Welcome to our new feature, “Hidden Gems”! With the country going through an unprecedented time and most national-level high school wrestling events canceled or postponed for the foreseeable future, it is difficult to be a rising senior. Typically, the spring and summer are places where overlooked wrestlers breakout and become household names heading into their senior seasons. This year, no such luck. At TOM’s we’ve tried to help out and shine the spotlight on some of those wrestlers that are currently unknown to many fans and college coaches. That’s where “Hidden Gems” comes in.
Each edition will focus on one particular state. We will highlight ten wrestlers that are not currently in the list of the top-150 wrestlers in the Class of 2021. Why, you ask? Most of the wrestlers in the top 150 are “out there”. Coaches/fans/observers know their names and are on the lookout for them. After those 150, there are plenty of hidden gems, wrestlers that could be successful on the next level.
Today we’re focusing on Oregon. While Oregon has a rich history of producing talent, its wrestlers may get overlooked at the DI level due to a lack of opportunities at the next level on the West Coast. There’s hope with a new coaching staff at Oregon State, that it will have a ripple effect down to the high school level. Oregon is a state that has five different classes at the high school level to go along with a sanctioned girls tournament. We have picked through those five classes to find Oregon’s “Hidden Gems”.
These are the Oregon wrestlers in the top-150; therefore, they will not be featured below.
#51 Chance Lamer (Crescent Valley) and #121 Jacob Barnes (McMinnville)
Oregon’s Hidden Gems
Ricky Bell - West Linn - 6A (Oregon State)
2019-20 Weight: 113
Projected Weight: 125
2019-20 Resume: 32-2 record, Oregon 6A state champion
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