maine) - 2X Maine champ
126 - Mitchell Finesilver, Silver Creek HS (Colorado) - 2X CO champ
126 - Ty Franklin, Avery County HS (North Carolina) - 2X NC champ
126 - Anfernee Green, Lawrence HS (Massachusetts) 
126 - Troy Gregor, Hickory Ridge (North Carolina) - 2X NC champ
126 - Jacob Grigg, East Gaston HS (North Carolina) - 2X NC champ
126 - Kevin Jack, Danbury HS (Connecticut) - 3X CT champ
126 - Noah Landry, Brusly HS (Louisiana)
126 - Ryan Millhof, Collins Hill HS (Georgia) - 3X GA champ
126 - Jackson Myers, Lexington HS (South Carolina) - 3X SC champ
126 - William Olivas, Sunnyside HS (Arizona) - 2X AZ champ
126 - Roman Rose, Centennial HS (Texas)
126 - Anthoney Savage, Oakdale HS (Maryland) - 2X MD champ
126 - Connor Stampley, Comeaux HS (Louisiana)
126 - Andrew Szalwinski, Lexington HS (South Carolina) - 2X SC champ
126 - Zack Yates, Hesperia HS (Michigan) - 2X MI champ
132 - Jimmy Bell, Brunswick HS (Connecticut)
132 - Devan Berrian, Brandon HS (Florida) - 2X FL champ
132 - Ian Brown, Hanover (Pennsylvania) 
132 - Eric Clarke, Davenport Assumption HS (Iowa) 
132 - Kian Clemens, Manhattan HS (Kansas)
132 - Sean Fausz, Campbell County HS (Kentucky) - 2X KY champ
132 - Matthew Floresca, Shorewood HS (Washington)
132 - Brayden Hartley, Buford HS (Georgia) - 2X GA champ
132 - Dusty Hone, Cedar HS (Utah) - 4X UT champ
132 - Chris Jaeger, Chatham Central HS (North Carolina)
132 - William Kelly, St. Christopher's HS (Virginia) - 3X VA champ
132 - Mason Kilcarr, Reservoir HS (Maryland)
132 - Demetreus Kostis, Watauga HS (North Carolina)
132 - Angel Laurente, Cimarron-Memorial (Nevada) - 2X NV champ
132 - Hunter Manley, South County HS (Virginia) 
132 - Josh McDermett, Academic Magnet (South Carolina) - 2X SC champ
132 - Bryce Meredith, Cheyenne Central HS (Wyoming) - 4X WY champ
132 - Jared Mestas, Dolores Huerta HS (Colorado) - 2X CO champ
132 - Austin Meyn, Brother Martin HS (Louisiana) 
132 - Christian Monserrat, Methuen HS (Massachusetts) - 4X MA champ
132 - Luis Nunez, Cibola HS (Arizona) 
132 - Josh Reyes, Parkrose HS (Oregon) - 3X OR champ
132 - Trevor Schermer, Brusly HS (Louisiana) - 4X LA champ
132 - Clay Stine, Feet 2 Back HS (Missouri)
132 - Wayne Wivell, Catoctin HS (Maryland)
138 - Beau Blackham, Uintah HS (Utah)
138 - James Claitor, Catholic HS (Louisiana) - 2X LA champ
132 - Dallyn Despain, Mogollon HS (Arizona) - 3X AZ champ
138 - Jaden Fields, Patch American HS (Germany)
138 - Zachary Finesilver, Cherry Creek HS (Colorado)
138 - Tommy Grifa, Silver Lake HS (Massachusetts)
138 - Krai Hammond, South Anchorage HS (Alaska) 
138 - Jensen Lorea, George Washington HS (West Virginia)
138 - Quinn Merrigan, Canton HS (Massachusetts) - 2X MA champ
138 - Jordan Rivera, Springstead HS (Florida) - 2X FL champ
138 - Brandon Walker, Woodberry Forest HS (Virginia)
138 - Clay Walker, Eastside HS (South Carolina) - 4X SC champ
145 - Branson Ashworth, Spanish Fork HS (Utah) - 3X UT champ
145 - Nashid Barrow, Wake Forest HS (North Carolina) 
145 - Cory Collins, Oconee County HS (Georgia) - 
145 - Willie Davis, Woodbridge HS (Delaware)
145 - Tony Johnson, Alexander HS (Georgia)
