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Two of the most electric wrestlers at any weight have agreed to meet at 138lbs. for the #1 spot in the country.
Penn State commit Beau Bartlett wrangled the top spot by beating then-#1 Shayne Van Ness in a 20 point outburst in National Prep finals.
Most recently, Bartlett became the only high schooler to place in the Senior division of the US Open.
He spent his entire career at or near the top of the rankings - from the time he was the #1 Junior High prospect until today where he's ranked as the #7 overall recruit in the Class of 2020.
Like Bartlett, Sokol came firing out of the gates and was highly ranked coming into high school. He blew us away in 2017 at his first Fargo appearance, winning the stop sign by beating teching Reece Witcraft, Trevor Mastrogiovanni, and Dom Serrano in succession. All of them would eventually be ranked #1 or #2 in the country.
After a long lay off due to injury, Sokol returned to form in Akron this year where he was once again exceptional. He made the Cadet World Team and will represent the US at the Cadet World Championships in Sofia. Bulgaria at the end of the month.
A future Iowa Hawkeye, Sokol was ranked 16th in the Class of 2021 prior to Akron. That ranking will certainly be going up.
As such, the duo become the undisputed #1 and #2 wrestlers in the country. Now it's time to decide top honors at Who's #1 where they'll meet at 138lbs. with no allowance.
With Fargo causing a stir on social media with Who's #1 speculation, Sokol and Bartlett began the dialogue at 138 before Flo reached out to confirm the matchup.
??— Beau Bartlett (@BeauBartlett_) July 18, 2019
Two other athletes received Golden Tickets based on their Fargo titles: Paddy Gallagher (160/OH) and Patrick Kennedy (170/MN)
Stay tuned for more Who's #1 match-ups as well as releases on date, location, venue, and tickets.
We're considering several locations including Iowa's Carver-Hawkeye Arena, with the expected date September 28th.