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Final Clinch Gear National Individual High School Wrestling Rankings 2011-12

Willie Saylor, Editor

With the completion of several national tournaments, another folkstyle season is in the books. It’s been another fun year. From a rankings perspective, with the growth and proliferation of major in-season events, we have more of an opportunity to see how kids stack up against one another during the regular year. The result is weekly drama and ever-changing individual rankings based on decisions from all around the country.

Last weekend capped things off in a big way, with VA Beach, FloNats, and USAW Folk Nationals featuring large contingents of top talent. The outcome of each bracket informs our final rankings of the year. Next week we’ll unveil our All-American and Regional Teams, followed by the first new rankings with seniors removed.

But first some notes on the final rankings. Note that I’m including kids that were hurt or that did not wrestle for the majority of the season. Leaving them out, I feel, is a bit of a mirage. Who are the twenty best kids at each weight? They deserve to be recognized without being based on a technicality or injury. The only wrestler from this category that I didn’t include was New Jersey’s Devon Gobbo (160), who due to injury, didn’t compete at all. Zane Retherford (transfer rules, 126) and Doug Vollaro (December graduation, HWT) competed after not being able to wrestle during the year. Steve Congenie (injury, 195) is in after missing the year with injury but wrestling in, and winning, USAW Folk Nationals. Greg Kuhar (injury, HWT) is back in. He had several ranked wins wrestling through The Clash, but missed the postseason.


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106:  The rationale for 106 started way back in December, when Cruz had what is by far the most prolific resume. He was #1 at the time and wrestling at the Ironman with #2-Zahid Valencia in his bracket. Had there been adequate officiating we could have seen that match-up in the finals. I didn’t think it prudent to strip the #1 moniker from a kid after such horrendous officiating. Especially in light of the fact that Zahid had just one HS tournament title under his belt.

After a full year of wrestling, and with Zahid going unscathed, I’ve decided to something I rarely do, and make them Co-#1’s.

Rank Year First Last City State Last
1 Jr. Darian Cruz Bethlehem Catholic PA 1
1 Fr. Zahid Valencia St. John Bosco CA 2
3 Sr. Johnson Mai North Torrence CA 3
4 So. Stevan Micic Cedar Lake IN 4
5 Fr. Michael Kemerer Franklin Regional PA 5
6 Fr. Matt Kolodzik Miami Valley OH 6
7 Jr. Doug Miner Spirit Lake IA 7
8 So. Ethan Lizak Parkland PA 8
9 So. Nathan Boston Lawrence North IN 9
10 So. Sean Russell Collins Hill GA 10
11 Fr. Vincenzo Joseph Pitt CC PA 11
12 So. Coy Ozias Christiansburg VA 12
13 So. Brent Fleetwood Smyrna DE 13
14 Jr. Drew Romero Broomfield CO 14
15 Fr. Markus Simmons Broken Arrow OK 15
16 Fr. Davion Jeffries Collinsville OK 16
17 Fr. Dylan Lucas Brandon FL 17
18 So. Joseph Velliquette Nixa MO 20
19 Jr. Nkosi Moody Rich Central IL 19
20 Fr. Ke-Shawn Hayes Park Hill MO HM

113: The argument at the top is rather clear-cut. Brooks and Tomasello split matches in Fargo and S32 finals, with Brooks winning last. The rest of this weight stood rather pat as post-season events went largely to rank.