145 - Howie Kilpatrick, Bacon Academy (Connecticut) - 2X CT champ
145 - Kristopher Miller, Campbell County HS (Wyoming) 
145 - Roberto Orozco, Connell HS (Washington) - 2X WA champ
145 - Hayden Ryals, Southside HS (Alabama) - 4X AL champ
145 - Jake Spengler, Lake Highland Prep (Florida) - 3X FL champ
145 - John Van Slooten, Jr., Summerville HS (South Carolina) - 4X SC champ
145 - Nolan Viens, Hartford HS (Vermont) - 2X VT champ
145 - Michael Whalen, Henry Clay HS (Kentucky) - 2X KY champ
152 - Kenny Boyd, Stranahan HS (Florida)
152 - Danny Bush, Davenport Assumption HS (Iowa)
152 - Michael Elliott, Ashe County (North Carolina)
152 - Ruger Jarvis-Piva, Challis HS (Idaho) - 2X ID champ
152 - Hestin Lamons, Tahlequah HS (Oklahoma)
152 - Eric Merriam, Great Bridge HS (Virginia)
152 - Drake Patrum, Southern Guilford HS (North Carolina)
152 - Matthew Sharpy, Ramstein HS (Germany)
152 - Justin Todd, Alleghany HS (North Carolina)
152 - Braden Urquhart, Tascosa HS (Texas)
152 - Richard Viruet, Springfield Central (Massachusetts) - 2X MA champ
152 - Brandon Weber, Forsyth HS (Montana) - 3X MT champ
152 - Travis Willers, Pleasant Valley HS (Iowa)
160 - Shawn Brown, Suwanee HS (Florida)
160 - Austin Chauncey, Manhattan HS (Kansas)
160 - Blane Culp, Piedmont HS (Oklahoma)
160 - Seth Cutright, Buckhannon-Upshur (West Virginia) - 2X WV champ
160 - Issac Deaton, Valdez HS (Alaska) - 3X AK champ
160 - Patrick Dooley, Franklin HS (Tennessee) 
160 - Marcus Graham, Wetumpka HS (Alabama)
160 - John Hagey, Father Ryan HS (Tennessee)
160 - Terry Mason, Reno HS (Nevada)
160 - Coby Mize, Calera HS (Alabama) - 3X AL champ
160 - Chris Nile, Forsyth HS (Montana) - 2X MT champ
160 - Burke Paddock, Warsaw HS (New York) - 2X NY champ
160 - Kaegan Pearsall, Vergennes Union HS (Vermont)
160 - John Wiess, St. Thomas Aquinas HS (Florida)
160 - Brandon Womack, Scottsboro HS (Alabama) - 4X AL champ
160 - Tristen Zienkiewicz, Farwell HS (Michigan)
170 - Anthony Cable, LaPlata HS (Maryland) 
170 - Brad Drover, North Andover HS (Massachusetts) - 2X MA champ
170 - Arvin Hrushka, Kaiserslautern American (Germany)
170 - Armando Pallares, Caprock HS (Texas)
170 - David Peters-Logue, Orange HS (North Carolina)
170 - Jake Pooton, Southlake Carroll HS (Texas)
170 - Bradley Rains, Friendswood HS (Texas) - 2X TX champ
170 - Austin Rake, Valdez HS (Alaska) - 2X AK champ
170 - Austin Repp, Pacific HS (Missouri) - 2X MO champ
170 - Steven Schneider, MacArthur HS (New York)
170 - Jared Swan, Mountain View HS (Arizona)
170 - Aidan Talorico, Auburn HS (Alabama) 
170 - Cabell Thoma, Benedictine College Prep (Virginia) - 2X VA champ
170 - Sidney Wheeler, Dalton HS (Georgia) - 2X GA champ
170 - Seth Williams, Columbian HS (Ohio) 
170 - Cale Wilson, Sallisaw HS (Oklahoma) - 2X OK champ
182 - Aaron Adkins, St. Vincent St. Mary (Ohio) - 2X OH champ
182 - Mark Boyle, Triton HS (North Carolina)
182 - Cody Delk, Sheridan HS (Wyoming)
182 - Nicholas Fiegener, Folsom HS (California)
182 - Michael Gallagher, Narragansett HS (Rhode Island) - 2X RI champ
182 - Dalton Kuenzel, Union HS (Missouri)
