Recapping FloNationals, NHSCA Senior Nationals

Josh Lowe

Josh Lowe, InterMat High School Analyst

Champions were crowned on Sunday at the FloNationals in Philadelphia and the NHSCA Senior Nationals in Virginia Beach.

FloNationals Finals Results:
106: No. 1 Zahid Valencia (St. John Bosco, Calif.) dec. Scott Parker (Pennridge, Pa.), 5-3
113: J.R. Wert (Christiansburg, Va.) dec. Mason Pengilly (Porterville, Calif.), 5-1
120: Zeke Moisey (Bethlehem Catholic, Pa.) dec. No. 12 Godwin Nyama (Brashear, Pa.), 7-6
126: Anthony Valencia (St. John Bosco, Calif.) dec. Javier Gasca (Kingsburg, Calif.), 4-3
132: Fox Baldwin (Osceola, Fla.) dec. Joseph Galasso (Father Judge, Pa.), 7-0
138: No. 2 (at 132) Alex Cisneros (Selma, Calif.) dec. No. 8 Matt Cimato (LaSalle, Pa.), 5-4 UTB
145: T.J. Fox (Field, Ohio) dec. Myles Martin (McDonogh, Md.), 6-1
152: No. 2 Isaiah Martinez (Lemoore, Calif.) dec. No. 10 Josh Llopez (La Plata, Md.), 10-8
160: No. 2 Joey Davis (Santa Fe, Calif.) dec. Tyler Askey (Northgate, Ga.), 6-3
170: Jacob Taylor (Bald Eagle Area, Pa.) dec. Connor Moran (Solanco, Pa.), 4-1 TB
182: No. 5 Nikko Reyes (Clovis West, Calif.) dec. No. 15 Kevin Beazley (Detroit Catholic Central, Mich.), 8-4
195: Dylan Devine (DeMatha, Md.) inj. def. over No. 5 Gage Harrah (Crystal Lake Central, Ill.)
220: No. 1 Kyle Snyder (Good Counsel, Md.) dec. No. 8 (at 285) Nick Nevills (Clovis, Calif.), 10-4
285: No. 11 Dink Purnell (A.I. DuPont, Del.) dec. No. 9 Nick Tavanello (Wadsworth, Ohio), 5-3

Despite an extremely loaded California delegation, eight of their 14 state champions (and 3 other runner-up finishers), it was Pennsylvania that led the way in medalists with 23. Only one state champion from the Keystone State (Nyama) and four second place finishers were in the event. California was right behind with 22 of its wrestlers earning top eight medals.

Other states in terms of medalists:
13 -- New Jersey; 8 -- New York; 5 -- Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio; 4 -- Michigan, Minnesota; 3 -- Massachusetts; 2 -- Delaware, Georgia, Nevada; 1 -- Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Oregon, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Link: FloNationals Brackets/Results

NHSCA Senior Nationals Finals Results:
106: Phazon Roddy (Parkland, N.C.) dec. Alvaro Gallego (Pueblo, Ariz.), 10-3
113: Vito Pasone (Meyers, Pa.) dec. Braun Marquez (Canyon Randall, Texas), 9-3
120: Josh Rodriguez (Righetti, Calif.) dec. Sean McCabe (Connetquot, N.Y.), 7-4
126: No. 8 Nathan Kraisser (Centennial, Md.) maj. dec. No. 11 Hunter Weber (Marshall, Wis.), 8-0
132: No. 3 Mark Grey (Blair Academy, N.J.) dec. Cole Mendenhall (Great Falls, Mont.), 7-2
138: Natrelle Demison (Bakersfield, Calif.) maj. dec. Cole Moseley (Father Ryan, Tenn.), 11-1
145: No. 16 Alenick Richardson (St. Peter's Prep, N.J.) dec. Dylan Cottrell (Roane County, W.V.), 3-2 UTB
152: No. 12 (at 160) Dylan Palacio (Long Beach, N.Y.) dec. No. 17 Austin Trott (Camden County, Ga.), 6-2
160: No. 4 Clark Glass (Brandon, Fla.) dec. Taylor Lewandowski (Foley, Minn.), 9-4
170: Matt Reed (Wichita Heights, Kan.) dec. No. 3 (at 182) Jordan Thomas (Greenville, Mich.), 3-1
182: Anthony Lock (Pioneer, N.Y.) dec. Nolan Boyd (Deer Creek, Okla.), 5-4 TB
195: No. 2 Tim Dudley (Irmo, S.C.) pinned No. 18 (at 220) J.T. Goodwin (Bear Creek, Calif.), 3:30
220: Richard Black (Chavez, Calif.) maj. dec. David Luke Wilson (Central Phoenix, Ala.), 10-2
285: Doug Vollaro (Pine Castle Christian, Fla.) dec. No. 5 Austin Goergen (Caledonia/Houston, Minn.), 10-6

California wrestlers showed their willingness to "put it on the line," as about half of the senior state finalists not at the FloNationals went here instead (6 of 14). Five of those wrestlers were among 15 in all to earn top eight placements at the event, which represented the most medalists of any state.

Following behind California in terms of All-Americans were New York with 10, New Jersey with 9, and Michigan with 7. Other states were as follows: 6 -- Florida, Kansas; 5 -- Minnesota, Tennessee, Wisconsin; 3 -- Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas; 2 -- Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia; 1 -- Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia

Link: NHSCA Senior Nationals Brackets/Results


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shawcw (1) about 3 years ago
PA had 170 entries into the tournament, California had 65 wrestlers and PA had 1 more placer! We won the team title by a huge amount of pts
CoachAl (1) about 3 years ago
If we look at the place percentage...

