The last two weekends had interesting opportunities for as well with the FILA Junior Nationals and Wrestling USA Magazine Dream Team Classic. Therefore, it is now time to reflect upon the season that was and recognize the best of the best.
The Top 20 wrestlers in each weight class represent the 2011-12 InterMat High School All-Americans. Below is a look at the First Team selection, as well as the other All-Americans in each weight.
2012 Wrestler of the Year: Jason Tsirtsis (Crown Point, Ind.), Senior, 145
Jason Tsirtsis has been named 2012 InterMat High School Wrestler of the Year (Photo/Paul Tincher, IndianaMat.com)Despite losing a pair of matches during his freshman year, which was two more than his older brother Alex lost during his whole high school career, the Northwestern-bound wrestler has been more than dominant in the last calendar year and throughout four high school seasons. In his two postseason all-star matches, Tsirtsis earned a 13-4 major decision over a Pennsylvania state champion at the Dapper Dan and a 22-8 major decision over an Iowa state champion who is ranked second nationally in the Dream Team Classic.
Tsirtsis, a four-time state champion, went 42-0 in each of his last three high school seasons to accumulate a four year record of 176-2. Among the many high profile accomplishments on Tsirtsis' resume are a 2011 Junior National freestyle championship, a pair of FloNationals titles, a pair of FILA Cadet freestyle titles, two runner-up finishes at the Super 32 Challenge, three All-American finishes at the FILA Junior Nationals, and three additional All-American finishes in Fargo (third in the 2010 Junior freestyle tournament, second and fourth place finishes in Cadet freestyle).
Other All-Americans at 145:
2. Gabriel Moreno, Urbandale, Iowa
3. Mark Hall, Apple Valley, Minn.
4. Jake Short, Simley, Minn.
5. Mitch Minotti, Easton, Pa.
6. Bryce Brill, Mt. Carmel, Ill.
7. Jimmy Kloc, Iriquois, N.Y.
8. Rylan Lubeck, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
9. Dylan Milonas, Blair Academy, N.J.
10. Anthony Collica, Solon, Ohio
11. Blake Kastl, Graham, Ohio
12. Jake Faust, Lexington, Ohio
13. Jack Clark, McDonogh, Md.
14. Alexander Richardson, St. Peter's Prep, N.J.
15. Garrett Hammond, Chambersburg, Pa.
16. Willie Fox, Gilroy, Calif.
17. Greg Hegarty, Blue Springs, Mo.
18. Kevin Moylan, Stagg, Ill.
19. Kaleb Baker, Christian Brothers, Tenn.
20. Bo Nickal, Allen, Texas
106 First Team: Zahid Valencia (St. John Bosco, Calif.), Freshman
The nation's top freshman finished his initial high school season undefeated with in-season titles at the Ironman, Doc Buchanan and California state tournament. Valencia also won the NUWAY Southwest Kickoff Classic prior to the start of the season up at 113 pounds, and was a FloNationals champion earlier in April at 106 pounds.
Other All-Americans at 106:
