Casey Swiderski (Photo/Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
Who's Number One Boys Results
170 lbs - Rocco Welsh (PA) over Manny Rojas (MI) 6-4
170 lbs - Gabe Arnold (GA) over Brayden Thompson (IL) 3-2
106 lbs - Bo Bassett (PA) over Seth Mendoza (IL) 19-8
182 lbs - TJ Stewart (MD) over Jack Wehmeyer (PA) 7-4
145 lbs - Jackson Arrington (PA) over Hunter Garvin (IA) 4-3
113 lbs - Braeden Davis (MI) over Leo DeLuca (NJ) 15-7
160 lbs - Levi Haines (PA) over Josh Barr (MI) 4-1
106 lbs - Anthony Knox (NJ) over Luke Lilledahl (MO) 10-3
152 lbs - Caleb Henson (GA) over Jordan Williams (OK) 5-4
195 lbs - Dylan Fishback (OH) over Gavin Nelson (MN) 6-1
138 lbs - Casey Swiderski (MI) over Jesse Mendez (IN) 7-6
120 lbs - Nate Jesuroga (IA) over Joey Cruz (CA) 6-1
170 lbs - Gabe Arnold (GA) over Rocco Welsh (PA) 2-1TB
285 lbs - Nicholas Feldman (PA) over Christian Carroll (IN) 3-2
Saturday evening, the boys took the mat on the second day of action at Who's Number One. As expected there were plenty of upsets and outstanding performances. Most notably at 138 lbs as the top pound-for-pound high schooler in the country, Jesse Mendez, was knocked off by #2 Casey Swiderski. It was a back-and-forth affair that saw the Iowa State recruit come out on top, 7-6.
The main event featured the top two big men in the nation clashing. #2 220 lber Christian Carroll took on top-ranked Nicholas Feldman. Feldman was able to pull out a hard-fought 3-2 win. He entered the night ranked #2 overall in the pound-for-pound rankings and likely will ascend to the top spot during the next update.
There could be a new top-ranked 170 lber as Gabe Arnold emerged from the four-man mini-tournament with a pair of one-point wins. He edged Brayden Thompson in the second bout of the night, then outlasted Rocco Welsh in tiebreakers. Thompson was a late replacement for #2 James Rowley. We'll see whether Arnold (then #3) jumps Rowley in the next set of rankings.
Fans were given a glimpse of the future when 2021 Cadet World Champion, and current eighth-grader, Bo Bassett posted a dominant 19-8 major decision over freshman Seth Mendoza.