2012 Super 32 Challenge Weight-by-Weight Preview

The 2012 Super 32 Challenge takes place on Saturday and Sunday in Greensboro, N.C. InterMat will be providing coverage throughout the two-day event.

Below is a weight-by-weight preview of this year's event. Weight class information is based on participant registration as of Wednesday, October 10th.

Freshman Luke Pletcher (Greater Labrote, Pa.), ranked third in the Class of 2016 by InterMat, leads the way in this weight class coming off his fourth-place finish in this weight at last year's Super 32 Challenge. Last year, he also placed third at the FloNationals and won a record-tying fifth PJW championship.

Eclipse-trained Kyle Bierdumpfel was a Cadet National double finalist in Fargo (Photo/Dave Jedlicka)
He is joined by four other nationally ranked Class of 2016 wrestlers in this weight -- No. 7 Nick Suriano (Bergen Catholic, N.J.), No. 10 Luke Karam (Bethlehem Catholic, Pa.), No. 17 Kyle Bierdumpfel (Don Bosco Prep. N.J.), and No. 20 Gage Curry (North Hills, Pa.). Suriano won the Super 32 Challenge middle school division each of the last two years, and captured a Tulsa Nationals 15-and-under title this past January; Karam was a Cadet freestyle runner-up in 2011; Bierdumpfel was a Cadet National runner-up in both styles this past summer; while Curry has won PJW titles each of the last two years.

Including Karam and Bierdumpfel, at least fourteen wrestlers in this weight class have earned All-American honors in Fargo at the Cadet and/or Junior Nationals. Among them is Tyron Klump (Nazareth, Pa.); Devon Brown (Steubenville, Oh.), who also finished third in his state tournament; Tommy Aloi (Forest Park, Va.), a state runner-up and NHSCA Junior Nationals runner-up; Darek Huff (Broomfield, Colo.); and state placer Jacob Cottey (Perry Meridian, Ind.).

Others to watch include Hayden Lee (Garrett, Ind.) and Austin Griffiths (Southmoreland, Pa.), each of whom took third in their state tournaments last year; Ricky Cavallo (Hempfield, Pa.), one match away from placing at the Super 32; Chad Red (New Palestine, Ind.), champion of the middle school Super 32 last year; and Spencer Lee (Saegertown, Pa.), who is ranked third nationally among junior high wrestlers.

Four Cadet National champions are featured in this weight class, led by Zahid Valencia (St. John Bosco, Calif.), who is ranked first nationally in the Class of 2015 according to InterMat. Valencia won a freestyle title at 113 pounds this summer, and during the scholastic year was a state champion and FloNationals champion. Other Fargo champions included Kyle Norstrem (Brandon, Fla.), Scott Parker (Pennridge, Pa.), and Coy Ozias (Christiansburg, Va.). Norstrem is ranked sixth in the Class of 2016, and was Greco-Roman champion at 106 pounds; Parker was the freestyle champion at 106, and also was runner-up to Valencia at the FloNationals; while Ozias was Greco-Roman champion at 113, fourth in freestyle at the same weight, and finished sixth in the Super 32 last fall.

In addition to Ozias, three other wrestlers in this weight class placed at the Super 32 Challenge last year. Ryan Millhof (Collins Hill, Ga.) was third at 106 pounds, and went on to win a NHSCA Sophomore Nationals title at 113 in early April; Sean Russell (Collins Hill, Ga.) was fifth at 106, and won a second state title in as many seasons; while Brent Fleetwood (Smyrna, Del.) was seventh at 106, and later earned a NHSCA Sophomore Nationals title at 106 and was fifth in Junior National freestyle at 113.

Among the additional Fargo All-Americans in this weight class are Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Pa.), Drew Romero (Broomfield, Colo.), and A.C. Headlee (Waynesburg, Pa.). Joseph is ranked 30th in the sophomore class nationally, was runner-up at the Beast of the East and champion at the Powerade as a freshman; Romero is now a two-time state champion; and Headlee is ranked 50th in the sophomore class nationally.

