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Top Middle School Wrestlers 2017/2018 Season

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Rank/ Name/ Grade/ Projected High School/ Current Weight/ Projected HS Weight

1. Jesse Mendez--8th grade--Crown Point--129--(120-126)
(3rd at FloNationals HS, Super32 Champ, USAW triple crown winner, 5X USA National Champ, 2X Tulsa Champ, 2X IHPO Champ, 2X Ohio TOC champ, 3X Middle School state champ, schoolboy Pan Am Greco gold medalist, undefeated at Middle School Nat duals(X2), undefeated at VAC holiday and NHSCA Duals(X3), undefeated in both styles at Schoolboy duals, ranked #6 in Flo's 2022 Big Board, ranked #4 on InterMat for all Freshman)

2.  Zeke Seltzer--8th grade--Cathedral--119–(113-120)
(1st, 2nd, 2nd at Middle School State, Fargo FS 6th place, IHPO Runner Up, PHILO Champ, Super32-3rd place, 3rd place in Freestyle Nationals, 7-0 at Middle School nat duals, 9-0 at the NHSCA duals, Grappler Fall Classic MS Champ, Central Regional Champ, 7-1 schoolboy duals freestyle, 4-1 GRR MS duals, 1st at GRR MS open, 8-0 at Heartland duals, 5-2 Middle school Duals, 5X ISWA State Champ, Ranked #47 in the 2022 Big Board by Flo and #17 in the 113lb weight class)

3. Andrew Donahue--8th grade--Culver Academy--160–(152-160)
(Super32 champ, 4-2 at IHPO, multiple Ohio state champ, 7-0 at National Middle School duals, Ranked #3 in the 2022 Big Board by Flo, ranked #21 on InterMat for all Freshman)

4. Brennen Cernus--8th grade--Culver Academy--100--(106)
(8-0 at National Middle School Duals, 8-0 at Mcdonough Duals, ,9-1 at VAC holiday duals, Indy Nationals Champ, 3rd at Super32, 2018 Tulsa Champ)

5. Josh Barr--7th grade--Crown Point--118--(126-152)
(USA National Freestyle Champ and Greco 3rd place, 4th at Tulsa 2018, 7-3 at VAC gold pool 2017, Super32 Runner-up, USAW triple crown winner, 5X USA National Champ, Tulsa Champ, Grappler Fall Classic MS champ & HS 3rd place, 9-1 at VAC holiday duals 2016, 9-0 at AAU duals, 9-1 at Wildwood duals, 6-1 at GRR duals HS division, ranked the 7th best Junior high wrestler in the country by InterMat)

6. Kamariyon Nelson--8th grade--Brownsburg--102--(106-113)
(2nd, 3rd, and 4th at Middle School State, IHPO Champion,Runner up at Flo Reno Worlds, 3rd at Tulsa Nationals, 10-0 at VAC, 6-1 at Middle Schoo Nat Duals, 6-1 at NUWAY Nat duals, 5-2 at GRR HS duals, 12-2 at Schoolboy duals between both styles, Indy Nationals Champ, 6-1 at GRR duals, Show Me Nationals champ)

7. Matthew Koontz--8th grade--Roncalli—132--(126)
(2nd, 4th, and 7th at Middle School State, 10-0 at VAC, 7-1 at Heartland Duals, 6-2 at NHSCA Duals gold pool, 6-1 at Middle School Nat duals, FloNational Champ MS, 6-0 at Sparty Duals, 8-0 at Iowa Duals, 6-1 at GRR HS duals, 7-0 at GRR MS duals, runner up at GRR MS open, 6-1 at AAU duals, 4-1 at Schoolboy duals FS)

