Saturday night marks one of the marquee events on the high school wrestling calendar. That’s when FloWrestling’s “Who’s #1” takes place. The dual was intended to pit the two top high school wrestlers in the nation, at a particular weight, against each other in hopes of deciding... who’s number one? This will be the eighth year that Flo has presented this contest. The previous seven presentations have featured high schoolers who have similar success at the collegiate ranks. Eight WNO alumni have already been able to win a total of 11 NCAA titles in the short lifespan of the event. That number will only increase as FloWrestling continues to attract the top talent in the nation, year in and year out. Seven of the top eight wrestlers in TOM’s Class of 2021 rankings will be in attendance. All eight were invited, but one pulled out with an injury. Below is a preview of all of the action that will go on Saturday night, along with predictions for each match. So settle in and get to know today’s high school superstars, as a number of them will undoubtedly become tomorrow’s collegiate standouts.
138 lbs (Round One) - Jesse Mendez (Crown Point, IN) vs. Jordan Williams (Collinsville, OK)
This was supposed to be the first of two matches in a mini-tournament, but it had to be scrapped after #1 overall, Shayne Van Ness (Blair Academy, NJ) went down with an injury. Mini-tournaments at Who’s #1 are not new for Jesse Mendez, as he participated in one last year. Jesse knocked off NC State-signee Ryan Jack (Danbury, CT). Later in the evening, Jesse lost a 10-9 shootout against Van Ness. Mendez is a two-time Indiana state champion that has made the Cadet World Team and recently won his fourth title at the IndianaMat Hoosier Preseason Open, a feat that was never accomplished previously. After his 2019 appearance at WNO, Mendez went on to take fifth at the Super 32. Fellow junior, Jordan Williams will attempt to prevent Mendez from reaching another WNO final. Williams has a pair of stop signs from Fargo in his collection as he won the 16U champions in freestyle in 2018 and 2019. Jordan also competed at the 2019 Super 32 and won that event, too. That came at 120 lbs and Williams’ second state title was at 126. Jordan must have put on some size since. Expect this to be an excellent battle between two offensive juggernauts.
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