High School Wrestling

High School Weekend Review (12/31)


photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com

The last weekend of the 2019 calendar year was one of the busiest of the season on the high school front. We at The Open Mat have tried to go through and point out some of the notable results from some of the nation’s top tournaments this weekend.

Powerade Invitational

120 – Unranked Kyle Hauserman (Council Rock North, PA), a state third place finisher in 2018-19, claimed the title after edging 11th ranked Dominic Chavez (Arlington Martin, TX) 2-1 in tiebreakers.

126 – Kurtis Phipps (Norwin, PA) captured his third Powerade title in quite unconventional fashion. During the second period of a 3-3 match with second-ranked Nic Bouzakis (Wyoming Seminary, PA), Phipps was slammed by Bouzakis on a mat return, which resulted in a penalty point. Doctors examined the Bucknell signee Phipps and would not let him continue. He was awarded the match since the injury occurred on an illegal move. It should be noted that both wrestlers showed a lot of sportsmanship post-match and Phipps stated on social media that he wished to continue and didn’t want to win in that manner. 

132 – One of the stories of the tournament was Gabe Willochell (Greater Latrobe, PA), who ended up earning the Outstanding Wrestler honors. Gabe is unranked and has placed sixth and fourth at the state tournament the past two years. The Edinboro signee pinned #10 Drew Munch (Wyoming Seminary, PA), the winner of the Beast and Ironman, in the quarters. In the semi’s Willochell racked up another fall, this time over Virginia recruit #19 Patrick Noonan (Stroudsburg, PA). For the title, Willochell knocked off #18 Alejandro Herrera-Rondon (Seneca Valley, PA) with a reversal in the ultimate tiebreaker. Herrera-Rondon is a two-time Pennsylvania state champion. 

138 – Truly a heavyweight battle between #2 Beau Bartlett (Wyoming Seminary, PA) and #4 Sam Hillegas (North Hills, PA). The pair came into the tournament with three Powerade titles in between them. Bartlett was down by a point with under ten seconds left in the bout and managed to log a takedown to win, 5-3. Hillegas got to the finals by defeating #13 Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg, PA)

152 – #9 (145) Ed Scott  (Dubois, PA) prevailed in a loaded bracket that contained six ranked wrestlers. Scott’s wins came over #15 Caleb Dowling (St. Joseph’s Catholic, PA) and #9 Brayden Roberts (Parkersburg South, WV). 

170 – Our National HS Wrestler of the Week, Tyler Stoltzfus (St. Joseph’s Catholic, PA) came away with the title in a stacked weight. 

195 – Luke Stout (Mt. Lebanon, PA), #2 at 182, won the championship by knocking off #4 Nicholas Feldman (Malvern Prep, PA). The only takedown of the bout came late in the third period in favor of Stout. 

220 – Another wrestler that came home with his third Powerade title was Wisconsin signee Braxton Amos. The second-ranked Amos had to go through #10 Kolby Franklin (St. Joseph’s Catholic, PA) and #15 Dorian Crosby (Cathedral Prep, PA) to win this time. 

Brecksville Invitational

Two individual champions led Detroit Central Catholic to a 10.5 win over host Brecksville, 247.5 to 237.

120 – Unranked Garrett Lautzenheiser (Louisville, OH) took the title with a 10-4 win over #4 (113) Kyle Rowan (Perry, OH). Lautzenheiser and Rowan were both DII state champions in 2018-19, with Rowan winning a title at 106 and Lautzenheiser at 120.

126 – Logan Agin (Lancaster, OH) pulled an upset over #9 Dylan Shawver (Elyria, OH) to come away with the tournament title. Agin also edged Joey Blaze (Perrysburg, OH), one of the top freshmen in the state, 2-1. 

138 – Joshua Edmond (Detroit Central Catholic, MI), currently ranked fifth at 145 lbs, was down at this weight class and took a 5-2 decision in the finals from #6 Mick Burnett (Elyria, OH). Edmond has signed with Missouri while the Pittsburgh Panthers inked Burnett. 

145 – One of the top unsigned seniors in the nation, Austin Boone (Lowell, MI), got a huge win. Boone dropped Victor Voinovich (Brecksville, OH), 4-2. 

160 – Sophomore #20 (152) Dylan Fishback (Aurora, OH) used tiebreakers to earn a 5-1 win over #10 Derek Gilcher (Detroit Central Catholic, MI). 

285 – Not one but two ranked wins on at the tournament for Max Millin (Massillon Perry, OH). Millin made the finals after a 6-4 decision in sudden victory over #9 Jacob Padilla (Huber Heights, OH). He won the championship with a 5-4 win against Old Dominion signee #12 Steven Kolcheff (Detroit Central Catholic, MI). Last year, Padilla pinned Millin in the state semifinals. Padilla would go on to win while Millin was third. 

Knockout Christmas Classic

145 – Sophomore #15 (138) Caleb Henson (Woodland, GA) won the tournament’s deepest weight class. He won the title by edging Iowa signee #4 Bretli Reyna (South Dade, FL), 5-4. Henson also beat Northern Iowa recruit Ethan Basile (Tampa Jesuit, FL), 8-7. For third place, Basile came out ahead of Penn recruit Vince Mannella (Woodward Academy, GA), 7-2. 

170 – #15 (160) Jaxon Smith (Woodland, GA) went down to Tylynn Lukens (Manatee, FL) in an exciting 10-8 bout, in sudden victory. 

220 – Two ranked competitors clashed at 220 when #13 Chase Horne (West Laurens, GA) handled Chad Nix (Fleming Island, FL), 7-1. Horne is only a sophomore while Nix is a senior that has committed to wrestle at Campbell. 

Rumble on the Red

120 – It may look like an upset on paper, but it was a dominating performance as Maxwell Petersen (Byron, MN) majored #20 Wilfried Tanefeu (Bismarck, ND), 11-2. Tanefeu was a U16 national champion in freestyle this summer.

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