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Wrestling USA Magazine BEST 2001 HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORES & FRESHMEN By Dan Fickel National Editor
Editor's Note: Here are rankings of the nation's best 2001 high school sophomores & freshmen. Several factors were considered in determining these rankings. They include: (1) accomplishments at the State High School Championships (folkstyle) (2) National Junior Freestyle and Greco-Roman success (3) Cadet National placement (4) performances at prestigious high school tournaments (5) information from coaches and parents (6) state from which wrestlers hail. Also included are Honorable Mention and Special Mention wrestlers. Honorable Mention includes wrestlers who just missed the top-20. Special Mention includes wrestlers who received consideration for the top-20. An update will be forthcoming. Please send credentials, projected weights for this season, and color head-shot photos to: Dan Fickel Wrestling USA Magazine 10757 Woodrun Drive Strongsville, Ohio 44136 E-Mail: Fax: (440)878-1150 Name School,State Accomplishments 103 See the Nation's Top 20 103 pound Sophomores & Freshmen Wrestlers in the November 15th issue of WRESTLING USA Magazine Honorable Mention: Brad Argabright (10) William Byrd, VA State Champion Michael Arias (10) Okmulgee, OK State Champion Pat Barth (10) Morton, IL 4th State Collin Cudd (10) River Falls, WI 2nd State Keith Dickey (10) Oak Grove, MO State Champion Dave Droessler (10) Platteville, WI State Champion Matt Easter (10) Huntington, WV State Champion Mario Estrada (10) Calvary Chapel, CA Cadet Nat. FS 1st'99 Louis Edwards (10) Mustang, OK 4th State Anthony Elg (10) Windom, MN State Champion Charlie Falck (9) Apple Valley, MN Cadet Nat. FS 1st Travis Featherstone (10) Villa Park, CA 4th State Guy Gibson (10) St. Thomas Aquinas, FL State Champion Ed Giosa (10) Bergen Catholic, NJ 4th State Drew Headlee (10) Waynesburg, PA Cadet Nat. GR 2nd Davey Mason (9) Perry, OK Cadet Nat. FS 3rd Luke Metzker (10) Henry Clay, KY State Champion Gabriel Mooney (9) Greenbush-M. River, MN 4th State Tim Nelson (10) Natick, MA State Champion Bryan Nunziato (9) Bergen Catholic, NJ Cadet Nat. FS 2nd Nino Paglia (10) Strongsville, OH 5th State T.J. Parlin (9) Austin, MN 3rd State Derek Pirner (10) Elk Point-Jeferson, SD State Champion Robert Preston (10) Blair Academy, NJ 4th National Prep Tyler Safratowich (9) Park Rapids, MN Cadet Nat. FS 1st Jimmy Shutich (10) Rockford, MI 2nd State Matt Smilek (10) CVCA, OH 3rd State Banning Stephens (10) Mogollon, AZ State Champion Ivan Wiggins (10) Sterling, NJ 2nd State Seth Wright (10) Payson, UT 2nd State Special Mention: Chase Beebe (10) Montini, IL State Champion Peter Broughman (10) Lord Botetourt, VA 3rd State Frank Brown (10) St. Francis DeSales, OH State Qualifier J.W. Bykowsky (10) Pequannock, NJ Nat. Junior GR 7th Brad Canterbury (10) Wissahickon, PA Cadet Nat. FR 2nd Mike Compton (10) Willard, OH Cadet Nat. GR 2nd Joshua Crass (9) Medford, WI Cadet Nat. GR 4th Albert Dattalo (10) Randolph, NJ 3rd State Paul Donahoe (9) Davison, MI Cadet Nat. GR 3rd Kyle Evans (10) Grantsville, UT 6th State Micah Flodeen (10) Cannon Falls, MN Cadet Nat. GR 4th Cody Garcia (9) Hutchinson, KS Cadet Nat. FS 3rd Preston Hall (10) Christiansburg, VA 2nd State Josh Hansen (9) Albert Lea, MN Cadet Nat. FS 4th Ty Human (10) Lake Stevens, WA 2nd State Steve Luke (9) Massillon Perry, OH Junior High Champ David Mahon (10) Midwest City, OK 3rd State Nathan Meyers (10) Bishop Hendricken, RI