Insane Matchups & Team Race In Store At National Preps
Insane Matchups & Team Race In Store At National Preps
This year's National Prep Championships looks like it will have an incredible team race and a bunch of bonkers matchups.
Malvern Prep, Wyoming Seminary, and Blair Academy are locked and loaded to battle for a National Prep team title, and we'll see a bunch of amazing matchups along the way. Here's what you need to know before National Preps kicks off.
Three Team Race
We didn't have a normal team race in 2021 as COVID-19 shifted Preps to an open and limited who participated. Still, it can't be ignored that Malvern Prep walked away with 6 individual champions and were the defacto champs. This year, Malvern, Wyoming Seminary, and Blair are all bringing strong squads with a chance to win the whole thing.
The chart below shows the projected points, placement, and the number of qualifiers for the top 15 teams in the field based on their wrestlers' pre-seeds. These projections don't factor in bonus points.
The top three teams will get a lot of attention, but don't overlook the ridiculous level of talent represented but the rest of the teams in the top 15 of this tournament.
|4||Lake Highland Prep||91||11|
|5||Green Farms Academy||51||10|
|7||Mount Saint Joseph||45||14|
|10||Northfield Mt. Hermon||43||11|
|12||The Hill School||38.5||6|
|15||St. Mary's Ryken||26||13|
Wyoming Seminary is projected to score 203 points, punch six through to the finals, and place 13 on the top five steps of the podium. If they can do that, they'll be tough to beat. Top seeds for Sem include #1 Nic Bouzakis, #3 Meyer Shapiro, #6 Joe Sealey, and #5 Jude Correa. Bouzakis and Shapiro are massive favorites, but Sealey and Correa could be tested.
Malvern Prep is also expected to score an uncanny amount of points at 197. They have four projected champs, 12 seeded in the top five, and the entire squad is projected to finish on the podium. Their top seeds are #4 Anthony Mutarelli, #11 Nick O'Neill, #9 Caden Rogers, and #1 Nick Feldman. Like Sem, two of their top seeds are pretty impenetrable (Mutarelli and Feldman) while the others could be tested (O'Neill and Rogers).
Blair finds themselves with some ground to make up on Sem and Malvern with a projected 183 points, but don't count this squad out. #6 Leo Deluca, #1 Marc-Anthony McGowan, #13 Lorenzo Norman, and #3 Danny Wask are all top seeds and 12 of their 13 qualifiers are expected to finish on the podium. Some key matchups could open the door for them to snag this title.
106 - 1 (#4) Anthony Mutarelli, Malvern Prep
106 - 2 (HM) Davis Motyka, Wyoming Seminary
106 - 3 Brady Kaupp, Green Farms Academy
106 - 4 (HM) Jacob Bond, Baylor School
106 - 5 Cal Werden, Western Reserve
106 - 6 Sean Garretson, Archbishop Spaulding
106 - 7 Liam Davis, Lake Highland Prep
106 - 8 Dominic Marinilli, Northfield Mt. Hermon
106 - 9 Ellis Kirsch, Bullis School
106 - 10 Matt D'Arcy, St. Benedict's Prep
106 - 11 Caleb Haney, St. Christopher's School
106 - 12 Benny Simpson, Bishop Lynch High School
For much of the year, the finals of this bracket appeared like it would be a rubber-match between #4 Anthony Mutarelli and #6 Cooper Hilton, but Sem’s lineup has shifted up which makes Mutarelli a big favorite.
Davis Motyka is the second seed. A strong performance from him could prove critical for Sem’s team title hopes, but with Lake Highland Prep’s Liam Davis and Green Farms Academy’s Brady Kaupp in his potential path, he’ll need to be sharp.
113 - 1 (#6) Leo DeLuca, Blair Academy
113 - 2 (#6) Cooper Hilton, Wyoming Seminary
113 - 3 (#13) Tommy Link, Malvern Prep
113 - 4 (#16) Carter Nogle, Mount Saint Joseph
113 - 5 Evan Boblits, St. Mary's Ryken
113 - 6 Lane Foard, Benedictine Prep
113 - 7 Jack Parker, St. Christopher's School
113 - 8 Vincent Paolucci, Archbishop Spaulding
113 - 9 Brody Gobbell, Father Ryan High School
113 - 10 Zeno Moore, Lake Highland Prep
113 - 11 Andrew Pimental, Belmont Hill
113 - 12 Alex Ropski, Christian Brothers
Cooper Hilton, the #6 ranked guy at 106 lbs, is up at 113 where he’s slated to see #6 Leo DeLuca in the finals. DeLuca will expect to see a tough #16 Carter Nogle in the semis Nogle’s 5th place performance at Beast of the East proved that he’s tough, but DeLuca will still be favored to make the finals.
