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October 26, 2007

USA Wrestling Folkstyle Tour of America, the Carolina Classic

The registration deadline is fast approaching for the historic first event in the new USA Wrestling Folkstyle Tour of America, the Carolina Classic slated for November 3rd at the Cabarrus Arena in Concord, N.C.

All participants must register online by Monday, October 29 at 10:00 p.m. Central time:
http://www.usafolkstyle.com/registration.html

THE 1st ANNUAL CAROLINA CLASSIC
Age Divisions: Bantam thru High School (A Pee-Wee festival will be held at all Series events)
Tournament Location: Concord, North Carolina (just outside of Charlotte)
Competition Venue: Cabarrus Arena and Events Center
Competition: Saturday, November 3rd
Weigh-in and Registration Site: Holiday Inn University (Headquarters Hotel)
Weigh-in Card Pick-up and Medical Check/Weigh-ins: 6:00-8:00 pm Friday, November 2nd
Event Website: www.usafolkstyle.com

Entry is limited to the first 800 registrants
Pre-registration is mandatory and no exceptions will be made for onsite tournament entry.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: Weigh-ins will be held at the Holiday Inn University (Headquarters Hotel). The hotel address is available on the Series website.

A complete schedule of the Carolina Classic can be downloaded at:
http://www.usafolkstyle.com/documents/ncshedule.pdf

Athletes of all ages, from high school and below, are included in the Carolina Classic. This will be a tremendous early season tournament for all talented and motivated wrestlers from around the nation.

The Folkstyle Tour of America is a new youth wrestling series designed to provide wrestlers a chance to compete against the best in the country in America’s most popular style of wrestling.

This is a four-event tour series, with the other three events strategically located around the United States. The rest of the Folkstyle Tour of America includes:
• The Salt Lake Slam in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 28-29, 2007
• The Battle on the Mat in Battle Creek, Mich., February 1-2, 2008
• The Texas Takedown in Fort Worth, Texas, March 14-15

All of these events will have spectacular awards. There will be outstanding trophies for the top three placewinners in each weight class, and attractive medals for the athletes who place fourth through sixth in each weight class. In addition, there are awards for the top team in each division as well as the Most Outstanding Wrestler in each division. For more information on the awards, visit:
http://www.usafolkstyle.com/awards.html

All four of the Folkstyle Tour of America events are included in the popular USA Wrestling Ultimate Challenge Series, which leads to the awarding of the Ultimate Dominator awards for the season.

USA Wrestling has combined the successful practices of other folkstyle series and tournaments, the resources of its internal staff, and the efforts of a promoter to develop a series of folkstyle wrestling that will further propel the organization into the forefront of youth wrestling.

What does the Folkstyle Tour of America offer?
• Dedicated website (www.usafolkstyle.com) that includes tournament information, event registration and hotel registration.
• Unique awards for the top six place winners in the Bantam thru High School divisions.
• Special awards and recognition for wrestlers who win multiple Folkstyle Tour of America series tournaments.
• Full-size mats and digital clocks at every tournament.
• Consistent age groups and weight divisions at all series tournaments.
• Certified officials for all age divisions.
• Tournament registration, bracketing, and immediate event results provided by TrackWrestling.

Coaches, athletes and fans are encouraged to visit the Folkstyle Tour of America website and subscribe to the Series e-mail list to get exciting news and tournament updates at:
www.usafolkstyle.com

October 21, 2007

Top National Wrestling Junior High (Middle School)

Rank Name State
1 Eric Devos Minnesota
2 Jason Luster Georgia
3 Mark Grey New Jersey
4 Felipe Martinez Ohio
5 Alex Cisneros California
6 Taylor Massa Michigan
7 Bo Jordan Ohio
8 Devon Gobbo New Jersey
9 Judson Preskitt Texas
10 Trevor Summitt Oklahoma

October 20, 2007

Top National High School Wrestling Freshman

Rank Name Weight State
1 Chris Phillips 171 Ohio
2 Andrew Camplottano 189 New Jersey
3 Destin McCauley 119 Minnesota
4 Hunter Stieber 103 Ohio
5 Jesse Thielke 103 Wisconsin
6 John Guzzo 140 New Jersey
7 Cam Tessari 112 Ohio
8 Victor Ascenscio 152 Pennsylvania
9 Nico Magalaudis 103 Pennsylvania
10 Ken Courts 130 Pennsylvania
11 Daniel DeShazer 112 Kansas
12 Cam Throckmorton 103 Pennsylvania
13 Rossi Bruno 103 Florida
14 Austin Ormsbee 135 New Jersey
15 Matt Stephens 140 Ohio
16 Jeremy Davenport 130 Oklahoma
17 Rob Deutsch 103 New Jersey
18 Evan Silver 103 New Jersey
19 Johnni DiJulius 103 Ohio

October 19, 2007

Top National High School Wrestling Sophmore

Rank Name Weight State
1 Logan Stieber 119 Ohio
2 Dylan Alton 135 Pennsylvania
3 Alan Waters 112 Missouri
4 Andrew Alton 140 Pennslyvania
5 Josh Kindig 130 Pennslyvania
6 Marshall Peppleman 145 Pennslyvania
7 Brandon Rolnick 145 New Jersey
8 Ben Morgan 135 Oklahoma
9 Jamie Clark 112 Ohio
10 Nick Moore 135 Iowa
11 Preston Keiffer 152 New Jersey
12 Lee Munster 130 Illinois
13 Chris Villalonga 130 New Jersey
14 Cody Pack 103 California
15 Derek Garcia 130 Washington
16 Efrain Aguilar -- Washington
17 Nick Schenk 112 Maryland
18 David Habat 145 Ohio
19 Frank Cagnina 112 New Jersey
20 Joshua Dwieza 130 Pennsylvania

