Photo of Gavin Hoffman by Richard Immel, USA Wrestling
UPDATE: Though they were on the entry list, Pat Glory (126) and Gavin Hoffman (195) will not compete this weekend.
Four of the top-ranked wrestlers in the country will lead another outstanding field at the 2017 Super 32 which features 124 athletes that have earned spots in the top 20 nationally in their respective weight classes. Wrestling begins Saturday morning at 8 am eastern in Greensboro, North Carolina. Brackets will be wrestled up to the quarterfinals on the opening day before finishing on Sunday. This will be the 18th tournament contested under the Super 32 moniker. From humble beginnings, it has grown into the toughest preseason tournament in high school wrestling and one of the toughest you'll find anywhere. As we get ready to watch it all unfold once again, lets go weight-by-weight for a preview and predictions.
The national rankings could be in for a complete makeover this weekend as three of the top five, six of the top 10, and 10 of the top 20 wrestlers at 106 pounds get together. Add in plenty of competitors that are looking to crash the party and this should be a wild bracket. Leading the way will be second-ranked Sam Latona, the Alabama state champion who has been a double Fargo finalist the past two summers and is committed to Virginia Tech. Third-ranked Isaac Salas (St. John Bosco, CA) makes the cross-country trek for his first High School tournament. He was a 2017 Folkstyle Nationals champion at this weight before missing the podium in Fargo up at 120. Sitting just behind those two in the fourth spot is Jeremiah Reno (Liberty, MO). The man from Missouri picked up a nice win at the Night of Conflict when he took down seventh-ranked Cullan Schriever (Mason City, IA), 8-6. Schriever also dropped a match at the Agony in Ames, falling to double Fargo champ Dylan Ragusin (IL) who is not in this field. Cullan is close, but the 2016 Cadet Fargo freestyle champion will want to show he can step up and start winning against that level of opponent.
Number eight Richard Figueroa (Selma, CA) won the California World Challenge over defending state and Folkstyle Nationals champion Jonathan Prata. Ninth-ranked Wil Guida (St. Paul's, NJ) hoisted a stop sign in Fargo after he won Junior 100 freestyle. Other ranked wrestlers include Anthony Noto (13, HF-L, NY), Andrew Chambal (16, Davison, MI), Jacob Moran (18, Portage, IN), and Drake Ayala (19, Fort Dodge, IA). In addition state champions Hunter Adrian (MA), Nic Bouzakis (FL), Andrew Fallon (MA), Brandon Holt (WV), Blake Jackson (NE), Luke Kowalski (MD), Nicholas Krug (GA), and Jaren Powell (TX) are set to challenge the status quo.
1st – Sam Latona (AL)
2nd – Jeremiah Reno (MO)
3rd – Richard Figueroa (CA)
4th – Isaac Salas (CA)
5th – Wil Guida (NJ)
6th – Jacob Moran (IN)
7th – Anthony Noto (NY)
8th – Nic Bouzakis (FL)
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