Author Archives: Pablo Di Maria

2016 Walsh Ironman Weight-By-Weight Preview

Wyoming Seminary - 2015 Walsh Ironman Champs

The granddaddy of all high school wrestling tournaments will take place this weekend in the Walsh Jesuit High gym in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. The breakneck action on all mats, and the elite competitors in the tournament, make the PA, CA, N.J., OH, and IL, state tournaments pale in comparison. This season, the nation’s number one team Blair Academy (NJ) should ...

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2016 CCCAA State Tournament Preview

Cerritos College

This year’s CCCAA state tournament will be hosted by Victor Valley College, December 9 and 10. Both days the tournament will start at 9 am Pacific Time. Teams that will challenge for a team title are southern region champion Cerritos College, northern region champion Fresno City, defending state champion Sacramento City and Palomar College. The biggest surprise of the postseason ...

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TOM’s High School Weekend Review – Dec. 6th, 2016

Chase Singletary - Blair Academy

Blair Academy comes away victorious at the 28th Annual Caruso Invitational The top high school wrestling team in the nation, Blair Academy (N.J.) won the 28th Annual Caruso Invitational, held at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, New Jersey, over the weekend. This was the fourth consecutive team title for the Bucs as they outdistanced themselves from the rest of the ...

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TOM’s High School Wrestler of the Week – Dec. 5th, 2016

Caleb Wise, Broken Arrow, OK

TOM’s High School Wrestler of the Week is a grappler from Oklahoma power Broken Arrow High. A bronze medal winner at the 2016 state tournament, Caleb Wise was ahead of the competition at the Gardner Edgerton Invitational, in the state of Kansas, as he won the event by defeating three-time Nebraska state champion Billy Higgins, of Skutt Catholic High, 9-6, ...

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2016 John Bright Tournament Preview

Colt Doyle - Poway

In the long, rich history of the Titans wrestling program, there have been many outstanding individuals that have roamed the halls of Poway and left their legacy. A wrestler that is still remembered, even after passing away 22 years ago due to acute myelogenous leukemia, is John Robert Bright. Per a 1994 article by the San Diego Union-Tribune, close friends ...

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TOM National High School Wrestling Team Rankings – Dec. 1st, 2016

TOM National Highschool Team Rankings

TOM has released their first set of national high school team rankings for the 2016-17 season.  Blair Academy (NJ) debuts on top of the list which includes 40 outstanding high school wrestling teams from across the country. For questions or corrections please contact Pablo Di Maria at pdimaria@theopenmat.com. Rank Team State City Classification 1 Blair Academy NJ Blairstown Nat. Prep ...

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California Wrestling Roundup – Nov. 29th, 2016

Justin Mejia

The 2016-17 wrestling season is upon us and it means many wrestlers are not only changing zip codes but schools as well. Many fans are eager to find out if Justin Mejia could become the second ever four-time state champion in California or if Jesse Vasquez can become a state champion as a freshman. It should be fun following scholastic ...

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TOM’s High School Wrestler of the Week – Nov. 28th, 2016

Trinity Oredina - Alhambra, CA

TOM’s High School Wrestler of the Week is a young lady that dominated the field at the Tiger Invitational, in Sacramento, California. Competing for her new school, Alhambra High, Trinity Oredina was victorious in capturing the 116-pound weight class with three falls that helped her team finish as the runner-up in the event. A transfer from San Diego Section power ...

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Wyatt Gerl Leads Cerritos College to their Third CCCAA Team Dual State Championship

Cerritos College

The surname Gerl is synonymous with the Cerritos College wrestling team. Wyatt’s older siblings, Bronson, Caleb, and Jeremiah all competed for coach Donny Garriott and the Falcons. On Sunday evening, Wyatt’s win proved to be the turning point as Cerritos took home their third CCCAA team dual state championship. Wyatt was the underdog going into his 149-pound match against the ...

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TOM’s Recruiting News – November 22nd, 2016

Hunter Dusold - New York

Lehigh (EIWA) With Randy Cruz and Jonathan Mele graduating school next year, 2016 PIAA state runner-up Jimmy Hoffman, of Hazleton Area High, might get the opportunity to start for the Mountain Hawks in the 141-pound weight class in his initial season of collegiate wrestling. As well as being the PIAA state runner-up, Hoffman is a three-time Region and District medal ...

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