We have a fresh class of 2020 Big Board now that Fargo
is over. School is starting soon, which means we're just few short months from Super 32
and the start of folkstyle season. This group of rising sophomores will very soon start taking over the high school rankings, so it is best to get to know them now.
Over the past two years, Braxton Amos has put on a show in Fargo. The big man from West Virginia will be wrestling for Parkserburg South this year and has displayed a wide range of skills. Combine that with a win over Cadet world team member Daniel Kerkvliet, and you have the top ranked wrestler in this class.
The rest of the Top-10 is represented by 10 different states. Before Robbie Howard starts his second season for New Jersey power Bergen Catholic, he'll represent America at the Cadet world championships. Fellow Cadet world team member Julian Tagg, an Ironman champion, comes it at No. 6 on this list.
Jesse Vasquez became just the sixteenth freshman to win a California state title. His backside run in Akron featured wins over FloNats 3rd placer Ryan Moore, as well as Fargo champs Atilano Escobar and Josh Saunders.
Coming up on the middle school circuit, it was hard not to take notice of Albert "AJ" Ferrari. Just two and a half weeks after surgery, he won Fargo, beating fellow Top-15 Big Boarders in Patrick Kennedy and Gerrit Nijenhuis. Kennedy had an impressive run in Akron after suffering just two losses, both to seniors heading to Division 1 this fall, in his state championship freshman season for Kasson-Mantorville.
Nash Hutmacher was a revelation that lived up the billing in Fargo, unleashing one of the most lethal doubles we've seen in recent years on the Cadet level. Meanwhile, Ashton Sharp won a Cadet triple crown and unleashed one of the best post-match interviews of all time; "shout out to the Burger King girl."
Coming in at No. 18 is Aidan Medora, a Top-20 prospect in what is an impressive stable brewing at Askren Wrestling Academy. The two-time NCAA champ is trying to build and develop a crew of youngsters who can contend with top clubs like Pinnacle and Young Guns, not just in high school, but in college and beyond.
The high school wrestling world has grown familiar with the likes of Ryan Deakin, Malik Heinselman, Cohlton Schultz and Theorius Robison over the past few years. Now, Colorado is adding Dominick Serrano and Andy Garcia to the list of names you should keep in mind as they grow towards the college ranks.
Please remember that the Big Board serves not as a pure ranking, but as an assessment of a wrestler's potential beyond high school; it is not only rooted in results. If you see that a wrestler is listed incorrectly in their projected 2017-18 in season weight, or is attending a different school, please let us know. Any further questions you may feel free to ask via my twitter @wrestlingnomad
or by e-mail, Daniel.firstname.lastname@example.org.