Six wrestlers currently ranked No. 1 in the country according to InterMat have been selected to be a part of Team USA for the 2014 Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic. The event, which will celebrate its 40th edition this year, will be held on Sunday, March 16 in Pittsburgh at the Fitzgerald Field House on the University of Pittsburgh campus.
Wrestling begins at 4 p.m. with an undercard bout between top seniors from Oklahoma and top seniors from the WPIAL (i.e. those from the greater Pittsburgh area not chosen for team Pennsylvania), and will be followed at 6 p.m. by Team USA against the top seniors from Pennsylvania.
Kyle Snyder (Good Counsel, Md./USOTC) leads Team USA. Even though he is not competing scholastically during the 2013-14 year, he is the nation's No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2014, and was undefeated during three years of high school competition. The resume includes three titles at the Beast of the East and National Preps, two titles at the Ironman, and single titles at the Powerade and Super 32 Challenge. Snyder was also a FILA Junior World freestyle champion this summer, and will be attending The Ohio State University this coming fall. He is the representative at 220 pounds.
Joining Snyder on the USA squad are six wrestlers currently ranked No. 1 in the nation for their respective weight classes: Stevan Micic (Hanover Central, Ind.) at 126, Joey McKenna (Blair Academy, N.J.) at 138, Bryce Brill (Mt. Carmel, Ill.) at 152, Ryan Blees (Bismarck, N.D.) at 160, Johnny Sebastian (Bergen Catholic, N.J.) at 182, and Nick Nevills (Clovis, Calif.) at 285.
Micic, Brill, and Sebastian have all signed National Letters of Intent at Northwestern University.
Rounding out the USA roster:
113: No. 9 Brian Rossi (Lockport, Ill.)
120: No. 2 Nathan Boston (Woodford County, Ky.)
132: No. 5 Josh Alber (Dakota, Ill.)
145: No. 6 at 152 Tyler Berger (Crook County, Ore.)
170: No. 2 Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas)
195: No. 4 Chip Ness (Buford, Ga.)