October 18, 2007

Top National High School Wrestling Juniors

Rank Name Weight State
1 David Taylor 112 Ohio
2 Collin Palmer 135 Ohio
3 CJ Napier 140 Kansas
4 Eric Grajales 125 Florida
5 Jon Morrison 119 Illinois
6 Dallas Bailey 152 Oklahoma
7 Dylan Carew 130 Iowa
8 Zac Bennett 215 Pennslyvania
9 Mac Mancuso 189 New Jersey
10 Mac Bailey 125 Missouri
11 Chris Perry 171 Oklahoma
12 Alec Ortiz 160 Oregon
13 Samuel White 112 Ohio
14 Kyle Dake 119 New York
15 Ian Paddock 125 New York
16 Tyler Caldwell 135 Kansas
17 Glenn Carson 215 New Jersey
18 Kalvin York 140 Wisconsin
19 Boaz Beard 215 Kansas
20 Austin Meys 152 New York

October 17, 2007

Top National High School Wrestling Seniors

Rank Name Weight State College Choice
1 Mario Mason 145 New Jersey Undecided
2 Scott Winston 160 New Jersey Rutgers
3 Michael Mangrum 152 Washington Oregon State
4 Jason Welch 171 California Northwestern
5 Nate Moore 125 Iowa Iowa
6 Jason Chamberlain 140 Utah Boise State
7 Jordan Oliver 125 Pennsylvania Oklahoma State
8 Andrew Howe 152 Indiana Wisconsin
9 Alex Meade 152 Delaware Undecided
10 Jake Deitchler 145 Minnesota Minnesota
11 Brian Roddy 171 Ohio Northwestern
12 Collin Johnston 135 Pennsylvania West Virginia
13 Tyler Graff 130 Colorado Undecided
14 Trevor Melde 140 New Jersey Undecided
15 Cody Yohn 171 Colorado Undecided
16 Conrad Polz 160 Illinois Illinois
17 Quentin Wright 171 Pennsylvania Penn State
18 Tyrell Fortune 215 Oregon Undecided
19 Brian Owen 125 Washington Undecided
20 Mark Weber 130 Michigan Undecided

October 9, 2007

USA Wrestling Girls Folkstyle Nationals

For the first time, USA Wrestling will host a national championships focused exclusively on folkstyle wrestling for young women.

The USA Wrestling Girls Folkstyle National Championships will be held at the Freede Center on the campus of Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Okla., March 14-16.

National champions and All-Americans in women’s folkstyle will be crowned for high school, middle school and elementary school athletes. The event will be held using National Federation of State High School Association rules.

Awards will be given to the top eight individual in each weight class in elementary school, middle school and high school divisions. Team awards will be presented to the top three state programs.

The event will be held alongside the annual Women’s College Freestyle Nationals, providing the young wrestlers in attendance a chance to be seen by college coaches. A College/Club Fair is being organized, where young athletes can receive information on the women’s college wrestling programs.

Top college wrestlers from the Univ. of the Cumberlands, Missouri Valley College, Oklahoma City Univ., Pacific Univ. and Menlo College and the Northern Michigan USOEC program, as well a numerous college club programs, will compete for the national championship. This will allow the young wrestlers to witness the best college women athletes in action.

“This is a big step forward for the USA Wrestling women’s program,? said event director Archie Randall. “What is exciting to me is that we will be able to showcase our college women’s wrestling programs, while showcasing all of women’s wrestling in general. To have grade school, middle school, high school and college women athletes in the same venue at the same time is a tremendous opportunity. We can now truly promote women’s wrestling.?

October 5, 2007

National High School Wrestling Rankings

October 3, 2007
All-Class Individual Rankings

103 pounds
Rk. Name Yr. Hometown/High School 2006-07 Notes
1. Max Nowry Sr Wheeling, IL Jr Nat. double winner/3rd in HS state
2. Hunter Stieber Fr Monroeville, OH Cadet National FS champ
3. Ryan Mango Jr St. Louis, MO Whitfield 1st in HS state (42-2) in Class 1
4. Gilberto Camacho Sr Fresno, CA Washington 1st in HS state (49-0)
5. Cody Pack So Quincy, CA Jr Nat. double runner-up
6. Alex Kostenborder Jr Salem, OR Sprague 2nd in HS state (26-7)/Double Jr Nat. AA
7. Jesse Thielke So Germantown, WI Cadet National Greco champ/2nd in FS
8. Steven Keith Jr Shoreham, NY S.-Wading River 1st in HS state at 96 (42-2)
9. Joe Colon Jr Clear Lake, IA 1st in HS state (38-0)
10. Gus Sako So Lakewood, OH St. Edward 3rd at Cadet Nationals FS
11. Kyle Waldo Jr Rockford, MI Won second HS state title (45-1)
12. Cam. Throckmorton Fr Hanover, PA South Western 6th at Cadet Nationals FS
13. Zach Zimmer So Fresno, CA Clovis West Cadet Nat. FS runner-up
14. Robert Deutsch Fr Cherry Hill, NJ FILA Cadet national runner-up
15. Rossi Bruno Fr Brandon, FL Cadet AA in FS (7th) and Greco (3rd)
16. Charles Zeisloft So Gateway, NJ Cadet Regional runner-up
17. Jerry Huff So Broomfield, CO 6th in HS state (32-8)
18. Sean Boylan (Dolan) So Wilmington, DE St. Mark’s Won HS state (40-7) and NHSCAs
19. Robert Dyar Sr Vestavia Hills, AL 2nd in HS state (43-7)
20. Carson Kuhn So Sandy, UT Alta Cadet National champ FS/2nd in Greco