Rank Year First Last City State Last
1 Sr. Jarred Brooks Warsaw IN 1
2 Jr. Nathan Tomasello CVCA OH 2
3 Jr. Ryan Diehl Trinity PA 3
4 So. Isaiah Locsin Live Oak CA 4
5 So. Johnny Jimenez Marmion Academy IL 5
6 Jr. Barlow McGhee Rock Island IL 6
7 Sr. Billy Rappo Council Rock-South PA 8
8 Jr. Micah Perez Central Union CA 9
9 So. Tommy Thorn St. Michael-Albertville MN 10
10 So. Zac Hall St. John’s MI 11
11 Jr. Paul Mascarenas Cleveland NM 12
12 Jr. Jordan Northrup Harlem IL 13
13 Sr. Phil Laux Iowa City West IA 14
14 So. Jason Nolf Kittaning PA 7
15 Fr. Fredy Stroker Bettendorf IA 15
16 So. Ryan Millhof Collins Hill GA 17
17 So. Jens Lantz Ellsworth WI 18
18 Sr. Cassidy Oshiro Maryknoll HI 20
19 Fr. Sam Krivus Hempfield PA 19
20 So. Mark Duda Marist IL HM

120: The #1 title was decided at the Dapper Dan when DiCamillo soundly beat #2-Roberts. Big movers late were Moisey (PA-AA runner-up) who won FloNats by beating Nyama (AAA Champ) in the finals, and Petrov (IN) who had an impressive run at the state tournament.

Rank Year First Last City State Last
1 Sr. George DiCamillo St. Ignatius OH 1
2 Sr. Nicky Roberts North Star PA 2
3 Jr. Dalton Brady Chandler AZ 3
4 Sr. Tim Lambert Forest Hills East MI 4
5 Sr. Ryan Taylor St. Paris-Graham OH 5
6 So. Jered Cortez Glenbard North IL 6
7 Sr. Dylan Peters Denver-Tripoli IA 7
8 So. Joey McKenna Blair Academy NJ 8
9 So. Zeke Moisey Bethlehem Catholic PA 13
10 Sr. Godwin Nyama Brashear PA 9
11 Jr. Connor Schram Canon-Mac  PA 10
12 Sr. Paul Petrov Cedar Lake IN 12
13 Jr. JR Wert Christiansburg VA 14
14 Jr. Ronnie Bresser Henley OR 19
15 Sr. Mason Todd Pendelton Heights IN 16
16 Sr. Mitchell Lexvold Kenyon-Wanamingo MN 17
17 Sr. Will Mason Cape Henry Collegiate VA HM
18 Sr. Daniel Gaytan Clovis CA 18
19 Sr. Hermilio Esquivel Orland CA HM
20 Sr. Matt Garelli Fenwick IL 20

126:  In one of the deepest weights in recent memory, this one gave us a ton of ups and downs and movement through the last nine months. After postseason events, rankings remain relatively static here. The unfortunate part of the depth at 126 is that there are some very talented and accomplished kids on the outside looking in. But there are only 20 slots, and no room at the inn with so many studs nationally.

Rank Year First Last City State Last
1 Sr. Jimmy Gulibon Derry PA 1
2 Jr. Anthony Ashnault South Plainfield  NJ 2
3 Sr. Rossi Bruno Brandon FL 3
4 Jr. Dean Heil St. Edwards OH 4
5 Jr. Brandon Jeske Cox VA 5
6 Jr. Joey Dance Christiansburg VA 6
7 Sr. Corey Clark Southeast Polk IA 7
8 Sr. Dom Malone Wyoming Seminary PA 8
9 Jr. Zain Retherford Benton  PA Inj
10 Sr. Eddie Klimara Providence Catholic IL 9
11 Sr. Nathan Kraisser Ellicott City MD 11
12 Sr. Sam Brancale Eden Prairie MN 13
13 Jr. Mitch Bengston St. Cloud Apollo MN 10
14 Sr. Hunter Weber Marshall WI 12
15 Sr. Kyle Ayersman Lake Central IN 14
16 Sr. Kyle Garcia Choctaw OK 15
17 Sr. Drew Templeman Orting WA 16
18 Sr. Jack Hathaway Iowa City-West IA 18
19 Sr. Corey Keener Blue Mountain PA 19
20 Sr. Eric Devos Waverly Shell Rock IA 20

132: Only one guy, Brandon’s Kevin Norstrem (FL), went undefeated this year. The top three all took losses, Cisneros and Richards most recently. After a hiccup at Ironman, Grey didn’t lose again, winning his fourth Beast and Prep titles.

