original photo courtesy of Kadir Caliskan; UWW
This week’s Adidas High School Wrestler of the Week award recipient is Florida-native, Marc-Anthony McGowan of Blair Academy in Blairstown, New Jersey. Last week, McGowan became a UWW Cadet World Champion at 45 kilograms (99 lbs). McGowan, who is just starting his high school career this year, began his tournament with a 7-2 win over Suraj Annikeri of India and then a 5-3 victory over Edik Harutyunyan of Armenia that saw him through to the semifinals. In the semis, McGowan fell behind Turkey’s Tolgba Ozbek but was able to use a late second-period duck under to take a 2-2 win on criteria. He again came up big in the waning seconds of the final with Iran’s Ali Arab Firouzjaie. Trailing 1-1 on criteria with 10 seconds to go, McGowan snapped his opponent down and got behind for the winning takedown to take a 3-1 victory and the gold medal. McGowan, the top-ranked prospect in the Class of 2023, is expected to handle the 106-pound spot for Blair in the coming season.
Congratulations to Marc-Anthony McGowan TOM’s High School Wrestler of the Week.