Ohio leads the way in the Junior division at the 2016 NHSCA National Wrestling Championships
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Posted by: Mattie Potter
The 27th Annual NHSCA National Wrestling Championships were held April 1-3, 2016 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. A total of 3,501 wrestlers participated in the momentous event. The Junior division had a whopping 976 wrestlers from 46 states and Germany. This year’s event showcased 289 State Champions with 24 3x Champs, 48 2x Champs, and 121 1x Champs. There were 551 state place finishers.
Ohio won the Junior Nationals team championship with three individual champions and 233 overall points. New Jersey, with one champ, finished second with 220 points, followed by Pennsylvania in third place with 213 points. New York rounded out the top four states with 191 points.
Jared Campbell, ranked #8 in the nation from St. Edward in Ohio, won the 220-pound championship. Campbell won a 13-4 major decision over Quinn Miller of Archer in Georgia in the final. Jose Tapia of Capital High School in New Mexico saw his run of two straight NHSCA titles snapped when he lost a tough 1-0 decision ultimate tiebreaker decision to Drew Mattin from Delta High in Ohio in the 120-pound final.
Nationally-ranked Kyran Hagan of Eureka High School in Missouri, ranked #16 in the nation, lost to Allan Hart of St. Edward in Ohio in the 126-pound final. Hart pinned Hagan in 5:00. Kyran’s brother Alec, ranked #18 nationally at 138-pounds, also lost to an unranked wrestler. Denton Spencer of Camden County High School from Georgia beat Alec Hagan 4-2 in the 138 pound final.
Tanner Litterell of Tuttle High School in Oklahoma was named Outstanding Wrestler at the Junior Nationals after winning the 132-pound title. Litterell, ranked #14 at 132-pounds nationally, won by a tech fall over Sammy Hepler of Tri-Valley from Pennsylvania.
Quentin Hovis of Seton Catholic in Arizona captured his second straight NHSCA gold medal with a 9-2 decision over Connor Melbourne of John Jay Cross River in New York in the 145-pound final. Hovis is ranked #5 in the nation at 152-pounds.
Also winning back-to-back NHSCA championships were Anthony Falbo of Newtown High School in Connecticut at 170-pounds and Noah Adams of Independence High School in West Virginia won the 195-pound crown.
New Jersey state champ Stephan Glasgow of Bound Brook, ranked #8 in the nation, lost in the 152 pound finals to two-time Florida state champ Bryce Rogers of Lake Highland Prep by a score of 5-3. Glasgow has had back-to-back runner-up finishes at nationals after winning a gold medal as a freshman.
At 160 pounds, Travis Stefanik of Nazareth in Pennsylvania was pinned by Kyle Cochran of Paramus High in New Jersey. Stefanik was ranked #15 in the nation this past season.
C.J. Walz of Central Valley Academy in New York, who finished eighth at 120 pounds, finished
with the most pins at the Junior Nationals with five coming in a total of 17 minutes and 12 seconds.
Below are the results from the Junior Nationals at the 27th annual NHSCA High School National Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach, Virginia
106: Trevor Edwards, (IL) dec. Jake Ferri, (MA), 4-3
113: Esco Walker, (NC) DEC Thomas Hicks, (TN), 4-2
120: Drew Mattin, (OH) DEC Jose Tapia, (NM), 1-0
126: Allan Hart, (OH) F Kyran Hagan, (MO), 5:00
132: Tanner Litterell, (OK) TF Sammy Hepler, (PA), 15-0 3:25
138: Denton Spencer, (GA) DEC Alec Hagan, (MO), 4-2
145: Quentin Hovis, (AZ) DEC Conor Melbourne, (NY), 9-2
152: Bryce Rogers, (FL) DEC Stephan Glasgow, (NJ), 5-3
160: Kyle Cochran, (NJ) F Travis Stefanik, (PA), 8:25
170: Anthony Falbo, (CT) DEC Andrew Berreyesa, (NV), 4-3
182: John Borst, (VA) DEC Chasen Blair, (CA), 8-3
195: Noah Adams, (WV) DEC Zane Black, (PA), 10-4
220: Jared Campbell, (OH) MD Quinn Miller, (GA), 13-4
285: Kyron Taylor, (FL) DEC Levi Seabolt, (GA), 8-3