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While You Were Away: News and Notes from the HS Offseason

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With Who’s Number One and Super 32 out of the way, the official start to the high school season seems to be bearing down upon us.

For those of you don’t follow the sport round the year, there may be some things you missed. That’s why we’re here. We’ve collected all the news and notes on transfers, weight changes, and injuries that you’re definitely want to know about before the season starts.

Notable Weight Changes

Stevo Poulin: Former No. 1 at 106 is now up at 113 and ranked No. 2

Beau Bartlett: From 132 to 138, now ranked No. 1.

Josh Saunders: Former No. 1 at 138 is now at 145, will not compete scholastically.

Keegan O’Toole: Former No. 1 at 152 is now No. 1 at 160

Alex Facundo: Former No. 1 at 160 is now No. 2 at 170

Dustin Plott: Former No. 1 at 170 is now at 182

Notable Injuries

Greg Diakomihalis: The former No. 1 at 113 and 120 has been out since March with a knee injury and isn’t set to return until December.

Ryan Crookham: Crookham, the No. 2 ranked wrestler in the class of 2022, missed the summer while recovering from a knee injury.

Cullan Schriever: An ankle injury has cost the Iowa commit and former top-five ranked wrestler more than six months of competition. He, like Crookham, is set to be ready for the start to the season.

Carson Manville: The former No. 1 at 145 made his return to action at Super 32 after nearly a year away following surgery to fix a medical condition.

AJ Ferrari: The No. 1-ranked wrestler in the country at 220 missed the entire summer following shoulder surgery in March. He’s set to return to start the scholastic season, with a new (old) school.

Transfers

Blair Academy and Wyoming Seminary have unsurprisingly stocked back up on talent

Brett Ungar: The No. 2-ranked wrestler in the nation at 106 moves from Hunterdon Central (NJ) to Notre Dame-Green Pond (PA).

Nic Bouzakis: Bouzakis, ranked third in the nation at 126, moves to Wyoming Sem (PA) from Lake Highland Prep (FL).

Joshua Saunders: Saunders moves on from Christian Brothers (MO) to the OTC and a year in the Elite Athlete Program.

AJ Ferrari: The aforementioned Ferrari is, we’ll call it well-travelled, .as he returns to Allen (TX) after stops at both Blair Academy (NJ) and Bergen Catholic (NJ).

Crootin’ 

Jesse Vasquez is the lone top-10 ranked prospect in the class of 2020 who remains uncommitted. He’s ranked No. 8.

If you’ve been out of the loop, we had the following commitments since March.

No. 1 AJ Ferrari – Oklahoma State

No. 5 Braxton Amos – Wisconsin

No. 6 Beau Bartlett – Penn State

Rankings Bumps

We also saw some wrestlers have fantastic summers to vault themselves up the rankings.

Andre Gonzles – No. 8 – 113: Gonzales, who took third in California at 106 last year, went undefeated at Junior National Duals and then was a double-champ at Fargo to reach No. 1 at 106 pounds before moving up a weight.

Lachlan McNeil – No. 3 – 132: McNeil sat in the middle of the rankings after a second-place finish at National Preps, but he went out and finished third in a loaded Fargo bracket to shoot himself up the board.

Victor Voinovich – No. 1 – 145: Voinovich was just inside the top 10 to start the summer, but then went out and reached the finals at Fargo and took the top spot with a win over Vasquez at WNO.

Clay Ulrey – No. 4 – 170: Ulrey had yo-yo’d in and out of the top 10 last year and fell to the bottom half of the rankings after the state tournament, but he ripped through the field in Akron to make the Cadet world team and in doing so climbed as high as No. 2 in the country at one point.

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