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Pennsylvania runs away with the 2017 Freshman Nationals title

Monday, April 3, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mattie Potter
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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 Freshman Nationals showcased ­­­­­­­743 entries from 44 states. There were 51 State Champions and 48 State Runner Ups. There were also 246 State Placewinners. This was the largest Freshman Nationals yet!

Kai Bele of Lake Highland Prep in Florida is 40-percent of the way to becoming the NHSCA’s first-ever five-time national champion.  Bele captured the 145 pound at the 28th annual National High School Coaches Association’s High School Nationals in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


Bele, who won a middle school title last year, beat Domonic Mata of Poway HS in California 6-5 in an ultimate tiebreaker.


Dylan Cedeno of Fair Lawn HS in New Jersey was named the Freshman Nationals’ Outstanding Wrestler.  Cedeno won the 106 pound title by pinning Ryan Miller of Blair Academy in New Jersey in 2:16.  There were 180 wrestlers entered in the 106 pound weight class.


At 113, nationally-ranked Zach Redding of Eastport-South Manor HS in New York beat Justin McDougald of Niagara Wheatfield HS in New York 6-1.  Redding is ranked No. 16 at 106-pounds by InterMat.


Pennsylvania crowned three national champs — A.J. Tamburino of William Tennent HS at 132; Gage McClenahan of Bald Eagle Area HS at 138; and Tyler Stolzfus of Mifflinburg HS.


Results from the Freshman Nationals can be found here. Photos from the event can be found on BLK Photography's website.


2017 NHSCA Freshman Nationals Final Results


106: Dylan Cedeno (Fair Lawn, N.J.) pinned Ryan Miller (Blair Academy, N.J.), 2:16
113: No. 16 (at 106) Zach Redding (Eastport-South Manor, N.Y.) dec. Justin McDougald (Niagara Wheatfield, N.Y.), 6-1
120: Peyton Hall (Oak Glen, W.Va) dec. Chase Saldate (Gilroy, Calif.), 5-0
126: Joshua Saunders (Christian Brothers College, Mo.) dec. Ethan Basile (Tampa Jesuit, Fla.), 3-2
132: A.J. Tamburino (William Tennent, Pa.) dec. Kolby Allred (Great Bridge, Va.), 6-2
138: Gage McClenahan (Bald Eagle Area, Pa.) over Alan Kovacs (Danbury, Ct.) by injury default
145: Kai Bele (Lake Highland Prep, Fla.) dec. Domonic Mata (Poway, Calif.), 6-5, ultimate tiebreaker
152: Tyler Stoltzfus (Mifflinburg, Pa.) dec. Colton Hawks (Holt, Mo.), 3-2
160: Micah Ervin (Union County, Ky.) maj. dec. Andy Aldridge (Lee-Davis, Va.), 9-0
170: Nicholas Villarreal (Gilroy, Calif.) maj. dec. Jacob Lagoa (Ashtabula St. John, Ohio), 12-2
182: Jack Wimmer (McDonogh, Md.) maj. dec. Samuel McNulty (Sandusky Perkins, Ohio), 12-3
195: Hunter Catka (Sun Valley, Pa.) dec. Daniel Miranda (Somerset Academy, Fla.), 7-1
220: Cody Williams (McDonogh, Md.) dec. Jeffrey Worster (Oxford Hills, Maine), 10-3
285: D.J. Lundy (Irwin County, Ga.) maj. dec. Curtis Ruff (Lake Highland Prep, Fla.), 14-3

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