Friday, March 14, 2014

Seven defending NHSCA champs entered in 2014 Junior Nationals

by Jeff Fisher
Host, NHSCA Sports Hour
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It's hard to handicap the 2014 NHSCA Junior Nationals because of the amount of talent that will descend upon Virginia Beach for the 25th Annual National High School Coaches Association's High School National Wrestling Championships.

From top-to-bottom, the NHSCA Junior Nationals are deep with talent.  There are 19 wrestlers entered that are three-time state champs (see below), plus a large number of wrestlers that have captured between one-and-two state championships.

There are also seven 2013 NHSCA Sophomore Nationals champs back to defend their titles as juniors.

At 120, three-time West Virginia state champ Jordan Allen from Huntington High School is looking for his second straight NHSCA gold medal.  Allen won the 113-pound gold in 2013.

At 152-pounds, last year's 145-pound champ Corbin Allen of Hanover High School in Virginia is looking to defend his NHSCA gold medal.  This past year, Allen won Virginia's Class 4A state title at 152-pounds.

Allen's main competition may come from three-time Maine state champ and defending 2013 NHSCA Sophomore Nationals champ Cody Hughes of Marshwood High School.  Hughes was 49-1 this past season and owns a lifetime record of 149-9.
Another three-time state champ entered in the 2014 Junior Nationals is Tevis Bartlett of Cheyenne East High School in Wyoming.  The 2013 Sophomore Nationals champ at 182 is entered at 195 this year.  Barlett, who also won the 2012 NHSCA Freshman Nationals at 182-pounds, was a perfect 46-0 this year and he's also Wyoming's top high school football players with Division I scholarship offers in football.

Like Bartlett, Kenneth Brinson of Marist High School in Georgia is looking for his third straight NHSCA gold medal. After winning freshman and sophomore titles at 195, Brinson moves-up to 220-pounds for the 2014 NHSCA Junior Nationals.

Awaiting Brinson in the 220-pound weight class is defending 2013 NHSCA Sophomore National champ Austin Myers of Campbell County High in Kentucky, who is also looking for his third straight NHSCA championship.  Myers has won three straight Kentucky state wrestling championships.

Benjamin Schram of Bellbrook High School in Ohio, who has also won two NHSCA gold medals and was last year's 160 NHSCA Sophomore Nationals champ, is up at 170-pounds this year. Making the trip east will east from Arizona will be Ryan Allred of Camp Verde High School in Arizona.  Allred, who is entered in the Junior Nationals at 138 pounds, is a three-time Arizona state champ, who has only lost one match in his high school career.

Returning 2013 NHSCA Sophomore Nationals' Finalists

Corbin Allen, Hanover HS (Virginia) - 1st, 145
Jordan Allen, Huntington HS (West Virginia) - 1st, 113
Tevis Barlett, Cheyenne East HS (Wyoming) - 1st, 182
Kenneth Brinson, Marist HS (Georgia) - 1st, 195
Cody Cordes, Wyoming Valley West HS (Pennsylvania) - 2nd, 145
Christopher Favoroso, Jensen Beach HS (Florida) - 2nd, 182
Johnny Garcia, Danbury HS (Connecticut) - 2nd, 160
Cody Hughes, Marshwood HS (Maine) - 1st, 152
Dylan Lucas, Brandon HS (Florida) - 2nd, 126
Austin Myers, Campbell County (Kentucky) - 1st, 220
Jake Newhouse, Perry HS (Ohio) - 2nd, 106
Adam Olsen, Highpoint Central HS (North Carolina) - 2nd, 285
Benjamin Schram, Bellbrook HS (Ohio) - 1st, 160

2014 NHSCA Junior National 3-Time State Champs

113 - Jonathan Ragsdale, Gordon Lee HS (Georgia)
106 - Arick Shankles, Muscle Shoals HS (Alabama)
113 - Mitchel Langford, North Henderson HS (North Carolina)
113 - Kyson Levin, Pleasant Grove HS (Utah)
120 - Jordan Allen, Huntington HS (West Virginia)
120 - Chris Debien, Cleveland HS (Tennessee) 
120 - Troy Gassaway, Mt. Anthony (Vermont)
120 - Gresh Jones, Sidney HS (Montana)
126 - Fred Green, Orting HS (Washington)
126 - Seth Johnson, Brother Martin HS (Louisiana)
126 - Rico Montoya, Robertson HS (New Mexico)
132 - Dylan Lucas, Brandon HS (Florida)
132 - Matt Weber, Forsyth HS (Montana)
138 - Ryan Allred, Camp Verde HS (Arizona)
138 - Max Thomsen, Union (Iowa)
138 - Anthony Juckes, Fort Lupton HS (New Mexico)
145 - Neal Richards, Matoaca HS (Virginia)
152 - Cody Hughes, Marshwood HS (Maine)
160- Jackson Howarth, Marshwood HS (Maine)
195 - Tevis Barlett, Cheyenne East HS (Wyoming)
220 - Austin Myers, Campbell County HS (Kentucky)

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