On the bottom half, Hilton will have to get past Malvern Prep’s #13 Tommy Link, an Army commit who was 3rd at Beast of the East and Escape the Rock this year in addition to his runner-up finish at Powerade. Link will look to use his experience and mat savvy to get past the freshman Hilton and avenge his Ironman loss to DeLuca in the finals.
120 - 1 (#1) Marc-Anthony McGowan, Blair Academy
120 - 2 (#4) Luke Lilledahl, Wyoming Seminary
120 - 3 (#16) Jack Consiglio, Malvern Prep
120 - 4 (HM) Billy Dekraker, McDonogh School
120 - 5 (#8) Ethan Rivera, Lake Highland Prep
120 - 6 (HM) Coleman Nogle, Mount Saint Joseph
120 - 7 (HM) Brycen Arbogast, Benedictine Prep
120 - 8 Emmitt Sherlock, Gilman School
120 - 9 Sulayman Bah, Kiski School
120 - 10 Robert Pavlek, The Hill School
120 - 11 Cameron Helton, Lakeway Christian Academy
120 - 12 Judson Jarret, Baylor School
120 - Alt Joseph Stoerzinger, Green Farms Academy
This bracket has nice depth with four guys in the top 20 and three more who are close. #1 McGowan and #4 (113) Lilledahl are favorites to make the finals, but #8 (113) Rivera, #16 Consiglio, Dekraker, Nogle, and Arbogast will look to throw a wrench in that matchup.
If we see McGowan vs Lilledahl it will be for the first time this season as Lilledahl is up from 113. This would truly be a world-class final as both McGowan and Lilledahl are Cadet World finalists, McGowan a champ and Lilledahl a silver medalist.
126 - 1 (#11) Nick O'Neill, Malvern Prep
126 - 2 (#19) Matty Lopes, Blair Academy
126 - 3 (HM) Casen Roark, Father Ryan High School
126 - 4 (HM) Jackson Bond, Baylor School
126 - 5 Matt Hart, Western Reserve
126 - 6 (HM) Brady Pruett, Archbishop Spaulding
126 - 7 Joe Couch, Bullis School
126 - 8 Tyson Sherlock, Gilman School
126 - 9 Hunter Sloan, The Hill School
126 - 10 Colin Kacena, Lake Highland Prep
126 - 11 Christian Fretwell, Wyoming Seminary
126 - 12 Luke Murray, Peninsula Catholic School
126 - Alt Keegan McMahon, Paul VI
Nick O’Neill is ranked 11th in the country and has victories over second seeded #19 Matty Lopes at both Journeymen and Germantown this year. At his best, O’Neill looks unstoppable, but he has had down moments this year that could give the rest of the field some hope.
Lopes isn’t the only challenger here. Casen Roark, Jackson Bond, Matt Haret, and Brady Pruett have all had strong moments this season. Roark and Bond just met in the Tennessee state finals last week while Hart and Pruett are no strangers to the national circuit.
Matty Lopes & Nick O'Neill's match at the Journeymen Fall Classic
132 - 1 (#1) Nic Bouzakis, Wyoming Seminary
132 - 2 (#19) Spencer Barnhart, Malvern Prep
132 - 3 (HM) Ibrahim Ahmed, Blair Academy
132 - 4 Dyson Dunham, Benedictine Prep
132 - 5 Joel Brown, Landon
132 - 6 Jacob Wright, Mount Saint Joseph
132 - 7 TJ Langley, Western Reserve
132 - 8 Nate Askew, Baylor School
132 - 9 Freddy Pimental, Belmont Hill
132 - 10 Holleran, St. Benedict's Prep
132 - 11 Tallion Elliott, Bullis School
132 - 12 Enzo Bell, McDonogh School
132 - Alt Luis Bazan, Lake Highland Prep
This bracket is Bouzakis’ to lose, but he will likely have Malvern Prep workhorse #19 Spencer Barnhart in the finals. Barnhart turned in consistently solid showings this season with a 4th place finish at Ironman, 5th place finishes at Beast of the East and Ironman, and a runner-up showing at Escape the Rock. He may see HM Ibrahim Ahmed of Blair Academy in the semis. If so, this would be a rematch of the Germantown finals, a bout Barnhart won.
