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TOM’s High School Regional Rankings: Southeast (Dec. 9th)

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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 the Midwest Region and now we’ll move on to the Southeast region. This area will include wrestlers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

      
Weight/RankNameSchoolGradeStateCollege
106
1Nick CordayBaylor SchoolTennesseeJuniorArmy West Point
2Ethan RiveraLake Highland PrepFloridaFreshman
3Christian GuzmanColumbus (Miami)FloridaJunior
4Caleb UhorchukSignal MountainTennesseeSophomore
5Blaise AlberadoThompsonAlabamaSenior
6Adrian MoralesSouth DadeFloridaJunior
7Bryson TerrellBradley CentralTennesseeSophomore
8Tyler WashburnPalmetto RidgeFloridaSophomore
9Ty TiceEastsideSouth CarolinaSophomore
10Anderson HeapOsceola (Kissimmee)FloridaFreshman
11Leland ReevesTaylor CountyKentuckyFreshman
12Jay PeaceCane BaySouth CarolinaFreshman

As with all of the region’s this one stands to change the most going forward. West Point recruit Nick Corday dropped down for the Elite 8 Duals, but I expect to see him back at 113 as the season progresses. While we already have a few prominent freshmen in the rankings, expect more to establish themselves in the coming months. Ethan Rivera has already won a Florida State title and recently was third at the Journeymen Fall Classic. The Florida upperclassmen, Christian Guzman and Adrian Morales, made the leap up the rankings based on strong performances at their state’s Super 32 Early Entry Tournament.

      
Weight/RankNameSchoolGradeStateCollege
113
1Kyle MontapertoCentral Academy of TechnologyNorth CarolinaJuniorVirginia
2Spencer MooreWalton-VeronaKentuckySeniorNorth Carolina
3Isaiah PoweGardendaleAlabamaSophomore
4Yanni VinesThompsonAlabamaJunior
5Trevon GrayOscar SmithVirginiaSeniorPitt-Johnstown
6Justin BradfordBlackmanTennesseeJunior
7Peter HendersonMcAdoryAlabamaSenior
8Jacob SilkaCherokeeGeorgiaJunior
9Jake CrappsCassGeorgiaFreshman
10Hunter HerringtonFleming IslandFloridaSenior
11Josh NobleMt. PisgahGeorgiaSenior
12Owen RawlsNansemond RiverVirginiaSophomore

The number one ranked wrestler at this weight, Kyle Montaperto, burst onto the national scene when he took fifth at the Super 32. For fifth place, he defeated #2 Spencer Moore head-to-head. Moore reclassified from the Class of 2022 to 2021 this offseason. On Monday, Virginia state champion, #5 Trevon Gray inked with Pitt-Johnstown. He was sixth at the Grappler Fall Classic earlier this year. One to watch at this weight is #9 Jake Crapps, who looks like the top-freshman from Georgia.

      
Weight/RankNameSchoolGradeStateCollege
120
1Cory LandMoodyAlabamaJunior
2Keyveon RollerLakeway Christian AcademyTennesseeJuniorVirginia
3Cole HuntCassGeorgiaJunior
4Jackson BondBaylor SchoolTennesseeJunior
5Adrian MoralesSouthwest (Miami)FloridaSophomore
6Elijah MuskMerritt IslandFloridaSenior
7Michael RoeWoodstockGeorgiaSenior
8Daniel UhorchukSignal MountainTennesseeSeniorArmy West Point
9Cooper HaaseOsceola (Kissimmee)FloridaSophomore
10Trace EckmanUnion CountyKentuckyJunior
11Foster CardinaleLiberty (Bealeton)VirginiaJunior
12Alex WalkerLake GibsonFloridaJunior

We have #1 Cory Land at this weight after he competed at 113 lbs at the Super 32 (3rd), but has been wrestling 132 lbs in the early going this high school season. National Prep All-American Keyveon Roller makes it two Super 32 placers at 120 lbs. He was also very impressive at the Tyrant Bison Duals. Jackson Bond gets the third spot on the strength of a win against #4 Danny Martinez at the Grappler Fall Classic. #11 Foster Cardinale jumped to the top of the heap in a deep Virginia weight class after a strong showing at the Journeymen Fall Classic.

