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Shayne Van Ness and Ryan Jack have been added to the card for Who's #1.
The very first match announcement featured #1 Jesse Mendez taking on #2 Dom Serrano at 132 pounds, which quickly drew the ire of some folks in the Northeast. So for the fourth time in the history of WNO, we'll have a four-man mini tournament. Three of those have been at 132lbs.
Jack, an NHSCA champ out of Connecticut who wrestles for Danbury and trains with Empire Wrestling Academy, beat both Serrano and Mendez en route to the Super 32 finals in October. There he lost to Van Ness, a rising junior at Blair Academy.
Van Ness' ledger is impressive, having wins over former Who's #1 wrestlers Jordan Decatur and Nick Raimo, as well as Beau Bartlett, who is on this year's card. Between Ironman and Beast, he was victorious over two-time Fargo finalist Mick Burnett and Akron finalist Frankie Tal-Shahar. He entered Akron ranked first, but lost in the first round before defaulting out.
The rules are simple: #1 Mendez will face #4 Jack, and #2 Serrano will square off against #3 Van Ness, with an added twist this year. The higher ranked man will get to choose the style for the match.
Mendez, who just wrestle at the Cadet world championships in Bulgaria, has already declared his intention to make it a freestyle match. If Van Ness beats Serrano, he maay be clamoring for it to be folkstyle.
I want in! Why don’t we make this a round robin?— Shayne Van Ness (@shayne_finesse) July 18, 2019
@PhenoMendez you have already won the world team spot in freestyle if you really want to prove you are number one beat me in a folk style match.— Shayne Van Ness (@shayne_finesse) July 19, 2019
Sorry but I won’t be at super32 this is your one and only chance, take it or leave it. October is preseason for folk style anyway.— Shayne Van Ness (@shayne_finesse) July 20, 2019