Gabe Arnold (GA) against Rocco Welsch (PA) in the finals of the 170-pound bracket at the 2021 Who’s Number One tournament in Dallas, Texas, Saturday, September 18. Photo by Sam Janicki/SJanicki Photo.
Year number nine was a year of “firsts” for FloWrestling’s signature Who’s Number One preseason tournament.
The 2021 iteration was a two-day spectacle complete with its own all-women’s card on night one and a stellar men’s card on night two. Also, there was a four-person bracket on the men’s side at 170. There was a “Future Stars Match” and a “Big Man Match.” If those luxuries weren’t enough, consensus No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2022, Jesse Mendez, took to the mats to battle Casey Swiderski.
The field had a plethora of extremely credentialed wrestlers, both domestically and internationally – in both Folkstyle and freestyle – from state champs to Fargo champs to World medalists. Not surprisingly, there were some fantastic bouts and some surprising results as well.
Below are the results of each bout. To see the replay of the action, head over to FloWrestling.
Results: Who’s Number One Boys Card
170: Rocco Welsch (Pennsylvania) DEC Manny Rojas (Michigan), 6-3
170: Gabe Arnold (Georgia) DEC Brayden Thompson (Illinois), 3-2
Futures Stars Match – 106: Bo Bassett (Pennsylvania) MD Seth Mendoza (Illinois), 19-8
182: TJ Stewart (Maryland) DEC Jack Wehmeyer (Pennsylvania), 7-4
145: Jackson Arrington (Pennsylvania) DEC Hunter Garvin (Iowa), 4-3
113: Braeden Davis (Michigan) MD Leo DeLuca (New Jersey), 15-7
160: Levi Haines (Pennsylvania) DEC Josh Barr (Michigan), 4-1
106: Anthony Knox (New Jersey) DEC Luke Lilledahl (Missouri), 10-3
152: Caleb Henson (Georgia) DEC Jordan Williams (Oklahoma), 5-4
195: Dylan Fishback (Ohio) DEC Gavin Nelson (Minnesota), 6-1
138: Casey Swiderski (Michigan) DEC Jesse Mendez (Indiana), 7-6
120: Nate Jesuroga (Iowa) DEC Joey Cruz (California), 6-1
170: Gabe Arnold (Georgia) DEC Rocco Welsh (Pennsylvania), 2-1 TB2
285: Nick Feldman (Pennsylvania) DEC Christian Carroll (Indiana), 3-2