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McGowan & Davino To Meet In Ironman Finals Rematch At Who's Number One

McGowan & Davino To Meet In Ironman Finals Rematch At Who's Number One

Ben Davino and Marc-Anthony McGowan squared off in the Ironman finals. They'll meet again with the #1 spot on the line.

Aug 10, 2022 by David Bray

Blair Academy senior Marc-Anthony McGowan is one of the more recognizable names in high school wrestling ever since he won Cadet Worlds in 2019. Ben Davino is entering his junior season for St. Charles High School in Illinois after a surging sophomore campaign in which he won Fargo and the Illinois State Championships, made the Ironman finals, and finished 3rd at the U17 World Team Trials.

McGowan and Davino met in an Ironman final this winter. McGowan's first-period takedown set the tone for the match. In the third period, Davino needed a takedown of his own, but McGowan's positioning didn't leave any openings which forced Davino to attempt a late lat-drop that McGowan countered.

For Davino to flip the script in September, he'll need to find a way past McGowan's defense, but Davino tends to be up for the challenge of attacking. He's known for his offensive output, and that has served him well.

Ben Davino's victory in the Fargo finals


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Both McGowan and Davino are highly touted recruits who have yet to make their college decisions. McGowan is one of the biggest chips left in the class of 2023 while Davino is a class of 2024 prospect who is still considering all his options.

Hit Lists

Marc-Anthony McGowan has been a fixture near the top of the high school rankings since he won a Cadet World title in 2019. Since the spring of 2021, he's added a number of ranked wins to his tally, the most important of which was a head-to-head victory over Davino in the Ironman finals.

Davino has been competing just about everywhere and has piled up some serious wins since the spring of 2021. Check out archives of many of these guys' best victories at the links below.

McGowan's Hit List

#4 Ben Davino

#11 Dalton Perry

#11 Alex Nini

#12 Jack Consiglio x2

#14 Alan Koehler

Billy Dekraker

Gabe Giampietro

Brandon Cannon

Marcello Milani

Ben Davino's Hit List

#1 Anthony Knox x2

#4 Draegen Orine

#5 Kale Petersen

#10 Zan Fugitt

#10 Leo DeLuca

#11 (2021) Ben Aranda

#11 Alex Nini

#13 Dillon Campbell

#14 Alan Koehler

#15 Vinny Kilkeary

#15 Landon Robideau

Gauge Botero

Tommy Verrette

Luke Stanich