Other past FloNationals placers include two-time state placer Luis Gonzalez (Don Bosco Prep, N.J.); Israel Saavedra (Modesto, Calif.), ranked fifth nationally among freshmen; and two-time Indiana state finalist Nathan Boston (Woodford Country, Ky.). Additional notable state champions in this weight class include David Bavery (Massillon Perry, Ohio), Lance Hill (Parkersburg South, W.V.), and Nick Piccininni (Ward Melville, N.Y.).

Nathan Tomasello won his second Junior National freestyle title this past summer in Fargo (Photo/Dave Jedlicka)
This weight class is anchored by four InterMat Top 100 Class of 2013 wrestlers. Leading the way is two-time Junior National freestyle champion Nathan Tomasello (CVCA, Ohio), who is ranked 23rd and also is a two-time Super 32 Challenge runner-up. Three-time state champion Dalton Brady (Chandler, Ariz.) was a FILA Cadet freestyle champion in 2011, and is ranked 30th in the senior class. FloNationals champion J.R. Wert (Christiansburg, Va.) placed third at the Super 32 last year, is a three-time state champion, and ranks 42nd in the senior class. Finally in this group, it is 2010 Super 32 champion Darian Cruz (Bethlehem Catholic, Pa.), who earned an elusive state title this past year, and is ranked 55th in this class.

In addition, this field also features four wrestlers ranked among the top 50 in the Class of 2015. Michael Kemerer (Franklin Regional, Pa.) is fifth among all sophomores after winning the Super 32 last year at 106 pounds, finishing as a state runner-up, and earning fifth place in Cadet freestyle. Dylan Lucas (Brandon, Fla.) ranked 19th after winning a second state title and a FILA Cadet Greco-Roman title. Brandon James (Perry Meridian, Ind.) had just one loss in finishing third at his state tournament before earning a second consecutive Cadet freestyle All-American finish, and is ranked 21st in the sophomore class. Last in this group is Sam Krivus (Hempfield, Pa.), who was sixth in the Super 32 Challenge, third at the state tournament, fourth at the FloNationals, and 25th in the Class of 2015.

At least thirteen wrestlers in this field have earned an All-American honor in Fargo over the years. In addition to those listed above, includes Josh Terao (Mid-Pacific, Hawaii), two-time state champion Jaret Singh (Kearney, Mo.), three-time state champion and returning Super 32 placer James Flint (Brandon, Fla.), two-time state champion Brendan Calas (Seton Hall Prep, N.J.), 2010 Super 32 placer Dalton Macri (Canon McMillan, Pa.), Adam Burchett (Klahowya, Wash.), and two-time state champion Josh Albert (Dakota, Ill.).

Others to watch include NHSCA Junior National runner-up Phillip Anderson (Milton, Ga.) and NHSCA Freshman National champ Boo Lewallen (Yukon, Okla.). Also in this weight is FloNationals placer Nick Lee (Mater Dei, Ind.), who ranked fourth overall among junior high wrestlers.

Despite what relatively speaking is a lack of a broad-base of depth, this weight class certainly packs a punch at the top with a pair of wrestlers that have won Super 32 Challenge championships in the past. Leading the way is three-time finalist Joey Dance (Christiansburg, Va.), who won a title in 2009 before finishing second each of the last two years. Dance is a three-time state champion, won a Junior National freestyle title in 2011, and was a FILA Junior freestyle champion this past spring; he is ranked 15th overall by InterMat in the Class of 2013. Also here is 2011 champion Ryan Diehl (Trinity, Pa.), who is ranked 29th in the senior class, and is now a three-time state champion. Diehl had some very excellent wins in 2011-12, including his Super 32 finals win over George DiCamillo, the end of season number one ranked wrestler; and a state semifinal victory over defending state champion Jason Nolf, who was undefeated in his career prior to that match.

Four FloNationals placers from this past year also feature in this weight class: Ken Bade (Detroit Catholic Central, Mich.), Emilio Saavedra (Modesto, Calif.), Anthony Giraldo (North Bergen, N.J.), and Theirno Diallo (Duval, Md.). Bade is a two-time state champion and ranks 77th in the Class of 2013, Saavedra is a two-time state placer and ranks 31st in the Class of 2014, Giraldo is a two-time state placer, while Diallo was also a Junior National Greco-Roman All-American.

