With the end of the high school upon us (abruptly in the case of Ohio), we are forced to look back on the season that way 2019-20. We’ll be doing plenty of exercises over the next few weeks that allow us to appreciate and relive the wrestlers that starred this year. Today we’re focusing on the impact freshmen that we were introduced to this season. This crop of freshmen was impressive, featuring a top-tier of wrestlers that were as good as advertised, along with some others that we got to know for the first time. While this year’s first and second team features wrestler from the usual places (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio), there were also some other states that typically don’t have these types of impact freshmen (Alabama, Washington state, even Washington DC). Get ready to meet the 2019-20 High School All-Freshmen Team. The first and second teams accounted for eight state titles and two National Prep titles among its 28 wrestlers.
The top prospect in the Class of 2023, Marc-Anthony McGowan did not disappoint during his first year of high school. McGowan came into Blair Academy with a ton of hype based on his Cadet World Championship in freestyle last summer. Marc-Anthony started the year off with a title at the Walsh Ironman before taking third place at the Beast of the East. McGowan capped off his freshman season by winning the National Prep Championships, by defeating 2019 Junior National freestyle champion Daniel Sheen (Wyoming Seminary, PA). He will finish the year ranked #2 in the nation at 106 lbs.
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