State Champion Cory Newsome (10) McEachern, GA State Champion Aaron Owen (10) Carlsbad, NM 3rd State Chris Padden (10) Mt. Anthony, VT 2nd State Chris Renninger (10) Blue Mountain, PA 5th State Sean Schmaltz (10) Franklin, IN Cadet Nat. FS 7th Chas Skelly (10) Azle, TX 2nd State Christian Smith (10) Western Branch, VA Cadet Nat. FR 6th Cody Smith (9) Iowa City, IA Junior High Champ Justin Staylor (9) Great Bridge, VA Junior High Champ Andrew Swanson (10) Sweet Home, OR Cadet Nat. FS 3rd Chase Walker (9) Morgan, UT Cadet Nat. GR 5th 112 See the Nation's Top 20 112 pound Sophomores & Freshmen Wrestlers in the November 15th issue of WRESTLING USA Magazine Honorable Mention: Ryan Bridge (10) Absegami, NJ State Qualifier Anthony Constantino (10) Lake Catholic, OH 6th State Jeff Cox (9) Oakdale, CA Junior High1st Raymond Dunning (10) Father Ryan, TN 2nd State Marcus Effner (9) Garfield Heights, OH 1st Dodge & Maple Gabe Flores (9) Madera, CA Cadet Nat. GR 4th Erick Glass (10) Hoover, AL State Champion Lucas Hambleton (10) Canby, OR 6th State Willie Harris (10) Creston, IA 4th State Ryan Joyce (9) Brandon, FL 5th State Gabby Montijo (10) Santa Cruz, AZ 2nd State Travis Pellitier (10) Bucksport, ME State Champion Lee Sandoval (10) Battle Mountain, CO 3rd State Keith Sibelius (9) West Fargo, ND 4th State Tim Skarl (10) Gilmour Academy, OH State Qualifier Ricky Smith (10) McIntosh, GA 2nd State Kyle Sorensen (10) Weeping Water, NE State Champion Josh Stenglein (9) Colonie, NY Cadet Nat. GR 5th Matt Trujillo (10) West Las Vegas, NM 3rd State John Wehmer (10) Hazelwood Central, MO 4th State Special Mention: Zach Clarke (10) Rushville, NE 2nd State Derek Compton (10) Richmond, MO 3rd State Brad Cusumano (10) Utica, MI 4th State Will DeFrancis (10) Landon School, MD 5th State Cory Fernelius (10) Goodrich, MI 3rd State Chase Francis (10) Monte Vista, CO 6th State Nick Hamilton (10) Silver Lake, KS 4th State Kyle Harger (9) Chelmsford, MA Junior High 1st Eric Hultgren (10) Brandon Valley, SD 4th State Joey Irmen (10) Carrington, ND 2nd State Kehly Roberts (10) North Wilkes, NC 4th State Zach Lee (10) Payson, AZ 4th State Gabe Madel (10) Choteau, MT 2nd State Jared Major (10) Valdez, AK 5th State Parke McDowell (10) Service, AK 6th State Phil McMullen (10) River Valley, MN 5th State Mike Olson (10) Sandwich, IL 4th State Kyle Mueller (10) River Valley, WI 3rd State David Schlaud (10) Lapeer West, MI 4th State Tyrel Spillman (10) Hoxie, KS 3rd State Brett Watkins (10) Grandview, MO 5th State Andy Willuweit (9) Gregory, SD 7th State 119 See the Nation's Top 20 119 pound Sophomores & Freshmen Wrestlers in the November 15th issue of WRESTLING USA Magazine Honorable Mention: Colin Booms (10) Highland Park, TX State Qualifier Ryan Froese (10) Tri-County, MI 4th State Chris Gibbs (10) Cabell Midland, WV 5th State Chris Gries (10) Kiel, WI 6th State Kevin Hartman (10) Clay, IN State Qualifier Kyle Mahlum (10) Bismarck, ND 2nd State '99 Josh Moyer (10) Park Hill, MO 5th State Eric Neil (10) Township L'Anse Creuse, MI 4th State Frank Pietropinto (10) Mayfield, OH 1st WRC Anthony Turilli (10) Bishop Hendricken, RI 5th State Kyle Vanderwyst (10) Lathrop, AK 4th State Daniel White (10) Jamestown, ND 3rd State Dan Yates (10) Bishop O'Connell, VA 2nd State Special Mention: Justin Beams (10) Spaulding, VT 6th State Shawn Coleman (10) Bon Homme, SD 6th State Zach Fruitiger (10) Ida, MI 6th State Nick Gower (10) Riverside, SC 4th State John Hamlin (10) Mount Mansfield, VT 4th State Ben Imdieke (9) Linton, ND 4th State Brandon