Two-time Cadet National freestyle champion Seth Gross will be a contender at 126 (Photo/Jeff Beshey, The Guillotine)
Others to watch in this weight class include Junior National freestyle All-American Tate Robinson (Baylor School, Tenn.), ranked 37th in the junior class; two-time state placer Michael Pongracz (Delaware Valley Regional, N.J.); two-time Cadet freestyle champion Seth Gross (Apple Valley, Minn.), ranked 47th in the junior class; three-time state champion Brock Ervin (Union County, Ky.); two-time state finalist Kyle Springer (Davenport Assumption, Iowa); and state placer Zach Hertling (Ocean Township, N.J.), ranked 32nd in the Class of 2014.

An extremely deep weight class here that includes six members of the InterMat Top 100 Class of 2013. It is led by Dean Heil (St. Edward, Ohio) and Brandon Jeske (Cox, Va.). Ranked 13th in the senior class, Heil is a three-time state champion, 2011 FloNationals champion, multi-time Disney Duals gold medalist, and was named Outstanding Wrestler at the Walsh Ironman this past year. Jeske ranks 17th in the senior class, is a four-time Super 32 placer (including second-place finishes in 2009 and 2010), three-time Beast of the east top three placer (runner-up in 2009 and 2011), and a Junior freestyle runner-up in 2011.

Other nationally ranked seniors include No. 57 Javier Gasca (Kingsburg, Calif.), No. 74 Jacob Schmitt (St. Johns, Mich.), No. 82 Andrew Atkinson (Liberty Christian Academy, Va.), and No. 94 Corey Stasenko (South Plainfield, N.J.). Gasca was third in the state tournament this past year and a FloNationals runner-up; Schmitt is a three-time state finalist (two-time champ), five-time Fargo All-American, and placed fifth in the 2010 Super 32; Atkinson is a three-time National Prep placer, and placed third in the Super 32 this past year; while Stasenko placed fourth in the Super 32 and was a state placer this past year.

Aaron Pico, the nation's No. 2 freshman, was dominant in Fargo this past summer (Photo/John Sachs,
However, it is a pair of underclassmen that serve as the primary challengers to Heil and Jeske in this weight class. Jason Nolf (Kittanning, Pa.) ranks 20th in the Class of 2014 after winning state as a freshman, finishing third as a sophomore, and earning Outstanding Wrestler honors along with a gold medal at the Disney Duals. Two-time Cadet National double champion Aaron Pico (St. John Bosco, Calif.) ranks second among all freshmen according to InterMat. Also among the class ranked wrestlers are three sophomores: No. 14 Logan Massa (St. Johns, Mich.), state runner-up and third in Cadet freestyle this past summer; No. 18 Josh Marcua (Franklin Regional, Pa.), fifth at state and third in Cadet freestyle this past summer; and No. 42 Cole Water (Mifflinburg, Pa.), third at state and fifth in Cadet Greco-Roman.

Others to watch in this weight include state champions Scott Delvecchio (South Plainfield, N.J.), Jon Townsend (Comanche, Okla.), Nate Rodriguez (Neosho, Mo.), Will Steltzen (Collinsville, Okla.), and Clay Walker (Eastside, S.C.); state runners-up Cody Lecount (Perry Meridian, Ind.), Chris Garcia (Montini Catholic, Ill.), and Jonce Blaylock (Berryhill, Okla.); state third-place finishers George Weber (John Carroll, Md.), Jason Estevez (Livingston, N.J.), and Dennis Gustafson (Forest Park, Va.). Also to note are NHSCA Junior National champion Chris Araoz (Wantagh, N.Y.) and returning Super 32 placer Bryce Killian (Middletown, Pa.).

Like the weight before, the stars of the national wrestling landscape have come out to play here as well, led by five InterMat Top 100 seniors. Anchoring this weight is Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.), who has clearly been the nation's most productive wrestler since the high school season ended. Ranked seventh in the Class of 2013, Retherford has won the following tournaments -- NHSCA Junior Nationals, FILA Cadet National freestyle, Junior National freestyle, and FILA Cadet World freestyle. Additionally, he was state champion as a freshman and is a three-time Super 32 placer.