2. Darian Cruz, Bethlehem Catholic, Pa.
3. Johnson Mai, North Torrance, Calif.
4. Stevan Micic, Hanover Central, Ind.
5. Nathan Boston, Lawrence North, Ind.
6. Ethan Lizak, Parkland, Pa.
7. Michael Kemerer, Franklin Regional, Pa.
8. Matthew Kolodzik, Miami Valley School, Ohio
9. Doug Miner, Spirit Lake Park, Iowa
10. Brent Fleetwood, Smyrna, Del.
11. Vincenzo Joseph, Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Pa.
12. Markus Simmons, Broken Arrow, Okla.
13. Coy Ozias, Christiansburg, Va.
14. Sean Russell, Collins Hill, Ga.
15. Dylan Lucas, Brandon, Fla.
16. Davion Jeffries, Collinsville, Okla.
17. Dominic Forys, North Allegheny, Pa.
18. David Bavery, Massillon Perry, Ohio
19. Joseph Velliquette, Nixa, Mo.
20. Sean Cannon, Green Valley, Nev.
113 First Team: Jarred Brooks (Warsaw, Ind.), Senior
This senior set a strong tone for his senior season with a Super 32 Challenge championship, including a finals victory over Nathan Tomasello (CVCA, Ohio). That result avenged a three-period loss in the championship match of the Junior National freestyle tournament from late July. Then, Brooks capped off an undefeated 35-0 season with a state title and victory in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic. For his career, it was a record of 139-5 with state placements of fifth, second, and first.
Other All-Americans at 113:
2. Nathan Tomasello, CVCA, Ohio
3. Ryan Diehl, Trinity, Pa.
4. Isaiah Locsin, Live Oak, Calif.
5. Ronnie Bresser, Henley, Ore.
6. Tommy Thorn, St. Michael-Albertville, Minn.
7. Jason Nolf, Kittaning, Pa.
8. J.R. Wert, Christiansburg, Va.
9. Johnny Jimenez, Marmion Academy, Ill.
10. Barlow McGhee, Rock Island, Ill.
11. Billy Rappo, Council Rock South, Pa.
12. Cassidy Oshiro, Maryknoll, Hawaii
13. Zac Hall, St. Johns, Mich.
14. Jens Lantz, Ellsworth, Wis.
15. Jordan Northrup, Machesney Park Harlem, Ill.
16. Jonas Gayton, Clovis, Calif.
17. Micah Perez, Central Union, Calif.
18. Phillip Laux, Iowa City West, Iowa
19. Mark Duda, Marist, Ill.
20. Fredy Stroker, Bettendorf, Iowa
120 First Team: George DiCamillo (St. Ignatius, Ohio), Senior
During December, the University of Virginia bound DiCamillo set the tone for a virtuoso senior season, as he earned his third Walsh Ironman championship and fourth title at the Brecksville Holiday Invitational Tournament. Going the whole season without a loss, he earned a second consecutive undefeated season and state championship to finish his career on a 74 match winning streak, and a three-year strong of 111 wins in 112 matches. For his career, it was a record of 151-7 with placements of seventh, third, first, and first. Additionally, DiCamillo earned victories over nationally ranked three-time state champions from Pennsylvania and Iowa in the Dapper Dan and Dream Team all-star events.
Other All-Americans at 120:
2. Nick Roberts, North Star, Pa.
3. Ryan Taylor, St. Paris Graham, Ohio
4. Tim Lambert, Forest Hills Eastern, Mich.
5. Jered Cortez, Glenbard North, Ill.
6. Dylan Peters, Denver Tripoli, Iowa
7. Dalton Brady, Chandler, Ariz.
8. Joey McKenna, Blair Academy, N.J.
9. Paul Petrov, Hanover Central, Ind.
10. Mason Todd, Pendleton Heights, Ind.
11. Godwin Nyama, Brashear, Pa.
12. Brendan Campbell, New Castle, Ind.
13. Connor Schram, Canon McMillan, Pa.
14. Matt Garelli, Oak Park Fenwick, Ill.
15. Zeke Moisey, Bethlehem Catholic, Pa.
16. Will Mason, Cape Henry Collegiate, Va.
17. Daniel Gayton, Clovis, Calif.
18. Brad Perkins, Oak Park, Mo.
19. Hermilio Esquivel, Orland, Calif.
20. Nick Herrmann, Amarillo Tascola, Texas
126 First Team: Jimmy Gulibon (Derry Area, Pa.), Senior
Entering high school, greatness was a clear expectation for Gulibon, as he entered with five PJW state championships. In high school, he would have a career unmatched by most, as he was both a four-time Pennsylvania state champion and POWERade Christmas Wrestling Tournament champion. The Penn State bound wrestler ended high school with a 136-4 record, and also earned a pair of wins over a four-time Iowa state champion in the postseason all-star events.
