By Rob Sherrill
Here’s how 106-pounders finished in the WIN rankings last year, minus those who graduated:
1. Nick Suriano So Oradell, NJ Bergen Catholic
2. Luke Pletcher So Greater Latrobe, PA
3. Rudy Yates So Chicago, IL Brother Rice
4. Jack Mueller So Dallas, TX Trinity Christian Academy
5. Kyle Bierdumpfel So Ramsey, NJ Don Bosco Preparatory
6. Jose Rodriguez Jr Massillon, OH Perry
7. Austin Assad Jr Broadview Heights, OH Brecksville
8. Adrian Camposano Sr Fresno, CA Central
9. Chad Red So New Palestine, IN
10. Miguel Silva Sr Plainfield, IL South
11. Devin Brown Jr Saegertown, PA
12. Luke Karam So Bethlehem, PA Catholic
13. Gionn Peralta Sr Vacaville, CA
14. Christian Moody Jr Collinsville, OK
15. Vincent Elizalde Sr Brawley, CA
17. Eli Stickley Jr St. Paris, OH Graham
20. Geoff Doback So Brandon, FL
Will any of them still be at 106 this season? Highly unlikely. Only Silva, Brown and Karam competed at this weight in the off-season … and in events with a weight allowance. Assad began the off-season competing at 126, and appeared in the Junior Nationals at 120. Rodriguez, Red, Peralta and Doback also competed in the off-season at 120, and the rest could be found at 113.
Given the number of freshmen always seen here and the number of wrestlers who grow out of this weight class year after year, this weight class always will be the most difficult to project.
Off-season OW: Brown. He dominated the FILA Cadet National freestyle, going 6-0 with five technical falls and a 10-4 decision. He also was unbeaten in the AAU Scholastic Duals at Disney.
Five others who could be back at the weight with big off-season credentials:
Joey Cisneros, senior, Visalia (Calif.) Redwood
One match away from placing in the state tournament last year, Cisneros went 14-0 in the Junior National Duals, scoring 11 technical falls, and won the Southern Plains double title at this weight. The double Junior Nationals runner-up came close in his two finals, losing 10-10 on criteria in Greco-Roman and 6-4 in freestyle.
Daton Fix, freshman, Sand Springs (Okla.) Charles Page
He may be at 113 after his Cadet National freestyle title, but winning at Fargo at 106 and 113 is a pretty rare double. But he did win the Southern Plains double title at this weight. And since a big part of life is just showing up, Fix earned eight wins over wrestlers also considered rankings, including Texas All-Americans Isaac Jimenez and Jack Mueller and Minnesotan Mitchell McKee.
Spencer Lee, freshman, Murrysville (Pa.) Franklin Regional
He, too, may be at 113, but his impressive wins over Mueller and Fix in the FILA Cadet National freestyle final were more than enough to get him on the list. Going 14-0 in the Cadet National Duals without allowing a point didn’t hurt, either.
Joey Prata, sophomore, Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher’s School
Fifth in the National Prep Championships last year, Prata won the Cadet Nationals and split with another wrestler on our list, Danny Vega. He also went 12-2 in the Cadet National Duals. He competed at 100 pounds, so he’s likely to remain at this class.
Danny Vega, sophomore, Oro Valley (Ariz.) Ironwood Ridge
As a 100-pounder, Vega, too, is likely to be back at this weight. He lost to Prata in the Greco-Roman final, but beat him 16-7 in the third round of freestyle. Ineligible the second half of his freshman season after starting 13-3, one of his losses came to Cisneros, who pinned him in the Reno (Nev.) Tournament of Champions quarterfinals in December.
Next week: 113 pounds.