The 2017 TOM High School Wrestling All-Sophomore Team is here featuring the two best sophomores 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 the All-Junior Team. Check back later for the freshman team!
106: Kurt McHenry of St. Paul’s, Md.
The 2016 Cadet world champion rolled to tournament titles at the Beast of the East, Escape the Rock, and Powerade tournaments this season. Unfortunately, after winning his finals match at the Maryland Independent State tournament, McHenry was involved in an incident with the opposing coach which led to his second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty which caused him to miss National Preps. He finished the year 55-0.
113: Matthew Olguin of Buchanan, Calif.
After beating Nic Aguilar (Gilroy) in the state finals a year ago, Olguin fell to the junior in the state semi-finals on his way to a third-place finish. That was after Olguin took home a Doc Buchanan title over a strong field that included Aguilar. He ends the season as the third-ranked wrestler in the country at 113.
120: Julian Chlebove of Northampton, Pa.
Chlebove made it two-for-two at the Pennsylvania state tournament running his career record to 80-3 in the process. He became a Beast of the East champion in December and capped his season with a FloNationals title. He ends the year at number two in the nation.
126: Nick Raimo of Hanover Park, N.J.
After a runner-up finish as a freshman, Raimo earned his first New Jersey state title this season. Now he heads into freestyle and Greco season, where he has historically excelled. Raimo has won double Fargo titles at the Cadet level the past two seasons and ends the season fifth at 126.
132: Theorius Robison of Pomona, Col.
After a title at the Reno Tournament of Champions and a runner-up finish at the Doc Buchanan tournament, Robison remained on track for four Colorado state titles after securing his second. The 2016 Fargo champ in Greco was also fourth in freestyle. He is currently 10th in the country at 132 behind a stellar group of upperclassmen.
138: Ryan Vulakh of John Paul II, Pa.
After an eight place finish at the state tournament last season, Vulakh transferred to Pope John Paul, was ruled ineligible, and missed his sophomore season. However, he has been active in the post-season, reaching the finals at NHSCAs, at 145, and FloNationals, finishing second in each. Look for him to contend for a state title next year.
145: Brevin Balmeceda of South Dade, Fla.
The man who beat Vulakh for the NHSCA sophomore title at 145, also took his first Florida state crown after finishing third in 2016. His performance helped South Dade, coached by his father Vic, to the school’s 12th state title. Balmeceda was also a Cliff Keen USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals champion.
152: Connor Brady of Olentangy Liberty, Ohio
After falling to All-Junior Team member and eventual state champion David Carr (Massillon Perry) in the second round at the Ohio state tournament, Brady rebounded for a strong third-place finish. It was one step higher on the podium for Brady after a fourth place finish in 2016 and capped a strong year that also included a third-place finish at the Walsh Ironman.
160: Christopher Foca of Bergen Catholic, N.J.
When Foca won Beast of the East as a freshman and then stormed into the state tournament by winning District and Region titles, it looked like we might be seeing the emergence of a superstar. Unfortunately for him, he fell short of the podium. Still, one tough tournament wouldn’t keep him down long. Foca was fifth in Fargo over the summer and despite only finishing fifth this year at Beast of the East and second in Region 2, he had a much better state tournament, finishing third. His loss was to senior Kyle Cochran (Paramus) who ends the year ranked fifth in the nation.
170: Jacob Cardenas of Queen of Peace, N.J.
In a weight where the top-20 in the country are all upperclassmen, it can be difficult to break through. However, Cardenas proved himself one of the best sophomores in the country with his win at NHSCA Nationals. As this weight class clears out a bit, look for him to be one of the contenders to move up.
182: Austin Cooley of Wyoming Seminary, Pa.
After a fourth place finish in Fargo over the summer, Cooley continued to wrestle tough despite Wyoming Seminary’s difficult schedule. He capped the season with a third-place finish, behind two nationally ranked wrestlers, at National Preps.
195: Ryan Reyes of Clovis West, Calif.
After becoming a rare freshman upper weight to place in the state of California, Reyes climbed the podium, moving up from seventh to third. He also had a fourth-place finish at the Doc Buchanan and won a title at the Battle for the Belt. After moving from 170 to 195 between his freshman and sophomore campaigns, it will be interesting to see if he continues to get bigger.
220: Cohlton Schultz of Ponderosa, Col.
Schultz continues to prove he is a massive talent. He won his second consecutive Colorado state title this season in dominant fashion after an off-season that showed his resilience. After a stunning loss to Tyler Curd kept him from winning a Greco title in Fargo, Schultz rebounded to earn the freestyle title. His trip to the Cadet World Championships to compete in Greco was a valuable learning experience and when he returned, he continued to show his excellence in folkstyle.
285: Michael Kramer of Wilson Central, Tenn.
Despite pinning his way into the finals, Kramer came up just short of a state title, finishing second to senior Nick Boykin (Riverdale) who won his third state title. Kramer is already crushing the rest of the competition in Tennessee so now, with Boykin graduating, he will be a heavy favorite to take a couple of state gold medals. We may see him become a threat at the national level as he continues to improve.
106: Lucas Byrd of LaSalle, Ohio.
113: Dylan D’Emilio of Genoa, Ohio.
120: Adam Busiello of Eastport-South Manor, N.Y.
126: Andrew Alirez of Greeley, Col.
132: Gabe Miller of Pequea Valley, Pa.
138: Cameron Amine of Novi-Detroit Catholic Central, Mich.
145: Michael Weber of Forsyth, Mont.
152: Julian Ramirez of Blair Academy, N.J.
160: James Limongi of Genoa Area, Ohio.
170: Troy Fisher of Goddard, Kan.
182: Jack Parr of St. Paul’s, Md.
195: Zach Marcheselli of Broken Arrow, Okla.
220: Daniel Kerkvliet of Simley, Minn.
285: Montana Phillips of Lawton-MacArthur, Okla.