Nationally ranked wrestlers battle it out in the 2017 NHSCA Senior Nationals
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 Senior Nationals had 678 wrestlers compete from 47 states and Germany. There were 402 State Champions: 12 4x State Champions, 39 3x State Champions, 58 2x State Champions, 121 1x State Champions. There were also 521 State Placewinners.
After two national runner-up finishes, Stephan Glasgow of Bound Brook HS in New Jersey captured his second national title as Glasgow was the Freshman National Champion in 2014. Glasgow, who is ranked No. 4 nationally at 152 pounds, won by technical fall in 5:37 over Kyle Jasenski of Albany Academy in New York in the finals. His performance earned him the Senior Nationals’ Outstanding Wrestler Award. Glasgow will be a Scarlet Knight at Rutgers this fall.
Drew Mattin of Ohio and Bryce Rogers of Florida closed-out their scholastic careers by capturing their second straight NHSCA national titles.
Mattin of Delta HS, who is a 3X Ohio state champ, won the 120-pound title by defeating Taylor Kreith of Francis Howell HS in Missouri 5-0 in the finals. Mattin was also awarded with the Most Fall in the Least Amount of time for the Seniors. Mattin racked up five falls in 12 minutes and 26 seconds. Mattin is ranked No. 18 (at 126) and will be attending the University of Michigan.
Rogers, a 3X Florida state champ from Lake Highland Prep, won his second straight NHSCA national championship by defeating Caleb Little of Jefferson HS in Georgia 3-1 in the 170 pound championship. Rogers entered the match ranked No. 6 nationally at 182 pounds by Intermat, while Little was ranked No. 14. Rogers will attend Brown University in the fall.
The Rogers/Little match-up was one of three championship match-ups between nationally-ranked wrestlers.
At 138 pounds, Zack Donathan of Mason HS in Ohio edged Denton Spencer of Camden County HS in Georgia 5-4 in the finals. Donathan is ranked No. 5 at 132, while Spencer is No. 19 at 145.
It was a battle of multiple state champions at 152 pounds where 4X Colorado state champ Hunter Willits of Pueblo County HS beat 3X Florida state champ Jake Brindley of Lake Highland Prep 3-2 in the finals. Willits, who will attend Oregon State, is ranked No. 10 at 152, while Brindley, who will attend Cornell, is ranked No. 10 at 160.
Miami Southwest High School’s Franco Valdez won the 132-pound title. Valdez, who won one Florida state title with three runner-up finishes during his high school career, beat 4X Maine state champ Beaulieu of Marshwood HS 3-2 in the championship bout.
At 285 pounds, Sammy Evans of Alcoa HS in Tennessee was pinned in the final by Gavin Nye of Corning HS in California in 4:53. Evans, who ends his career as a 4X NHSCA All-American, entered the match ranked No. 10 in the nation.
Results from the Senior Nationals can be found here. Photos from the event can be found on BLK Photography's website.
28th Annual High School Nationals – Senior Results
113: P.J. Ogunsanya (Oak Par River Forest, IL) dec. Jake Ferri (Shawseen Valley Tech, MA), 7-1
120: No. 18 (at 126) Drew Mattin (Delta, OH) dec. Taylor Kreith (Francis Howell, MO), 5-0
126: Clayton Currier (Colstrip, MT) pinned Bjorn Schroeder (Bozeman, MT), 5:55
132: Franco Valdes (Miami Southwest, FL) dec. Bradley Beaulieu (Marshwood, ME), 3-2
138: No. 5 (at 132) Zack Donathan (Mason, OH) dec. No. 19 (at 145) Denton Spencer (Camden County, GA), 5-4
145: Brandon Konecny (Corona del Sol, AZ) dec. Ryan Monteiro (Minnechaug, MA), 3-2
152: No. 10 Hunter Willits (Pueblo County, CO) dec. No. 10 (at 160) Jake Brindley (Lake Highland Prep, FL), 3-2
160: No. 4 (at 152) Stephan Glasgow (Bound Brook, NJ) tech. fall Kyle Jasenski (Albany Academy, NY), 24-9, 5:37
170: No. 6 (at 182) Bryce Rogers (Lake Highland Prep, FL) dec. No. 14 (at 182) Caleb Little (Jefferson, GA), 3-1
182: No. 17 Casey Randles (Coeur d'Alene, ID) dec. Michael Battista (Broad Run, VA), 9-2
195: Eddie Smith (Belton-Honea Path, SC) dec. Jake Lowell (New Trier, IL), 7-6
220: No. 10 Chei Hill (South Dade, FL) dec. Chris Kober (Haverford Prep, PA), 7-4
285: Gavin Nye (Corning Union, CA) pinned No. 11 Sammy Evans (Alcoa, TN), 4:53