8. Cody Goodwin--7th grade--Crown Point--139--(132-152)
(1st and 6th at Middle School State, 5th at USA Nationals, 8-0 at Heartland Duals, 9-1 at VAC, Tulsa Champ, Reno Worlds Runner-Up, 6-2 at NHSCA Duals gold pool, 6-1 at Middle School Nat Duals, Winter Nationals Champ, Brute Nationals Champ, multi time ISWA triple crown winner, Preseason Nationals 2X Runner up and 3rd place, 2X Indy Nationals champ, 2X NUWAY National champ)

9. Drake Buchanan--8th grade--Center Grove--134–(126-145)
(2nd and 5th at Middle School State, Pan Am World Team Member, 3rd place at USA Nationals Freestyle and Greco, central regional champ in both styles, 8th at Preseason Nationals, 6-2 at Heartland Duals, 21-2 at schoolboy duals Greco style(2years), USAW Nationals All American in freestyle and Greco, 4th & 7th at USA Nationals, Indy Nationals champ, ISWA triple crown winner)

10. Sergio Lemley--7th grade--Chesterton--104--(106-126)
(1st and 5th at Middle School State, 4th at FloNationals MS, SB duals 6-2(Greco) 6-3(FS), Runner Up at Joe Tholl, Elite, 5-0 at GRR MS duals, 4th at Preseason Nationals, ISWA triple crown winner, Winter Nationals Champ)

11. Hayden Watson--8th grade--Greenwood--115-(113)
(2nd, 4th, and 7th at Middle School State, 4th place at IHPO, 5-2 at NUWAY Nat Duals, 5-1 at Sparty Duals, 6-4 at VAC, 9-0 Fall Brawl dual, 8-3 Flo Mat Bash, 7-1 at heartland Duals, 5-2 at AAU duals, 4th at TOC, 4-1 at Nationals Middle School duals, 5th and 3rd at Tulsa Nationals, multi ISWA state champ)

12. Logan Frazier--7th grade--Crown Point—104--(106)
(1st and 5th at Middle School State, 4-2 at IHPO, 3rd at Reno Worlds, 6th at USA Nationals, 3-2 at Tulsa, 6-1 at NUWAY Nat duals, Middle school nat Duals 4-3, Dixie National Champ, Dominate the Dells Champ, Runner Up at GFC, 6-2 at Heartland Duals, 3X ISWA state champ)

13. Sam Goin--7th grade--Crown Point—95--(106)
(1st, 3rd, and 5th at Middle School State, Ohio TOC Champ, 10-0 at VAC 2017, 3-2 at IHPO, SB duals 8-1(FS), 7-1 at Heartland Duals, Midwest Classic Champ, 6-0 Jimtown Duals HS, 4-1 at GRR MS duals, 7-3 at VAC holiday duals 2016, 3rd, 3rd & 6th at USA Nationals, Indy Nationals Champ, multiple ISWA state champ)

14. Cheaney Schoeff--7th grade--Plainfield--88--(106)
(1st and 2nd at Middle School State, FloNationals MS champ, 5th at Ohio TOC, 8-0 at the NHSCA Duals, 8-0 at heartland Duals, 7-0 at NUWAY Nat Duals, 9-1 VAC 2017, 6-0 at Christmas Duals, 9-0 at VAC duals 2016, 7-2 at the NHSCA duals, NUWAY Nationals Champ, 4-2 at GRR MS duals, 6-1 at Middle School National duals in 2018 and 2017, multi time ISWA triple crown winner, 3rd and 5th at USA Nationals)

15. Griffin Ison--8th grade--Brownsburg--150--(152-170)
(2X Middle School State Champ, 7-1 at Heartland Duals, 7-0 at NUWAY Nat Duals, Runner Up at NUWAY nationals, ISWA triple crown winner, Indy National champ)

16. Gabe Sollars--8th grade--West Vigo--136--(138-145)
(Middle School State Champ, 7-1 at Heartland Duals, 5-1 at GRR, Indy Nationals Nat Champ, 9-1 at VAC duals 2015, Runner Up at USA Nationals, NUWAY Nat Champ, 3rd at Tulsa, multi time ISWA champ)

