Thursday, March 20, 2014

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

by Jeff Fisher
Host, NHSCA Sports Hour
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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

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