138 - 1 (HM) Kelvin Griffin, The Hill School
138 - 2 (#14) Paul Ognissanti, Blair Academy
138 - 3 Sp O'donnell, Malvern Prep
138 - 4 Sam Cartella, Western Reserve
138 - 5 (HM) Kai Owen, Wyoming Seminary
138 - 6 (#18) Elijah Rivera, Lake Highland Prep
138 - 7 Will Levy, Landon
138 - 8 (HM) Clayton Gabrielson, St. Mary's Ryken
138 - 9 Luke Dionne, Northfield Mt. Hermon
138 - 10 Fisher Bejnerowicz, Rabun Gap - Nacoochee School
138 - 11 Judah Aybar, Loyola-Blakefield
138 - 12 Tyler Hood, St. Christopher's School
138 - Alt Adam Figler, Belmont Hill
This weight is fairly wide open which makes it important for the team race. Kelvin Griffin earned the top seed after a strong Escape the Rock performance where he finished second. He’s as tough as they come on the mat and may very well win this thing, but there’s a capable pack behind him.
#14 Paul Ognissanti is the highest-ranked 138-pounder in the mix he made the podium at Ironman, Beast of the East, and Powerade this season, and Blair may need a title from him to have a chance at snagging the team title. He has a tough path though as he’ll likely see the winner of #18 Elijah Rivera and Malvern’s SP O’Donnell in the semis.
Griffin’s potential semifinal opponent is seeded to be either Western Reserve’s Sam Cartella or Wyoming Seminary’s Kai Owen. Like Blair, Sem will look to 138 as a weight class where they can make up ground on Malvern Prep.
145 - 1 (#3) Meyer Shapiro, Wyoming Seminary
145 - 2 (#18) Ethan Mojena, Lake Highland Prep
145 - 3 (HM) William Henckel, Blair Academy
145 - 4 (HM) Reed Fullmer, Malvern Prep
145 - 5 (HM) Brayden Ivy, Lakeway Christian Academy
145 - 6 Kailen Richards, Belmont Hill
145 - 7 (HM) Mekhi Neal, St. Mary's Ryken
145 - 8 Cale Roggie, St. Christopher's School
145 - 9 Ryan Money, Severn School
145 - 10 Matty Walsh, Loyola-Blakefield
145 - 11 Jedidiah Kim, St. Mark's School of Texas
145 - 12 Colin Nugent, Phillips Andover
145 - Alt Mac Russ, Montgomery Bell Academy
Wyoming Seminary’s #3 Meyer Shapiro has looked unstoppable for the last calendar year. In that time he has won titles at Powerade, Cadet World Team Trials, and, oh yeah, the Cadet World Championships. He’ll expect to see the winner of Reed Fullmer and Brayden Ivy in the semis then either #18 Ethan Mojena or William Henckel in the finals.
Mojena got the better of Henckel at Beast of the East where he was the champion, but Henckel is a Fargo champ who will look to flip that result in the National Prep semis.
Meyer Shapiro's Cadet World title
152 - 1 (#6) Joseph Sealey, Wyoming Seminary
152 - 2 (#8) Richard Fedalen, McDonogh School
152 - 3 Peter Kane, Green Farms Academy
152 - 4 (#9) Danny Nini, Lake Highland Prep
152 - 5 Joe Fisk, Archbishop Spaulding
152 - 6 (#14) Nick Kunstek, Blair Academy
152 - 7 Nathan Rickards, Malvern Prep
152 - 8 Ian McGehee, Memphis University School
152 - 9 Nicolas Barnabae, Mount Saint Joseph
152 - 10 Nolan O'Boyle, Norfolk Academy
152 - 11 Declan Casey, St. Pauls NH
152 - 12 Nick Stampoulos, St. Benedict's Prep
152 - Alt Shaymus Macintosh, Northfield Mt. Hermon
The top six in this bracket are rock-solid. Joe Sealey is one of the more entertaining wrestlers to watch in all of high school wrestling. His high octane offense wilts many opponents as evidenced by his Beast of the East and Powerade titles.
Sealey could see #9 Danny Nini in the semifinals. Nini was 3rd this year at Super 32 down at 138 and 3rd at Ironman at 144. The North Carolina commit will look to turn in a strong performance in a brutal bracket.
On the bottom half of the bracket, Columbia commit #8 Richard Fedalen will likely see the winner between Peter Kane and #14 Nick Kunstek in the semis. Kunstek is a Fargo AA and a Powerade finalist, but Fedalan would be the favorite in that one. A potential finals bout between Sealey and Fedalen would be a whole lot of fun.
