High School Wrestling

Five Breakout Stars from the 2019 Beast of the East


photo courtesy of Scott Faytok; NJ Advance Media

It may be right in the midst of the holiday season, but the high school wrestling schedule never seems to let up. Last weekend, many of the east coast’s top teams traveled to the University of Delaware to compete at the Beast of the East. While many schools have been in action for the past few weeks, the Beast always marks the first opportunity for us to see New Jersey public schools hit the mat. Even though the Ironman has held the unofficial belt for the “toughest high school tournament in American”, the Beast is never far behind. This year’s Beast of the East was a place for some of the nations top stars to showcase their talents, like Stevo Poulin, Ryan Crookham, and Hunter Catka, but it also gave some of the previously unsung stars to shine. That’s where we’ll focus on today, as five wrestlers turned in breakout performances at the Beast. 

Tyler Vazquez (Delbarton, NJ)

In our high school “Wrestler of the Week” column, we already mentioned the champion at the 106 lb weight class Brandon Cannon of Wyoming Seminary. Cannon was entered in the tournament after Wyoming Seminary’s starters participated in the Myhouse XCalibur event. Not only was it a great showing for Cannon, but also his final opponent Tyler Vazquez. A freshman out of New Jersey, Vasquez was given the fourth seed at the Beast after winning the Northeast Regional in freestyle this spring and going 7-1 at the NUWAY summer duals. Tyler also had a respectable outing at the Super 32, where he won four matches before his elimination. 

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