High School Wrestling

High School Wrestling Wrap-Up – Jan. 2nd, 2018

HS Wrestling Wrap-Up

Over the past week, there were plenty of holiday tournaments all over the country. I attended the Powerade and here is the wrap up “What I Learned at the 2017 Powerade Tournament”. Check out some interesting rankings related matches that occurred at that event and at many others.

Powerade Wrestling Tournament

In the 106 lb final #15 Wil Guida (St. Paul’s, MD) fell in the ultimate tiebreaker to Kurtis Phipps (Norwin, PA), 3-2. Phipps is a returning Pennsylvania seventh-place finisher who has emerged as one of the top two or three wrestlers in the state.

Because eighth grader Nic Bouzakis was in the lineup at 113 lbs for Lake Highland Prep, Florida, previously ranked Ryan Chauvin was competing at 120 lbs. Chauvin finished in seventh place.

Though he fell in the finals at 138 lbs #14 Jack Davis (Wyoming Seminary, PA) upset #9 Jackson Henson (Waynesburg, PA) in the semifinals, 4-3.

Lots of rankings related action at 145 lbs. Unranked Luke Kemerer (Hempfield, PA) upset #18 Ricky Cabanillas (DePaul Catholic, NJ) the Beast of the East champion, 4-2, in the semifinals. In the quarters Kemerer also took out #20 Ryan Vulakh (Pope John Paul II, PA), 5-1. Also at 145, #19 Kai Bele (Lake Highland Prep, FL) dropped a round of 16 match and a consolation bout to Kolby Ho (Dubois Area, PA). The round of 16 match was an 11-1 major decision.

In the semis at 182 lbs #19 Tim Wallace (Albert Gallatin, PA) majored #7 Cody Mulligan (Saegertown, PA), a returning Pennsylvania state champ, 10-1. In the consolation final, previously ranked Darrien Roberts (Wyoming Seminary, PA) also knocked off Mulligan, taking a 3-2 decision.

At 195 lbs unranked, but second-seeded Jake Thompson (Archbishop Moeller, OH) handled #15 Ryan Reyes (Clovis West, CA) 9-3 in the semifinals. Reyes would rebound to finish third.

For the third time in a major tournament this season, Ben Goldin (Lake Highland Prep, FL) has squared off with Ian Edenfield (Laurel Highlands, PA), each time in the semifinals. Prior to their Powerade meeting, the two faced each other in the Walsh Jesuit Ironman and the Beast of the East. Goldin was victorious in each bout.

The Clash

The huge 29-team dual tournament in Rochester, Minnesota was an event that was dominated by sixth ranked Montini Catholic. In the final bracket, they defeated #36 Apple Valley, MN 63-6, #14 Park Hill, MO 53-21 and #9 St. Edward, OH 47-9. Nain Vasquez (106 lbs), Dylan Ragusin (113 lbs), Joey Melendez (120 lbs), Dylan Burnoski (126 lbs), Real Woods (132 lbs), Jake Stiles (145 lbs), Will Lewan (152 Lbs), Anthony Geraci (170 lbs), and Pete Christensen (195/220 lbs) all went 5-0 for the Broncos. 120 lber Joey Melendez was named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler.

#9 St. Edward, OH defeated #14 Park Hill, MO 50-16.

Unranked Oak Park-River Forest IL upset both #26 Simley, MN 48-12 and #28 Anoka, MN 33-23. Anoka also beat Simley 36-30.

Individual results from the dual meets, Lawrence Saenz (Vacaville, CA) upended #17 Sam Dover (St. Edward, OH) 5-2.

In a meeting #6 Dakota Howard (St. Edward, OH) vs #9 Ashton Sharp (Park Hill, MO), Howard took the win 12-9.

At the 220 lbs class, #3 Daniel Kerkvliet (Simley, MN) pinned #7 Jace Punke (Washington, IL) in 2:34.

Brecksville Invitational

In the championship at 106 lbs, Jacob Decatur (Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, OH) the top-ranked wrestler in the country defeated Jacob Moran (Portage, IN) 7-4. Moran was previously ranked at 106 before starting the season at 113 lbs.

At 132 lbs unranked Josh Breeding (Elyria, OH) upset #12 Gabe Tagg (Brecksville-Broadview Heights, OH) 5-4.

Previously ranked freshman Victor Voinovich (Brecksville-Broadview Heights, OH) defeated #12 Kasper McIntosh (Portage, IN) 2-1 in the tiebreaker to win the title at 145 lbs.

In a battle of top 15 opponents in the 152lb final number six Connor Brady (Olentangy Liberty, OH) took a 3-2 decision over #13 Cameron Amine (Detroit Central Catholic, MI),

Brandon Whitman, currently ranked third at 195 lbs, wrestled at 220lbs and defeated #17 Antonio McCloud (Elder, OH) 7-2.

Knockout Christmas Classic

One of the best weekends of anyone in the county belongs to #10 Justin Ruffin (Union Grove, GA). Ruffin won the 152 lb weight class at the event and defeated two-time Fargo Junior freestyle champ Anthony Artalona (Tampa Prep, FL) in the semis 4-2 in the ultimate tiebreaker and then, in the finals, beat Super 32 champ Brevin Balmaceda (South Dade, FL) 3-2 in a tiebreaker.

Rumble on the Red

At 126 lbs the champion Ryan Rippingler (Bismarck, ND) went through a very solid pair of opponents in the semis Jackson Stauffacher (Scott West, MN) 7-0, and then Charlie Pickell (Mankato West, MN) in the final 8-4.

Tyler Dow (Stoughton, WI) currently ranked fifth at 170 lbs, moved down to 160 lbs and took on the fifth-ranked 160 lber Jared Franek (West Fargo, ND) in the final. Franek took the title with a 5-3 win in sudden victory

Another wrestler dropping down a weight class was Tyler Buesgens (Scott West, MN) currently ranked #16 at 195 lbs, moved down to 182. He showed no ill effects and captured the tournament championship with a fall in the finals.

Bi-State Classic

In a battle between the big boys at 285 lbs, Cole Godbout (Hudson, WI) pinned #17 Logan Zschernitz (Columbus Catholic, WI) in 1:10 during the tournament’s championship.

Red Schmitt Tournament

Christian Brothers College, MO had three of the top wrestlers win this event and they did so competing a weight class higher than they are currently ranked. Cevion Severado at 120, Malik Johnson at 132, and Josh Saunders at 138.

Medina Invitational Tournament

The 132 lb final featured a battle between two returning Ohio state champions. Dylan D’Emilio (Genoa, OH) took the championship with a 3-1 win in sudden victory over Matt Fields (Brunswick, OH).

In another bout between Ohio state champs, David Carr (Massillon Perry, OH) majored James Limongi (Genoa, OH) 14-2 for the title at 160 lbs.

Hunterdon Central Invitational

At 120lbs defending state champ Joe Manchio (Seneca, NJ) met up with one of the state’s top freshmen Cooper Pontelandolfo (Cherokee, NJ) in the semifinals. It ended up as a major decision for the veteran Manchio 13-4 and he cruised to a title with a tech fall in the finals.


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