This weekend was devoid of one massive national level high school event. However, there were plenty of high-quality tournaments that took place. In fact, the top-ranked team and a number one ranked wrestler both took losses. Here are some of the biggest upsets and matches featuring ranked wrestlers and teams that occurred starting Friday.
Escape the Rock
In the team race #19 Bethlehem Catholic (PA) was able to hold off #12 LaSalle (OH) by a point and a half 173 to 171.5. Neither team had an individual champion though Bethlehem Catholic had four finalists and LaSalle had one. Both teams were able to stave off a challenge from #16 Delbarton (NJ), who made a late run with four individual champions. Those tournament winners gave Delbarton a final total of 167.5 points.
Malvern Prep’s (PA) second-ranked 195 lber Michael Beard earned his third title at this event with a 9-1 major decision victory in the finals. He is only the third wrestler to win three or more titles at this tournament, joining Brian Brill – Central Mountain (PA) 2010-12 and Thomas Haines – Solanco (PA) 2011-14. In a battle of top five ranked competitors, number two ranked Quinn Kinner of Kingsway (NJ) used an escape in the ultimate tiebreaker to win the title at 138 lbs over Bethlehem Catholic’s Ryan Anderson (fifth-ranked at 132 lbs). At 113 lbs, sixth-ranked Anthony Clark of Delbarton narrowly defeated seventh-ranked LaSalle’s Lucas Byrd in the finals 1-0.
Who’s #1 Duals
Top-ranked Blair Academy (NJ), fourth-ranked Buchanan (CA) and number seven Lake Highland Prep (FL) took part in a quad hosted by third ranked Bergen Catholic (NJ). Blair Academy and Bergen Catholic met in the third round with Bergen Catholic pulling the upset 33-19. Their dual meet featured four bouts between ranked wrestlers and the Crusaders won all four of those matches. Bergen Catholic’s fifth-ranked 106 lber Nick Kayal hung on to win 1-1 in the ultimate tiebreaker over eighth-ranked Ryan Miller. Shane Griffith, ranked ninth at 160, reversed a result from the Beast of the East semis when he knocked off Blair’s seventh-ranked Andrew Merola, 5-2. 11th ranked Chris Foca of Bergen Catholic registered a fall over fourth ranked Julian Ramirez. At 182 lbs, 12th ranked Jacob Cardenas of Bergen Catholic shut out 11th ranked Leonardo Tarantino. In the dual meet’s final bout, Bergen Catholic’s eighth ranked 120 lber Robert Howard upset the top ranked wrestler in the nation Michael Colaiocco, 4-3.
In each of the other dual meets, the higher ranked team ended up coming out on top. At 113 lbs for Lake Highland Prep, eighth-grader Nic Bouzakis pinned Buchanan’s Maximo Renteria, who entered the day ranked seventh at 106 lbs. One of the standouts for Buchanan was eighth ranked Anthony Montalvo at 182 lbs. He picked up wins over two ranked opponents, Cardenas and Tarantino.
Two of the best freshman in the country collided in the 106 lb championship. Second ranked Richard Figueroa of Selma (CA) was able to sneak by ninth ranked Yusief Lillie of Bonney Lake (WA) 1-0. Figueroa’s team, Selma, walked away with the team title by over 100 points and finished with five individual champions.
Anthony Noto of Honeoye Falls-Lima (NY), currently ranked 16th at 113 lbs, competed at 106 and was upset in the semis by the eventual runner-up Jordan Titus of Central Moriches (NY). Wyoming Seminary’s (PA) Nic Botello used a four point move in sudden victory to win the title at 113 lbs and defeat #14 Dylan Ryder of Half Hollow Hills West (NY). Penn State commit Adam Busiello of Eastport-South Manor (NY) won a title at 120 lbs. He has been competing at a few different weights, but word on the street is he will go back to 126 after this win. Another upset in sudden victory came from Wyoming Seminary at 195 lbs in the finals, as Austin Cooley took out 11th ranked Jonathan Loew of Wantagh (NY), 7-5.
The finals at 126 lbs saw a rematch of one of the season’s biggest matches. Sixth-ranked Alex Thomsen of Underwood (IA) won a barnburner in sudden victory over Fort Dodge’s (IA) Brody Teske, 10-8, in a battle of three-time Iowa state champions. The loss by Teske is the first of his high school career. Earlier this year, it was Teske that handed Thomsen his first career loss.
Battle for the Belt
Poway (CA) 120 lber Jacob Allen had an excellent tournament. In the semis, he knocked off the top seed and 10th ranked Nic Aguilar of Gilroy (CA). He then won the tournament by defeating Frontier’s (CA) Cole Reyes, a returning fourth place finisher in California, 5-3. Two of the top 132 lbers in California and the nation squared off as sixth-ranked Jesse Vasquez of Santiago (CA) cruised to a championship by beating 13th ranked Chase Zollman of Poway, 9-3. Seventh ranked 285 lber Jake Levengood of Vacaville (CA) fell in the finals to Cibola’s (AZ) Tommy Mommer. Both of these heavyweights had placed at the Reno Tournament of Champions, though they did not face off at that event. In the team race, #11 Poway took home the championship by over 40 points over #17 Gilroy.
Sam Cali Memorial Invitational
The most notable result came in the finals at 106 lbs. Don Bosco (NJ) sophomore Justin Bierdumpfel, previously ranked at 106, was at this weight class after competing up at 113 lbs. His opponent in the championship bout was St. John Vianney (NJ) freshman Dean Peterson. Early in the bout, Peterson picked up the first takedown of the match. Unfortunately, Bierdumpfel was injured during that flurry and could not continue, giving Peterson the win.
In the National Division, Erie Cathedral Prep (PA) won the title with a 38-18 decision over the McDonogh School (MD). In order to make the finals McDonogh knocked off top seeded Nazareth (PA), 30-29.
DCC Super Duals
A pair of top 10 teams met when number nine St. Edward (OH) pulled a very slight upset over eighth ranked Detroit Central Catholic (MI), 32-15. In that dual meet #12 Kevon Davenport fell to St. Edward 138 lber Bryce Andonian 10-8 in sudden victory. In a St. Edward’s dual meet victory over Dundee (MI), a huge matchup took place at 195 lbs. Dundee’s Brandon Whitman, currently ranked seventh at 220 lbs, pinned fourth ranked Dakota Howard in only 21 seconds.