ASICS Future Stars: Top 5 Freshmen

Adam Busiello

A few weeks ago we rolled out our Freshmen Big Board where we ranked to the top 50 freshmen in the country.

Now we will be taking a closer look at our top-5 guys from the Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior classes to give more of an in-depth look as to how these guys found themselves at the top of their respective classes.

So let’s start first with our freshman.


220 - Cohlton Schultz (Pondersoa, CO)
This big man is living up to the hype that surrounded him as he came into high school. As an eighth grader he opened some people’s eyes to how much potential he had as he came away with a third place finish at FloNationals where his only loss was to eventual champion Austin Meyers. He also finished with a Greco title and freestyle runner-up finish last year in Fargo. During his first regular season at 220 he battled with some of the best. Most notably he was as runner-up to #4-Matt Stencel at Ironman and defeated California state champ AJ Nevills in the Doc Buchanan finals.



120 - Nick Raimo (Hanover, NJ)
There aren’t too many guys that come in and win a Fargo title on their first trip to the ‘dome. It’s even rarer to do what Raimo did; win both the Freestyle and Greco titles the first time he entered the tournament. Raimo is a spark plug of talent that can clearly compete across all three styles. Not only is he the second best freshman in the country, but he’s fourth in his weight class at 120 behind Spencer Lee, Justin Mejia and Brandon Cray, who he lost to in the state finals. But the sky is the limit for Raimo. There are many head-turning performances in his future.



152 - Julian Ramirez (Tampa Jesuit, FL)
Ramirez is the real deal. He is a strong attacker that is savvy beyond his years. He’s got takedowns, turns and doesn’t seem to get panicked in tough situations. He capped off his freshman season with a 30-second fall over Christian Febus in the state finals then followed it up with an NHSCA Freshman National title when he pinned Edmond Ruth. Like I said, Ramirez is the real deal.



106 - Adam Busiello (Eastport, NY)
Busiello took over the top spot at 106 after dominating his way to a Super 32 title. Since then, it’s been his world with everyone else chasing the champ. During the season he kept that train rolling as he crushed the field at Eastern States. He had one match go the full six-minutes which resulted in a 9-1 major decision victory in the round of 16. In addition to his major, he had a technical fall and four pins with his last one coming in 1:29. Later on in the year, Busiello add a state title to his resume to complete the year as the #1-ranked 106-pounder in the country.



182 - Josh McKenzie (Bergen Catholic, NJ)
It all started with some speculation as to how good he would be after a video surfaced on Bleacher Report of him punishing defenders on the football field. Well, not long after trading in his cleats for wrestling shoes we saw that he was exactly what we expected; a stud in the making. He may not have a ranking next to his name, but don’t let that fool you for one second. As a 182-pound freshman, McKenzie took on all comers and showed promise even though he may not have had his hand raised before leaving the mat. There are definitely some great things in-store for this young, strong and incredible athlete.


Keystone Classic Seeds Released

Tony Rotundo Mark Hall 2017

The 2017 Keystone Classic is going to be lit. Over a dozen ranked wrestlers are headed to the Palestra in Philly on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. The Nittany Lions of Penn State headline the event by snagging eight No. 1 seeds. Check out the full list below.

5 Crucial Keystone Contests

Austin Bernard Matt McCutcheon

Hundreds of NCAA wrestlers, including 17 ranked in the top 20, are headed to the historic Palestra on UPenn's campus in Philadelphia for the 2017 Keystone Classic on Sunday.

FloWrestling Login Procedures

Tony Rotundo NCAA Finals green carpet

Hello wrestling fans! If you are experiencing difficulty logging in to our updated website, it maybe because, for security purposes, the site no longer recognizes usernames. Please use your email address to login.

Five Ranked Matchups In Minnesota At Oklahoma State Dual

Austin Bernard Nick Piccininni

We've got a Sunday matinee for you, and the slate is full of intriguing matchups.

What 2 Watch 4: Iowa Returns To Carver-Hawkeye

Tony Rotundo Brandon Sorensen Iowa

You know it's definitely wrestling season when (a) Whiteboard Wars return and (b) the Iowa Hawkeyes kick off their season with the Iowa City Duals.

T-Row & Funky Episode 91: Live and Worldwide

Tony Rotundo 17CMWOSUASU6562.jpg

Ben is in Singapore for his retirement fight, but that won't stop the T-Row & Funky Show from breaking down the week in news and NCAA Wrestling results!

Flo Kickoff Classic 15u Preview

John Sachs 27399452111_e48958f288_o (1).jpg

By Ryan Lance, Youth1

The 2017 Flo Kickoff Classic is bringing together some of the top youth wrestlers in the country for its 21st annual tournament this weekend at the Expo Square Pavilion in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Boise State President Bob Kustra To Retire

© Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports BSU Bob Kustra

Bob Kustra, the long-serving president of Boise State University and the driving force behind the school’s decision to abruptly drop the varsity wrestling program last spring, has announced that he will retire at the end of the school year, effective June 30, 2018.

Notable Competitors At Lindenwood Open

Tony Rotundo Jaydin Eierman.jpg

The Lindenwood Open is providing the first look at some very talented freshman and a few of the NCAA's best this Saturday at Robert F. Hyland Arena in St. Charles, MO.

Marquee Matchup: #3 Bryce Meredith vs #6 Chad Red

meredith.jpg

This Friday night, one of the most exciting freshmen in the country takes on a former NCAA finalist in Lincoln, NE.