Henderson (10) Hettinger, ND 7th State James Lemke (9) West Central, SD 5th State Zach Lockyer (10) Conrad, MT 3rd State Lance Martel (10) Champlain Valley, VT 5th State Cody Nicholson (10) Grandville, MI 8th State Mike Romero (10) Fort Morgan, CO 6th State Ryan Wilson (10) Glennallen, AK 6th State 125 See the Nation's Top 20 125 pound Sophomores & Freshmen Wrestlers in the November 15th issue of WRESTLING USA Magazine Honorable Mention: Kierin Anderson (10) Fisher Catholic, OH State Qualifier Brandon Benson (10) B'ville, OK State Qualifier Dustin Chaney (10) Denbigh, VA State Qualifier Nick Demaris (10) Cascade, OR 7th State Matt Galvez (10) Pueblo South, CO 5th State Nate Hanson (10) Gregory, SD 3rd State Peter Hays (10) Wadena-Deer Crek, MN 5th State Jacob Malone (10) New York Mills, MN 4th State Shane Miller (10) Wautoma, WI 3rd State Shane Proctor (10) Roosevelt, WA 2nd State Special Mention: Tyler Carda (10) Brandon Valley, SD 5th State Gordon Harrison (10) Hardin, MT 3rd State Jeremy Morris (10) Beloit, KS 5th State Scott Nelson (10) Akron Hoban, OH State Qualifier John Niebuhr (10) South Central, MN 6th State Donnie Ooten (10) Atlee, VA State Qualifier Jessie Reader (10) Lapeer West, MI 5th State Marcus Russell (10) Lafayette County, MO 6th State Justin Smith (10) Dodge City, KS 5th State Kyle Swain (10) Durango, CO 6th State Rick Walter (10) Warrenton, OR 5th State 130 See the Nation's Top 20 130 pound Sophomores & Freshmen Wrestlers in the November 15th issue of WRESTLING USA Magazine Honorable Mention: Terrence Almond (10) Pellam, GA 2nd State Tyler Clark (10) Turner, WI 4th State Shawn Drennan (10) Minneapolis, KS 4th State Jon Ferris (10) Jackson, OH State Qualifier Brian Foley (10) Brooke Point, VA State Qualifier Louis Garcia (9) Kirtland Central, NM 5th State B.J. Jackson (10) Tuttle, OK 4th State Justin Lindsey (10) Watertown, SD 5th State Jason McGregor (10) Kimball, SD 4th State Jamie Schmidt (10) Moon Valley, AZ 4th State Ryan Scott (9) McCallie, TN 3rd State Austin Stearns (10) Francis Howell Central, MO 6th State Special Mention: Tyrell Carson (10) Wall/Kadoka, SD 8th State Jace Carter (10) Lisbon, ND 6th State Vince Gioiella (10) Solon, OH 2nd Sectional Tom Gross (9) Napoleon, ND 8th State Nick Janos (10) Platte County, MO 6th State Nathan Johnston (10) Center Line, MI 8th State Cory Louma (10) Fairfield, MT 5th State Chris Luke (10) Canyon Del Oro, AZ 6th State Martin Mead (10) Fair Haven, VT 6th State Nate Newport (10) Franklin Central, IN State Qualifier Mike Osborn (10) Lathrop, AK 5th State Ryan Thenen (10) Union City, MI 8th State Eamon Torgison (10) Polson, MT 6th State 135 See the Nation's Top 20 135 pound Sophomores & Freshmen Wrestlers in the November 15th issue of WRESTLING USA Magazine Honorable Mention: Sean Bixby (10) Bishop Kelly, ID State Qualifier Nick Defienbach (10) Parkway South, MO State Qualifier Cyrus Hawkins (10) Sisseton, SD 6th State Joey Gunderson (10) Montgomery-Lonsdale, MN State Qualifier Ben Hoglund (9) Big Lake, MN State Qualifier Dennis Westlund (10) Waconia/Mayer, MN State Qualifier Mike Zahm (10) Elkhorn, NE 5th State Special Mention: Josh Corke (10) Kiona-Benton, WA 7th State Wes Harrell (10) DeSmet, MO State Qualifier Larry Holman (10) Pauls Valley, OK State Qualifier Quinton Josie (10) Enumclaw, WA 6th State J.C. Price (10) Vergennes, VT 6th State Riley Smith (10) Yankton, SD 8th State Chris Volle (10) Topeka, KS State Qualifier See the Nation's Top 20 Sophomores & Freshmen Wrestlers in the November 15th issue of WRESTLING USA Magazine