      
Weight/RankNameSchoolGradeStateCollege
126
1Hunter MasonGreenevilleTennesseeSophomore
2Danny NiniLake Highland PrepFloridaJunior
3Sebastian MelguizoSouthwest MiamiFloridaSeniorCampbell
4Erik RoggieSt. Christopher’sVirginiaSeniorVirginia
5Richard TreanorHoughNorth CarolinaSeniorArmy West Point
6Braden BasileJesuit (Tampa)FloridaJunior
7Eligh RiveraLake Highland PrepFloridaSophomore
8James JoplinNW GuilfordNorth CarolinaSeniorNC State
9Cole ThomasRyleKentuckyJuniorChattanooga
10Trey BatesBeechTennesseeSenior
11Brenden BarnesBenedictineVirginiaSeniorAir Force
12Dylan SparkmanPalm HarborFloridaSenior

Hunter Mason has been excellent over the summer and into the fall, taking fifth at the Grappler Fall Classic and sixth at the Super 32, along with a runner-up finish at Reno Worlds. The Florida contingent at 126 lbs is extremely deep and they account for five of the top-12 spots. We’ll have to see how the Lake Highland Prep lineup shakes out, as they have two of the five from Florida. UVA has done well recruiting lightweights in the region. #3 Sebastian Melguizo made up for a subpar Super 32 by taking home a hammer at the Journeymen. With signee #4 Erik Roggie here, the Cavaliers have a top-four wrestler at each of the last three weights. #5 Richard Treanor was fifth at the Grappler Fall Classic and defeated #6, Braden Basile, along the way.

      
Weight/RankNameSchoolGradeStateCollege
132
1Tom CrookJesuit (Tampa)FloridaJunior
2Ethan MojenaCountrysideFloridaSophomore
3Dylan LaytonIndian LandSouth CarolinaJunior
4Evan HollowayNew KentVirginiaJunior
5Thomas SnipesHillcrestSouth CarolinaJunior
6David PanoneLassiterGeorgiaJunior
7Brayden IvyLakeway Christian AcademyTennesseeJunior
8Mason BarrettLiberty (Bealeton)VirginiaSenior
9Emory TaylorMcCallie SchoolTennesseeSeniorPittsburgh
10Matthew RodriguezRidgeviewFloridaSeniorLehigh
11Devon HerronNorth HardinKentuckyJunior
12Brennan WatkinsDobyns-BennettTennesseeSenior

One of the surprises at this weight could be #3, Dylan Layton. Dylan was third at the Grappler Fall Classic and notched wins over Melguizo and Eligh Rivera. He also had a respectable five-win showing at the Super 32. #1 Tom Crook was a finalist at the GFC and also won five bouts at the S32. Another South Carolina wrestler cracks the top-five as Thomas Snipes gets the nod over David Panone due to his win over Panone at the Chaos Duals.

      
Weight/RankNameSchoolGradeStateCollege
138
1Caden McCraryWoodland (Cartersville)GeorgiaSeniorNorth Carolina
2Trae McDanielClevelandTennesseeSeniorArmy West Point
3Jack CrookJesuit (Tampa)FloridaJunior
4Hunter NolandDaltonGeorgiaSenior
5Joseph SealeyHigh Point CentralNorth CarolinaFreshman
6Brennan Van HoeckePalmetto RidgeFloridaJunior
7Jaekus HinesOsceola (Kissimmee)FloridaJunior
8Collin DupillLiberty (Bealeton)VirginiaSophomore
9Jared DinhRiverdaleFloridaSeniorGardner-Webb
10Riley EdwardsNorthwest GuilfordNorth CarolinaSeniorAppalachian State
11Jake KeelingSt. Christopher’sVirginiaSenior
12Isaac ChurchCharlotteFloridaJunior

