HSWrestling.Net narrows down the top 10 High School Wrestling teams. After Blair dropped a dual 36-21 to St. Paris Graham they drop two spots in our rankings. Apple Valley remains undefeated and the No. 1 team in the nation.
1. Apple Valley, Minnesota Entered the season as our No. 1 pick and they remain undefeated; setting a state record for consecutive wins in the process (95), Won Cheesehead and Clash.
Key Components: Destin McCauley, Dakota Trom, & Brandon Kingsley
2. St. Paris Graham, Ohio – Absolutely dominated Blair, 36-21. Winning seven of eight bouts to open the dual. Second at Ironman.
Key Components: Nick Brascetta, Felipe Martinez, & Max Thomussei
3. Brandon, Florida Hung in close to Apple Valley at the Cheesehead, a very strong dual meet squad. Defeated No. 8 Collins Hill, Georgia (34-24). Second at Cheesehead.
Key Components: Joe Cozart & Henry Chirino
4. Blair Academy, New Jersey Tried to cover a major hole at 145lbs against St. Paris Graham. It backfired and they got throttled. First at Beast & Ironman.
Key Components: Evan Silver (No. 1 @ 112), Mike Evans(No. 1 @ 189), Mark Grey
5. Central Dauphin, Pennsylvania Powerade Champions, Undefeated in dual meet action, second at Beast.
Key Components: Marshall Peppelman (No. 1 160), Kenny Courts (No. 1 @ 171), & Tyson Dippery
6. Wyoming Seminary, Pennsylvania Third at Beast
Key Components: Simon Kitzis (No. 8 @ 135), Dominick Malone (No. 1 @ HWT)
7. Simley, Minnesota : Defeated Montini Catholic, Illinois & Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Second at Clash.
Key Components: Kurtis Julson & Kyle Gliva
8. Collins Hill, Georgia : Second at Powerade, lost 34-24 to No. 3 Brandon, Florida
Key Components: Bazell Partridge, T J Mitchell, Joel Smith
9. Wadsworth, Ohio: Defeated No. 10 St. Edward, Ohio at dual meet state.
Key Components: Brad Squire (No. 7 @ 145), Ben Buzzelli (No. 9 @ HWT)
10. St. Edward, Ohio: 3rd at Ironman, lost to No. 9 Wadsworth, Ohio
Key Components: Nick Sulzer, (No. 4 @ 160), Dean Heil, (No. 11 @ 103)
On a related note, several of the top ten schools are sponsored by Asics and will be receiving either the Asics Dan Gable wrestling shoes or the Asics Aggressor wrestling shoes (new in 2011) as part of their sponsorship agreement. We are in the process of tracking down which teams are sponsored and how other teams can take advantage of these sponsorships as well.