160 - 1 (#13) Lorenzo Norman, Blair Academy
160 - 2 (HM) Zane Cox, Benedictine Prep
160 - 3 Dom Federici, Wyoming Seminary
160 - 4 Colby Isabelle, The Hill School
160 - 5 Owen Quinn, Malvern Prep
160 - 6 Marcus Murabito, Green Farms Academy
160 - 7 Josh Boykin, Lake Highland Prep
160 - 8 Tre Wilfong, Charlotte Christian School
160 - 9 Colby Dalon, Lakeway Christian Academy
160 - 10 Mason Alley, Baylor School
160 - 11 Nathaniel Insko, Providence Day School
160 - 12 Mason Buckler, St. Mary's Ryken
160 - 13 Jeremiah Aybar, Loyola-Blakefield
Circle this bracket as critical for the team race. Blair's #13 Lorenzo Norman is the top man, and they'll need the heavy favorite to get it done. For Malvern and Sem, this is a weight where they could make or break their title hopes. Both Dom Federici and Owen Quinn have the ability to outplace their seed, and that could make all the difference.
170 - 1 (#3) Danny Wask, Blair Academy
170 - 2 (#9) Jonathan Ley, Lake Highland Prep
170 - 3 (#19) Carter Schubert, Wyoming Seminary
170 - 4 Aidan Bowers, Christian Brothers
170 - 5 (HM) David Barrett, Northfield Mt. Hermon
170 - 6 Caleb Campos, Cannon School
170 - 7 Pearson Hill, Hopkins
170 - 8 Isaiah Wright, Malvern Prep
170 - 9 Zak Zindle, The Hill School
170 - 10 RJ Moore, Springside Chesnut Hill Academy
170 - 11 Riley Finck, St. Christopher's School
170 - 12 Noah Onkst, McDonogh School
170 - 13 Drew Baublitz, Spalding
#3 Danny Wask is a pretty big favorite at 170 lbs. He's been on fire for the past year with finals runs at Fargo and Powerade and a 4th place showing at Ironman. Those Powerade and Ironman brackets were two of the deepest high school brackets of the year.
Lake Highland Prep's #9 Jonathan Ley is capable of winning this bracket, but he'll have to bring his A-game if he wants to take out Wask. Wyoming Sem's #19 Carter Schubert is up from 160 lbs for the team in the absence of #5 Gabe Arnold, but he's still projected to earn third place points.
Keep an eye on Malvern Prep's Isaiah Wright who's seeded 8th. He's their lowest-seeded wrestler and has the most room to make up team points.
182 - 1 (#5) Jude Correa, Wyoming Seminary
182 - 2 (#6) Jack Wehmeyer, Malvern Prep
182 - 3 (HM) Nate Taylor, Green Farms Academy
182 - 4 Gervacio Gonzalez, Christian Brothers
182 - 5 (HM) Omaury Alvarez, Baylor School
182 - 6 (HM) Bryce Phillips, Mount Saint Joseph
182 - 7 Luke Malveaux, St. Thomas
182 - 8 Roman Martinez, Blair Academy
182 - 9 Ruben Karapetyan, St. John's College
182 - 10 Andrew Lavayen, St. Stephens/St. Agnes
182 - 11 Nicholas Bell, Northfield Mt. Hermon
182 - 12 Reeves Baller, Liberty Christian School
182 - 13 Daniel Bittner, Belmont Hill
This bracket has some tough dudes like Nate Taylor, Gervacio Gonzalez, Omaury Alvarez, and Bryce Phillips, but all signs point to a finals rematch between #5 Jude Correa and #6 Jack Wehmeyer. When they two met at Ironman, Correa used a second-period rideout and third-period escape and counter takedown to notch a 3-0 victory over Wehmeyer at 190 lbs. Now Wehmeyer will look to even the score with significant team implications on the line.
Blair Academy's Roman Martinez is seeded 8th. An over-performance from him could boost Blair's shot at pulling off a surprise team title.
Jude Correa & Jack Wehmeyer's Ironman bout
195 - 1 (#13) Aiden Hanning, Northfield Mt. Hermon
195 - 2 John Dusza, St. Benedict's Prep
195 - 3 Ike Schimdt, Blair Academy
195 - 4 Wolfgang Frable, Wyoming Seminary
195 - 5 (HM) Andrew Connolly, Malvern Prep
195 - 6 Thomas Davanzo, Lake Highland Prep
195 - 7 Gerard Johnson, McDonogh School
195 - 8 Oliver Jones, Norfolk Academy
195 - 9 Riley Venos, Cannon School
195 - 10 Elijah Ellis, St. Mark's School of Texas
195 - 11 Titus Grumbles, Bay Area Christian School
195 - 12 Ezekiel Gayle, St. Mary's Ryken
195 - 13 AJANI BOND, Gonzaga College High School
Cornell commit #13 Aiden Hanning is the top dog at 195 lbs and a pretty big favorite to win the bracket. He's seeded to see John Dsuza in the finals. Ike Schmidt, Wolfgang Frable, and Andrew Connolly are the next three seeds for Blair, Sem, and Malvern respectively. Expect to see some head to head matchups with team implications on the line in this bracket.