Rank Year First Last City State Last
1 Sr. Mark Grey Blair Academy NJ 1
2 Sr. Zane Richards Carbondale IL 2
3 Sr. Alex Cisneros Selma CA 3
4 Jr. Kevin Norstrem Brandon FL 4
5 Sr. Thomas Gilman Omaha Skutt NE 5
6 Sr. Randy Cruz Bethlehem Catholic PA 6
7 Sr. Joey Ward Moeller OH 7
8 Jr. Edgar Bright St. Edwards OH 8
9 Sr. Ben Morgan Forest Lake MN 9
10 Jr. Brandon Sorenson Denver-Tripoli IA 10
11 Sr. Jared McKinley Perry Meridian IN 11
12 Sr. Joey Palmer Tahoma WA 12
13 Sr. Brent Fickel Padua Franciscan OH 13
14 Sr. Skyler Wood Platte County MO 15
15 Sr. Dylan D’Urso Reynolds PA 16
16 Sr. Laike Gardner Biglerville PA 17
17 Sr. Joey Munos S. St. Paul MN 18
18 Sr. Dakota Bauer Iowa City West IA 19
19 Sr. Kyle Larson West Des Moines Valley IA 20
20 So. Nikko Villareal Gilroy CA 14

138: Whitford’s drop to this weight for the postseason gave him the top spot without reservation. The fast riser here was NJ State Champ BJ Clagon, who is now all the way to #5 after winning his second VA Beach title, defeating 2x PA Runner-Up Austin Mathews in the process.

Rank Year First Last City State
1 Jr. Ben Whitford St. Johns MI
2 Sr. John Meeks DM Roosevelt IA
3 Sr. Nate Skonieczny Walsh Jesuit OH
4 Jr. Mikey Racciato Pen Argyl PA
5 Jr. BJ Clagon Toms River South NJ
6 Sr. Todd Preston Blair Academy NJ
7 Jr. Austin Matthews Reynolds PA
8 Sr. Quinton Murphy Holley NY
9 Sr. Steve Spearman Erie McDowell PA
10 So. Solomon Chishko Canon-Mac PA
11 Sr. Matt Cimato LaSalle PA
12 Sr. Tony DeAngelo Southern Alamance NC
13 Sr. Chase Ferman Broken Arrow OK
14 So. Jack Bass Allen TX
15 Sr. Luke Zeiger Glasgow MT
16 So. Alfred Bannister Bishop McNamara MD
17 Sr. Mitch Newhouse Massillon-Perry OH
18 Sr. Devon Jackson Yorktown IN
19 Sr. Angelo Silvestro Marmion Academy IL
20 Fr. Fox Baldwin Osceola FL

145:  Along with 126, the Top 7 at 145 might be the best collective group of talent. Tsirtsis (IN) is your nonpareil. Followed by Moreno, who just earned his first state title of an otherwise remarkable career. That Minotti (PA), Brill (IL), Hall (MN), and Short (MN) all took losses this year speaks to the depth and competiveness of the weight.

By far the toughest decision in collating the final rankings came at the back end of 145. There were so many equitable resumes compounded by a rotisserie of conflicting head-to-heads. It’s another case where several kids are worthy of recognition.

