College Wrestling Commitment Recap

College Wrestling Commitment Recap

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Oct 28, 2018 by Mike Mal
College Wrestling Commitment Recap
In what has become the unofficial kickoff for the high school folkstyle season, the Journeymen Fall Classic has become a measuring stick for some of the top wrestlers in America. The event as a whole is always loaded, but this year 113 pounds sticks out.

This of course does not mean that other weights are weak or not tough, just that 113 has the depth and star power to be a cut above. Let's run through some of the hammers.

No. 3 Zeke Escalera, Wyoming Seminary

Escalera burst onto the scene in Fargo, becoming Kentucky's first ever cadet national champ (finals match below). He won 106 and is ranked third at that weight, but this could represent his move up to 113 with National Prep champ Drew Munch also at Sem. Escalera is one of the best at controlling the center of the mat and moving his opponents around.

Ryan Chauvin, Lake Highland Prep

One of two seniors at this weight, Chauvin has committed to Army West Point. He is ranked 10th in the country and is a prototype Lake Highland Prep wrestler. They're incredibly tough to score on, which comes in handy in a shortened match situation. Chauvin will be looking for revenge on the next two wrestlers mentioned on this list.

Greg Diakomihalis, Finger Lakes WC

Greg D has been a staple of Journeymen events for years. The Fall Classic is a huge part of the buildup to Super 32, where Diakomihalis was runner-up last year at 106, controversially beating Chauvin in the semis. That was of course after he suffered some setbacks by going 1-3 in the 2016 Classic up at 113. 

Anthony Clark, Delbarton

A state champ lightweight from Delbarton at a Journeymen event? No, not Pat Glory. That'd be No. 19 Anthony Clark, and he can be every bit as good as his senior teammate. Clark was second in 2015 in the middle school event, and won 106 last year, beating Chauvin in the finals, setting the tone for a high school season where he went 39-2 and won a New Jersey state title.

Nick Bouzakis, CFWA

I already mentioned Bouzakis in my sleepers article, but he is a big part of why this weight is so strong. He's one of two eighth graders who are problems for people in this weight. Bouzakis isn't ranked mainly because he's not in 9th grade yet, but will immediately start popping up on everyone's radar.

Dylan Cedeno, Fair Lawn

Anyone who saw his pin the NHSCA finals know his opponents better be prepared for a long match on bottom this Sunday.

Chris Trelli, KT Kidz

Another senior like Chauvin, Trelli is the only Junior Fargo finalist in the pool.


Gene Quodala, St. Paul's

St. Paul's is going to have a jam packed lightweight situation this year. Cadet world champ Kurt McHenry, Fargo champ Wil Guida, and now Quodala. Originally from Virginia, Quodala is No. 50 on the freshman big board and has battled with several guys in the bracket already.

Ryan Crookham, Saucon Valley

The other 8th grader who will frustrate the high schoolers in this weight. Watch his Super 32 Middle school final below.

Caden McCrary, Woodland
The South is well represented at this weight, with McCrary being from Georgia. He has been active in his preparation for Super 32, taking third at the Georgia early entry event.

Sammy Alvarez

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