Other All-Americans at 126:
2. Dean Heil, St. Edward, Ohio
3. Rossi Bruno, Brandon, Fla.
4. Anthony Ashnault, South Plainfield, N.J.
5. Brandon Jeske, Cox, Va.
6. Cory Clark, Southeast Polk, Iowa
7. Joey Dance, Christiansburg, Va.
8. Dominick Malone, Wyoming Seminary, Pa.
9. Eddie Klimara, Providence Catholic, Ill.
10. Nathan Kraisser, Centennial, Md.
11. Sam Brancale, Eden Prairie, Minn.
12. Mitch Bengtson, St. Cloud Apollo, Minn.
13. Hunter Weber, Marshall, Wis.
14. Jack Hathaway, Iowa City West, Iowa
15. Kyle Ayersman, Lake Central, Ind.
16. Kyle Garcia, Choctaw, Okla.
17. Max Hvolbeck, Blair Academy, N.J.
18. Micah Jordan, St. Paris Graham, Ohio
19. Corey Keener, Blue Mountain, Pa.
20. Eric Devos, Waverly Shell-Rock, Iowa
132 First Team: Mark Grey (Blair Academy, N.J.), Senior
Headed to Cornell, this wrestler ended his high school career as a four-time National Prep champion and the first ever competitor to win four titles at the prestigious Beast of the East. With a career record of 140-7, Grey did not lose a single match outside of the Walsh Ironman, where he was a four-time placer and two-time runner-up. Last summer, he was fifth at the FILA Junior World Championships at 121 pounds, and this past weekend won a FILA Junior National freestyle title at 132 pounds.
Other All-Americans at 132:
2. Alex Cisneros, Selma, Calif.
3. Thomas Gilman, Skutt Catholic, Neb.
4. Kevin Norstrem, Brandon, Fla.
5. Zane Richards, Carbondale, Ill.
6. Joey Ward, Moeller, Ohio
7. Edgar Bright, St. Edward, Ohio
8. Randy Cruz, Bethlehem Catholic, Pa.
9. Ben Morgan, Forest Lake, Minn.
10. Brandon Sorensen, Denver Tripoli, Iowa
11. Jared McKinley, Perry Meridian, Ind.
12. Dylan Durso, Reynolds, Pa.
13. Dakota Trom, Apple Valley, Minn.
14. Joey Munos, South St. Paul, Minn.
15. Nikko Villarreal, Gilroy, Calif.
16. Dakota Bauer, Iowa City West, Iowa
17. Brent Fickel, Padua, Ohio
18. Neal Molloy, Danville, Ind.
19. Kyle Larson, West Des Moines Valley, Iowa
20. Jamel Hudson, St. Anthony's, N.Y.
138 First Team: Ben Whitford (St. Johns, Mich.), Junior
It has been a dominant "cycle" for this Class of 2013 prospect, as he was a double champion at the Junior Nationals in Fargo this past summer, earned bonus points in all seven matches on the way to a Super 32 Challenge title this fall (included five pins), and was undefeated with a 42-0 record this season. When added to his two state titles won at Marmion Academy in Illinois, the junior Whitford -- who has already verbally committed to the University of Michigan -- is already a three-time state champion with a prep record of 127-1.
Other All-Americans at 138:
2. John Meeks, Des Moines Roosevelt, Iowa
3. Nate Skonieczny, Walsh Jesuit, Ohio
4. Quentin Murphy, Holley Central, N.Y.
5. Steve Spearman, Erie McDowell, Pa.
6. Solomon Chishko, Canon McMillan, Pa.
7. Matt Cimato, LaSalle, Pa.
8. Todd Preston, Blair Academy, N.J.
9. Bryant Clagon, Toms River South, N.J.
10. Mikey Racciato, Pen Argyl, Pa.
11. Austin Matthews, Reynolds, Pa.
12. Chase Ferman, Broken Arrow, Okla.
13. Tony DeAngelo, Southern Alamance, N.C.
14. Devon Jackson, Yorktown, Ind.
15. Luke Zeiger, Glasgow, Mont.
16. Brian Sergi, College Park, Calif.
17. Alfred Bannister, Bishop McNamara, Md.
18. Natrelle Demison, Bakersfield, Calif.
19. Mitch Newhouse, Massillon Perry, Ohio
20. Jack Bass, Allen, Texas
152 First Team: Bo Jordan (St. Paris Graham, Ohio), Junior
The junior Jordan already has three state titles, and has been dominant throughout his career with a 133-1 record. His only career loss came in mid-January of his freshman year and was avenged in the state semifinals. In addition, Bo is a two-time Walsh Ironman champion and has won more than 100 consecutive matches.
Other All-Americans at 152:
2. Isaiah Martinez, Lemoore, Calif.
3. Max Schneider, Chicago Lane Tech, Ill.
4. Brian Murphy, Glenbard North, Ill.
5. Brian Realbuto, Somers, N.Y.
6. Oliver Pierce, Allen, Texas
7. Dylan Palacio, Long Beach, N.Y.
8. Zach Witte, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Iowa
9. Zack Dailey, Massillon Perry, Ohio
10. Josh Llopez, La Plata, Md.
11. Nick Wanzek, Simley, Minn.
12. Nick Becker, Hartford, Wis.
13. Salvatore Mastriani, Don Bosco Prep, N.J.
14. Austin Trott, Camden County, Ga.
15. Jake Elliott, Oakmont, Calif.
16. Keilan Torres, Altus, Okla.
17. Andrew Morse, Lowell, Mich.
18. Russ Parsons, Blair Academy, N.J.
19. Coleman Hammond, Bakersfield, Calif.
20. Samson Imonode, Horizon, Ariz.
160 First Team: Chance Marsteller (Kennard Dale, Pa.), Sophomore
Entering high school with much hype, having already been a quarterfinalist at the Super 32 Challenge high school division and winning match(es) at the Nittany Lion Open prior, the young Marsteller has more than turned that into substantive achievement during his first two years of high school. How does two state titles, an 85-0 record, and winning a 17-7 match this year in the state final against fellow defending state champion Brian Brill (Central Mountain, Pa.) sound? Better yet -- two POWERade Christmas Wrestling Tournament titles, a Super 32 Challenge title, and 33 matches this past summer at the Cadet Nationals and Cadet Duals in which he gave up scoring in one period show dominance.
Other All-Americans at 160:
2. Joey Davis, Santa Fe, Calif.
3. Isaac Jordan, Graham, Ohio
4. Clark Glass, Brandon, Fla.
5. Brian Brill, Central Mountain, Pa.
6. Zach Epperly, Christiansburg, Va.
7. Brandon Kingsley, Apple Valley, Minn.
8. Victor Pereira, Newark Memorial, Calif.
9. Dylan Reel, Washington, Ill.
10. James Wilson, McNair, Calif.
11. Brett Harner, Norristown, Pa.
12. Jacob Crawford, Millbrook, Va.
13. Shaun'Qae McMurtry, Lockport, Ill.
14. Johnny Sebastian, Bergen Catholic, N.J.
15. Justin Koethe, Iowa City West, Iowa
16. Chandler Rogers, Mead, Wash.
17. Zeb Wahle, Lewis Central, Iowa
18. Cody Allala, Hopewell, Va.
19. Keegan Gennrich, Hortonville, Wis.
20. Elijah Hull, Lewis County, West Va.
170 First Team: Taylor Massa (St. Johns, Mich.), Senior
The University of Michigan bound grappler ended finished high school as an undefeated four-time state champion with a career record of 223-0. Right before the start of the season, Massa earned an elusive Super 32 Challenge title after twice placing second and third each the prior four years. During the two April's before this one, he was a FILA Junior National freestyle champion, and was a member of the FILA Junior World Team at 74 kilos (163 pounds) this past summer.