220 - 1 (#9) Caden Rogers, Malvern Prep
220 - 2 (#7) Tj Stewart, Blair Academy
220 - 3 (#10) Jack Darrah, Wyoming Seminary
220 - 4 Gabe Fisher, Montgomery Bell Academy
220 - 5 John Perdue, St. John's School
220 - 6 Evan Anderson, Western Reserve
220 - 7 KADARI MACHEN, Gonzaga College High School
220 - 8 Joshua Powell, St. Christopher's School
220 - 9 Webster Walls, Bishop Lynch High School
220 - 10 Matthew Hickey, Deerfield Academy
220 - 11 Peyton Rose, Nobles
220 - 12 James Doliscar, Northfield Mt. Hermon
220 - 13 Spencer Toth, Mount Saint Joseph
The top three seeds here represent the top three teams, so don't be surprised if the team race remains in the balance for the last couple finals of the event. All three of the top 220-pounders are ranked in the top ten in the nation, so this one should be fun.
The semi on the bottom half of the bracket is expected to be #7 TJ Stewart vs #10 Jack Darrah. Stewart has won his previous two meetings with Darrah. Their Ironman bout was pretty one-sided, but they had a much closer match in a dual later on.
#9 Caden Rogers will most likely see the winner of that semi. Rogers is a Lehigh commit who has been focused on college opens this year, but he could play a massive role for his team here.
285 - 1 (#1) Nicholas Feldman, Malvern Prep
285 - 2 (#13) James Howard, McCallie School
285 - 3 (HM) Alex Semenenko, Poly Prep
285 - 4 Billy Brosko, The Haverford School
285 - 5 (HM) DJ Moehring, Wyoming Seminary
285 - 6 Dion Stutts, Memphis University School
285 - 7 Beau Edwards, Episcopal (TX)
285 - 8 (HM) Gabe Moore, Liberty Christian School
285 - 9 Samsom Okunlola, Thayer
285 - 10 Bryce Purnell, Archbishop Spaulding
285 - 11 Peyton Rose, Nobles
285 - 12 Gavin Bage, Mount Saint Joseph
285 - 13 Luke Hendricks, Mercersburg Academy
Nick Feldman is the top pound-for-pound wrestler in the country for a reason. He will most likely score bonus points all the way through this tournament, and that is no disrespect to #13 James Howard, Fargo champ Alex Semenenko, or anyone else in the field. Feldman has just been on another level. His Powerade final with #2 Jim Mullen is at the top of this article.
Wyoming Sem's DJ Moehring could help the team by improving on his #5 seed. Blair Academy's Losini Maka is unseeded, so obviously placement points from him would be massive for the team's chances at winning it all.
- 114 lbs 3rd Place - Cadell Lee, Brooke Point vs Leo DeLuca, Blair Academy
Jan 15, 2023
- 114 lbs Consolation - Leo DeLuca, Blair Academy vs Vincent Paino, St. Joseph Regional
Jan 15, 2023
- 114 lbs Semifinal - Lukas Littleton Mascaro, Malvern Prep vs Leo DeLuca, Blair Academy
Jan 15, 2023
- 126 lbs Placement Matches (8 Team) - Luke Lilledahl, Wyoming Seminary vs Gabe Elmanzalawy, Nazareth
Jan 15, 2023
- 114 lbs Quarterfinal - Roman Lermer, Jesuit High School - Tampa vs Leo DeLuca, Blair Academy
Jan 14, 2023
- 120 lbs Semis & 1st Wrestleback (8 Team) - Luke Lilledahl, Wyoming Seminary vs Chris Kelly, Easton
Jan 14, 2023
- 114 lbs Round Of 16 - Leo DeLuca, Blair Academy vs Kevin Bagnell, Conwell Egan
Jan 14, 2023
- 145 lbs Consi Of 32 #2 - William Henckel, Blair Academy vs Brady McMahon, Pennridge
Jan 14, 2023
- 114 lbs Round Of 32 - Nicholas Berrena, State College vs Leo DeLuca, Blair Academy
Jan 14, 2023