Ironman returns with top high school wrestlers from 21 states

Updated: December 9, 2021

Famously known as “The Ironman,” this high school tournament started in 1994, when Walsh Jesuit High School of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, first welcomed some of the top high school wrestlers in the nation. It soon became a prestigious annual event each December … until last year when the pandemic cancelled the event.

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That is why organizers of this event are thrilled to say The Ironman is back this Friday-Saturday, Dec. 10-11, when 113 high schools from 21 different states will send a full or partial line-up to compete in the 14 NFHS weight classes that will go into effect in the ’23-’24 season. Each state had the option to adopt it early or wait until ’23-’24. Ohio and New Jersey opted for the new weights this season. Since the tournament is sanctioned in Ohio, the Ironman must use Ohio’s new weight classes.

Among the more notable schools are Blair Academy (N.J.), which has won 15 team championships of the legendary tournament, and Wyoming Seminary (Pa.), which won the 2019 Ironman.

This year’s tournament begins Friday morning at 10 a.m. (EST), with quarterfinals slated to begin Friday night. The semifinals will begin Saturday morning at 10 a.m., with the finals scheduled — as well as third- and fifth-place matches — for 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

The following is a list of the tournament’s preseeds at the new weight classes as well as the wrestler’s preseason rankings at the previous NFHS weight classes.

2021 Walsh Jesuit Ironman Pre-Seeds

106WrestlerSchoolStateWIN Rank
1Nate DesmondBethlehem CatholicPA9th/106
2Beric JordanGrahamOH5th/106
3Seth MendozaMount CarmelIL10th/106
4Cooper HiltonWyoming SeminaryPA14th/106
5Christian ForbesBroken ArrowOK8th/106
6Anthony MutarelliMalvern PrepPA
7Javaan YarbroughCopleyOH21st/106
8Ayden SmithNotre DamePA


113WrestlerSchoolStateWIN Rank
1Luke LilledahlWyoming SeminaryPA2nd/113
2Marcus BlazePerrysburgOH8th/113
3Leo DeLucaBlair AcademyNJ1st/113
4Draegen OrineSeckmanMO12th/113
5Codie CuerboAuroraOH16th/113
6Hunter TaylorLibertyMO3rd/106
7Ethan RiveraLake Highland PrepFL11th/113
8Matthew MartinoBishop KellyID


120WrestlerSchoolStateWIN Rank
1Marc-Anthony McGowanBlair AcademyNJ3RD/120
2Zan FugittNixaMO13th/120
3Dillon CampbellLegacy Christian AcademyOH8th/120
4Kael LauridsenBenningtonNE11th/120
5Brandon CannonPonderosaCO
6Ben DavinoSt. Charles EastIL21st/120
7Jack ConsiglioMalvern PrepPA18th/113
8Jaxon JoyWadsworthOH25th/120


126WrestlerSchoolStateWIN Rank
1Kannon WebsterWashington CommunityIL3rd/126
2Vincent RobinsonHomewood-FlossmoorIL5th/126
3Sergio LemleyMount CarmelIL6th/126
4Gabe WhisenhuntCrescent ValleyOR4th/126
5Omar AyoubDublin CoffmanOH21st/126
6Clay. Giddens-ButtramBixbyOK
7Nick O’NeilMalvern PrepPA20th/126
8Matthew LopesBlair AcademyNJ12th/126


132WrestlerSchoolStateWIN Rank
1Nasir BaileyRich TownshipIL2nd/132
2Mac ChurchWaynesburg CentralPA19th/132
3Christopher CoatesLibertyMO11th/132
4Jake NiffeneggerLaSalleOH17th/138
5Brandan ChletsosNotre DamePA21st/138
6Braden BasileTampa JesuitFL21st/132
7Spencer BarnhartMalvern PrepPA20th/132
8D.J. GillettCrescent ValleyOR


138WrestlerSchoolStateWIN Rank
1PJ DukeMinisink ValleyNY1st/126
2Tom CrookTampa JesuitFL6th/138
3Tyler KasakBethlehem CatholicPA12th/138
4Eligh RiveraLake Highland PrepFL12th/132
5Brennan Van HoeckePalmetto RidgeFL
6Sam CartellaWestern Reserve AcademyOH
7Camron LacureLegcacy Christian AcademyOH
8Kai OwenWyoming SeminaryPA


