original photo courtesy of Steve Valenti; TapInto.com
Our first Adidas High School Wrestler of the Week award for the freestyle season goes to Nick Raimo of Hanover Park High School in Morris County, New Jersey. Raimo had an impressive weekend at the Journeymen/MyHouse World Classic. The senior, who will continue his career for Zeke Jones at Arizona State next year, took home the title in the 132-pound A division, going 4-0 along the way. In his opening match of the tournament, Raimo had a wild 18-15 victory over Ryan Burgos of Finger Lakes Wrestling Club. He made quick work of his second opponent with a fall in 41 seconds over Benas Petajevas of Lithuania. In the semis, Raimo pinned Russia’s Aleksei Timoshenkov in just 46 seconds. Finally, the finals saw him put up a 19-6 tech fall victory over top-100 sophomore member Joel VanderVere.
Congratulations to Nick Raimo, TOM’s High School Wrestler of the Week.