17. JJ Conway--8th grade--Charlestown--116--(126-138)
(Runner up at Middle school state, 2nd at Dixie Nationals, 6-4 at VAC duals, 5-1 Border War Duals, 3rd at Indy Nationals, ISWA state champ)

18. John Purdy--7th grade--Castle--112--(106-132)
(4th and 6th at Middle School State, 7-3 at VAC, USA National Champ, Greco Nationals Runner Up and 4th at Freestyle Nationals, Central Regional champ in both styles, SB duals 6-2(Greco) 8-1(FS), 6-1 at Heartland Duals, 8-1 at AAU elementary duals, Dixie National champ, Indy National Champ, ISWA triple crown winner, 3rd at Preseason Nationals)

19. Lane Gilbert--7th grade--Sullivan--110--(106-120)
(Middle School State Champ, 3-2 at Tulsa, SB duals 6-3(FS), 5-3 at hearland Duals, 6-1 at NUWAY Nat Duals, 4-1 NUWAY spring duals, 7-3 at VAC, ISWA triple crown winner, 8-0 Columbus Day Duals)

20. Aidan Torres--7th grade--Chesterton--102--(106-120)
(5th at Middle School State, 4th & 5th at USA Nationals, SB duals 6-3(FS), 7-1 at Heartland Duals, 6-0 Jimtown Duals HS, 7-0 NUWAY Nat Duals, 4-1 at Christmas Sparty Duals, Winter Nationals Champ, Indy Nat Champ, ISWA triple crown winner)

21. Ashton Hayhurst--8th grade--Castle--110--(106-113)
(2X Middle School State Runner Up, 5-5 at VAC in gold pool 2017, 9-1 at VAC holiday duals 2016, 6-0 at GRR duals, Runner up at Central Regional in FS&GR)

22. Orlando Cruz--7th grade--Crown Point--140--(145-152)
(Runner Up at Middle School State, 4th at USA Nationals, 6-2 at NHSCA duals gold bracket, 5-0 at NUWAY spring duals, 8-2 at VAC, 4th at Preseason Nationals, 1st and 2nd at NUWAY National, Indy Nationals 2nd and 4th)

23. Brody Baumann--8th grade--Mater Dei--102--(106)
(1st and 5th at Middle School State, 2-2 at Tulsa, Central Regional FS champ, 8th at USA Nationals, 4-1 at GRR duals, 7-3 at Wildwood duals, 7-3 at VAC holiday duals

24. Braden Welch--8th grade--Culver Academy--160--(152-170)
(Ranked #29 on Flo's 2022 Big Board, 7-1 at McDonogh Duals, 6-4 at VAC Holiday Duals)

25. Elijah Anthony--8th grade--Frankfort--90--(106)
(4th and 8th at Middle School State, Runner Up at Ohio TOC, Runner Up at PHILO, 7th at USA Nationals, 3rd at Midwest Nationals, 4-1 at Schoolboy duals, Runner Up at Celtic Elite, 4th and 7th at NUWAY Nationals, multi ISWA state champ)

Updated: 9/10/2018

HM. Isaiah Street--8th grade--Brownsburg--155--(152-170)
(Middle School State Champ, 6-2 at Heartland Duals, ISWA State Champ, 4th at Indy Nationals)

HM. Devon Bell--8th grade--Heritage Hills--135--(132-145)
(Viper Pit Runner Up, 2-2 at Tulsa, 4-1 at NUWAY Nat Duals, 5th at Preseason Nationals, Adidas Nationals champ, Runner Up at Conflict at Carver,  GFC 5th, Brute Nationals 4th, ISWA runner up)

HM. Christian Carroll--7th grade--Crown Point—170--(160-220)
(6-0 at Lee Pamulak MS duals, 6-1 at NUWAY Nat Duals, 4-3 at Middle school Nat duals, 5-1 at Sparty Duals, 8-2 at VAC, Preseason Nationals Runner-up, 5-2 at AAU duals, 6-0 at Christmas Duals, ISWA triple Crown Winner)