Other All-Americans at 170:
2. Cody Wiercioch, Canon McMillan, Pa.
3. Kyle Crutchmer, Tulsa Union, Okla.
4. Geordan Speiller, Pine Castle Christian, Fla.
5. Mark Martin, St. Edward, Ohio
6. Zac Brunson, Churchill, Ore.
7. Eric Morris, Wyoming Seminary, Pa.
8. Alex Meyer, Southeast Polk, Iowa
9. Cooper Moore, Jackson County Central, Minn.
10. Micah Barnes, Simley, Minn.
11. Matt Reed, Wichita Heights, Kan.
12. Zach Nevills, Clovis, Calif.
13. Elliott Riddick, Bethlehem Catholic, Pa.
14. Zach Beard, Tuttle, Okla.
15. Silas Nacita, Bakersfield, Calif.
16. Kyle Begin, Anoka, Minn.
17. Tyler Askey, Northgate, Ga.
18. Vince Pickett, Grove City Central Crossing, Ohio
19. Jacob Taylor, Bald Eagle Area, Pa.
20. Steven Elicegui, Wooster, Nev.
182 First Team: Jordan Rogers (Mead, Wash.), Senior
Short of injury prior to the state tournament his sophomore year, very little kept Rogers from his goals while competing in Washington State. This three-time state champion is headed to Oklahoma State University with a career record of 152-6. In the last two calendar years, Rogers has won three FILA Cadet National titles (two freestyle, one Greco-Roman), traveled twice to represent the United States in international competitions, was a Cadet National double champion in 2010, and a Junior National double All-American in 2011 (third Greco-Roman and second freestyle). He also earned dominant victories in both of his all-star matches against nationally ranked opposition, pinning a Pennsylvania state champ in the Dapper Dan and earning a major decision against one from Iowa in the Dream Team Classic.
Other All-Americans at 182:
2. Sam Brooks, Oak Park River Forest, Ill.
3. Brandon Griffin, Sprague, Ore.
4. Nikko Reyes, Clovis West, Calif.
5. Chaz Gresham, Goshen, Ohio
6. Jordan Thomas, Greenville, Mich.
7. Huston Evans, Graham, Ohio
8. Domenic Abounader, St. Edward, Ohio
9. Roland Dunlap, Muskego, Wis.
10. Anthony Lock, Pioneer, N.Y.
11. Nolan Boyd, Deer Creek, Okla.
12. Jack Dechow, Richmond Burton, Ill.
13. Taylor McGiffen, Alton, Ill.
14. Jared Bartel, Mason City, Iowa
15. Wes Phipps, Grove City, Pa.
16. David Reck, Colonial Forge, Va.
17. Kevin Beazley, Detroit Catholic Central, Mich.
18. Preston Lehmann, West Fargo, N.D.
19. Matt McCutcheon, Kiski Area, Pa.
20. Reece Wright-Conklin, Lawrence, Kan.
195 First Team: Devin Peterson (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.), Senior
Arguably the most proficient three-style wrestler in the Class of 2012, the Wisconsin-bound Peterson has earned All-American honors in all eight of his Fargo appearances, including titles in five of the last six tournaments. This was capped by an excellent Olympic style 2011, which included a Junior National double title at 189 pounds and a FILA Junior National Greco-Roman championship at 84 kilograms (185 pounds). His scholastic career record was 188-11, which included wins in 93 of his last 94 contested matches (two additional losses by injury default occurred in that time); as well as state placements of second, second, sixth, and first.