112 pounds
Rk. Name Yr. Hometown/High School 2006-07 Notes
1. David Taylor Jr St. Paris, OH Graham 2-time HS champ/Jr Nat. double winner
2. Logan Stieber So Monroeville, OH 1st in HS state at 103 (43-1)/Cadet Nat champ
3. B.J. Futrell Sr Chicago, IL Mount Carmel 1st in HS state at 103 (44-0)
4. Jamie Clark So Lakewood, OH St. Edward 2nd in HS state at 103 (38-4)
5. Jon Morrison Jr Orland Park, IL C.Sandburg 2nd in HS at 103 (50-2)/Jr FS chmp
6. Steve Mitcheff Sr Elyria, OH 5th in HS state (37-8)/1st in 2006
7. Alan Waters So Kansas City, MO Park Hill Cadet Greco ch/1st in HS (44-2) at 103
8. Ben Sergent Sr Troy, OH Christian 1st in HS state (39-6) in Div. 3
9. Sam White Jr Massillon, OH Perry 1st in HS state at 103 (46-2) Div. 1
10. David Thorn Jr St. Michael, MN Albertville Won second HS title (44-1)
11. George Ivanov Jr Council Bluffs Lewis Central (IA) 5th in Jr. GR
12. Mitchell Lofstedt Sr Roseburg, OR Won second HS title (39-0)
13. Kyle Dake Jr Lansing, NY 1st in HS state (43-0)
14. Danny Luttrell Sr Arlington, TX Won HS title (50-0)
15. Camden Eppert Jr Anderson, IN Highland 1st in HS state at 103 (36-1)
16. Ladd Rupp Jr Perry, OK Won second HS title (37-2 at 103)
17. Shane Young Jr Harrison City, PA Penn-Trafford 1st in HS state (46-0 at 103)
18. Mark Rappo Sr Holland, PA Council Rock South 2nd in HS state (52-1 at 103)
19. Frank Cagnina So Oradell, NJ Bergen Catholic 1st in HS state at 103 (40-2)
20. Destin McCauley Fr Apple Valley, MN 1st in HS state (48-1) as 8th grader

119 pounds
Rk. Name Yr. Hometown/High School 2006-07 Notes
1. Tony Ramos Jr Carol Stream, IL Glenbard No. 1st in HS state at 112 (45-1)
2. Eric Grajales Jr Brandon, FL Won second HS state (48-0)
3. Brian Owen Sr Spokane, WA University 2nd at 125; 1st in 2006; Jr Nat AA
4. Andrew Long Sr Creston, IA Orient-Macksburg Won second title (47-1 at 112)
5. Chris Villalonga So Blairstown, NJ Blair Academy 1st in National Prep at 112 (41-3)
6. Ellis Coleman Jr Oak Park, IL O.P.-River Forest Cadet Greco chp/ 5th in HS (31-2)
7. Josh Kindig So Schuylkill Haven, PA Blue Mt Cadet FS champ, Greco runner-up
8. Erik Spjut Jr The Woodlands, TX 1st in HS state (60-2)
9. Patrick Hunter Sr South Plainfield, NJ 2nd in HS state at 112 (40-2)
10. Thomas Williams Sr West Covina, CA South Hills 1st in HS state (51-1)
11. Justin Solberg Sr Wahpeton, ND Won third HS state (44-0)
12. Paul Liguori Jr Wantagh, NY 1st in HS state at 112 (47-0)
13. Kegan Handlovic Sr Easton, PA 1st in HS state (43-3 at 112) in AAA
14. Bobby Wunnicke Sr Dodgeville, WI Won second HS state title (53-0)
15. Justin Forrest Sr Peculiar, MO Raymore-Peculiar 4th in HS state (50-6)
16. Chris Albright Sr Red Lion, PA 4th in HS state at 112 (41-4)
17. Kyle Lang Jr Broadview Hts, OH Brecksville 3rd in HS state at 112 (39-6)
18. Derek Reber Sr Lewisburg, PA 3rd in HS state (40-2) AA
19. Troy Opfer Sr Sandusky, OH St. Mary’s C 2nd in HS state at 112 (63-1) Div. 3
20. Louis Trujillo So Rio Rancho, NM 1st in HS state (51-3)

