Bo Nickal is ranked No. 1 at 182 (Photo/Rob Preston)The featured weight in the KC Stampede is the 182-pound weight class, which is anchored by a pair of Junior National freestyle champions, No. 1 Bo Nickal (Allen, Tex.) and No. 3 Michael Pixley (Blue Springs, Mo.). They are joined by another pair of nationally ranked individuals from Oklahoma: Junior freestyle All-American No. 11 Joel Dixon (Edmond North) and NHSCA Junior Nationals runner-up No. 13 Nathan Marek (Southmoore).
Seven other individuals in the top five of their respective weight classes are in the field, six of whom are in weight classes with at least one other nationally ranked wrestler. Below is a listing of the remaining nationally ranked individuals in the tournament.
106: No. 7 Matt Schmitt (Platte County, Mo.) and No. 17 Paxton Rosen (Edmond North, Okla.)
113: No. 4 Daton Fix (Sand Springs, Okla.) and No. 10 Christian Moody (Collinsville, Okla.)
120: No. 3 Sean Russell (Collins Hill, Ga.) and No. 16 Elijah Oliver (Christian Brothers, Tenn.)
126: No. 3 Ryan Millhof (Collins Hill, Ga.) and No. 6 Ke-Shawn Hayes (Park Hill, Mo.)
132: No. 6 Gary Wayne Harding (Collinsville, Okla.), No. 7 Jacob Rubio (Canyon Randall, Tex.), and No. 8 Kaid Brock (Stillwater, Okla.)
138: No. 2 Fredy Stroker (Bettendorf, Iowa) and No. 18 Brock Wingbermuehle (Seckman, Mo.)
145: No. 5 Joe Smith (Stillwater, Okla.), No. 8 Grant Leeth (Kearney, Mo.), and No. 16 Logan Ryan (Bettendorf, Iowa)
152: No. 6 Daniel Lewis (Blue Springs, Mo.)
170: No. 4 Chandler Rogers (Stillwater, Okla.) and No. 12 Lance Dixon (Edmond North, Okla.)
195: No. 4 Derek White (Edmond North, Okla.)
220: No. 10 Andrew Dixon (Edmond North, Okla.)
The first stage of the tournament has eight pools of five wrestlers each, for four matches. The second stage of the tournament has the top two in each pool competing in an upper bracket for four more matches (first round winners guaranteed top eight, second round winners top four, etc.), and the net two in each pool competing in a lower bracket for four more matches.
Fab 50 ranked teams in the field include No. 11 Edmond North, Okla.; No. 15 Stillwater, Okla.; No. 27 Bettendorf, Iowa; No. 34 Archer, Ga.; No. 40 Timberland, Mo.; and No. 44 Tuttle, Okla. Other teams to watch include Collinsville, Okla.; Neosho, Mo.; Park Hill, Mo.; Perry, Okla.; Skutt Catholic, Neb.; and Sand Springs, Okla.