HM. Kade Law--8th grade--Jennings County--135--(132-145)
(3rd at Middle School State, 9-1 at VAC, 5-3 in Greco and Freestyle at Schoolboy Dual

HM. Bryce Lowery--7th grade--Roncalli--85--(106)
(1st, 4th, and 5th at Middle School State, 5-3 at Heartland Duals, 5-2 at NUWAY Nat Duals, 4-1 at GRR MS duals, 12-2 between both styles at Schoolboy Duals,  All American at USA Nationals, ISWA Freestyle and Greco state champ)

HM. Leighton Jones--7th grade--Brownsburg--175--(182-220)
(Runner Up at Middle School State, Runner up in FS and GR USA Nationals 2017, 3rd in GR 4th in FS USA Nationals, SB duals 6-2(Greco) 7-2(FS), GGR open 1st, 5-2 at GGR duals, 3rd at USA Nationals, Central Regional champ in FS & GR, multi time ISWA state champ)

HM. Aaron Steenbeke--7th grade--Granger--149--(152-160)
(3rd at Middle School State, 3rd and 4th at USA Nationals, SB duals 6-2(Greco) 7-2(FS), 4-3 at Middle School Nat duals, 5-4 a VAC, 4th at Freakshow, 4th at USA freestyle Nat and 3rd at Greco Nationals, ISWA triple crown winner, 1st and freestyle and greco central regional)

HM. Cole Solomey--7th grade--Kankakee Valley--90--(106)
(3rd and 3rd at Middle School State, 7-1 at Heartland Duals, 5-0 at NUWAY spring duals, 3rd at Midwest Classic, Indy Nationals Runner up)

HM. Logan Miller--8th grade--Brownsburg--88--(106)
(Runner Up and 5th place at Middle School State, 6-2 at Heartland Duals, 5-2 at NUWAY Nat Duals, 4-1 at GRR MS duals, Winter Nationals Champ, 4th place at Super32)

HM. Brac Hooper--7th grade--Carmel--102–(106)
(Runner up at Middle School State, 6-2 at Heartland Duals, Ohio TOC 4th place, HYWAY state champ, 2X Runner Up at Indy Nat, 6th at Tulsa Nationals and Kickoff, 5th at Preseason Nationals)

HM. Brady Ison--6th grade--Brownsburg--84--(106)
(Middle School state champ, 6-1 at Heartland Duals HM, multi time ISWA triple crown winner, 5-2 at GRR duals, 2nd at Liberty Nationals, 2X Runner up at NUWAY Nat, 5th at Tulsa, 2X Runner up at Indy Nationals)

HM. Coy Hammack--7th grade--Tell City--80--(106)
(2nd and 4th at Middle School State, USA Nationals Freestyle 6th place, 8-1 at AAU duals, SB duals 7-2(FS), 7-3 at VAC holiday duals, multi time ISWA state champ)

HM. Drew Mills--6th grade--Center Grove--117--(145-160)
(7-0 at Heartland Duals EM, 3-2 at Tulsa 2018, Tulsa Runner Up 2016, Tulsa Kickoff Classic Runner Up 2016, Tulsa Champ 2014, multiple ISWA state Champ)

HM. Hunter May--6th grade--Floyd Central--108--(106-120)
(3rd place at Middle School State, 7-0 at Heartland Duals EM, Runner up at NUWAY Nationals, 4-1 at NUWAY spring duals, 5-1 at Christmas Sparty Duals, Runner up and Champ at Indy Nationals, multi time ISWA state champ)

HM. Seth Willems--7th grade--Crown Point--150--(145-160)
(3rd at Middle School State, SB duals 6-2(Greco) 5-1(FS), 5-2 at Heartland Duals, 10-3 at Schoolboy duals between both styles, 9-1 at VAC holiday duals, Runner Up at Winter Nationals, ISWA triple crown winner)

