We are right in the heart of high school tournament season and what better way to close out the year that one of the best tournaments in the west the Reno Tournament of Champions. What I like about Reno is that you have some established stars and power programs that typically attend, but you also get a lot of exposure for wrestlers and programs on the West Coast or the Pacific Northwest that usually don’t receive the attention customarily given to wrestlers on the East Coast or the Midwest. Individually there are two wrestlers currently ranked number one in their respective weight classes that are expected to enter, and one wrestler is looking for his fourth title, another seeking his third title, and six others looking for title number two. Here is a preview and predictions for the action that will take place Friday and Saturday in Reno.
***Note***As of this writing, entries have not been made public, so some of these competitors could change weight classes or not enter at all.
Often times at these early season tournaments 106 lbs can tend to be a thin weight, as most of the established high schoolers have moved up at least one weight class. Not this time in Reno, there are quite a few stars that will do battle at the first weight class. We’ll start with the number one ranked 106 lber in the nation Stevo Poulin (Shenendehowa, NY). Just a sophomore, Steveo is already a two-time New York state champion and has ascended to the top spot in the land after winning the Journeyman Fall Classic and the Super 32 this preseason. Poulin was also third in Cadet National freestyle in Fargo over the summer.
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