182 - Malik McDonald, South View HS (North Carolina)
182 - Seth Nonnemacher, Burns HS (Oregon) - 2X Oregon champ
182 - Austin Price, Mt. Anthony Union HS (Vermont) - 2X VT champ
182 - Konner Pritchard, Princess Anne HS (Virginia)
182 - Nathaniel Sierra, Volcano Vista HS (New Mexico)
182 - David Smith, George Wythe HS (Virginia)
182 - Mark Tracy, Sachem East HS (New York) 
182 - Nicholas Weldon, Clay-Chalkville HS (Alabama) - 2X AL champ
195 - Ian Baker, LaCosta Canyon HS (California)
195 - Tobias Baker, Sarasota HS (Florida) 
195 - Keavon Buckley, Bozeman HS (Montana)
195 - Joe Chimelski, Nashua North (New Hampshire) - 2X NH champ
195 - Kevin Ell, Pinkerton Academy (New Hampshire)
195 - Brian Geyer, Los Alamos HS (New Mexico) - 2X NM champ
195 - Colton Grossaint, Kearns HS (Utah) - 2X UT champ
195 - Marcus Harrington, Waterloo West (Iowa) - 2X IA champ
195 - De'Andre Jones, New Bern HS (North Carolina)
195 - Zach Kelleher, Princess Anne HS (Maryland)
195 - Tyrus Kemp, Ephrata HS (Washington) - 2X WA champ
195 - Logan Kirby, River Hill HS (Maryland)
195 - Josh Latham, Chickasha HS (Oklahoma) - 2X OK champ
195 - Brendon Mackearney, Campbell County HS (Wyoming)
195 - Wood Manciso, West Carteret HS (North Carolina)
195 - Tyler McClendon, Forrest HS (Tennessee)
195 - Dom Nakano, Tenino HS (Washington)
195 - Matthew Olauson, Queen Anne's County HS (Maryland) - 2X MD champ
195 - Tristian Sponseller, Bermudian Springs HS (Pennsylvania) 
195 - Reggie Williams, Johnson City HS (New York)
220 - Blake Andrews, Grapeview HS (Texas)
220 - Lucas Damm, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City HS (Minnesota) - 2X MN champ
220 - Cory Daniel, River Hill HS (Maryland) - 2X MD champ
220 - Payton Demos, Huntsville HS (Alabama)
220 - Terrance Fanning, Preston HS (West Virginia) - 2X WV champ
220 - Quin Gilliam, C.E. Byrd HS (Louisiana) 
220 - Jake Grantham, North Thurston HS (Washington)
220 - Kyle Guins, Bunker Hill HS (North Carolina)
220 - Jace Lacaille, Georgetown HS (Texas) - 2X TX champ
220 - Chance McClure, Commerce HS (Georgia) - 4X GA champ
220 - Taylor Nester, Alleghany HS (North Carolina) - 2X NC champ
220 - Otto Orosco, Ulysses HS (Kansas)
220 - Josh Ramos, McQueen HS (Nevada)
220 - Aaron Vaughn Dinwiddle HS (Virginia)
220 - Ryan Wolcott, Waverly HS (New York)
285 - Dakota Bell, North Wilkes HS (North Carolina)
285 - Brion Blades, North Carioine HS (Maryland)
285 - Sidney Byers, Loudoun Valley HS (Virginia)
285 - Majah Couzan, Archer HS (Georgia) - 2X GA champ
285 - Eric Fader, Sanford-Meridian HS (Michigan) 
285 - Patton Gossett, White Knoll HS (South Carolina) - 2X SC champ
285 - Dalonte Holland, Huntingtown HS (Maryland)
285 - Conor Karwath, East Ascension HS (Louisiana) 
285 - Daniel Leon, North Miami HS (Florida) 
285 - Aaron Lint, Winslow HS (Maine) - 3X ME champ
285 - Cole Mair, Uintah HS (Utah) - 2X UT champ
285 - Roger Moe, Coppell HS (Texas) 
285 - James O'Hagan, Seaford HS (New York)
285 - Zack Parker, Caesar Rodney HS (Delaware) - 2X DE champ
285 - Jesse Trueblood, Pine Ridge HS (South Dakota)
285 - Jesse Webb, Mt. Anthony Union HS (Vermont) - 4X VT champ