Other ranked seniors are No. 38 Neal Molloy (Danville, Ind.), a 2011 state champion who was fifth in Junior freestyle this summer; 2009 Super 32 placer Tyson Dippery (Central Dauphin, Pa.), ranked No. 41 in the class, NHSCA sophomore and junior national champion, Junior Greco-Roman runner-up, and a two-time state placer; No. 62 T.J. Miller (Camden Catholic, N.J.), three-time state placer and 2011 state champion; and No. 68 Darick Lapaglia (Blue Springs, Mo.), a two-time state champion and seventh in Junior freestyle this summer.

In addition, there are nine underclass wrestlers ranked in their grade per InterMat. In the class of 2014, there are four: No. 33 Tyler Berger (Hermiston, Ore.), who has twice won state titles, placed at the FloNationals, and finished fourth in Cadet freestyle; No. 39 Daniel Lewis (Blue Springs, Mo.), a two-time state champion; No. 41 Gary Wayne Harding (Collinsville, Okla.), a two-time state champion and 2011 Cadet freestyle runner-up; and No. 46 Joe Galasso (Father Judge, Pa.), a two-time state placer and FloNationals runner-up this past year.

Fox Baldwin won a Cadet National freestyle title this past summer in Fargo (Photo/Dave Jedlicka)
From the Class of 2015, there are four as well: No. 2 Fox Baldwin (Osceola, Fla.), a two-time state champion, who this past year won FloNationals and Cadet freestyle titles; No. 9 Anthony Valencia (St. John Bosco, Calif.), a state champion, FloNationals champion, and Cadet freestyle champion; No. 13 Josh Shields (Franklin Regional, Pa.), sixth at state and fifth in Cadet freestyle; and No. 29 Ronnie Gentile (Paulsboro, N.J.), who was third in Cadet freestyle.

Others to watch include two-time state runner-up Troy Heilmann (South Plainfield, N.J.); state champion Lawrence Otero (Volcano Vista, N.M.), who was one match away from placing at the Super 32 last year; state champions Sal Annoreno (Bartlett, Ill.), Brandon Brunner (Baylor School, Tenn.), Scott Akers (Flower Mound, Tex.), and Jacob Danishek (Dayton Christian, Ohio); Junior Greco-Roman All-American Daniel Sanchez (Georgetown Prep, Md.); state placers Gary Dinmore (Hunterdon Central, N.J.), Brian Hamann (Jackson Memorial, N.J.), and Christian Pagdilao (Northview, Calif.); as well as with Austin Kraisser (Centennial, Md.), who ranks 11th overall in the Class of 2016.

Three-time Super 32 Challenge placer Solomon Chishko (Canon McMillan, Pa.) is the leader of the pack in this weight class. Ranked fifth overall in the Class of 2014, Chishko was a POWERade champion this past year, has placed third two times at the state tournament, and was a Disney Duals gold medalist this summer. Among those challenging for the title in this weight will be ten past Fargo All-Americans.

The two most notable among them are Colt Cotten (Benton, Pa.) and Grant Leeth (Kearney, Mo.). Ranked 66th overall in the senior class, Cotten is a three-time state placer, took fifth in Junior Greco-Roman, and was second at the NHSCA Junior Nationals. Leeth ranks 32nd in the junior class, was a Cadet National freestyle champion in 2011, earned a state title this past year, and was a NHSCA Sophomore Nationals runner-up. Among the others are three-time state finalists Reed Van Anrooy (Roseburg, Ore.) and Alexander Aniciete (Las Vegas, Nev.); National Prep runner-up Toby Hague (McDonogh, Md.); nationally ranked sophomores No. 16 Patrick Duggan (Cumberland Valley, Pa.) and No. 37 Colston DiBlasi (Park Hill, Mo.).

Others meriting mention in this weight are Chad Walsh (Camden Catholic, N.J.), fourth at the FloNationals; two-time state placer Victor Lopez (Poway, Calif.); state third placer Tommy Forte (Mishawaka, Ind.), ranked No. 12 in the Class of 2015; state champions Jordan Marshall (Troy Christian) and Alec Pantaleo (Canton, Mich.); as well as state runner-up Paul Hamilton (Campbell County, Ky.), who was one match away from placing at last year's Super 32.

