As the name of the event suggests, Who’s #1 plays a most pivotal role in the changing or affirmation of who resides in the top spot.
Five #1’s went down and in six of the eleven bouts, the lower ranked wrestler won.
Mark Hall earns top dog status on the P4P board after his win over Anthony Valencia.
The second spot cause a bit of a dilemma, in my opinion. Spencer Lee is probably the most dominant wrestler in the country. And Zahid Valencia, utterly consistent.
The problem is, Spencer has just 1 season under his belt whereas Zahid has years of beating the top guys. Consider this: in what was the most star studded high school dual in history, Zahid Valencia beat eight of the 21 other competitors: Nick Piccininni, Ke-Shawn Hayes, Matt Kolodzik, Vincenzo Joseph, Fredy Stroker, Jo Jo Smith, Mark Hall, and now, Myles Martin.
For as good as Spencer’s been (and as good as maybe anyone’s ever been) he’s never been that many #1’s and #2’s.
Let’s look at losses. Lee - April 2013; Zahid - May 2013
Lee hasn’t lost since his 8th grade year at FloNationals when Luke Pletcher beat him in the finals. It includes a win over Suriano at Super 32, Ironman, PA, FILA, and Cadet World Titles.
Zahid’s last loss to a high schooler (in FS/Folk) came at 2013 FILA Cadets (an event Spencer Lee won), to Mark Voss and Lincoln Olson.
It’s a super close. Zahid’s unparalleled list of wins and recent jaw dropper makes me want to put him at #2.
But at 113lbs, there’s just no one who can sniff Spencer Lee....on the entire planet.
Other P4P Notes - White stays in. Yes, he’ll be #2 at 152 behind McFadden, but it’s just one match. He clearly fits in the P4P in my opinion.
Piccininni, Hayes, and Pletcher come out.
Piccininni - I’m a little reluctant to take him out. It was one match, and a one takedown match at that. But others simply made their case.
Hayes - Kolodzik had to replace Hayes.
Pletcher - You have to make room for Joseph with someone. If Piccininni isn’t in, Pletcher really can’t be.
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