Last weekend over 4700 wrestlers across six age groups convened in Virginia Beach, Virginia in search of national titles at the 30th annual High School Nationals provided by the National High School Coaches Association. For the first time in the 30 year history of the event, a girls division was featured, as well as a middle school age group and a boys tournament for each of the four years of high school. The event serves as an excellent opportunity for college coaches to lay eyes on wrestlers from the Southern part of the country that may have been overlooked during the recruiting process. After pursuing the results and using absolutely no historical data, it “seems” as if there were a lot more New England kids that had success at the various tournaments and New England is another area with little representation in college, especially at the DI level.
As far as the action itself goes, there were some solid weight classes with three and four wrestlers ranked by TOM doing battle. The Sophomore tournament has some of the deepest fields of the competition, and it was no coincidence, as there were over 1100 wrestlers pre-registered for that age group, a tournament record for sophomores. If you were looking for your wrestlers to get some quality matches, it was a fine tournament to attend. All of that being said, it was just another tournament. In fact, USA Wrestling’s Folkstyle Nationals was held the same weekend. This upcoming weekend will be Reno “Worlds.” A few weeks down the road, FloNationals will be held. All fine tournaments, all of which will feature excellent competition, and all opportunities to be able to place the title “All-American” next to a high school or middle schoolers name.
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