Mark Hall is a two-time state champion going into his freshman season (Photo/The Guillotine)
Both of the Fargo freestyle champions from the 152 pound weight class this summer will be among the field here. Cadet Nationals champion Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.) has already won a pair of high school state titles before his freshman year, and is ranked No. 1 in the Class of 2016 per InterMat. Junior Nationals champion Josh Llopez (St. Mary's Ryken, Md.) ranked fifth in the Class of 2014 and is the defending Super 32 Challenge champion in this weight class, also a two-time state champion, and was runner-up at the FloNationals this past spring.

However, this is not a two-man show in the least, as there are five wrestlers in this weight residing in the Top 100 of the Class of 2010. Leading that group is No. 58 Garrett Hammond (Chambersburg, Pa.), a state champion who placed fourth in the Super 32 last year. No. 61 Joey Lavallee (Reno, Nev.) was fifth at the FloNationals and was fifth in Junior freestyle in 2011; No. 63 Shayne Tucker (Bella Vista, Calif.) placed in the 2009 Super 32, was a state runner-up this past year, and took eighth at the FloNationals; No. 80 Nick Gravina (Northern Highlands, N.J.) is a two-time state placer and was third at the NHSCA Junior Nationals; while No. 90 Eric Hoffman (Northern Calvert, Md.) took eighth in both styles at the Junior Nationals and was fifth at the NHSCA Junior Nationals.

Also present in this weight is Jack Bass (Robinson, Va.), a FILA Cadet freestyle champion this spring, who took fourth in Junior freestyle this summer, and ranks 19th in the Class of 2014; Kevin Cooper (Simon Kenton, Ky.), a two-time state champion who placed third at the FloNationals; 2010 Cadet freestyle All-Americans Nick Hall (Thomspon, Ala.) and Wayne Stinson (Northern Burlington, N.J.); and Ryan Niven (Tyngsboro, Mass.), a New England Regional champion who took fifth at the NHSCA Junior Nationals.

Others to watch include state champions Aaron Calderon (Brighton, Mich.), Chad Pyke (Woodward Academy, Ga.); state runners-up Kyle Barnes (Hughesville, Pa.), Vinny Corsaro (Indianapolis Catherdral, Ind.), Josh Farrell (Greenfield Central, Ind.), Luke Kreich (Franklin, Ind.); along with Dayton Racer (Apple Valley, Minn.), a state runner-up and Cadet Greco-Roman All-American who is ranked No. 34 in the Class of 2015.

Isaiah Martinez, a two-time state champion, has committed to Illinois (Photo/John Sachs,
A trio of nationally ranked senior and junior wrestlers is among the field in this weight, which is anchored by Isaiah Martinez (Lemoore, Calif.). Martinez ranked third overall in the Class of 2013 per InterMat, is a two-time state champion, and was both a FloNationals and Junior freestyle champion this past year. The two other ranked seniors are No. 48 Tyler Askey (Northgate, Ga.), a three-time state champion, 2010 Super 32 place-winner, who this past spring won the NHSCA Junior Naitonals before taking second at the FloNationals; and No. 51 Daniel Woiwor (Apple Valley, Minn.), a three-time state placer and 2010 state champion.

Nationally ranked juniors include No. 26 Garrett Peppelman (Central Dauphin, Pa.), who this past year was a state champion and placed fifth at the Super 32; No. 36 Jonathan Schleifer (East Brunswick, N.J.), a two-time state placer and NHSCA Sophomore Nationals champion; along with No. 38 Ryan Blees (Bismarck, N.D.), a two-time state champion who was a Junior Greco-Roman runner-up this summer as well.

Among the other notable seniors to watch are state champion and FloNationals placer Isaiah Bradley (Muncie Southside, Ind.); 2011 state placer and Super 32 placer Ty Walter (Mifflinburg, Pa.); state runner-up and FloNationals placer Cody Law (Forest Hills, Pa.); two-time state champion Jacob Haydock (Brandon, Fla.); state champion Abraham Rodriguez (Hermiston, Ore.); 2011 state champion Drake Dudley (Flower Mound, Tex.); state (or National Prep) placers Austin McCloskey (Western Boone, Ind.), Greg Bacci (Malvern Prep, Pa.), Archie Colgan (Pomona, Colo.), Bryce Pappas (St. Mary's Ryken, Md.), Tony Parks (Davenport Assumption, Iowa), and Zach Voytek (Greensburg Salem, Pa.)