Rank Year First Last City State Last
1 Sr. Jason Tsirtsis Crown Point IN 1
2 Sr. Gabe Moreno Urbandale IA 2
3 Sr. Mitch Minotti Easton PA 5
4 So. Bryce Brill Mt. Carmel IL 6
5 8th Mark Hall Apple Valley MN 3
6 Jr. Jake Short Simley MN 4
7 So. Dylan Milonas Blair Academy NJ 7
8 Sr. Rylan Lubeck Wisconsin Rapids WI 8
9 Jr. Garrett Hammond Chambersburg PA 9
10 Sr. Blake Kastl St. Paris Graham OH 10
11 Jr. Anthony Collica Solon OH 11
12 Sr. Jake Faust Lexington OH 13
13 So. Jack Clark McDonogh MD 14
14 Sr. Lenny Richardson St. Peters Prep NJ 18
15 Sr. TJ Fox Field OH HM
16 Sr. Willie Fox Gilroy CA 12
17 Jr. TJ Miller Camden Catholic NJ 15
18 Sr. Jimmy Kloc Iriquois NY 16
19 Sr. Dylan Cottrell Roane County WV HM
20 Sr. Zack Beitz Juniata PA 20

152:  The top rung was settled in December when Jordan (OH) edged Martinez (CA) in Ironman finals. Frankly, these two guys form their own tier this year.

Interestingly enough, after #6-Pierce (TX), nearly the entire Top 20 took losses in post season tournaments. Nine wrestlers from #7-#20 lost on the final weekend.

Rank Year First Last City State Last
1 Jr. Bo Jordan St. Paris-Graham OH 1
2 Jr. Isaiah Martinez Lemoore CA 2
3 Sr. Max Schneider Lane Tech IL 3
4 Sr. Brian Realbuto Somers NY 4
5 Jr. Brian Murphy Glenbard North IL 5
6 Jr. Oliver Pierce Allen TX 8
7 So. Josh Llopez La Plata MD 11
8 Sr. Jake Elliott Oakmont CA 6
9 Sr. Zach Witte Cedar Rapids IA 9
10 Sr. Zach Dailey Massillon-Perry OH 10
11 Jr. Coleman Hammond Bakersfield CA 7
12 Jr. Nick Wanzek Simley MN 13
13 So. Garrett Peppelman Central Dauphin PA 17
14 Jr. Keilan Torres Altus OK 12
15 Sr. Austin Trott Camden County GA 18
16 Jr. Russ Parsons Blair Academy NJ 16
17 Sr. Andrew Morse Lowell MI 20
18 Sr. Sal Mastriani Don Bosco NJ 19
19 Sr. Alec Mooradian Detroit CC MI HM
20 Sr. Jared Reis Napolean ND 14

160:  Marsteller (PA) capped his second consecutive undefeated campaign. He has the top spot over talented #2-Joey Davis (CA), who also won his second state title.

#5-Brill, the state runner-up to Marsteller, solidified his spot at the Dapper Dan when he dominated then-#-Zach Brunson (OR, 170).

The biggest riser this season was Christiansburg’s (VA) Zach Epperly. He’s at #6 to end the year after winning a Beast title and knocking off several ranked foes.

Rank Year First Last City State Last
1 So. Chance Marsteller Kennard Dale PA 1
2 Sr. Iceman Davis Sante Fe CA 2
3 Sr. Isaac Jordan St. Paris Graham OH 3
4 Sr. Clark Glass Brandon FL 4
5 Sr. Brian Brill Central Mountain PA 5
6 Jr. Zach Epperly Christiansburg VA 6
7 Sr. Shaun’Qae McMurtry Lockport IL 7
8 Sr. Brandon Kingsley Apple Valley MN 8
9 Sr. Jacob Crawford Millbrook VA 9
10 Sr. Dylan Reel Washington IL 10
11 Sr. Dylan Palacio Long Beach NY 13
12 Sr. Victor Periera Newark CA 12
13 Jr. Nick Kee Scotland NC 14
14 Sr. Justin Koethe Iowa City-West IA 15
15 So. Chandler Rogers Mead WA 16
16 Sr. Michael Hooker Father Ryan TN 17
17 Sr. Zeb Wahle Council Bluffs IA 19
18 So. Johnny Sebastian Bergen Catholic NJ 20
19 Sr. Kegan Gennrich Hortonville WI 18
20 Sr. Jordan Wohlfert St. Johns MI HM

170:  Massa (MI) is your undisputed #1. He won Fila’s and Super32 this year.