125 pounds
Rk. Name Yr. Hometown/High School 2006-07 Notes
1. Jordan Oliver Sr Easton, PA Won second HS title (45-1 at 119)/Jr Nat FS champ
2. Dylan Carew Jr Iowa City, IA West 7th in HS at 119 (33-4)/1st in 2006
3. Mac Bailey Sr Kansas City, MO Oak Park Won second HS title (27-1 at 119)
4. Jimmy Chase Jr Carol Stream, IL Glenbard North 4th in HS state at 119 (40-10)
5. Ian Paddock Jr Warsaw, NY Won second HS title (44-0 at 119)
6. Matt McDonough Sr Marion, IA Linn-Mar Won second HS title (40-2 at 119)
7. Alex Bridgeford Jr Omaha, NE Harry A. Burke 1st in HS state (37-2)
8. Nick Lester Jr Eureka, MO 2nd in HS state at 119 (48-3) in Class 4
9. Jarrod Garnett Sr Bear, DE Caravel Academy 1st in HS state (44-3)
10. Caleb Vallotton Sr Palo Cedro, CA Foothill 6th in HS state
11. Drew Partain Sr Broken Arrow, OK Won second HS title (26-8)
12. Joe Trause Sr Oradell, NJ Bergen Catholic Won second HS title (33-2)
13. Anthony Luma Jr Egg Harbor, NJ Township 3rd in HS state (37-1)
14. Bradley Wisdom Jr Farmington, MO 1st in HS state at 119 (50-3) in Class 3
15. Cole Von Ohlen Sr Jackson, MN County Central 1st in HS state at 119 (47-1)
16. Lillashawn Coleman Sr Oak Park, IL O.P.-River Forest 2nd in HS state at 119 (36-6)
17. Scotti Sentes Sr Fort Myers, FL Riverdale Won third HS state title (42-0)
18. Nicky Gordon Jr Kingston, PA Wyoming S. 1st in HS state (47-3 at 112) Ind.
19. Devon Brown Jr Marathon, NY 1st in HS state at 119 (28-2)
20. Kyle Bradley Jr St. Charles, MO F. Howell C. 3rd in HS state at 119 (47-3) Cll

130 pounds
Rk. Name Yr. Hometown/High School 2006-07 Notes
1. Nate Moore Sr Iowa City, IA West 1st in HS state (49-0) at 125
2. Dan White Sr Hightstown, NJ Peddie School Won third National Prep (40-1)
3. Colin Johnston Sr Canonsburg, PA C.-McMillan No. 2 at 125 (37-3)/1st in ‘06/Jr FS ch
4. Tyler Graff Sr Loveland, CO Won third HS state title (47-0)
5. Collin Palmer Jr Lakewood, OH St. Edward Won second HS title (38-1 at 125)
6. Dylan Alton So Mill Hall, PA Central Mountain 7th in HS (40-7,125)/Jr FS champ
7. Mark Ballweg Sr Waverly, IA W.-Shell Rock 4th in HS state (46-3)/1st in 2006
8. Mark Weber Sr Goodrich, MI Won third HS state title (58-1 at 125)
9. R.J. Pena Jr Salem, OR Sprague Won second HS title (41-0 at 125)
10. Eric Galka Sr Hobart, IN Won second HS state title (48-0)
11. Max Ortega Jr Rio Rancho, NM Won third HS state title (45-3)
12. Anthony Valles Sr Blairstown, NJ Blair Academy 2006 National Prep champ
13. Colin Pierce Sr Kearney, MO Won third HS title (47-0) in Class 3
14. Izzy Montemayor Sr Fox Lake, IL Grant State qualifier at 125
15. Matt Mincey Sr Apple Valley, MN Won second HS title (49-0 at 125)
16. Bobby Ward Sr Nazareth, PA 4th in HS state in 2006
17. Tyler Sackett Sr Omaha, NE Skutt 1st in HS state at 125 (46-2)
18. David Mang Sr Cleveland, TN Bradley Central 2nd in 2006; Jr Nat FS AA
19. Tim Boone Sr Poway, CA 1st in HS state (35-3)
20. Mark Lewandowski Sr Lancaster, NY 2nd in HS state at 125 (42-4)

135 pounds
Rk. Name Yr. Hometown/High School 2006-07 Notes
1. Trevor Melde Sr Morristown, NJ Delbarton 1st in HS state (42-0)
2. Andrew Alton So Mill Hall, PA C. Mountain 3rd at 130 (40-7)/Cadet double wiinner
3. Cole Schmitt Sr Belleville, WI Won second HS state title (47-1 at 140)
4. Josh Kratovil Sr New Lenox, IL Lincoln-Way Cent. 2nd in HS state at 125 (29-3)
5. Derek Garcia So Sedro Woolley, WA Cadet Nat. Greco champ/3rd in FS
6. Richie Spicel Sr Brunswick, OH 2nd in HS (43-1); 1st in 2006
7. Joe Pantaleo Sr Stafford, VA Colonial Forge 1st in HS state at 125 (50-6)
8. Nick Hucke Sr Hartland, WI Arrowhead Won second HS state
9. Marshall Peppelman So H’burg, PA C. Dauphin 2nd at 130 (43-5)/Jr Nat Greco champ
10. Tyler Caldwell Jr Goddard, KS Won second HS state title (36-1 at 125)
11. Maurice Fleming Sr Pasadena, MD Northeast Won second HS title (40-0 at 140)
12. C.J. Napier Jr Columbus, KS 1st in HS state (35-3) in 4A
13. Jacob Earp Sr Boone, NC Watauga 2006 HS state champ
14. Taylor Crane Sr Columbia, MO Rock Bridge 3rd in HS state (41-2) in Class 4
15. Matt Bryan Sr Broken Arrow, OK 2nd in HS at 130 (30-2)/1st in 2006
16. Chase Skonieczny Sr Cuyahoga Falls, OH Walsh Jesuit 3rd in HS at 130 (45-4) Div. 2
17. Danny Genetin Sr Massillon, OH Perry 7th in HS state at 112 (44-5), Div. 1
18. Tyler Holloway Sr Brookfield, MO Won third state title (41-1) in Class 1
19. Rodrigo Baez Sr Homestead, FL South Dade 1st in HS state at 130 (55-0)
20. Brock Gutches Jr Central Point, OR Crater 2nd in HS state (28-5) in AAAAA

