original photo courtesy of Richard Immel
The Open Mat’s High School Wrestler of the Week Award goes to Tyler Stoltzfus of St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania. Stoltzfus, the No. 7-ranked wrestler in the nation at 170 pounds, went 5-0 over the weekend to take home the championship in a loaded field at Powerade. He started his tournament with a fall and then a major decision in the opening two rounds. In the quarterfinals, he picked up a 1-0 win over Fargo All-American Mac Stout. He then knocked off defending PA state champion and fifth-ranked Trey Kibe 4-3 in the semifinals. Then, in the finals, he earned a 5-2 victory over New Jersey state runner-up Shane Reitsma, who had beaten No. 6 Lenny Pinto and No. 16 Connor O’Neill to reach the finals. Stoltzfus is a senior and is committed to wrestle for nearby Lock Haven in college.
Congratulations to Tyler Stoltzfus, TOM’s High School Wrestler of the Week.