The 2017 TOM High School Wrestling All-Junior Team is here featuring the three best juniors in the country in each weight class. The decisions were often difficult as there are many outstanding grapplers to consider. Injuries, in particular, caused problems at a few weights. In the end, we tried to balance a wrestler’s past results with what they did this season. Congratulations to all the wrestlers who made the team! Also, don’t miss the All-Senior Team and check back later for the sophomore and freshman teams!
106: Malik Heinselman of Castle View, Co.
After a second appearance on the Cadet world team, Heinselman rolled to a second Colorado state title this season, piling up bonus points while rarely being tested. The three-time Fargo champion is dangerous in any style and plans to compete for Ohio State after he graduates next year.
113: Aaron Cashman of Shakopee, Minn.
A year after falling to Patrick McKee (St. Michael-Albertville) in the Minnesota state finals, Cashman was back looking for a title. He wouldn’t leave without one this time around, dominating Trayton Anderson (Farmington) on his way to a 12-2 major decision. Cashman is also well versed in freestyle, making his first Cadet world team in 2016.
120: Patrick Glory of Delbarton, N.J.
In his third trip to the New Jersey state finals, Glory finally took home his first championship. After missing the podium in Fargo last summer, Glory proved himself repeatedly this season, first winning a Super 32 title in October and then defending his Beast of the East crown in December. He ends the season as the top-ranked 120 in the country but remains on the market.
126: Gavin Teasdale of Jefferson-Morgan, Pa.
Officially, all of these juniors are on the market as the early signing period isn’t until November. Teasdale reminded us all of that fact when, shortly after claiming his third PIAA championship, he decided to switch his verbal commitment from Iowa to Penn State. After running his record to 122-0 for his high school career, whoever ends up getting him will be pleased.
132: Roman Bravo-Young of Sunnyside, Ari.
Bravo-Young is also undefeated during his high school career, racking up 130 consecutive wins and three Arizona state titles. The Penn State commit was yet another member of the 2016 Cadet world team after winning double Fargo titles in 2014 and 2015. Look for him to make another push for international experience this spring.
138: Tyler Eischens of Anoka, Minn.
In his third trip to the state finals, Eischens finally secured the state title that eluded him twice before. He brought down #15 Jakob Bergeland (Centennial), 2-1, to finish an undefeated season for the 2016 double Fargo All-American. Considering he jumped from 126 to 138 between state and the freestyle season a year ago, keep an eye on what weight Eischens competes at this summer.
145: Sammy Sasso of Nazareth, Pa.
Sasso kicked off a spectacular season with a Super 32 title, took top honors at the Walsh Ironman, and capped an undefeated campaign with his first Pennsylvania state championship. He tacked on a FloNationals title for good measure. The top ranked 145 in the country is a highly sought after recruit that has a trio of top three finishes in Fargo to his credit and was runner-up to Vitali Arujau (Syosset, NY) at last year’s Cadet world team trials.
152: David Carr of Massillon Perry, Ohio
State title number three shouldn’t have looked so easy, but Carr dismissed national number five Jaden Mattox (Grove City Central Crossing), 7-1, in the finals. For the Cadet world bronze medalist, it wasn’t a perfect season. He fell to second-ranked Quentin Hovis (Poway) in the Walsh Ironman finals. In the end, though, Carr proved he was one of the best, in any class, in the country and ends the year as the highest ranked non-senior at 152.
160: Trent Hidlay of Mifflin County, Pa.
After falling to Kaleb Young (Punxsutawney) in the state finals a year ago, Hidlay made the most of Young’s graduation, finishing undefeated to claim his first state title. The two-time Fargo All-American followed up his outstanding season in Pennsylvania by putting away #12 Hayden Hastings en route to a FloNationals title.
170: Travis Wittlake of Marshfield, Ore.
After a fantastic off-season that saw him win double Fargo titles and a Cadet world bronze, Wittlake settled into folkstyle season. Though he was rarely tested, Wittlake came up big when he needed to, topping #15 Andrew Berreyesa (Reno), a Cornell commit, to win the Sierra Nevada Classic. The future Nittany Lion cruised to his third Oregon state championship and will be looking for four next season.
182: Ryan Karoly of Malvern Prep, Pa.
Karoly was a double Fargo champ last summer as well, outdoing his freestyle title and Greco runner-up finish from 2015. He was tripped up by the top-ranked 170 in the country, Mikey Labriola (Bethlehem Catholic) in the Ironman finals, but rebounded to win another National Prep title, this one up at 182. Karoly plans to wrestle for Northwestern at the next level and is the only non-senior in the top eight at this weight class.
195: Michael Beard of Malvern Prep, Pa.
Having recently re-opened his recruiting, Beard will have no shortage of suitors after adding Beast of the East and Walsh Ironman titles to his resume this season. He also secured a third National Prep gold medal in dominating fashion. It will be interesting to see if Beard can make a world team this time around after finishing runner-up to eventual Cadet world bronze medalist Jacob Warner a year ago.
220: Mason Parris of Lawrenceburg, Ind.
Parris has been dominating in Indiana for two years now, owning a 106 match winning streak dating back to his win in the third-place bout at state his freshman year. The high-level football prospect recently flashed his talent to the nation by going major decision, tech fall, fall, fall to win a FloNationals crown in spectacular fashion. If he decides to wrestle at the next level, he could be incredible.
285: Gable Steveson of Apple Valley, Minn.
The two-time Cadet world champion added a third Minnesota state title to his long list of accolades this season and hasn’t lost in high school competition since he fell in the state finals as an eighth grader. With another year to gain size and strength, look for Steveson to be ready to excel when he joins his brother at Minnesota after next season.
106: Ben Kamali of Detroit Catholic Central, Mich.
113: Antonio Mininno of Gateway Regional, N.J.
120: Patrick McKee of St Michael-Albertville, Minn.
126: Real Woods of Montini Catholic, Ill.
132: Mitch Moore of St. Paris Graham, Ohio.
138: Malcolm Robinson of Blair Academy, N.J.
145: Frankie Gissendanner of Penfield, N.Y.
152: Jaden Mattox of Central Crossing, Ohio.
160: Andrew Merola of Blair Academy N.J.
170: Bill Janzer of Delsea, N.J.
182: Jack Jessen of Villa Park, Ill.
195: Gavin Hoffman of Montoursville, Pa.
220: Zach Elam of Staley, Mo.
285: Seth Nevills of Clovis, Calif.
106: Brandon Kaylor of Bonney Lake, Wash.
113: Joey Melendez of Montini Catholic, Ill.
120: Brody Teske of Fort Dodge, Iowa.
126: Anthony Madrigal of Oak Park River Forest, Ill.
132: Joey Silva of Lake Highland Prep, Fla.
138: Grant Aronoff of St. Thomas Aquinas, Fla.
145: Anthony Artalona of Tampa Prep, Fla.
152: Shane Griffith of Bergen Catholic, N.J.
160: Erich Byelick of Lake Highland Prep, Fl.
170: Trevor Lawson of Olentangy Liberty, Ohio.
182: Anthony Montalvo of Buchanan, Calif.
195: Brandon Whitman of Dundee, Mich.
220: Josiah Jones of Bishop McCort, Pa.
285: Anthony Cassioppi of Honoegah, Ill.