140 pounds
Rk. Name Yr. Hometown/High School 2006-07 Notes
1. Michael Mangrum Sr Auburn, WA Riverside Won second HS title /Jr Nat FS champ
2. Jason Chamberlain Sr Springville, UT Won third HS title (51-0)/Jr. Nat FS champ (135)
3. Craig Wilson Sr Farmington, MO Won second title (53-0 at 135) in Class 3
4. Kendrick Sanders Jr Homestead, FL So. Dade 1st in HS state (49-1)/Jr Greco champ
5. Derek St. John Jr Iowa City, IA West 1st in HS state at 135 (42-3)
6. Zach Clemente Sr Troy, NY LaSalle Institute Jr. Nat. double AA (6th FS, 4th Greco)
7. Matt Brown Sr Magna, UT Cyprus Won second HS title (39-0 at 135)
8. Dylan Joiner Sr Kansas City, MO Oak Park Won second title (39-2) in Class 4
9. Kalvin York Jr Belleville, WI Cadet National champ FS
10. Walt Peppelman Sr Harrisburg, PA Central Dauphin 1st in HS state at 135 (44-2)
11. Seth Easter Sr Nitro, WV Won third HS state title (49-0)
12. Ben Jordan Sr St. Paris, OH Graham 2nd in HS state at 135 (43-5), Div. 2
13. Brock Parker Sr Canton, PA 3rd in 2006 HS state AA
14. Jon Burns Sr Raleigh, NC Cardinal 1st in HS state (61-0)
15. Nick Hagar Jr Tomahawk, WI Won second HS title (53-2 at 135)
16. Ryan Konz Sr Franklin, TN 3rd in HS state at 135
17. Danny Monaco Sr Carol Stream, IL Glenbard No. 5th in HS state at 135 (41-6)
18. Randall Watts Sr Visalia, CA El Diamante 8th in HS state
19. Justin Gonzales Jr Greeley, CO Northridge 2nd in HS state at 135 (36-4)
20. John Guzzo Fr Blairstown, NJ Blair Academy 3rd in Cadet National FS

145 pounds
Rk. Name Yr. Hometown/High School 2006-07 Notes
1. Mario Mason Sr Blairstown, NJ Blair Acad. Won second National Prep title (38-0)
2. Jake Deitchler Sr Anoka, MN Won second HS title (40-0); Jr Greco champ
3. Jake Salazar Sr Heber City, UT Wasatch Won second HS title (47-0) AAA
4. Tony Jameson Sr Youngstown, OH Austintown-Fitch 1st in HS at 135 (44-1)
5. Donald Vinson Sr Whitney Point, NY 2nd in HS state at 140 (38-3)
6. Eric Jones Sr Auburn, WA Riverside 1st in HS state AAA
7. Jesse Dong Sr Westerville, OH North 2nd in HS state at 145 (49-3)
8. Vince Ramos Sr Carol Stream, IL Glenbard No. 3rd in HS state at 140 (36-6)
9. Torey Stewart Sr Jackson, MN County C. 2nd in HS at 135 (44-1)/1st in ‘06
10. Brandon Rolnick So Lawrenceville, NJ School Cadet FS chp/2nd in Nat. Prep (27-3)
11. Joe Green Jr Kansas City, MO Oak Park 4th in HS state at 135 (23-7)
12. Mallie Shuster Sr Newville, PA Big Spring 3rd in HS state (43-2)
13. Jim Duffy Sr Naperville, IL Neuqua Valley 2nd in HS state (38-6)
14. Zac Cibula Sr Luxemburg, WI L.-Casco 1st in HS state at 145 (50-1) in Div. 2
15. Kirk Tank Sr Oak Harbor, OH 2nd in HS state (39-2) in Div. 2
16. Cory Casady Sr Broomfield, CO 1st in HS state (40-4)
17. Brennan Cosgrove Sr Hobart, IN 2nd in HS state at 140 (45-4)
18. Brent Fisher Sr Goddard, KS 2006 HS state champ at 135
19. Tony Dallago Jr Harrisburg, PA Central Dauphin 2nd in HS state at 140 (40-9)
20. Dirk Cowburn So Coudersport, PA Cadet Greco champ/4th in HS at 140 (34-4)

