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Journeyman Classic 2014: What to Watch For

Written by Vince Barber The Journeymen Classic, hosted at Niskayuna High School in Upstate New York, annually showcases some of the best high school wrestlers from around the nation, with this year’s field boasting wrestlers from 26 different states, each coming with great accolades and accomplishments. This year’s Classic is shaping up to be the best one yet, with 19 wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of their weight classes, including three ranked No. 1: Nick Suriano (NJ), Nick Piccininni (NY), Isaiah White (IL). Perennial powerhouse...



Flo Wrestling

September 23, 2014, 4:00am

JR High Big Board Notes Willie Saylor, Editor JH Big Board Welcome to the Junior High Big Board. In preparation for Super 32 MS and the Tulsa Kick Off Classic, the board is revamped. The incoming Freshmen are moved out. And what a great group they were. It will be fun to see them compete on the high school level soon. Of the Top 25, 17 are returners from last year. Colorado’s tremendously consistent and productive group claims three of the top four spots. Robison gets top billing. He won Tulsa, went undefeated at Schoolboy Duals, and was...

Jordan Wood to Lehigh

Jordan Wood to Lehigh

Christian Pyles

September 22, 2014, 6:19pm

Lehigh is making sure the biggest stud in their backyard isn’t going anywhere. Jordan Wood, who comes in at #5 on the Flo Junior Big Board has verbally committed to be a Mountain Hawk. Wood, who was 2nd at the Cadet World Championships this Summer projects as a heavyweight at the next level.  The 2013 Super 32 Champion is a 2 time PA State runner up for Boyertown High School.   Jordan had this to say about the decision to wrestle at Lehigh: "I chose Lehigh because everything seems perfect there, the staff and the wrestlers are a...

Suriano-Fix Will Decide WNO at 120

Let's try this again. In the finals of FILA Cadets last May, we got a dream match-up between two of America's truly great underclassmen. For four minutes Daton Fix (Sand Springs, OK), trying to find angles and Nick Suriano (Bergen Catholic, NJ) with his typical physicality, couldn't score on each other. When the clock hit triple zeros, Fix walked away with a 1-1 criteria win with both points coming on shot clock violations. The win gave Fix both the #1 spot in the rankings and a trip to Cadet Worlds. He'd later drop a match to Skyler Petry, all...

Cowboys Land Top Prospect Piccininni

"34 And Counting". That's the name of the Oklahoma State message board referencing the Cowboys NCAA record for national titles, and their plan to keep accumulating them. With the recent bumper crop of in-state talent (Oklahoma has nine on the Senior Big Board) and ability to also nab out of state blue chippers, "And Counting" seems more than wishful thinking. The Cowboys already have commitments from #7-Kaid Brock (125/133), #9-Jo Jo Smith (149/157), #39-Boo Lewallen (141), #57-Lincoln Olson (133/141), and #93-Tristan Moran (141/149). On Monday...

Wrestler of the Week: Arajau Leads Strong NY Showing

New Yorkers rule the roost this week. With the Iron Horse Invitation unofficially kicking off the high school Preseason, Empire Staters made their presence felt in South Plainfield, New Jersey. State Champion and FloNationals Finalist, Vitali Arajau (Syosset, NY) beat last year's Super 32 Runner-Up, Gage Curry and then PA State Champion, Luke Karam, to claim the IHI title. For his monster outing, we've named him FloWrestler of the Week. New York won 9 of the 26 brackets including many of the deepest and most intriguing ones. Here were our other...

Harvey Twister Kris Williams Verbals To Illini

With three straight Top 7 recruiting classes, Illinois has been on a hot streak. And it looks like it will continue. The Illini already wrangled FloNationals Champ #22-Xavier Montalvo (174) and Folk Nationals Champ #64-Carver James (157/165). Late Sunday night, they received a third piece in what looks to be another stellar haul. The #31 overall recruit, Kris Williams of Thornton, IL is the newest member of the Illini. Perhaps one of the most underrated prospects in the country, Williams has won three state titles during a span when Illinois' ...

2014 Iron Horse Results

2014 Iron Horse Results

Willie Saylor

September 21, 2014, 3:54pm

Bracket 1 1. Jake Silverstein (NY) dec. 2. Mark Salvatore (PA), 1-0 3. Joe Heilman (NJ) 4. Zach Lawrence (NY) 5. Aaron Coleman (NY)  Bracket 2 1. Pat Glory (NJ) dec. 2. Gerard Angelo (NJ), 4-0 3. Killian Cardinale (VA)  4. Jon Gomez (NY) 5. Carmen Ferrante (NJ) Bracket 3 1. Jonathon Tropea md. 2. Shane Metzler (NJ), 9-1 3. Thomas Cox (NY)  4. Jacori Teemer (NY) Bracket 4 1. Sebastain Rivera (NJ) dec. 2. Nick Raimo (NJ), 6-3 3. Garrett O'Shea (NJ) 4. Christian Gramuglia (NY) 5. Tito Colom (NY) Bracket 5 1. Peter Pap...

Chris Perry v. Robert Hamlin at Who's #1

Chris Perry will be coming to Robert Hamlin’s home turf on October 18th and attempting to defeat the two time NCAA Runner-Up in front of the rabid Lehigh contingent at the Snake Pit. Perry, a two time NCAA Champion at Oklahoma State, finished 2nd in the University World Championships this Summer. Hamlin, a Vermont native earned 3 All American honors at Lehigh. The last time these two met it was Hamlin the victor in the 2011 NCAA Quarterfinals. Since graduating from Lehigh, Hamlin has been active on the Freestyle circuit training at the L...

Jamill Kelly to Stanford

Jamill Kelly to Stanford

Christian Pyles

September 19, 2014, 10:21am

Courtesy Stanford Athletics STANFORD, Calif. – Jamill Kelly, a 2004 Olympic silver medalist, has joined the Stanford wrestling staff as an associate head coach, Jason Borrelli announced today. “As a coach, Jamill's track record for developing elite student-athletes speaks for itself,” said Borrelli, now in his seventh season as the head coach of the Cardinal. Kelly comes to The Farm after serving two years as an assistant at North Carolina State (2012-14). In 2014, NC State produced its sixth individual national champion as 28...

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