With most of the official high school action in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast sidelined, we have seen individual, open tournaments pop up, giving wrestlers from those areas the opportunity to compete against high-level competition. On the days the Beast of the East was supposed to take place, Tyrant Wrestling’s Armageddon will go down in Savannah, Georgia. Many wrestlers that planned to go to the Beast have signed up, along with some others. With 2020 being such an odd year, this seems fitting. Many states in the midwest and south have already started in-season competition, but here we have an open event featuring wrestlers from eighth to 12th grade. We expect to see a pair of number-one ranked wrestlers take the mat, along with a handful of others that inhabit our national and regional rankings. Here’s who you should keep an eye out for at each weight, along with predictions for the top-six at most weights. (The tournament itself will recognize the top-eight finishers).
Like many tournaments at this time of the year, 106 will probably see many unknown wrestlers emerge to the forefront. The top seed is one of the known commodities in Ethan Rivera (Lake Highland Prep, FL). Ethan won a Florida 1A state title as an eighth-grader and recently took third at the Journeymen Fall Classic. He also had a respectable showing at the Super 32, winning five matches before his elimination. The second seed is Brycen Arbogast (Benedictine, VA). Arbogast is a freshman that picked up a massive win over the top-ranked eighth-grader in the nation, Nathan Desmond, at the Elite 8 Duals. One of Brycen’s losses at that event came to the third seed, Drew Gorman (Cumming, GA). Gorman is perhaps Georgia’s top eighth-grader this year. He and Rivera met in the first round of the Super 32 and Ethan got the 7-0 win. A couple others to watch are Cody Chapman (Hurricane, WV), Hunter Sloan (The Hill School, PA), and Xavier Ortega (NJ). Chapman was a middle school state runner-up in 2020 and Sloan qualified for the National Prep Championships while wrestling for Germantown Academy. Ortega is still an eighth-grader that was third in the freestyle state championships in 2019. Unseeded but dangerous is freshman Carter Nogle (Mt. St. Joe’s, MD). Carter was a runner-up at Western States in folkstyle and third in freestyle this spring.
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