Underclassmen to watch include 2011 state champion Logan Marcicki (Detroit Catholic Central, Mich.) as well as state placer and NHSCA Sophomore Nationals runner-up Seth Williams (Tiffin Columbian, Ohio).

Five Top 100 Class of 2013 wrestlers make this an excellent overall weight class. That group is led by two-time state champion Cody Wiercioch (Canon McMillan, Pa), who is also ranked 9th overall among seniors and was a Super 32 champion in 2010. Three-time state champion Zach Epperly (Christiansburg, Va.) is ranked 24th among seniors, placed fifth in last year's Super 32, and was fourth in the Junior freestyle competition this summer. No. 53 Brett Harner (Norristown, Pa.) is a three-time state placer; No. 70 Nick Vonegidy (Piedmont, N.C.) is a two-time state champion, placed sixth in the Super 32 last year, was seventh at the FloNationals, and is a 2011 Cadet freestyle runner-up; while No. 99 Nick Kee (Scotland, N.C.) was runner-up at the Super 32 last year, runner-up at the NHSCA Junior Nationals, and is a two-time state champion.

Drew Garcia, a state champion, won a title at the Grappler Fall Classic on Saturday (Photo/
Seven additional wrestlers in this weight have earned All-American honors in Fargo over the years. Among them is state runner-up Peter Renda (Brandywine Hts., Pa.), state champions Drew Garcia (Detroit Catholic Central, Mich.) and Matthew Gancayo (Patuxent, Md.), NHSCA Junior National runner-up Travis Berridge (Brandon, Fla.), and 2011 state placer Nick Corba (Beavercreek, Ohio).

Others to watch include two-time state placer Keaton Subjeck (Oak Ridge, Calif.), New England Regional champion Christopher Chorzepa (Newington, Conn.), state placer Corey Griego (Sultana, Calif.), National Prep placer Terrell Forbes (St. Benedict's Prep, N.J.), and NHSCA Junior National placer Brett Stein (Forest Park, Va.).

Three Top 100 Class of 2013 prospects per InterMat are featured in this weight class. First among the trio is No. 50 Jacob Taylor (Bald Eagle, Pa.), who placed third at state, fourth at the Super 32, and was a FloNationals champion. Ranked 69th is three-time state placer Dakota DesLauriers (Burrell, Pa.), while two-time state champion and Disney Duals gold medalist Taylor Jackson (The Villages, Fla.) is ranked 95th.

Other notable seniors in this weight class include Immanuel Barber (Canyon Springs, Calif.), who took third in the state tournament and at NHSCA Junior Nationals; two-time state champion Jared Haught (Parkersburg, W.V.), who was fourth at NHSCA Junior Nationals; state champion B.J. Toal (Troy Christian, Ohio); state runners-up Shayne Brady (Carthage, N.Y.), Miles Hammerlund (Delano, Minn.), and Ryland O'Brien (First Colonial, Fa.); state (or National Prep) placers Nicholas Shawley (Bellefonte, Pa.), Nick Zak (Jackson Liberty, N.J.), Troy Murtha (Georgetown Prep, Md.), and Liam Korbul (North Hunterdon, N.J.); as well as 2011 double Cadet National fourth-place finisher Aaron Rothwell (Sheboygan North, Wis.)

Key underclassmen in this weight include two-time state champion Chip Ness (Buford, Ga.), a Cadet freestyle runner-up and NHSCA Sophomore Nationals third-place finisher; state placer Travis Linton (Rootstown, Ohio), champion at the NHSCA Sophomore Nationals; and state runner-up Armani Robinson (Greenview, Ohio), a Cadet freestyle All-American.

Defending Super 32 champion Matt McCutcheon (Kiski Area, Pa.) added a state title at season's end, and is the 35th ranked Class of 2013 wrestler nationally per InterMat. The other Top 100 prospect in this weight class is No. 64 Raymond O'Donnell (Saucon Valley, Pa.), a two-time state placer who finished seventh in Junior freestyle this summer.