Overall, a really solid crop of Top 20 guys at this weight. 170 had perhaps the best turnout of any weight at national postseason events.

Rank Year First Last City State Last
1 Sr. Taylor Massa St. Johns MI 1
2 Jr. Cody Wiercioch Canon-McMillan PA 4
3 Jr. Eric Morris Wyoming Seminary PA 6
4 Sr. Kyle Crutchmer Tulsa Union OK 2
5 Sr. Alex Meyer Southeast Polk IA 7
6 Sr. Zac Brunson Churchill OR 3
7 Sr. Mark Martin St. Edwards OH 8
8 Sr. Micah Barnes Simley MN 5
9 Sr. Geordan Speiller Pine Castle FL 9
10 Sr. Cooper Moore Jackson County MN 10
11 Sr. Elliot Riddick Bethlehem Catholic PA 12
12 Sr. Zach Nevills Clovis CA 13
13 Sr. Steven Elicegui Wooster NV 14
14 Jr. Zach Beard Tuttle OK 11
15 Sr. Matt Reed Wichita KS HM
16 Sr. Silas Nacita Bakersfield CA 15
17 Jr. Tyler Askey Northgate GA HM
18 Sr. Kyle Begin Anoka MN 16
19 Sr. Brandon McBride Olympus UT 18
20 Jr. Ricky Robertson Carl Sandburg IL 17

182: Griffin (OR) is your #1 here. Although it’s a bit contentious. He had a DNP at Fargo, but rebounded to reach his second straight Super32 final ahead of five ranked foes. Griffin also beat then-#1-Reyes (CA) in the Sierra Nevada Classic finals in December and beat #3-Rogers (WA) in their last head-to-head at the Northwest Regional. All things considered, and with a 2-0 record against the other guys in the conversation, Griffin gets our nod.

Rank Year First Last City State Last
1 Sr. Brandon Griffin Sprague OR 1
2 Sr. Nikko Reyes Clovis West CA 2
3 Sr. Jordan Rogers Mead WA 3
4 Sr. Sam Brooks Oak Park IL 4
5 Sr. Roland Dunlap Muskego WI 5
6 Sr. Chaz Gresham Goshen OH 7
7 Jr. Domenic Abounader St. Edwards OH 9
8 Sr. Huston Evans St. Paris-Graham OH 10
9 Sr. Wes Phipps Grove City PA 6
10 Sr. Jordan Thomas Greenville MI 8
11 Jr. Matt McCutcheon Kiski Area PA 12
12 Sr. Jack Dechow Richmond IL 11
13 Sr. Jared Bartel Mason City IA 15
14 Sr. Kevin Beazley Detroit CC MI 18
15 Sr. Reece Wright Lawrence KS HM
16 Jr. Preston Lehman West Fargo ND HM
17 Sr. Taylor McGiffen Alton IL 13
18 Sr. David Reck Colonial Forge VA 16
19 Sr. Ian Johnson Milton WI 17
20 Sr. Greg Wilson Keller TX HM

195: With 5 of the last 6 Fargo stop sings, and an undefeated state championship season, Peterson is your clear #1.

There were several of big movers, none more so than South Carolina’s Tim Dudley who blazed up the ladder with titles at Super32 and VA Beach.

Others included Ben Stroh (MT), Broc Berge (MN), and Ross Larson (IA). None of those four were ranked twelve months ago.

