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High School Breakdown: Top High School freshmen to watch in 2012-13

By Pablo DiMaria
High School Correspondent

Every year, there are a few freshmen who we look forward to following in their initial year of high school competition. In the past few years names such as Chance Marsteller, Zahid Valencia, Ben Whitford and Zain Retherford have been ones people were excited to follow. This year is no exception. Below is our AWN list of freshmen to watch this upcoming season.

1. Mark Hall, Apple Valley, MN – 152
People knew he was going to be something special two years ago, when he opened the nations eyes by beating three-time California state champion and now Cornell wrestler, Alex Cisneros in a pre-season dual meet. Mark recently competed in the NUWAY Kickoff Classic, were he beat the No. 2-ranked wrestler in the nation at 160 pounds, Isaiah Martinez of California. Hall also captured his second title from this event. Just in the past month Hall has won preseason titles at the Southwest Kickoff, Super 32 and the Michigan Grappler Fall Classic.
• Two-time Minnesota State Champion
• Second at the Kentucky State High School tournament
• Fargo Cadet Freestyle National Champion
• Folkstyle Cadet National Champion

2. Aaron Pico, St.John Bosco, CA – 132
Pico is a super talented wrestler with an aggressive style of wrestling. He won’t stop wrestling till he gets the takedown on his opponents. Two weeks ago, Pico took future Oklahoma State Cowboy Dean Heil into overtime in their Super 32 finals match. This month, the California native has been a finalist in the Southwest Kickoff Classic and the Super 32.
• Four-time Fargo Cadet Freestyle and Greco National Champion
• Folkstyle Cadet National Champion
• Two-time Tulsa National Champion
• Tulsa National Runner-Up
• Reno World Champion
• Two-time Cliff Keen Kick-Off Classic Champion

3. Nick Suriano, Bergen Catholic, NJ – 106
All over the East Coast, Suriano is a well-known wrestler. He made his national debut when he beat another super freshman, Luke Pletcher in the semifinals of Super 32. This year’s title marked his third straight year that he has won a Super 32 belt. Suriano is a nonstop in-your-face wrestler who can score from any position.
• Two-time Super 32 Middle School Champion
• Three-time Tulsa Nationals Champion
• Five-time Tulsa Nationals Medalist
• War At The Shore Champion

4. Luke Pletcher, Greater Latrobe, PA – 106
Pletcher has been a household name in the tough Keystone State for many years. He was the favorite to win a Super 32 title this year. He lost to Suriano in the semifinals. Pletcher is a smart wrestler who doesn’t give in to pressure at big events. Even if he is down by a couple of points, (on the few rare occasions) he calmly wrestles his match generally securing the victory.
• Five-time Pennsylvania Junior High State Champion
• Super 32 Middle School Champion
• Ohio TOC Champion

5. Mason Manvile, Blair Academy, NJ – 145
Any high school wrestling fan knows that all kids from Blair Academy are super tough. Mason is no exception. He will be tested at the Walsh Ironman Tournament, the Beast of the East and the Powerade Tournament this year. With a schedule like that there is no wonder they are always ready for the post season.
• Minnesota state high school third place
• Fargo Cadet Freestyle runner-up
• Fargo Cadet Greco National Champion
• Folkstyle Cadet National Champion
• Super 32 Middle School Champion
• Two-time Tulsa National Champion

Others to watch:
Hayden Hidlay, Miffling, PA – 106
• Two-time Super 32 Middle School Medalist
• Six-time Pennsylvania Junior High Medalist
• PAWF Freestyle third
• PAWF Greco runner-up

Chad Red, New Palestine, IN – 106
• Super 32 Middle School Champion
• Two-time Super 32 Middle School Medalist
* Three-time USA Folkstyle National Champion
• Ten-time Tulsa National Medalist
• Two-time Reno World Medalist
• Cliff Keen Kick-Off Champion
• Cliff Keen Kick-Off Medalist
* Two-time Wrestler of the Year World All-Star Team

Rudy Yates, Brother Rice, IL – 106
• IKWF Champion
• Four-time IKWF Medalist
• USAW Preseason National Champion
• Indiana Hoosier preseason Champion
• US Army national champion
• Illinois Cadet Freestyle State Champion
• Illinois Cadet Greco State Champion

Mitchell McKee,Kimball, MN – 106
• Minnesota state high school tournament runner-up
• Fargo Cadet Greco National Champion
• Folkstyle cadet National Champion
• Tulsa nationals runner-up
• Three-time Cliff Keen Kick-Off Medalist

Israel Saavedra,Modesto, CA – 113
• 6th at Super 32
• Flo Natonals All-American
• Tulsa National Champion
• Two-time Reno World Champion

Isaiah White, Oak Park River Forest, IL – 126
• Five-time IKWF state champion
• NUWAY Kick-Off Classic Champion
• Folkstyle Cadet National runner-up

Nick Reenan, Dallas, TX – 138
• 3rd Pre-Season Nationals
• 5th Fargo Cadet Freestyle
• 3rd Fargo Cadet Greco
• Two-time Tulsa National Champion
• Three-time Tulsa National Medalist

Sammie Colbray, Herminston, OR – 182
• 5th Fargo Cadet Freestyle
• Fargo Cadet Greco National Champion
• Two-time Oregon Middle School State Champion

Jordan Wood, Boyertown Area High School, PA – 220
• 4th Super 32
• Super 32 Middle School Champion
• Three-time Pennsylvania Middle School State Champion
• Five-time War at The Shore Champion
• MAWA Champion
• Two-time TOC Champion
• PAWF Freestyle State Champion
• PAWF Greco State Champion

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