Payne Hayden, fourth in last year's Super 32 Challenge, is coming off a title at the Grappler Fall Classic (Photo/
Other notable seniors in this weight include three-time state placer Payne Hayden (St. Johns, Mich.), who was fourth in last year's Super 32; state runner-up Jacob Hart (Hampton, Pa.); state placer Matthew Moore (Brick Memorial, N.J.), who was fifth at the NHSCA Junior Nationals; state placer Rory Bonner (West Deptford, N.J.), who was eighth at the NHSCA Junior Nationals; state placer Zach Roseberry (Brentstville, Va.), a NHSCA Junior Nationals runner-up; state champion Jesse Stephanos (Jupiter, Fla.), third at the NHSCA Junior Nationals; Junior Greco-Roman runner-up Alen Turcinhodzic (North Hills, Pa.); National Prep placer Spencer Neff (Good Counsel, Md.); and state champion Nathan Dawson (Brooke, W.V.). A notable underclassman in this field is state champion Sam Davis (Stuarts Draft, Va.).

Undefeated Maryland standout Kyle Synder is the nation's No. 2 wrestler in the Class of 2014 (Photo/Rob Preston)
Two of the nation's absolute elite and dynamic upperweight talents are present in this weight class. Kyle Snyder (Good Counsel, Md.) ranks second in the Class of 2014, and has yet to lose a high school match. The two-time National Prep champion, and a FloNationals champion this past year, gave up playing football on a perennial national power this year to focus on his wrestling exploits. Those further include double All-American finishes in Fargo each of the last two summers -- he was a Junior Greco-Roman champion this past summer and a Cadet freestyle champion in the summer of 2011. Joining him is defending Super 32 Challenge champion Thomas Haines (Solanco, Pa.), who ranks sixth in that same junior class, and has already won a pair of big-school state titles in Pennsylvania.

Two other wrestlers in this field return from placing at last year's Super 32 -- Trevor Stevens (Pope, Ga.) placed sixth, and is a two-time state placer having also placed eighth at the NHSCA Junior Nationals; while Trent Allen (South Brunswick, N.C.) placed eighth. An additional pair of wrestlers placed at the NHSCA Junior Nationals last year -- state runner-up Eldon Valery (Landstown, Va.) placed third, while state champion Kacee Hutchinson (Enka, N.C.) placed sixth.

Also meriting attention in this weight class are state placer Mauro Correnti (Holy Cross, N.J.), who placed sixth in Junior freestyle, and Christian Jenco (Bergen Catholic, N.J.), who was third in both styles at the Cadet Nationals.

Putting it mildly, there will be a lot of opportunity here for wrestlers to increase their visibility on the national landscape. Most notable among the field here is Jesse Webb (Mt. Anthony Union, Vt.), who has placed fifth at the New England Regional in each of his first two high school seasons and earned titles at the NHSCA Freshman and Sophomore Nationals.

Also meriting attention is 2011 state qualifier Luke Fleck (Franklin Regional, Pa.); state placers Travis Boyd (Blanchester, Ohio), Logan Turner (Martinsville, Va.), Ivan Deleon (Seven Lakes, Tex.), and Robert Coe (Detroit Catholic Central, Mich.); state placer and NHSCA Sophomore runner-up Patrick Garren (Bishop Ready, Ohio); state qualifier Dre'k Brumley (Akron SVSM, Ohio); and 2011 Cadet freestyle All-American Kyle Kania (Westfield, N.J.).


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mrh16 (1) about 3 and a half years ago
Great article. It will make following the results more enjoyable having some background on some of the participants. Quick question. You mentioned "Freshman Luke Pletcher . . . won a record-tying fifth PJW championship". I'm pretty sure that Nico Cortese won 8 PJW titles and others have also won more than 5. What record are you refering too?
JoCain33 (1) about 3 years ago
It has only been 2 or 3 years now that Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling has allowed 8-under age group to wrestle at the state level so 6 (maybe 7) PJW championships would be the max until those kids 8-under 2 or 3 years ago would get to that age. Unless the child won 10-under age group at 7 years old and every year there after. If so, that's impressive!
mrh16 (1) about 3 years ago
Cortese won four 10 and under PJW championships (1997-2000), two 11 to 12 championships (01-02), and two 13 to 14 championships (03-04). The PJW site has a searchable Champs database with all the champions since the PJW started.
jobelk (1) about 3 years ago
170- It is Parker VonEgidy.
jpmbacker (1) about 3 years ago
Granted he is injured but cant wait to see what weight Chance will wrestle this year. A match vs Wiercioch will be interesting.