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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.