New York takes the team title at the 2017 NHSCA Junior Nationals with 3 Champs
Monday, April 3, 2017
Posted by: Mattie Potter
The 28th Annual NHSCA, National High School Coaches Association, High School Nationals were held this past weekend at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Wrestling kicked off Friday, March 24th and concluded Sunday, March 26th. The 28th Annual NHSCA High School Nationals feature five divisions of competition: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior and Middle School on 40 mats under one roof.
The 28th Annual High School Nationals showcased many elite wrestlers from around the nation and broke the previous record with 4,013 wrestlers from 48 states and Germany competing on 40 mats. More than 1200 high school and college coaches as well as over 5000 spectators were in attendance.
The 2017 Junior Nationals had outstanding 1197 wrestlers compete from 47 states and Germany. There were 330 State Champions: 22 3x State Champions, 53 2x State Champions, 158 1x State Champions. There were also 653 State Placewinners. This is the largest Juniors field ever.
Aaron Brooks of North Hagerstown HS in Maryland won his third straight NHSCA national high school wrestling champion at the 28th annual National High School Coaches Association Junior Nationals in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Brooks, who is ranked No. 15 at 160 by InterMat, beat Robert Patrick of Ligonier Valley in Pennsylvania 7-3 in the 152-pound final.
If Brooks wins a Senior National title next year, he’ll become just the seven wrestler to capture four straight NHSCA national titles. The other 4X winners are Tyler Beckwith of Greene HS in New York; B.J. Clagon of Toms River South HS in New Jersey; Ryan Millhof of Collins Hills HS in Georgia; Blake Roulo of Matoaca HS in Virginia; Ben Schram of Bellbrook HS in Ohio; and Clay Walker of Eastside HS in South Carolina.
Joey Silva of Lake Highland Prep in Florida won his second straight NHSCA championship by beating Alex Felix of Gilroy HS in California in the 132 pound final. Silva, who is a 3X Florida state champ, entered the NHSCA’s ranked No. 4 nationally at 132 pounds.
Silva, who finished 54-1 during the 2016-17 high school season, was one of two Junior National champs for Lake Highland, which finished No. 4 in the 2016-17 NHSCA/USA TODAY Super 25 high school wrestling rankings. Erick Byelick captured the 160-pound title with a 3-1 overtime win over Billy Higgins of Skutt Catholic in Nebraska.
Silva and Byelick’s teammate Ben Goldin finished runner-up at 220. Golden, a 2X state champ, lost to Peter Acciardi of Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey 2-1 in the championship bout.
The Junior National finals featured two match-ups with nationally-ranked wrestlers.
At 106, Dyland Ryder of Half Hollow Hills West HS in New York beat California state champ Jonathan Prata of Downey HS 11-4 in the finals. Ryder entered the NHSCA’s ranked No. 15 nationally by InterMat, while Prata was ranked No. 8.
At 138, Jacori Teemer of Long Beach HS in New York, who finished runner-up at last year’s Sophomore Nationals to Silva, beat Cole Matthews of Reynolds HS from Pennsylvania. Teemer, a 3X state champ, beat Matthews 7-5. Teemer is ranked No. 9 nationally at 132, while Matthews was ranked No. 11 at 138.
Results from the Junior Nationals can be found here. Photos from the event can be found on BLK Photography's website.
28th Annual High School Nationals – Junior Results
106: No. 15 Dylan Ryder (Half Hollow Hills West, N.Y.) dec. No. 8 Jonathan Prata (Downey, Calif.), 11-4
113: Jace Koelzer (Olathe South, KS) dec. No. 10 Nico Aguilar (Gilroy, Calif.), 3-2
120: Chris Wright (Central Dauphin, Pa.) dec. Orion Anderson (Schuylerville, N.Y.), 3-2 SV
126: Elijah Palacio (Calvary Chapel, Calif.) pinned Weston DiBlasi (Park Hill, Mo.), 5:20
132: No. 4 Joey Silva (Lake Highland Prep, Fla.) dec. Alex Felix (Gilroy, Calif.), 3-1
138: No. 9 (at 132) Jacori Teemer (Long Beach, N.Y.) dec. No. 11 Cole Matthews (Reynolds, Pa.), 7-5
145: No. 11 (at 152) Anthony Artalona (Tampa Prep, Fla.) maj. dec. Kasper McIntosh (Portage, Ind.), 12-3
152: No. 15 (at 160) Aaron Brooks (North Hagerstown, Md.) dec. Robert Patrick (Ligonier Valley, Pa.), 7-3
160: Erich Byelick (Lake Highland Prep, Fla.) dec. Billy Higgins (Skutt Catholic, Neb.), 3-1, OT
170: Tyler Barnes (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) maj. dec. Luke McGonigal (Clearfield, Pa.), 14-4
182: Caden Steffen (Zumbrota-Mazeppa, Minn.) dec. Blake Barrick (Big Spring, Pa.), 5-3
195: No. 6 Gavin Hoffman (Montoursville, Pa.) dec. Tony Andrade (Gilroy, Calif.), 6-4
220: Peter Acciardi (Don Bosco Prep, N.J.) dec. Ben Goldin (Lake Highland Prep, Fla.), 2-1
285: Terrese Aaron (Mexico, Mo.) dec. Deonte Wilson (Amityville, N.Y.), 3-1