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. Today we’ve got 132 through 160 and 170 through 285 will close things out. So, let’s jump into it and look at the second five weight classes, which will comprise our middleweight preview.
Most of the weight classes we covered in our lightweight preview were reasonably wide open. 132 lbs is the opposite as it has a distinct favorite, top-ranked Nic Bouzakis. The top wrestler in the Class of 2022, Bouzakis, is aiming for his second Super 32 crown in as many years. Nic’s 2019 title saw him wrestle only one opponent that could hold him to a two-point margin. Bouzakis went on to win a National Prep title, the Ironman, and suffered his only setback of the year via disqualification in the Powerade finals. Six other top-ten opponents will attempt to unseat Bouzakis. One of them is three-time California champion, Maximo Renteria. Maximo is the latest California standout headed to Illinois. He came up a match shy of a Super 32 title in 2019 at 120 lbs. Another contender from the West Coast is a three-time Oregon state champion, Chance Lamer. Chance was a double Fargo Cadet finalist in 2017 and wrestled in the bronze medal match at Cadet World’s a year later. Lamer participated in this tournament in 2019 but defaulted out after a loss to Dean Peterson. Just a couple spots behind Lamer in the rankings is three-time Minnesota state champion Derrick Cardinal. Derrick was fifth in 16U freestyle in Fargo in 2019 after going undefeated at the National Duals.
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