The 26th Annual NHSCA High School National Freshman division concluded with 664 entries hailing from 42 states. There were a total of 45 state champions as well as 205 state place finishers.
Roman Bravo-Young (Sunnyside, Ariz.), a Fargo double champion, captured the title at 106 pounds with a 14-8 victory in the finals over nationally ranked Brody Teske (Fort Dodge, Iowa). Bravo-Young, who is ranked third nationally at 106 pounds, dominated the first two periods and held a 6-1 lead into the final period. Teske battled back in the third period and cut the deficit to 7-5 at one point after a takedown. But Bravo-Young finished strong in the final minute and closed out a six-point victory.
Two-time state champion Joey Silva (Lake Highland, Fla.) pinned nationally ranked Jake Silverstein (Hauppauge, N.Y.) to win the title at 113 pounds. Silva scored a late first-period takedown to jump out to a 2-0 lead, then added an escape in the second period to lead 3-0 after two periods. In the third period, Silva countered a roll attempt by Silverstein and secured a pin. Silva was joined as a Freshman Nationals champion by teammate Ben Goldin, who won the title at 195 pounds.
Grant Aronoff (St. Thomas Aquinas, Fla.), a state runner-up, defeated top 25 freshman Sammy Sasso (Nazareth, Pa.), a state runner-up, 10-6, to take the title at 132 pounds.
Top 15 freshman Josiah Rider (Grand Junction, Colo.), a Fargo All-American, won the title at 138 pounds, beating New Jersey state placewinner Michael O'Malley (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.), 7-4, in the championship match.
Other NHSA Freshman Nationals champions included Malcolm Robinson (St. John's College, D.C.) at 120 pounds, Aaron Brooks (North Hagerstown, Md.) at 126 pounds, Brock Bushfield (Billings Skyview, Mont.) at 145 pounds, Ryan Karoly (Blair Academy, N.J.) at 152 pounds, Dalton Group (Susquenita, Pa.) at 160 pounds, Gavin Hoffman (Montoursville, Pa.) at 170 pounds, Blake Barick (Big Spring, Pa.) at 182 pounds, Francis Duggan (Cumberland Valley, Pa.) at 220 pounds and Brey Walker (Southmoore, Okla.) at 285 pounds.
Below are the results from the Freshman Nationals at the 26th annual NHSCA High School National Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach, Virginia
106 - Roman Bravo-Young (Sunnyside HS, AZ) dec. Brody Teske (Fort Dodge HS, IA) 14-8
113 - Joey Silva (Lake Highland Prep, FL) dec. Jake Silverstein (Hauppauge HS, NY) 5-1
120 - Malcolm Robinson (St. John's College HS, Washington, DC) dec. Ryan Luth (Foran HS, CT) 9-4
126 - Aaron Brooks (North Hagerstown HS, MD) dec. Wes Rayburn (Piedra Vista HS, NM) 8-2
132 - Grant Aronoff (St. Thomas Aquinas HS, FL) dec. Sammy Sasso (Nazareth HS, PA) 10-6
138 - Josiah Rider (Grand Junction HS, CO) dec. Michael O'Malley (Hasbrouck Heights HS, NJ) 7-4
145 - Brock Bushfield (Skyview HS, MT) pinned Jared Lough (Colonial Forge HS, VA) in 5:22
152 - Ryan Karoly (Blair Academy, NJ) dec. Robert Patrick (Ligonier Valley HS, PA) 3-1
160 - Dalton Group (Susquenita HS, PA) dec. Knox Allen (Commerce HS, GA) 8-7
170 - Gavin Hoffman (Montoursville HS, PA) dec. Zach Elam (Staley HS, MO) 4-2
182 - Blake Barrick (Big Spring HS, PA) dec. Tony Wuest (Smyrna HS, DE) 4-2
195 - Ben Goldin (Lake Highland Prep, FL) dec. Max Darrah (Whitfield HS, MO) 5-3
220 - Francis Duggan (Cumberland Valley HS, PA) pinned Cade Ridley (Commerce HS, GA) in 1:22
285 - Brey Walker (Southmoore HS, OK) pinned Terrese Aaron (Mexico HS, MO) in 1:53