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 fourth installment of the regional rankings will focus on the Northeast Region. This area will include wrestlers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
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. For this region, New York allows multiple entries at their state tournament, so there is one weight class with two wrestlers from the same school.
Once all of our rankings have been released, they will be found here.
So, with all of that out of the way, enjoy the Northeast Regional Rankings!
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We should probably mention that New York has a 99 lb weight class, which was won by seventh-grader PJ Duke. He will be a force once he hits the high school scene. Both of New York’s state champions occupy the top two spots on this list; however, there’s the argument to be made for any of the top three. One of #1 Elijah Rivera’s three losses on the year came to #3 Andrew Lucinski at the Eastern States Classic. Lucinski lost to #2 Jace Schafer in the DII state finals. Of course, Rivera defeated Schafer at Eastern States, as well. #4 Tyler Ferrera had an excellent season, also. Aside from his state finals loss to Rivera, his only other setback came against the DII state champion at 113 lbs. #5 Caleb Seyfried checks in after a sixth-place showing at National Preps, one spot ahead of #6 Freddie Pimental, who was seventh. #7 Zachary Soda came out on top of a very solid New England weight class.
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