original photo courtesy of Chris Mora; Tech-Fall.com
Welcome to a new feature that we at TOM are very proud of, the High School regional rankings. Over the last couple of weeks, we have released 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 final installment of the regional rankings will focus on the West Coast Region. This area will include wrestlers from Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington.
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.
Once all of our rankings have been released, they will be found here.
So, with all of that out of the way, enjoy the West Coast Regional Rankings!
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California has always been known for its lightweight and there’s nothing new here. The first seven spots in the region are inhabited by California natives. #1 Andre Gonzales, a double Junior National champion in Fargo, was one of the top 113 lbers in the country, before moving down to 106 and assuming the top ranking nationally. Even up at 113, Gonzales was able to make the finals of the Reno Tournament of Champions in 2019. His finals opponent, also a junior, #2 Raymond Lopez, was a winner at the Doc Buchanan Invitational in January. #3 Beau Mantanona is the highest-ranked freshman of the group and was a 16U All-American in both styles in Fargo. The highest-ranked wrestler from outside of CA is #8 Oscar Alvarez, a Washington state champion and a Cadet freestyle All-American in 2018. Alaska makes an appearance at #12 with Benjamin Pope, an undefeated state champion, that downed 2019 Junior freestyle All-American Andrew Dalrymple in the state finals.
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