Hunter Lyden photo courtesy of Mark Beshey; TheGuillotine.com
Welcome to the second season of TOM's High School Regional Rankings. Over the next few weeks, we will release rankings for eight different regions that cover the entire nation. Why is this needed, you may ask? These rankings will allow us to focus more attention on wrestlers from around the country that could be considered overlooked at this time. With talent clustered in certain areas of the nation, there are plenty of wrestlers from outside those "power-states" or regions that get slighted. And don't worry, we have rankings for those areas too!
We started this round of rankings with the Rocky Mountain Region and now we'll move on to the Midwest region. This area will include wrestlers from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota.
St. Michael Albertville
West (Iowa City)
This is an excellent weight class for the region. Three of the top seven wrestlers in the nation and two of the top three reside in the Midwest. #1 Nate Jesuroga, #3 Zan Fugitt, and #4 Caleb Thoennes all made the top-eight at the Super 32, while #5 Kolby Warren came up a match shy of placing. The remainder of the weight class is freshmen. Depending on how good they are, they may be able to creep into the top six. #8 Carter Freeman just captured a title at Preseason Nationals (106 lbs), while #12 Jack Nelson made the finals at 100 lbs. #10 Hunter Taylor was a double 16U All-American in Fargo last year, as was Thoennes and #6 Alan Koehler.
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