152 pounds
Rk. Name Yr. Hometown/High School 2006-07 Notes
1. Andrew Howe Sr Cedar Lake, IN Hanover Central Won second HS title (48-0)
2. Conrad Polz Sr Orland Park, IL Carl Sandburg Won second HS title (42-2)
3. Coby Boyd Sr St. Paris, OH Graham 1st in HS state at 145 (45-2)
4. Dallas Bailey Jr Catoosa, OK Won second HS title (28-4 at 145)
5. Alex Meade Sr Camden Wyoming, DE Cae. Rodney Won 2nd state title (37-0)
6. Johnny Koepp Sr Dallas, TX Bishop Lynch 3rd in National Prep (67-5)
7. Jedd Moore Sr Marion, OH Pleasant 1st in HS state at 145 (43-1)
8. Steve Bosak Sr State College, PA 2nd in HS state at 145 (37-6)
9. Eric Cubberly Sr Pemberville, OH Eastwood 1st in HS state (51-1)
10. Hayden Countryman Jr Prattville, AL Won third HS state champ. (52-1)
11. Chase Cuthbertson Sr Scottsboro, AL Won fourth HS state champ. (54-3)
12. Joey Sheridan Jr Tulsa, OK Union 1st in HS state (39-6)
13. Keith Hynson Sr New Castle, DE William Penn 2nd in HS state (34-5)
14. Trent Weatherman Jr Ballard, IA Huxley 2nd in HS state at 145 (43-5)
15. Lucas Roth Sr Lockport, IL 2nd in HS state (44-1)
16. Anthony Meza Sr Vista, CA 1st in HS state at 145 (45-4)
17. Alex Ortman Sr Temperance, MI Bedford 1st in HS state (57-1)
18. Austin Meys Jr Clifton Park, NY Shenendehowa Cadet FS champ/5th ‘07/1st ‘06
19. Richie Dehnz Sr Naples, FL Palmetto Ridge 1st in HS state at 140 (52-0)
20. Kyle Detmer Jr Wichita, KS Bishop Carroll Cadet Greco champ/1st in HS (145)

160 pounds
Rk. Name Yr. Hometown/High School 2006-07 Notes
1. Jason Welch Sr Las Lomas, CA Won second HS state title (49-0)
2. Scott Winston Sr Jackson, NJ Memorial Won second HS title (40-0 at 152)
3. Quentin Wright Sr Wingate, PA Bald Eagle 1st in HS state (41-0) in AAA
4. Bryan Bourne Sr Spencerport, NY 2nd in HS state (41-3)
5. Eric Starks Sr Battle Ground, WA 2nd in HS state at 152; 1st in 2006
6. Alec Ortiz Jr Newberg, OR Won second HS title (23-0 at 145)
7. Clarence Neely Sr Blue Springs, MO 2nd in HS state in 2006
8. Ben Provisor Jr Stevens Point, WI 3rd in HS state at 145 (40-3)
9. Ethan Lofthouse Jr Hyrum, UT Mt. Crest Cadet Grecochamp/Won 2nd HS (45-0)
10. Kyle Cuthbertson Sr Scottsboro, AL Won fourth HS state champ. (61-2)
11. Tyler Koehn Sr Pittsburg, KS 1st in HS state at 152 (38-0)
12. Ray Hall Sr Kansas City, MO Oak Park 1st in HS state at 152 (42-3)
13. Travis Rutt Sr Jackson, MN County Central 1st in HS state (47-1)
14. Keith Witt Sr Oak Harbor, OH 5th in HS state (27-6)
15. Bubby Graham Sr Annapolis, MD Won second HS state title (32-0 at 152)
16. Steve Wilson Sr Marion, OH Pleasant 1st in HS state (48-1)
17. Josh Condon Sr Kennesaw, GA Carl Harrison Won second HS state title
18. Sam Rakes Sr Christiansburg, VA Won second HS title (41-6) Group AA
19. David Bonin Sr Lafayette, LA Comeaux Won second HS state title
20. Boaz Heard Jr Goddard, KS Won second HS state title (30-2)

171 pounds
Rk. Name Yr. Hometown/High School 2006-07 Notes
1. Brian Roddy Sr Lakewood, OH St. Edward 1st in HS state at 160 (38-1)
2. Grant Gambrall Sr Iowa City, IA West 1st in HS state (47-1)
3. Chris Perry Jr Stillwater, OK 1st in HS state (24-0) in AAAAA
4. Jordan Blanton Sr Richmond, IL R.-Burton 2nd in HS state (40-1)
5. Hunter Meys Sr Clifton Park, NY Shenendehowa 1st in HS state (46-0)
6. Austin Trotman Sr Winston-Salem, NC Mt Tabor Won second state title (46-0)
7. Corey Peltier Sr Blairstown, NJ Blair Academy 2nd in National Prep (38-5)
8. Cody Yohn Sr Alamosa, CO Won second HS state title (41-1 at 160)
9. Dylan Wrage Sr Waverly, IA W.-Shell Rock 2nd in HS state (45-2)
10. Ben Bennett Sr Rockford, MI Won second HS state title (53-1 at 160)
11. Caleb Lines Sr Jackson, MN County Central 3rd in HS state (36-6)
12. Derrick Adkins Sr Oologah, OK 2nd in HS state (26-4) in AAA
13. Robert Hamlin Sr Jericho, VT Mount Mansfield Won third HS title (45-0 at 160)
14. Ty Vinson Sr Great Falls, MT 1st in HS state (31-1)
15. Edward Ruth Jr Harrisburg, PA Susquehanna 5th in HS state at 160 (28-3) AAA
16. Ryan Kocer Sr Wagner, SD Won third HS state title (42-1) in Class B
17. Sam Engelland Sr Neenah, WI 3rd in HS state (49-2) in Div. 1
18. Cooper Samuels Sr Floyds Knobs, IN Floyd Central 1st in HS state at 160 (35-1)
19. Ryan Desroches Sr Chattaroy, WA Riverside Won second HS title at 160 in AA
20. Jon Fausey Jr Herndon, PA Line Mountain 2nd in HS state at 160 (37-3) AA

