Welcome to a new feature that we at TOM are very proud of, the High School regional rankings. For the next couple of weeks, we will release rankings of eight different regions that will 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 quality wrestlers from outside those “power-states” or regions that may get slighted. And don’t worry, we’ll have rankings for those areas too!
Our second installment of the regional rankings will focus on the Midwest Region. This area will include wrestlers from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
For these rankings and all others, only wrestlers that competed in the state tournament series (aside from Ohio) will be considered. They will only be ranked at their weight from the state tournament, as well. This will only include high school wrestlers, even if their state allows seventh and eighth graders to compete at the high school level. Also, wrestlers from private schools will be counted in the state of their school, not their home state.
Once all of our rankings have been released, they will be found here.
So, with all of that out of the way, enjoy the Midwest Regional Rankings!
What a weight class for Iowa! All three of their state champions finished the season undefeated (#1 Ryder Block, #7 Gable Porter, #9 Camron Phetxoumphone). Also, #3 Brandon O’Brien was a double Junior National finalist last summer in Fargo and has All-American’ed there five times. #2 Jore Volk has had success in Fargo, as well, winning both styles at the 16U level in 2019. Volk and #5 Koy Buesgens went back-and-forth this year, but it was Jore who prevailed at the state tournament. #6 Kael Lauridsen has tons of pre-high school accolades and made it through his freshman year unscathed. Unfortunately, he hasn’t faced any of the wrestlers above him.
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