138 lbs really starts the run of top-flight talent from Georgia. #1 Caden McCrary presides over this weight after winning the Super 32. McCrary did slip up and lose to #3 Jack Crook at the Grappler Fall Classic, but he rebounded at the S32 and has a more robust track record. This weight includes perhaps the region’s best freshman in #5 Joseph Sealey. Joseph was fourth at the Grappler Fall Classic and third at Reno World’s this year. #4 Hunter Noland had a nice weekend at the Elite 8 Duals, grabbing two wins over California third-place finisher Nicco Ruiz and then-top ten ranked Kal Miller.

      
Weight/RankNameSchoolGradeStateCollege
145
1Cody ChittumRhea County AcademyTennesseeSophomore
2Michael KilicWoodward AcademyGeorgiaJunior
3Garrison DendyBaylor SchoolTennesseeJunior
4Kodiak CannedyGreenevilleTennesseeJunior
5Myles GriffinLake Highland PrepFloridaSenior
6David HunsbergerByrnesSouth CarolinaJunior
7Jeremiah PriceSurry CentralNorth CarolinaSophomore
8James LatonaThompsonAlabamaJunior
9Jaden NewAlexandriaAlabamaJunior
10Adrian NecoSouth DadeFloridaSenior
11Garrett ForemanPigeon ForgeTennesseeJunior
12Zach CowanMadison CentralKentuckySenior

Cody Chittum is back in the South after spending his freshman year at Blair Academy and assumes the region’s top spot. He was victorious at FloWrestling’s Who’s #1 and bumped all the way up to 160 at the Elite 8 Duals to knock off Cael Valencia. Right behind him is #2 Michael Kilic, who has come into his own over the last year. Kilic emerged victorious over a challenging field at the Grappler Fall Classic and followed it up with a third-place finish at the Super 32. #5 Myles Griffin is finally getting the opportunity to shine for Lake Highland Prep and was fifth at the GFC.

      
Weight/RankNameSchoolGradeStateCollege
152
1Caleb HensonWoodland (Cartersville)GeorgiaJunior
2Jonathan LeyLake Highland PrepFloridaJunior
3RJ WestonLassiterGeorgiaSeniorNorthern Iowa
4Darian EstevezSomerset AcademyFloridaSenior
5Nick VafiadisNew KentVirginiaJuniorNavy
6Brendon AbdonLake GibsonFloridaJunior
7Christian ModerGolden GateFloridaSophomore
8Will MillerThompsonAlabamaSenior
9Sam HarrisOlaGeorgiaJunior
10Jeremy ParadiceColquitt CountyGeorgiaJunior
11Chandler AmakerFort DorchesterSouth CarolinaSenior
12Colby DalonLakeway Christian AcademyTennesseeJunior

Another Super 32 champion in the region was #1 Caleb Henson. Caleb dropped a few matches early in the summer at the Grand River Rumble but has emerged stronger since. One of the biggest developments of the Super 32 was Jonathan Ley, who had lost in the state finals twice to Lake Highland Prep wrestlers. Now he’s a part of LHP’s team. Florida runner-up #4 Darian Estevez gets the nod over #5 Nick Vafiadis due to his win in the Super 32 consi’s. Vafiadis was fourth at the GFC and later defeated the tournament’s winner, Kamdyn Munro, at the S32. We could end up seeing a Florida state final between #6 Brendon Abdon and #7 Christian Moder as both are in the 2A classification.