Rank Year First Last City State Last
1 Sr. Devin Peterson Wisconsin Rapids WI 1
2 Sr. Ben Stroh Chinook MT 2
3 Sr. Tim Dudley Irmo SC 3
4 Sr. Brad Johnson Lockport IL 4
5 Sr. Gage Harrah Crystal Lake IL 5
6 Sr. Steve Congenie Villa Park IL
7 Jr. Broc Berge Kasson-Mantorville MN 6
8 Sr. Ross Larson Ankeny IA 7
9 Sr. Perry Hills Pitt CC PA 8
10 Jr. Ryan Solomon Milton PA 9
11 Sr. Hashem Omari Oak Park MO 10
12 Jr. Mitch Sliga Fishers IN 11
13 Sr. Dwight Howes Arvada CO 12
14 Jr. Frank Mattiace Blair Academy NJ 13
15 Sr. Robert Marchese Oak Hills CA 14
16 Sr. Gabe Dean Lowell MI 15
17 Jr. JoJo Tayse Massillon-Perry OH 16
18 So. Andrew Dixon Edmond North OK HM
19 Jr. Nate Rotert Spearfish SD HM
20 Sr. James Suvak St. Edward OH 17

220: Your top two here are clear cut. #1-Kyle Snyder (MD) has never lost a high school match during the first two years of an ultra-competitive schedule. His only loss on record is to #2-Cox (MO), with whom he split matches with at Fargo.

Rank Year First Last City State Last
1 So. Kyle Snyder Good Counsel MD 1
2 Jr. J’Den Cox Hickman MO 2
3 Sr. John Rizzo Richland PA 5
4 Sr. Willie Miklus SE Polk IA 4
5 Sr. Josh Marchok Schaumberg IL 3
6 Sr. Jordan Gruettner Muskego WI 6
7 Sr. AJ Vizcarrando Wyoming Seminary PA 7
8 So. Thomas Haines Solanco PA 8
9 Sr. Matt Meadows CVCA OH 9
10 Sr. Ty Walz St. Edwards OH 10
11 Jr. Spencer Empey Reed NV 11
12 Sr. Eric Laytos Lackawanna Trail PA 12
13 Sr. JT Goodwin Bear Creek CA 13
14 Sr. Austin Lobsinger West Valley CA 14
15 Sr. Andy Janovich Gretna NE 15
16 Sr. Micky Dougharity Barlow OR 16
17 Sr. Prescott Line Oxford MI 17
18 Jr. Alex Bambic Desert Vista AZ 18
19 Sr. Mike Swider N. Wheat IL 19
20 Sr. Brandon Hull Phillipsburg NJ 20

HWT:  Along with Jimmy Gulibon (126), Brooks Black is one of just two wrestlers to earn consecutive #1 billings. He went through this season undefeated with titles at Ironman, POWERade, Beast of the East, and National Preps.

After being out of the rankings during the year, #2-Vollaro reappears after wins at the Dapper Dan and VA Beach.

Rank Year First Last City State Last
1 Jr. Brooks Black Blair Academy NJ 1
2 Sr. Doug Vollaro Pine Castle FL GR
3 Jr. Adam Coon Fowlerville MI 2
4 Sr. Greg Kuhar St. Edwards OH IN
5 Sr. Mike Kroells Scott West MN 3
6 Sr. Cody Klempay Canon-McMillan PA 4
7 So. Nick Nevills Clovis CA 6
8 Sr. Austin Georgen Caledonia MN 7
9 Sr. Nick Tavanello Wadsworth OH 5
10 So. Sam Stoll Kasson-Mantorville MN 8
11 Sr. Mimmo Lytle Swanton OH 9
12 Fr. Michael Johnson, Jr. Wyoming Seminary PA 10
13 Sr. Averee Robinson Susquehanna PA 12
14 Sr. Johnny Shupp Vacaville CA 13
15 Sr. Dink Purnell Du Pont DE 19
16 Sr. Dawson Peck Chambersburg PA 11
17 Sr. Mike Shoff Cambridge NE 14
18 Sr. John Dreggors Springstead FL 15
19 Sr. Gaylen Edmo Fort Hall ID 16
20 Sr. Riley Shaw Washington OH 17