Prior to the 2016-17 season, Howard was runner-up at the Super 32 Challenge in the 113 pound weight class, while he earned runner-up honors at the state tournament. During his eighth grade year, he was a Roller World of Wrestling triple crown winner with titles at the Tulsa Kickoff Classic, Tulsa Nationals, and Reno World tournaments.
Previous top-ranked Class of 2020 wrestler Beau Barlett (Wyoming Seminary, Pa.) drops one position to second after a second straight placement finish in a robust 58 kilogram freestyle weight class at the UWW Cadet Nationals. Rounding out the top five are Albert Ferrari (Allen, Texas), Braxton Amos (Parkersburg South, W.Va.), and Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville, Minn.)
The most notable upward mover was Nevan Snodgrass (Kettering Fairmont, Ohio), who placed fourth at state as a freshman, earned an eighth place finish at the UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle, and went undefeated at the Cadet Duals in freestyle duals; he moves up six positions to No. 15 nationally. There are two newcomers in the top 25 portion of the rankings, David Ferrante (Huntley, Ill.) and Frankie Tal-Shahar (American Heritage, Fla.)
Seven wrestlers from the state of Pennsylvania lead the way within the first top 50 rankings for the Class of 2020. Bartlett is joined by No. 8 Sam Hillegas (North Hills), No. 1 Gerritt Nijenhuis (Canon-McMillan), No. 20 Gaige Garcia (Southern Columbia), No. 34 Gage McClenahan (Bald Eagle Area), No. 40 Alfonso Martinez (Wyoming Seminary), and No. 42 Luke Nichter (Chamersburg).
Five in the rankings from California and Ohio are the next most for a specific state, while four ranked wrestlers come from Illinois, Missouri, and New Jersey respectively.
Link: Top 50 Sophomores (Platinum)