Cohlton Schultz was a Doc Buchanan champion (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
As the summer after their freshman high school season is beginning, the initial edition of a top 50 rankings for the Class of 2019 is here. Cohlton Schultz (Ponderosa, Colo.) retains his status as the top prospect in this class. During the spring, he qualified for the UWW Cadet World Championships in Greco-Roman at 100 kilograms, along with a third-place finish in freestyle at the UWW Cadet Nationals. In addition, he went undefeated at the NWCA Scholastic Duals in folkstyle during April.
Though it was reported this spring by Five Point Move that Schultz is going to be wrestling Greco-Roman at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs moving forward, he remains in the Class of 2019 prospect rankings for two reasons. First, unlike Aaron Pico, he has not renounced amateur status (i.e. eliminated NCAA eligibility). Second, Schultz has competed in both folkstyle and freestyle since the announcement.
Nick Raimo (Hanover Park, N.J.) and Adam Busiello (Eastport-South Manor, N.Y.) retain their positions at No. 2 and No. 3 in the Class of 2019. Raimo placed third at the UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle at 54 kilograms, losing to the eventual champion in the semifinals; while Busiello verbally committed to Penn State this week.
Rounding out the top five are Julian Ramirez (Blair Academy, N.J.) and Jordan Decatur (CVCA, Ohio). Ramirez, who competed for Tampa Prep, Fla. has transferred to Blair Academy for the 2016-17 season. Already this off-season, he placed third at the UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle competing at 69 kilograms, and was undefeated at the Cadet National Duals in freestyle this month. Decatur finished as runner-up at 54 kilograms at the UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle, with undefeated performances at both the NWCA Scholastic Duals and Disney Duals in folkstyle.
Ramirez is one of four top 50 sophomores on the Blair Academy team, as he is joined by Michael Colaiocco, Chris Cannon, and Mike Madara; those three were the Buccaneers' starters at 106 through 120 in the 2015-16 season. Five other wrestlers are ranked from New Jersey, including a pair that compete for Bergen Catholic.
Additional teammates in the rankings include those that compete for Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.), Northampton (Pa.), Pomona (Colo.), and Simley (Minn.).
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Link: Top 50 Sophomores
Below is a sneak peek of the top 10 sophomores.
1. Cohlton Schultz (Ponderosa, Colo.)
2. Nick Raimo (Hanover Park, N.J.)
3. Adam Busiello (Eastport-South Manor, N.Y.)
4. Julian Ramirez (Blair Academy, N.J.)
5. Jordan Decatur (CVCA, Ohio)
6. Julian Chlebove (Northampton, Pa.)
7. Josh McKenzie (Bergen Catholic, N.J.)
8. Connor Brady (Olentangy Liberty, Ohio)
9. Anthony Jackson (Simley, Minn.)
10. Dylan D'Emilio (Genoa, Ohio)