HM. Nathan Smith--8th grade--Southport--75--(106)
(Middle School State Champ, Ohio TOC champ, Indy Nationals Champ, multi ISWA state champ, 5-2 at Midle school national dual, 4-2 at NUWAY Nat duals, Placed at Joe Tholl and Celtic Elite, 3rd at NUWAY Nationals)

HM. Isaac Ruble--8th grade--Bellmont--98--(106)
(5-1 at Schoolboy Duals(FS), Indy Nationals champ, NUWAY nationals All American, 4th at GFC, 5th and 6th at Middle School State)

HM. Nathaniel Lommock--8th grade--South Vermillion--160--(145-160)
(3rd and 5th at middle school state, 5-3 at heartland Duals, 4-1 at Christmas Duals, ISWA state champ)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edited by Sig40
IHPO results. Final update

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What a talented group of guys.  Too bad Mendez is the only name on that list currently signed up for the Preseason Opener!    Signup ends after 650 wrestlers sign up and all weight classes are filling up fast!    

Come on gentlemen -- lets do this! 

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Updated with Josh Barr from Michigan in the rankings.  Josh's parents are in the process of selling their home and finalizing employment contracts in Indiana.  If this move works out Josh will be a multiple state champ in Indiana. 

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On 10/30/2017 at 2:11 PM, WolverineInIndiana said:

Do you have a list similar to this, for the grade school kids? Or if not, is there a group of kids worth keeping up with? 

There isn't anything for Elementary, but there are a few kids that travel often and have won some major youth events.  These are just a few I hear often.

Case Bell, Landen Haines, Braylon Reynolds, Evan Stanley, Kyle Harden, Landon Hawkins, Rowan Treasurer, Nathan Rioux, Revin Dickman, Parker Reynolds, Rianne Murphy, devin Roberson, Justin Williamson, Preston Haines, Brady Ison, Caden Brewer, Aidan Torres, Seth Syra, Kameron Hazelett, Griffen Vantichelt, Carlos Perez, Jairo Acuna. 

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I know being a life long Heritage Hills supporter I am partial as is most team supporters.  Just wondering how  Devon Bell a Heritage Hills 8th grade is not on this list?  I have been watching this kid for 3 years now and I just don't see how he remains off this list.  

He has a 2-1 record against number 24 Cruz, 6-0 win at the GRR and 7-0 win in the national team wrestle offs, lost 3-1 this weekend in the consolation semis 3-1.  Finished as ISWA runner up this past year while I believe #13 Christain Carroll was 4th or 5th in same weight class.  Wrestled Number 10 Griffin Ison to a 7-5 match how does a kid not even make the list when a Triple Crown Winner has a dogfight with him?

 

USWA preseason Nationals 5th, GRR 5th, Adidas National Champ and Outstanding Wrestler of the tourney, NUWAY National Runner up, ISWA Runner up and 6th, Member of 2016 Indiana National Gold Team

Again,  I know I am partial to HH just would like our deserving kids to get some recognition.

 

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Thanks Sig40. I compared the names you threw out there, with the recent ISWA Triple Crown winners. I didn't even think about checking out the Triple Crown winners, that would have given me my answer. Thanks for answering, though. 

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On ‎11‎/‎1‎/‎2017 at 1:08 PM, 3552 said:

I know being a life long Heritage Hills supporter I am partial as is most team supporters.  Just wondering how  Devon Bell a Heritage Hills 8th grade is not on this list?  I have been watching this kid for 3 years now and I just don't see how he remains off this list.  

He has a 2-1 record against number 24 Cruz, 6-0 win at the GRR and 7-0 win in the national team wrestle offs, lost 3-1 this weekend in the consolation semis 3-1.  Finished as ISWA runner up this past year while I believe #13 Christain Carroll was 4th or 5th in same weight class.  Wrestled Number 10 Griffin Ison to a 7-5 match how does a kid not even make the list when a Triple Crown Winner has a dogfight with him?

