It's fall, and wrestling is back! Our first live event in over four weeks means that we can finally see some of the best kids in the country back on the mat.
Kicking off what is sure to be an incredible month of wrestling is this weekend's 2017 Journeymen Fall Classic, held like always in scenic Schenectady, New York. Frank Popolizio consistently puts together some of the best talent from across the nation, even if you haven't heard of them just yet.
With that in mind, here's a little primer on seven sleepers to watch for this weekend. The first day of action starts Saturday, Sept. 30, at 9 AM ET, with the main event coming Sunday morning at the same time. Be sure to watch every minute LIVE on Flo.
113: Nic Bouzakis, CFWAThis one really isn't so much a sleeper as it is an eighth-grader who you will become aware of in short order. An undefeated state champ from Florida (where you can wrestle varsity in middle school), Bouzakis' credential list is endless: Flo Tulsa Nationals and Flo Reno Worlds champ, undefeated records at VAC and McDonogh duals, he also won the middle school 105lb bracket at this event last year.
Perhaps most impressively though, he nearly placed in the high school division of Super 32 last year… as a seventh-grader. He'll be in the toughest weight this Sunday and is a must watch. Check out his last second wins over Dante Mininno (below) and Wyatt Yapoujian.
225: Hunter Catka, Sun ValleyThis weekend represents a massive opportunity for Catka. The No. 44 sophomore in the country, he will be out to prove that his Fargo performance was no fluke. With the 13th- and 14th-ranked 220-pounders in the country in his pool -- not to mention PA state placer Clay Verbanac -- Catka could make a name for himself very quickly.
The thing I like about Catka is that the tape shows he tries to score in many different ways and is pretty strong on top. Though his arsenal is varied, his roll through tilt is probably his most effective turn. It's clear his neutral work was cleaned up between NHSCA nationals and Fargo, so we'll be keeping an eye on how quickly he can turn shots into takedowns this weekend.