The Junior division boasted the largest field to date with 1,020 participants! Wrestlers from 43 states and one European country came to compete at the crown jewel of high school wrestling. There were a total of 246 state champions, including 16 3x champs, 43 2x champs, 112 1x champs. There were also 547 state place finishers.
Two of the nation's top 195-pounders, Samuel Colbray (Hermiston, Oregon) and Blake Rypel (Indianapolis Cathedral, Ind.) met in the championship match at 195 pounds. It was the three-time state champion Colbray who came out on top, earning a convincing 11-4 victory over the Indiana state champion. Colbray, a three-time Fargo Greco-Roman champion, led 3-2 in the final minute before blowing the match wide open when he threw Rypel to his back with a body lock and nearly secured the pin. Colbray would add a late takedown off a power double to put the match out of hand. Placing fifth in the 195-pound weight class was No. 11 Matt Correnti (Holy Cross, N.J.), who fell to Rypel in the semifinals and Drew Phipps (Norwin, Pa.) in the consolation semifinals.
It was a battle of nationally ranked wrestlers from New York when Thomas Cox (Deer Park, N.Y.) met Kellan McKenna (New Hartford, N.Y.) in the championship at 106 pounds. Cox, a Super 32 Challenge runner-up, took the victory, 8-3. Cox scored a first-period takedown and added a reversal in the second period to lead 5-0 after two periods. He extended to lead to 7-0 in the final period. McKenna picked up a late takedown, but it was too little too late.
At 113 pounds, nationally ranked David Campbell (Mission Oak, Calif.) took the title by edging state runner-up Justin Stickley (St. Paris Graham, Ohio), 6-4. Stickley's road to the finals included an overtime victory in the quarterfinals over nationally ranked Drew Hildebrandt (Penn, Ind.). In the championship match, Stickley led Campbell 3-2 after two periods. In the third period, Campbell retook the lead, 4-3, after a reversal, and then added two nearfall points off a cradle late in the match.
Thomas Bullard (Archer, Ga.), a three-time state champion and Super 32 Challenge champion, was dominant throughout the entire tournament at 152 pounds, earning bonus-point victories in all six of his matches. He picked up five pins and a technical fall. In the finals Bullard pinned A.J. Alford (Fort Dorchester, S.C.) at 3:30.
At 126 pounds, two-time champion Kellan Devlin (Amherst, N.Y.) topped nationally ranked Alex Mackall (Walsh Jesuit, Ohio), 4-2, in the championship match. Neither wrestler was able to get a takedown in the first two periods, and Devlin took a 1-0 lead into the final period. In the third period Devlin was able to get two nearfall points to extend his lead to 3-0. Mackall inched closer by picking up a third-period reversal, but was unable to generate any offense.
Israel Saavedra (Modesto, Calif.), a two-time state champion and three-time state placewinner, defeated three-time NHSCA All-American Chris Diaz (Archer, Ga.), 9-5, in the finals at 132 pounds.
Also winning NHSCA Junior Nationals titles were Devan Turner (Dixon, Calif.) at 120 pounds, Jarrett Degen (Belgrade, Mont.) at 138 pounds, Chris Mauriello (Hauppauge, N.Y.) at 145 pounds, Alex Herringshaw (Holland Patent, N.Y.) at 160 pounds, Dylan Barreiro (Pinnedkerton Academy, N.H.) at 170 pounds, Tyler Frankrone (Trinity, Ky.) at 182 pounds, Toby McBride (Fort Morgan, Colo.) at 220 pounds and Nick Coe (Asheboro, N.C.) at 285 pounds.
Final results for the Junior division
106 - Thomas Cox (Deer Park HS, NY) dec. Kelan McKenna (New Hartford HS, NY) 8-3
113 - David Campbell (Mission Oak HS, CA) dec. Justin Stickley (St. Paris Graham, OH) 6-4
120 - Devin Turner (Dixon HS, CA) dec. Peter Del Gallo (Gardiner HS, ME) 6-4
126 - Kellan Devlin (Amherst Central HS, NY) dec. Alex Mackall (Walsh Jesuit HS, OH) 4-2
132 - Israel Saavedra (Modesto HS, CA) dec. Chris Diaz (Archer HS, GA) 9-5
138 - Jarrett Degan (Belgrade HS, MT) pinned Jake Douglas (Lake Stevens HS, WA) in 5:23
145 - Chris Mauriello (Hauppauge HS, NY) dec. Jimmy Saylor (Easton HS, PA) 3-2
152 - Thomas Bullard (Archer HS, GA) pinned A.J. Alford (Fort Dorchester HS, SC) in 3:30
160 - Alex Herringshaw (Holland Patent HS, NY) dec. Tucker Leavitt (Highland HS, ID) 3-2
170 - Dylan Barreiro (Pinkerton Academy, NH) dec. Jala'a Darwish (Passaic Valley HS, NJ) 6-5
182 - Tyler Frankrone (Trinity HS, KY) dec. Robert Winters (Colonial Forge HS, VA) 3-1 (OT)
195 - Samuel Colbray (Hermiston HS, OR) dec. Blake Rypel (Indianapolis Cathedral HS, IN) 11-4
220 - Toby McBride (Fort Morgan HS, CO) dec. Kobe Woods (Penn HS, IN) 9-5
285 - Nike Coe (Asheboro HS, NC) dec. Edwin Rubio (John Glenn HS, NY)