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With Labor Day in the review-view mirror, it’s time for fall to start and with it, preseason high school wrestling tournaments. Of course, as we are still battling through the COVID-19 pandemic, it will surely be a high school season like we’ve never seen before. Some states will carry one with an unchanged wrestling schedule. Others will be shortened or moved to the spring. We still are unsure of when many will actually take place. All that being said, there is plenty of wrestling action going on at the high school level. Yesterday, we released our preview of IndianaMat’s Hoosier Preseason Open. Many others are on the way.
Not only is action heating up on the mats, there’s also plenty of news and notes regarding transfers and enrollment locations of top freshmen. On top of that, a new wrinkle is homeschooling. While homeschooling is not necessarily a recent phenomenon, it has been more common during this pandemic and it has trickled into the wrestling community. And by wrestling community, we mean some of the top wrestlers in the nation.
Below are some of the wrestlers and teams that have news surrounding them heading into the preseason. A special tip of the cap to MatScout’s Willie Saylor, as he assisted with some of the information, as well.
Wyoming Seminary, PA - As you would expect, Wyoming Seminary has added a handful of transfers and quality freshmen. Some of the transfers include Kai Owen, a junior that will probably see action at the 113 lb weight class. Owen was a two-time state champion for Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida. Kai has been a double placer in both trips to Fargo while competing in the 16U division. Impacting the middleweights will be Ethan Stiles, a third-place finisher in Illinois’ 3A division last year as a freshman for Montini Catholic. Ethan was also a Fargo All-American, taking third in 16U freestyle. He’ll most likely fit in at 138 lbs for Sem. Moving up the line, Tyler Lillard, formerly of Aurora, Ohio, will be added to the mix at 152 lbs. Lillard was fourth in 16U freestyle last summer in Fargo and a few months prior, finished third at NHSCA Freshman Nationals. Tyler will be a junior in 2020-21. Helping out in the upperweights, possibly 195 lbs, is Luke Duthie. Luke amassed a 26-7 record last year while competing for Germantown Academy, also in Pennsylvania.
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