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In looking ahead to this winter’s upcoming high school season, WIN Magazine is looking back at the top wrestlers from last season, who are expected to return this season. The examination of these weight classes comes from individual wrestlers’ performances this past summer at the Cadet/Junior Nationals and Disney Duals.
Click here to view WIN’s 2013-14 Preseason High School National Rankings
By Rob Sherrill
Rankings will be subject to change as weight classes are updated as the season grows nearer.
Here’s how they finished in the WIN rankings at 152 pounds last year, minus those who graduated:
7. Mark Hall So Apple Valley, MN
9. Alex Marinelli So St. Paris, OH Graham
12. T.C. Warner Sr Mechanicsburg, PA Cumberland Valley
15. Fox Baldwin Jr Kissimmee, FL Osceola
16. Corey Rasheed Sr Middle Island, NY Longwood
17. Zach Kelly Jr Saltsburg, PA Kiski School
Wow. Talk about attrition. The Class of 2013 took most of this weight class off the board. But while there’s not much quantity, there’s plenty of quality. And there will be for the next three seasons, with freshmen who have combined for four state championships at the top of the table.
So, let’s hand out some hardware.
OW – Hall
As the double Cadet Nationals champion, this was a no-brainer. Let’s start with the final two events of the season. Wrestling at 160 pounds for Colorado – he spent the summer training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs – Hall was a perfect 10-0 in the Junior National Duals, including an 8-0 mark in freestyle, with eight technical falls. The only match he wrestled that went the distance came up a weight class, in an 8-3 victory over Kimball Bastian of Utah. In the Cadet Nationals, he went 15-0 and was scored upon in just one match, in a 9-2 victory over Kamal Bey of Illinois in the Greco-Roman round robin. His only off-season loss also came at 170, in an 8-6 loss to Junior National champion Bo Nickal of Texas in the FILA Cadet National freestyle.
Kelly – En route to third place in the Junior National freestyle, he edged Andrew Millsap of Kansas, pinned Garrett Sutton of Illinois and won by technical fall over Anthony Valencia of California — an honorable mention selection at 145 — for three quality wins in the event.
Nick Reenan, sophomore, Dallas (Texas) Highland Park — The second of three double Cadet National champions to come out of this weight class, Reenan followed up a 50-0 freshman year with nine quality wins, besting Hall by one. Reenan recorded quality wins in five different events, four coming in the FILA Cadet freestyle. There, he scored a 10-5 victory over the double Cadet Nationals champion at 145, Mason Manville of New Jersey, and a pin over Valencia.
Beau Breske, sophomore, Hartford (Wis.) — Also a state champion, Breske gave Hall all he wanted in the semifinals of the Cadet Folkstyle Nationals at 160, dropping a 3-2 decision. He then headed north to win a double Cadet Nationals title at 170. The Greco-Roman OW, Breske did not have a match go the distance. His 17-0 log included a pin and 16 technical falls, and he allowed just one point.
Warner, meanwhile, picked up a gold medal at the Disney Duals wrestling for Team Diesel. He went 9-0 and did not allow a point, pinning four opponents and racking up major decisions over a pair of ranked opponents – 10-0 over Nate Higgins of Illinois and 8-0 over Ryan Harris of Ohio.
Also in the running: Logan Breitenbach, senior, Severna (Md.) Archbishop Spalding; Vincent Corsaro, senior, Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral; Ryan Klemp, junior, Lewiston (Idaho); Matthew Moody, senior, Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes County; Ryan Preisch, senior, Milton (Pa.); Garrett Sutton, senior, Richmond (Ill.) R.-Burton.
Later this week: 160 pounds.