 

USWA preseason Nationals 5th, GRR 5th, Adidas National Champ and Outstanding Wrestler of the tourney, NUWAY National Runner up, ISWA Runner up and 6th, Member of 2016 Indiana National Gold Team

Again,  I know I am partial to HH just would like our deserving kids to get some recognition.

 

I was actually trying to figure out how to add Devon and Drake Buchanan.  I have since updated it.  Without having placed at middle school state or winning ISWA I couldn't justify putting Devon in front of any of the kids already ranked.  I am sure as the season starts up there will plenty of kids dropping from the list and others jumping up into the rankings. 

Edited by Sig40

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I believe Devon Bell went 4-3 at Heartland dulas.  He also just won the American Crown Preseason Nationals couple weeks ago. He did not do Middle school state last year cause his dad is the High School coach and he was traveling with the team.  Thanks for responding,  again I know I am partial but he is a solid kid.

Correction: Devon and Cruz did not wrestle at the GRR, they wrestled at the Grappler Fall Classic, Bell winning 6-0, these two may see a lot of each other in High School.

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19 hours ago, Sig40 said:

There isn't anything for Elementary, but there are a few kids that travel often and have won some major youth events.  These are just a few I hear often.

Case Bell, Landen Haines, Braylon Reynolds, Evan Stanley, Kyle Harden, Landon Hawkins, Rowan Treasurer, Nathan Rioux, Revin Dickman, Parker Reynolds, Rianne Murphy, devin Roberson, Justin Williamson, Preston Haines, Brady Ison, Caden Brewer, Aidan Torres, Seth Syra, Kameron Hazelett, Griffen Vantichelt, Carlos Perez, Jairo Acuna. 

10 of the 22 from #TheCounty. The majority of the rest from Da Region. We need to get that all-star dual going. It looks like it would be good for years to come. Sorry folks.... may be hearing about #TheCounty for many more years.

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Updated after VAC Duals. Some kids killed it, while others did not fair so well. Some kids didn't wrestle and dropped out, others did well and moved up, others did poorly and dropped. Happy to see almost the majority of ranked kids getting at it at the toughest dual in the country. 

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Hey Sig40, you might start to pay attention to the name Kaden Lone. He wrestled with us at Sparty and went undefeated. He’s a tough kid. I really enjoyed watching him. Probably still needs some feathers to make the list, but I’d be surprised not to see him high on the podium at MS State.

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On ‎12‎/‎23‎/‎2017 at 10:02 PM, MustangDaddy said:

Hey Sig40, you might start to pay attention to the name Kaden Lone. He wrestled with us at Sparty and went undefeated. He’s a tough kid. I really enjoyed watching him. Probably still needs some feathers to make the list, but I’d be surprised not to see him high on the podium at MS State.

I actually looked him up when I saw he went undefeated at Sparty.  This is a good start for him, he just needs to keep going to big events and he will make his way in.  Is he a 6th or 7th grader?

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On 12/24/2017 at 11:32 PM, Sig40 said:

I actually looked him up when I saw he went undefeated at Sparty.  This is a good start for him, he just needs to keep going to big events and he will make his way in.  Is he a 6th or 7th grader?

He is in 7th grade.

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I have updated the list.  Recent tournaments I looked at were NUWAY national, Midwest Classic, Philo, and VAC holiday duals. 

Congrats to Seltzer on winning the prestigious Philo(Beast of the Midwest), Goin winning Midwest Classic(Elite event), and Mendez/Cheaney/Ison going undefeated at NUWAY National Duals.  Jake Simpson also went undefeated at NUWAY Nationals, putting  him on my radar.

Tournaments I'll be watching: Tulsa, McDonough Duals, and of course Middle School State.

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