      
Weight/RankNameSchoolGradeStateCollege
160
1Kamdyn MunroRichmond HillGeorgiaSenior
2Dylan KohnHagertyFloridaSeniorEdinboro
3Gunner FilipowiczBlessed TrinityGeorgiaJunior
4Gavin CagleMcCallie SchoolTennesseeSeniorVirginia
5Lucas WillisCharlotteFloridaSenior
6Cole CochranWoodland (Cartersville)GeorgiaSenior
7Jesse AlvaradoGreat BridgeVirginiaSenior
8Zane CoxBenedictineVirginiaJunior
9Kevin SchorkSt. Christopher’sVirginiaSeniorMaryland
10Tre MorrisetteDobyns-BennettTennesseeSenior
11Brayden GianonneLafayetteKentuckySenior
12Dawson MatthewsAlexanderGeorgiaSenior

As mentioned in the previous weight class summary, Munro was the Grappler Fall Classic winner at 152 lbs. He won three matches at the Super 32 and moved up to 160 for the Elite 8 Duals. I’d expect to see him at 160 during the regular season. This weight is the only one with three Virginia wrestlers. There’s an argument to be made for at least one more; however, they don’t have much in the way of national credentials. #7 Jesse Alvarado was an Escape the Rock placewinner last season, while Zane Cox and Kevin Schork were National Prep All-Americans. Alvarado fell to #6 Cole Cochran in the consis at the Grappler Fall Classic.

      
Weight/RankNameSchoolGradeStateCollege
170
1Matthew SingletonWoodward AcademyGeorgiaJunior
2Alex WhitworthMcCallie SchoolTennesseeSeniorHarvard
3Domonic BakerNew KentVirginiaJuniorCampbell
4Jonathan ConradCarrollwood DayFloridaJunior
5Bailey FlanaganLake Highland PrepFloridaSeniorArmy West Point
6Dalton RusselburgLafayetteKentuckyJunior
7Lance SchyckLemon BayFloridaJunior
8Cale HoskinsonClayFloridaSenior
9Greyson ClarkWest LaurensGeorgiaSenior
10Clint MorrisetteDobyns-BennettTennesseeSenior
11Joshua SwanSouth DadeFloridaSenior
12Warren HoytGrissomAlabamaSenior

Matthew Singleton won the Super 32 at 160 though he was higher for the Elite 8 Duals and may end up staying at 170. He was 3-0 at the duals competing up at 182 lbs. He leads a group that features two others currently in the national rankings. #2 Alex Whitworth and #3 Dom Baker ended up meeting in the Super 32 Round of 12, with Whitworth winning, 4-3. Baker was a finalist at the Grappler Fall Classic and went 5-1 at the Elite 8 Duals. #5 Bailey Flanagan also had success at the GFC, taking fourth in the same bracket.

      
Weight/RankNameSchoolGradeStateCollege
182
1Jaxon SmithWoodland (Cartersville)GeorgiaSeniorMaryland
2Tylynn LukensManateeFloridaSenior
3Stephen LittleUnion CountyKentuckyJunior
4Mason BlackwellWetumpkaAlabamaSenior
5Sawyer BarteltSouth DadeFloridaFreshman
6Gunner GarriquesBaylor SchoolTennesseeJunior
7Holden CypherMillbrookNorth CarolinaSeniorNC State
8Noah DukeRyleKentuckyJunior
9Eyan McKnightHillcrestSouth CarolinaSenior
10Ricardo HarringtonPatrick Henry (Roanoke)VirginiaSenior
11Tate EvansRichmond HillGeorgiaSenior
12Avery KrippnerForsyth CentralGeorgiaSenior

A pair of familiar faces are at the #1 and #2 spots with Jaxon Smith and Tylynn Lukens. The two met in the Knockout Christmas Classic finals and Lukens prevailed in sudden victory. Lukens was only 1-2 at the Super 32 and suffered a loss (which was avenged) to freshman #5 Sawyer Bartelt at the GFC. Overall resume gives Smith the nod here. Behind them is one of the top wrestlers in Kentucky, Stephen Little. Stephen was a finalist in the same GFC weight class and earned wins over Smith (injury default) and #6 Gunner Garriques. #7 Holden Cypher was not able to place at the Super 32 but did down Lukens there.