CA 22 medalist/65 entries = 33.8%
PA 23 medalist/170 entries = 13.5%
seansullivan (1) about 3 years ago
yes, but CA brought all top kids. plenty of the pa kids were not very good and just came because of proximity to the tournament. so you really can't make that comparison.
CoachAl (1) about 3 years ago
We brought many good kids, but not all. The other half went to NHSCA many more did not attend. Below you will see many non-state champions that earned medals at FLO and NHSCA.
CoachAl (1) about 3 years ago
We brought many good kids, but not all. The other half went to NHSCA and many more did not attend. Below you will see several non-state champions that earned medals at FLO and NHSCA.
CoachAl (1) about 3 years ago
The following is the results for Team Cal at FLO

106 - Zahid Valencia (St. John Bosco-Bellflower, S, 9): National Champion (State Champion)
106 - Isreal Saavedra: 5th Place (8th. Grade)
113 - Mason Pengilly (Porterville, C, 10): 2nd Place (4th, 5th State)
113 - Emilio Saavedra (Modesto, SJ, 10): 3rd Place (3rd, 4th State)
113 - Jonas Gaytan (Clovis, C, 11): 5th Place (5th, 2nd State)
113 - Angel Velazquez (Central Catholic-Modesto, SJ, 9): 6th Place
126 - Anthony Valencia (St. John Bosco-Bellflower, S, 9): National Champion (State Champion)
126 - Javier Gasca (Kingsburg, C, 11): 2nd Place (3rd State)
132 - Jake Smith (Newark Memorial, NC, 12): 5th Place (3rd, 2nd, 1st VA State, 5th CA State)
132 - Nikko Villarreal (Gilroy, CC, 10): 7th Place (3rd, 1st State)
132 - Jon Jay Chavez (De La Salle-Concord, NC, 10): 8th Place (7th State)
138 - Alex Cisneros (Selma, C, 12): National Champion (1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd State)
138 - Willie Fox (Gilroy, CC, 12): 5th Place (State Champion)
138 - Shayne Tucker (Bella Vista-Fair Oaks, SJ, 11): 8th Place (4th, 2nd State)
152 - Isaiah Martinez (Lemoore, C, 11): National Champion (3rd, 1st, 1st State)
152 - Peter Santos (Oakmont, SJ, 11): 7th Place (5th State)
160 - Joey Davis (Santa Fe, S, 12): National Champion (2nd, 1st, 1st State) *OUTSTANDING WRESTLER AWARD
170 - Zach Nevills (Clovis, C, 12): 3rd Place (5th, 2nd, 3rd, 1st State)
182 - Nikko Reyes (Clovis West, C, 12): National Champion (3rd, 1st, 1st State)
195 - Nate Lopez (Lemoore, C, 11): 8th Place
220 - Nick Nevills (Clovis, C, 10): 2nd Place (1st, 3rd State)
220 - Sean Medley (Wasco, C, 11): 6th Place (4th State)

The following is the results of Team Cal at NHSCA (Seniors)
NHSCA Seniors (15 All-Americans/3 National Champions)
106 – Troy Lakin – Clayton Valley (NC) 4th Place (5th State)
113 – Christian Martinez – Chino Hills (S) 3rd Place (7th State)
120 – Josh Rodriguez – Righetti-Santa Maria (S) NATIONAL CHAMPION (2nd, 4th State)
120 – Hermilo Esquivel – Orland (N) 3rd Place (2nd, 5th, 6th State)
120 – Taylor Hall – Canyon Springs-Moreno Valley (S) 7th Place(3rd State)
126 – Martin Ramirez – Elk Grove (SJ) 6th Place (3rd, 5th State)
138 – Natrelle Demison – Bakersfield (C) NATIONAL CHAMPION (5th, 3rd, 4th State)
138 – Micah Cruz – Bakersfield (C) 6th Place (4th, 6th State)
152 – Jake Elliott – Oakmont (SJ) 4th Place (2nd, 1st State)
170 – Silas Nacita – Bakersfield (C) 3rd Place (4th, 2nd State)
182 – Brody Goens – Chino Hills (S) 8th Place (5th State)
195 – JT Goodwin – Bear Creek-Stockton (SJ) 2nd Place (State Champion)
220 – Richard Black – Chavez-Stockton (SJ) NATIONAL CHAMPION (5th State)
220 – Tyler Smith – Marina-Huntington Beach (S) 6th Place (7th State)
285 – Austin Lobsinger – West Valley (N) 7th Place (2nd, 2nd, State)

The following top level Cal kids did not attend either event:
106 - Johnson Mai - North Torrance (State Champ/2x finalist)
106 - Gionn Peralta - Vacaville (2x state medalist)
106 - Adrian Camposano - Central (state medalist)
106 - Julian Gaytan - Clovis (State medalist)
113 - Isaiah Locsin - Live Oak (State Champ/2x finalist)
113 - Micah Perez - Central Union (2x state medalist)
113 - Arnulfo Olea - Exexter (2x state medalist)
120 - Daniel Gaytan - Clovis (state champ/4x state medalist)
120 - Josh Miranda - Poway (state medalist)
120 - Jordan Gurrola - North Torrance (state medalist)
126 - Joe Moita - DeLaSAlle (2x state medalist)
126 - Paul Fox - Gilroy (2x state medalist)
126 - Vicente Hernandez - Clovis (state medalist)
138 - Brian Sergi - College Park (state champ)
138 - Jacob Leon - Alta Vista (state medalist)
145 - Alex Abono - De La Salle (2x state medalist)

The list goes on...Several other state champs did not attend either and many of the non-attendees beat kids that placed at either Flo or NHSCA. There is no doubt PA is the top state, but Cal is on the rise and will put it on the line with the best. Rankings a speculative, competing on the mat is reality.