Who's #1 Alumni Success At College & International Level

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Entering its seventh year, Who's #1 has featured the nation's best high school wrestlers in the country year in and year out. Those high school stars have turned into stars on the collegiate and world levels. Check out how Who's #1 alumni have fared at the NCAA Tournament and at the Cadet and Junior World Championships over the years.

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NCAA Champions

3x Jason Nolf (Penn State)

2x Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State)

2x Zahid Valencia (Arizona State)

2x Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell)

Seth Gross (South Dakota State)

Isaiah White (DII - Notre Dame College)

Mark Hall (Penn State)

Myles Martin (Ohio State) 

Nick Suriano (Rutgers)

Nine different Who's #1 alumni have won an impressive 14 NCAA titles since 2016. When Nick Suriano and Daton Fix squared off on the big stage in Pittsburgh, it was the first time a Who's #1 rematch occurred in the NCAA finals. Eight NCAA finalists in Pittsburgh and four champions wrestled at Who's #1 during the high school careers. 


NCAA All-Americans

Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma State)

Ryan Millhof (Oklahoma)

Sean Russell (Edinboro)

Luke Pletcher (Nebraska)

Kaid Brock (Oklahoma State)

Joey McKenna (Stanford & Ohio State)

Nick Lee (Penn State)

Chad Red (Nebraska)

Matt Kolodzik (Princeton)

Grant Leeth (Missouri)

Hayden Hidlay (NC State)

Michael Kemerer (Iowa)

Joe Smith (Oklahoma State)

David McFadden (Virginia Tech) 

Daton Fix (Oklahoma State)

Pat Glory (Princeton)

Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State)

Mitch McKee (Minnesota)

Larry Early (Old Dominion)

Isaiah White (Nebraska)

Mikey Labriola (Nebraska)

Dakota Geer (Oklahoma State)

Gable Steveson (Minnesota)

Also since 2016, 23 different Who's #1 alumni were All-Americans at the NCAA Championships. Add in the nine NCAA champions and that means 32 former Who's #1 competitors have stood on the podium at the NCAA Championships. 

Of the 80 All-Americans at 2019 NCAA Championships, 24 of them wrestled at Who's #1. Doing a little quick math that means 30% of the All-Americans in Pittsburgh wrestled inside the Snake Pit. 


Senior World Team Members

Mason Manville (2017 Greco-Roman)

Daton Fix (2019 Freestyle)

Daton Fix became the second Who's #1 alumni to make a Senior World Team when he knocked off Thomas Gilman this summer. However, he wasn't the only former Who's #1 competitor at Final X. Yianni Diakomihalis and Gable Steveson both made Final X - Rutgers before falling to Zain Retherford and Nick Gwiazdowski respectively. Joey McKenna, Zahid Valencia, and Nick Green all made Final X - State College in 2018



Junior World Medalists

Mark Hall (2x Champion)

Gable Steveson (Gold)

Daton Fix (Gold, 2x Bronze)

David Carr (Gold)

Joey McKenna (Silver)

Mitch McKee (Silver)

Zahid Valencia (Silver)

Macey Kilty (2x Silver)

Taylor Lamont (Bronze)

Brady Berge (Bronze)

Trent Hidlay (Bronze) 

David Carr, Macey Kilty, and Trent Hidlay added to this year's medal haul for former Who's #1 competitors who have now won 15 Junior World Championship medals. 


Cadet World Medalist

Yianni Diakomihalis (2x Gold)

Gable Steveson (2x Gold)

Kurt McHenry (2x Gold)

Jarod Verkleeren (Gold)

Mason Manville (Gold)

Mark Hall (Gold)

Jordan Wood (Silver)

Richard Figueroa (Silver)

Daton Fix (Bronze)

Travis Wittlake (Bronze)

David Carr (Bronze)

Cade Olivas (Bronze)

Jacori Teemer (Bronze)

Gavin Hoffman (Bronze)

Gracie Figueroa (Bronze)

Macey Kilty (Gold, Bronze)

Alex Facundo (2xBronze) 

Abe Assad (Bronze)

Alex Facundo is the lone former Who's #1 competitor who earned a medal at the Cadet World Championships this year. Who's #1 alumni have won 23 Cadet World Championship medals all-time.


2019 Who's #1 Match Order

132: #1 Jesse Mendez, IN vs #4 Ryan Jack, CT

132: #2 Dom Serrano, CO vs #3 Shayne Van Ness, NJ

120: #1 Jesse Ybarra, AZ vs #2 Jakason Burks, NE

113: #1 Richard Figueroa, CA vs #2 Stevo Poulin, NY

145: #1 Victor Voinovich, OH vs #2 Jesse Vasquez, CA

65 kg: Josh Saunders, MO vs Anthony Echemendia, AZ

152: #1 Sonny Santiago, CA vs #2 Travis Mastrogiovanni, NJ

160: #1 Paddy Gallagher, OH vs #2 Keegan O'Toole, WI

126: #1 Robbie Howard, NJ vs #2 Trevor Mastrogiovanni, NJ

138: #1 Beau Bartlett, PA vs #2 Ryan Sokol, MN

170: #1 Alex Facundo, MI vs #2 Patrick Kennedy, MN

132: Mendez/Jack winner vs Serrano/Van Ness winner 

NLWC Event Match Notes And Takeaways

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A wonderful Saturday night of wrestling in the books. The Nittany Lion Wrestling Club hosted an event taking on a variety of competitors, most from the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. All-in-all it was 13 fun matches involving high level competitors.

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The current #1 wrestler in the country at 220 lbs, #11 on the Class of 2022 Big Board — although I expect that to improve when David Bray updates the ranking — and the #14 P4P high schooler, Nick Feldman, is a National Prep champion out of powerhouse PA high school Malvern Prep. The Friars finished in third at both Ironman and National Preps behind historic programs in Blair and Wyoming Seminary. Feldman will put his #1 ranking on the line against Oklahoma State commit Kyle Haas October 3rd in Austin, TX, at Who’s #1.

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The #2 heavyweight in the country, Chase Horne, has made his college decision. 

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On episode 551 of FRL, the boys discuss all of the action from an awesome Beat The Streets card.

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Beat the Streets is here! The virtual benefit is finished up and now it's time to watch some wrestling, or if you're only able to or so inclined, read about wrestling while I live blog all six matches from my home in Austin, Texas. Wrestling begins at 7:30 PM ET. Be sure to refresh frequently for second by second match updates. The blog in its entirety will be uploaded post-event as "match notes" if you would like a recap or see what you missed.

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A four-time All-American and one of the most decorated wrestlers in Iowa history, Derek St. John has found a home coaching within the Iowa State wrestling program, but his journey isn’t as clear-cut as just traveling west on Interstate 80. 

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On October 31, FloWrestling will be hosting an eight-man 195-pound tournament with over $41,000 in payouts. The champion will earn $20k, the runner-up will be awarded $10k, third-place will get $5k, fourth-place $4k, and fifth-eighth will all be awarded $1k. 

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