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2020 Super 32 Heavyweight Preview (170-285)

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The 2020 Super 32 is almost here. Since the 16U/Junior National Championships (Fargo) were cancelled, this is the high school event I’ve anticipated the most. Even in an average year, the Super 32 draws talent from every nook and corner of the country to compete for a coveted championship belt. With few marquee events in the weeks and months leading up to the 2020 Super 32, combined with the tournament’s allure, I was correct and an incredible field registered. 

The tournament will have a slightly different look this time around as it will be held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, opposed to its normal home in Greensboro, North Carolina. North Carolina would not allow an event this size, while South Carolina has for a few months now. 

Our previews will outline all of the ranked wrestlers slated to compete, along with others to watch along the way. These are so massive that we’ve had to divide them into chunks. On Wednesday we previewed the lightweights, 06-126. Thursday saw us hit 132 through 160  and today 170 through 285 will close things out. So, let’s jump into it and look at the final five weight classes, which will comprise our heavyweight preview.

Lightweight Preview (106-126)

Middleweight Preview (132-160)

170 lbs

Ranked Wrestlers: #6 Joseph Martin (Buchanan, CA); #7 Manuel Rojas (Detroit Central Catholic, MI); #8 Carson Manville (State College, PA); #10 Clayton Whiting (Oconto Falls, WI); #17 Alex Whitworth (McCallie School, TN); #19 James Rowley (Crescent Valley, OR); #20 Kole Mulhauser (Central Square, NY); #20 (195) Mickey Griffith (Des Moines Lincoln, IA)

Total Ranked Wrestlers: 9

Unranked Wrestlers to Watch: Dom Baker (New Kent, VA); Gage Bernall (Pomona, CO); Bailey Flanagan (Lake Highland Prep, FL); Christian Hansen (Cold Spring Harbor, NY); Joey Jens (Grayslake Central, IL); Logan Messer (Wadsworth, OH)

The first of the upperweights is where we start to see some smaller brackets, in terms of entries. 170 lbs is pretty balanced. Four of the top ten wrestlers in the nation have entered, but none seem like overwhelming favorites. The highest-ranked entrant at this weight is Joseph Martin, who happens to be the only returning placewinner here, as well. Martin was seventh in 2019. As a sophomore, Joseph made the California state finals despite jumping from 145 to 170. Surprisingly enough, Carson Manville is looking to place at the Super 32 for the first time. Manville was thought to be one of the top recruits in the Class of 2021 after winning double titles in Fargo, twice, but suffered a gruesome injury that sidelined him for almost a year. Michigan’s Manuel Rojas is coming in on a roll after claiming the Grappler Fall Classic title. Rojas is a two-time 16U national runner-up in freestyle. Last season, Manuel competed at 189 lbs for the high school postseason. #10 Clayton Whiting doesn’t seem to get much hype, but he probably should. Whiting was third in 16U freestyle last summer, in Fargo, and captured his second Wisconsin title in as many tries. Recently, at the Tyrant Bison Duals, Clayton went 9-0 and logged a major decision victory over New Jersey runner-up Aaron Ayzerov. 

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