189 pounds
Rk. Name Yr. Hometown/High School 2006-07 Notes
1. Rudi Burtschi Sr Oakdale, CA 1st in HS state (48-3)
2. Hunter Collins Sr Gilroy, CA 3rd in HS state at 171
3. Cody Magrum Sr Oak Harbor, OH Won second HS title (33-1 at 171)
4. Brent Haynes Sr Kansas City, MO Oak Park 1st in HS state at 171 (21-1)
5. Romero Cotton Sr Hutchinson, KS Won third HS state title (31-0 at 171)
6. Ryland Geiger Sr Scappoose, OR 1st in HS state (42-2) in AAAA
7. Erich Schmidtke Sr Aberdeen, WA Won second HS state title in Class AA
8. Louis Bland Sr Modesto, CA Central Catholic 2nd in HS state at 171 (50-4)
9. Joe Budi Sr Kaukauna, WI 1st in HS state at 189 (54-0)
10. Jake Kahnke Sr Prior Lake, MN 1st in HS state (41-0)
11. Scott Elliott Sr Arkansas City, KS 2nd in HS state (27-2)/1st in ‘05 & ‘06
12. Nate Scheidel Sr Caledonia, NY C.-Mumford 3rd in HS state at 171 (45-1), Div. 2
13. Alfonso Hernandez Sr Blackfoot, ID 1st in HS state (35-3)
14. Jeremy Foster Sr Pemberville, OH Eastwood 3rd in HS state at 171 (51-2)
15. Zac Bennett Jr Westmont, PA Hilltop 1st in HS state (40-1), Class AA
16. Nate Eachus Sr Hazleton, PA 1st in HS state (40-6) AAA
17. Mac Mancuso Jr Absecon, NJ Holy Spirit 1st in HS state (35-3)
18. Josh Ihnen Sr Sheldon, IA Paulina S. O’Brien 2nd in HS state at 171 (46-1)
19. Cory McGrady Sr Columbus, IN East 8th in HS state (39-4)
20. Jonathan Becker Jr Oradell, NJ Bergen Catholic Cadet FS champ/6th at 171 (31-10)

215 pounds
Rk. Name Yr. Hometown/High School 2006-07 Notes
1. Tyrell Fortune Sr Portland, OR Parkrose 1st in HS state (29-0)/Double Jr Nat AA
2. Marcel Dubose Sr Highland Park, MI Won second HS state title (32-0)
3. Ben Apland Sr Downers Grove, IL South 4th in HS state (42-2)
4. Tyson Yoder Sr Weatherford, OK 2nd in HS state (26-4 at 189)/1st in 2006
5. Adam Cogar Sr Barberton, OH 2nd in HS state (50-2) in Div. 1
6. Travis Pettengill Sr Flint, MI Kearsley 1st in HS state (55-0) in Div. 2
7. Pat Walker Sr Lombard, IL Glenbard East 5th in HS state (43-2)
8. Oney Snyder Sr Hillsboro, OH 4th in HS state (40-7) in Div. 2
9. Orlando Scales Jr Cincinnati, OH Elder 3rd in HS state (35-9) in Div. 1
10. Andrew Wilson Sr Anchorage, AK East 2nd in HS state (25-3)
11. Kriss McCleary Sr Napoleon, ND Won third state title (42-0)
12. Tony Nelson Jr Cambridge, MN C.-Isanti 3rd in HS state (37-5)
13. Joe Bach Sr Liberal, KS 1st in HS state (38-0)
14. Reggie Powers Sr North Las Vegas, NV Mojave 1st in HS state at 189 (61-0)
15. Gordy Kickels Sr Lemont, IL 4th in HS state at 189 (41-5)
16. Kyle Caylor So Wichita, KS Northwest Cadet double winner/2nd in HS
17. Eric Reichert Sr Oro Valley, AZ Ironwood Ridge 2nd in HS state (5-1)
18. Dustin Meloche Sr Oviedo, FL 2006 Cadet AA/HS state qualifier at Hwt
19. Ken Altarac Jr Troy, NY LaSalle Institute NHSCA Nat. Sophomore champ
20. George Malone Sr South Bend, IN Riley 1st in HS state at 215 (46-0)

Heavyweight
Rk. Name Yr. Hometown/High School 2006-07 Notes
1. Eric Thompson Sr Waverly, IA W.-Shell Rock 1st in HS (AAA) at 215 (48-0)
2. John Hiles Sr Columbus, OH St. Francis de Sales 2nd in HS state (25-4) Div. 2
3. Elijah Madison Sr Kansas City, MO Oak Park 3rd in HS state (43-1)
4. Atticus Disney Sr Andover, KS Central Won second HS title (33-1) at 4A
5. Garrett Goebel Sr Lombard, IL Montini 1st in HS state (55-1)
6. Sam Maresh Sr Champlin Park, MN Won second HS state title (41-0)
7. Jarrett Owens Sr Tillamook, OR 1st in HS state (32-0) in AAAA
8. Nick Cook Sr Warrenton, VA Fauquier 2nd in HS state (54-4) AAA
9. Dustin Frederick Sr Clintonville, NY Ausable Valley 1st in HS state (33-0)
10. Paul Snyder Sr Mount Pleasant, PA 3rd in HS state (43-6) AA
11. Dillon Heesch Sr Burnside, IA SE Webster-Grand 1st in HS (A) at 215 (42-0)
12. Steve Andrus Sr Manhattan, KS 1st in HS state (25-1) in 6A
13. Riley Reiff Sr Parkston, SD Won third HS state title (32-0)
14. Chico Adams Sr Indianapolis, IN Perry Meridian 1st in HS state (54-0)
15. Ryan Jackson Sr Lynchburg, VA Brookville 1st in HS state (35-3) in AA
16. Andrew Miller Jr Bassett, VA 3rd in HS state (51-3) in AA
17. Tim Saucedo Sr Greeley, CO Northridge 1st in HS state (32-2)
18. Duane Zlatnik Sr Rossville, KS 1st in HS state (42-0) in AAA-AA-A
19. Cody Sliger Sr Ooltewah, TN 1st in HS state in Div. I
20. Justin Haines Sr Connellsville, PA 3rd in HS state (37-6) AAA