Other All-Americans at 195:
2. Tim Dudley, Irmo, S.C.
3. Ben Stroh, Chinook, Mont.
4. Brad Johnson, Lockport, Ill.
5. Gage Harrah, Crystal Lake Central, Ill.
6. Ross Larson, Ankeney, Iowa
7. Perry Hills, Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Pa.
8. Gabe Dean, Lowell, Mich.
9. Mitch Sliga, Fishers, Ind.
10. Ryan Solomon, Milton, Pa.
11. Robert Marchese, Oak Hills, Calif.
12. Austin Severn, New Lothrop, Mich.
13. Frank Mattiace, Blair Academy, N.J.
14. Hashem Omari, Oak Park, Mo.
15. Caleb Cotter, Sapulpa, Okla.
16. Broc Berge, Kasson-Mantorville, Minn.
17. Andrew Dixon, Edmond North, Okla.
18. Dylan Devine, DeMatha, Md.
19. Garrett Linton, Rootstown, Ohio
20. Shawn Scott, Holly, Mich.
220 First Team: Kyle Snyder (Good Counsel, Md.), Sophomore
The sophomore sensation Snyder joins Marsteller as being undefeated in two years of high school competition. This includes a pair of National Prep championships, a pair of Beast of the East titles, and singular titles at Mount Mat Madness as a freshman and the Walsh Ironman during this sophomore campaign. Last summer, Snyder was a double finalist in Fargo, winning the Cadet National freestyle championship; and in the last month has added a FloNationals title and third place finish in freestyle at the FILA Junior Nationals to his resume.
Other All-Americans at 220:
2. Willie Miklus, Southeast Polk, Iowa
3. John Rizzo, Richland, Pa.
4. Josh Marchok, Schaumburg, Ill.
5. Jordan Gruettner, Muskego, Wis.
6. J'Den Cox, Hickman, Mo.
7. A.J. Vizcarrondo, Wyoming Seminary, Pa.
8. Thomas Haines, Solanco, Pa.
9. Matt Meadows, CVCA, Ohio
10. Prescott Line, Oxford, Mich.
11. Andy Janovich, Gretna, Neb.
12. Ty Walz, St. Edward, Ohio
13. Mike Swider, Wheaton North, Ill.
14. Eric Laytos, Lackawanna Trail, Pa.
15. Spencer Empey, Reed, Nev.
16. Mick Dougharity, Barlow, Ore.
17. JT Goodwin, Bear Creek, Calif.
18. Nathan Butler, Leavenworth, Kan.
19. Austin Lobsinger, West Valley, Calif.
20. Logan Byrd, Sallisaw, Okla.
285 First Team: Brooks Black (Blair Academy, N.J.), Junior
After finishing as a runner-up at the National Prep Championships as a freshman, Black has just a single loss in the last two scholastic seasons, which includes a pair of titles at both the Walsh Ironman and Beast of the East and approximately ten wins over nationally ranked opponents. After winning three titles at the Cadet Nationals (two in Greco-Roman and one in freestyle), last summer Black was a Junior National freestyle All-American. The Blair Academy junior also has three titles at the FILA Cadet Nationals from the two previous spring seasons (two in freestyle, one in Greco-Roman).
Other All-Americans at 285:
2. Adam Coon, Fowlerville, Mich.
3. Michael Kroells, Scott West, Minn.
4. Austin Goergen, Caledonia, Minn.
5. John Dreggors, Springstead, Fla.
6. Johnny Schupp, Vacaville, Calif.
7. Mimmo Lytle, Swanton, Ohio
8. Nick Nevills, Clovis, Calif.
9. Dink Purnell, A.I. DuPont, Del.
10. Nick Tavanello, Wadsworth, Ohio
11. Sam Stoll, Kasson-Mantorville, Minn.
12. Collin Bevins, Creston, Iowa
13. Michael Johnson, Wyoming Seminary, Pa.
14. Nate Shaw, Bettendorf, Iowa
15. Michael Shoff, Cambridge, Neb.
16. Nick Gajdzik, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek, Mich.
17. Avree Robinson, Susquehanna Township, Pa.
18. Travis Morgan, Stillwater, Okla.
19. Gaylen Edmo, Highland, Idaho
20. Cody Klempay, Canon-McMillan, Pa.
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