Six No. 1-ranked wrestlers chosen for Dapper Dan

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.)


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briankoch (1) about 4 years ago
No Micah Jordan?!? Any idea why? I would had loved to see him go up against Jason Nolf.
Yankeefan33 (1) about 4 years ago
Bo didn't wrestle last year either.
brz845 (1) about 4 years ago
I know Snyder is a great wrestler but how about getting someone that did wrestle a high school match this year. Also a Jordan - nolf match would be nice
greff (1) about 4 years ago
The two best (by far) heavyweights in the country should be fun
meloserio (1) about 4 years ago
Although we won't be seeing Jason Nolf vs Micah Jordan, we have a very realistic shot at a Bo Nickal - Chance Marsteller matchup. Also, is there any possibility the PA representative goes the full six against Snyder? I'm sensing a second period pin or third period tech at 220
Widowmaker (1) about 4 years ago
To bad Snyder & Nevills are on the same Team! Wuld like to see them go at it in the PRACTICE ROOM!
mrh16 (1) about 4 years ago
In case you were not aware of it, they wrestled each other in the 2012 Flonationals final.
Widowmaker (1) about 4 years ago
No Bennick or Rose?
mrh16 (1) about 4 years ago
Benick is only a junior, so not eligible to wrestle Dapper Dan this year.
timx (1) about 4 years ago
I would love to see Marsteller and Nickal, but I think it's looking highly unlikely. Chance has a bad back and I only hope he can still get his 4th title. it is highly probable in my opinion that he skips the Dapper Dan and I wouldnt blame him.