October 1, 2007

Growing High School Wrestling in the USA

This has been an interesting journey, and I’m not just talking about my trip to Baku, Azerbaijan, for the 2007 World Wrestling Championships. After an unremarkable high school wrestling career, I thought my wrestling days were behind me when I left my hometown to attend college at a non-wrestling school. This current journey really began 19 years ago when my oldest son decided that he wanted to try wrestling. In short order, I began finding myself being drawn progressively further into the sport.

I am fortunate to come from a state where wrestling has deep and strong roots. With the terrific support that I receive from the legions of people who put hours and hours of effort into the sport, I’ve felt an obligation to put forth extra effort to match to the high standards that they have set for themselves. By standing on the shoulders of those who have come before me and with the assistance of those still involved, I have been given the opportunity to become active in the organization of USA Wrestling at the national level.

Ask me about almost any successful wrestler from Kansas, or about many of the best wrestlers anywhere around the country, and I can speak intelligently about them as long as they are high school aged or younger. However, despite my increasing involvement in USA Wrestling, which has evolved to include positions on the Council of State Chairpersons, Junior Olympic Wrestling Committee and Finance Committee, I have not closely followed our elite athletes. I held great admiration for their accomplishments and would follow closely how they did in an Olympic year, but otherwise I was generally ignorant of how the individuals were doing.

Three months ago, I was surprised with a phone call from Jim Ravannack, president of USA Wrestling. Jim informed me that I had been selected as the first recipient of the President’s Award, which he intended to turn into an annual honor. In addition to the recognition, the award included an invitation to accompany our national team to this year’s World Championships! Truthfully, I felt that there were any number of other people who deserved this award more than I did, but once offered I wasn’t about to let Jim take it back!

There were three elements of this trip that held special meaning for me. The first was the trip itself and exploring the city of Baku. Some of you may have heard comments about the shortcomings of Baku, and it certainly had its share of problems. My preference, though, was to focus on the positives of getting to experience an entirely new culture and people. Nearly every time that we were not wrestling I would use the opportunity to slip away from the hotel. This ancient city has treasures waiting to be discovered if you’re willing to look for them, and the people that I met were nearly all very friendly and helpful despite the language barrier.

The second element was the wrestling itself. If you are a fan of wrestling, there could literally be no place on the planet where you would rather be. My biggest problem was picking which mat to watch as there was something phenomenal happening on every one of them. As I would be watching a great match on Mat A, I would hear a sudden roar over some great action going on over at Mat D. And the crowds were certainly a big part of the joy that I got at the venue. With the stands nearly full at all of the sessions, I got to see the love and enthusiasm that the other nations were expressing for their teams. Particularly impressive were the fans from Iran. They would sing, chant, clap and play horns and drums to cheer for the wrestlers. Even when they weren’t wrestling you could still hear them cheering (I was not always sure what they were cheering for, but they always seemed pretty enthusiastic about it). I talked with a few of the Iranians, and they were always quick to say that the Iranian people like Americans, and that it is the governments that don’t get along. I’m not sure whether that is necessarily true for most Iranians, but the wrestling fans there seemed sincere.

Everyone associated with USA Wrestling was very helpful, going out of their way to help this neophyte navigate my way through the championships. Of particular help were Doc Bennett, who drew from his decades of international experience to give me some great perspective on what I was seeing, and Travis Shives, who patiently identified key wrestlers and matches for me so that I could appreciate some of the nuances of the event. I would have thoroughly enjoyed witnessing the matches at the World Championships even without this support, but it was greatly appreciated and definitely enhanced the experience.

The last element was the opportunity to meet with the wrestlers. In many ways this was the best part of the trip as well as my greatest personal regret. The wrestlers that I met were very personable and enthusiastic about competing for their country. Their work ethics were phenomenal – I wish I could have brought some of my Kansas wrestlers with me to allow them to witness the type of focus as they prepared for their matches and to hear the kind of preparation and dedication that it took for them to get to this point. The regret is that I did not get to meet and get to know all of the wrestlers. Frankly, this was my problem and not due to any barriers put up by the coaches and athletes. My personality, perhaps my middle American upbringing, makes me reluctant to push myself on others. I prefer to let my work speak for itself and develop relationships slowly and over time. If I could do anything differently, I would have worked at being more forceful in introducing myself to all of the athletes. Based on those who I did meet, I believe they would have all been open and engaging and my experience would have been enhanced even further.

As a state leader, my principal focus is on providing wrestling opportunities for the youth in my state and in helping them develop their talents to progress as far in this sport as their talent, work ethic and desire can take them. I don’t intend to change this focus, but I do plan on spending a little more time following our elite athletes on their journey to become the best in the world. After meeting and watching them at the pinnacle of our sport, I am confident that the more I see and learn of them the more I’m going to enjoy following their careers. Maybe at the next World Championships I’ll be able to point out some of the finer points to someone else!