145WrestlerSchoolStateWIN Rank
1Danny NiniLake Highland PrepFL5th/138
2Garrison DendyBaylor SchoolTN17th/145
3Joey BlazePerrysburgOH19th/145
4Kyle DuttonLibertyMO8th/145
5Kelvin GriffinHill SchoolPA10th/145
6Kal MillerPark HillMO12th/152
7Jack CrookTampa JesuitFL7th/145
8Justin BarteePoint PleasantWV


152WrestlerSchoolStateWIN Rank
1Daniel CardenasPomonaCO1st/152
2Richard FedalenMcDonogh SchoolMD16th/145
3Gavin BrownLegacy Christian AcademyOH18th/152
4Kael VoinovichStillwaterOK15th/152
5Ethan MojenaLake Highland PrepFL24th/145
6Derek RaikePoint PleasantWV13th/152
7Logan RathjenLibertyMO
8Braden StauffenbergAurora ChristianIL


160WrestlerSchoolStateWIN Rank
1Angelo FerrariStillwaterOK6th/152
2Zackary RyderMinisink ValleyNY8th/152
3Logan OursBeaver LocalOH
4Connor EutonWesterville NorthOH
5Brendon AbdonLake GibsonFL19th/152
6Alex PooreCaravel AcademyDE
7Nick VafiadisNew KentVA21st/152
8Murphy MenkePonderosaCO


170WrestlerSchoolStateWIN Rank
1Rocco WelshWaynesburgPA4th/170
2Jonathan LeyLake Highland PrepFL6th/152
3Holden GarciaNotre DamePA12th/160
4Tyler LillardAuroraOH14th/170
5Dom BakerNew KentVA16th/160
6Evan BennettSt. EdwardOH
7Daschle LamerCrescent ValleyOR
8Nicholas HallCaravel AcademyDE


182WrestlerSchoolStateWIN Rank
1James RowleyCrescent ValleyOR6th/182
2Gabe ArnoldWyoming SeminaryPA2nd/170
3Brody ConleyTiffin ColumbianOH11th/182
4Luke GeogSt. EdwardOH7th/170
5Daniel WaskBlair AcademyNJ6th/160
6Michael AltomerMinisink ValleyNY12th/182
7Jonathan ConradCarrollwood Day SchoolFL19th/170
8Braden WelchAshlandOH


189WrestlerSchoolStateWIN Rank
1Dylan FishbackAuroraOH1st/195
2Rylan RogersCoeur d’AleneID3rd/195
3Seth ShumateDublin CoffmanOH4th/195
4Jack WehmeyerMalvern PrepPA5th/182
5Hayden WaltersCrescent ValleyOR7th/195
6Jude CorreaWyoming SeminaryPA8th/182
7Andrew DonahueOlentangy LibertyOH19th/182
8Wentric WilliamsLibertyMO13th/182


220WrestlerSchoolStateWIN Rank
1Thomas StewartBlair AcademyNJ1st/182
2Kyle SniderCuyahoga Valley ChristianOH18th/220
3Logan ShephardMassillon PerryOH12th/220
4Jack DarrahWyoming SeminaryPA6th/220
5Parker FerrellChristiansburgVA11th/220
6Dylan RussoOlentangy LibertyOH20th/220
7Carter NevesGrahamOH22nd/220
8Max ShulawSt. Francis DeSalesOH14th/220


285WrestlerSchoolStateWIN Rank
1Nick FeldmanMalvern PrepPA1st/Hwt
2Ryan BoersmaMount CarmelIL4th/Hwt
3Kolby FranklinWyoming SeminaryPA6th/195
4Todd AllenBuckeyeOH
5Evan AndersonWestern Reserve AcademyOH
6Nolan NevesGrahamOH
7Aiden LacomaChristiansburgVA13th/Hwt
8Matthew MooreMesa RidgeCO15th/Hwt



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