      
Weight/RankNameSchoolGradeStateCollege
195
1David HarperBaylor SchoolTennesseeJunior
2Landon FoorFred T. FoardNorth CarolinaSeniorAppalachian State
3Mikey Tal-ShaharAmerican HeritageFloridaJunior
4Nolin EaddyOsceola (Kissimmee)FloridaSenior
5Levid RodriguezJohnson CentralKentuckyJunior
6Dedric MarshallSouthridge (Miami)FloridaSenior
7Levi KluttzMount PleasantNorth CarolinaSeniorCoker
8Carter ShippJefferson ForestVirginiaSeniorLander
9Bryant WilkinsonRomeGeorgiaSenior
10Sean ConcepcionSomerset AcademyFloridaSenior
11Kyle FinkRobbinsvilleNorth CarolinaJunior
12Jonathan MortonElizabethtonTennesseeSenior

Most of the top 195 lbers have not been in action over the fall, so there isn’t much new information to go off of. One of the exceptions is Mikey Tal-Shahar, who was seventh at the Grappler Fall Classic at 189 lbs. He also competed at the Elite 8 Duals. Dedric Marshall also placed at the GFC. He did so at 215 lbs. Dedric also had the deepest run at the Super 32 of anyone in this group as he won four matches.

      
Weight/RankNameSchoolGradeStateCollege
220
1Noah PettigrewValdostaGeorgiaJuniorNorth Carolina
2Triston NorrisNorth HendersonNorth CarolinaSeniorAppalachian State
3Sakarri MorrisonLake NormanNorth CarolinaJunior
4Bo KiteDeep RunVirginiaSeniorArmy West Point (Football)
5Peyton McComasGrundyVirginiaSeniorGardner-Webb
6Ashton DavisClevelandTennesseeJunior
7Chase ThompsonAmerican HeritageFloridaJunior
8Parker PetersonFather RyanTennesseeSenior
9Dylan LyerlyNorth ForsythGeorgiaJunior
10Elijah BurnsCommerceGeorgiaSenior
11Carson FloydLake NormanNorth CarolinaJunior
12Kaleb WalleyRockdale CountyGeorgiaSenior

Like Chittum at 145, Noah Pettigrew is home from Blair Academy and will take over the top spot at 220 lbs. The North Carolina recruit was a runner-up at the Super 32 and third at the Grappler. One of the stars of the preseason for this region has been Triston Norris. Triston was fourth at the Super 32 and went on to compete at the Elite 8 Duals and currently holds a top-20 national ranking. #3 Sakarri Morrison defeated a ranked 195 lber (#7 Levi Kluttz) for his state title in 2020 and was eighth at the Super 32. #5 Peyton McComas impressed at the Elite 8 Duals, moving up to 285 lbs and unseating a nationally ranked opponent.

      
Weight/RankNameSchoolGradeStateCollege
285
1Chase HorneWest LaurensGeorgiaJuniorNC State
2James HowardMcCallie SchoolTennesseeJunior
3Dylan FairchildWest ForsythGeorgiaSeniorGeorgia (Football)
4Will JeffcoatPelionSouth CarolinaSenior
5Mason ArnoldCarrollwood DayFloridaSenior
6Parker BennettCreekviewGeorgiaSenior
7Levi AndrewsAveryNorth CarolinaJunior
8Joe FusileRichmond HillGeorgiaSenior
9TyDarius KellyChristian CountyKentuckySenior
10Jamier FerereSouthern GuilfordNorth CarolinaJunior
11Joshua ManciaWoodbridgeVirginiaJunior
12Ryan WalkerNewton CanoverNorth CarolinaSeniorUNC Pembroke

Once again, we have a little bit of youth at the 285 lb weight class. In a class generally dominated by 12th graders, juniors Chase Horne and James Howard hold down the top-two spots, respectively. Horne won at Who’s #1 and then regained the national number-one ranking by defeating Hayden Copass at the Elite 8 Duals. Both Dylan Fairchild and Will Jeffcoat appeared in these rankings last spring and are back. Holding down the #5 spot is Mason Arnold, who is a two-time state runner-up that transferred from Jesuit over the summer. North Carolina natives #7 Levi Andrews and #10 Jamier Ferere both finished in the top-five at the Grappler Fall Classic.

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