Sixteen of the nation’s top 50 high school wrestling programs used MatBoss, wrestling’s premier videostats app, during the 2016-17 season.
St. Edward (Ohio), arguably the most storied high school wrestling program in history, headlines the group of nationally ranked teams using MatBoss. Since 1978, the Eagles have captured 60 state championships and 11 national championships. This past season St. Edward finished No. 3 in the final Fab 50 rankings. Season highlights for St. Edward included runner-up finishes at the Walsh Ironman and The Clash National Duals. The Eagles were dual team state champs, individual tournament state champs, and placed eight individuals at state tournament, all within the top five.
Below is a look at 15 other high school wrestling programs using MatBoss that concluded the season ranked in InterMat’s Fab 50 rankings, along with season highlights for those programs.
No. 6 Malvern Prep (Pa.): The Friars won the team title at Escape the Rock, finished sixth at the Walsh Ironman and fourth at the Beast of the East. Malvern Prep also had a strong showing at Who’s Number One Duals, beating a couple highly-ranked programs. The Friars concluded the season with a third-place finish at the National Prep Championships, placing 10 wrestlers. Ryan Karoly (182), Michael Beard (195) and Seth Janney (285) won National Prep titles.
No. 15 Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.): The Shamrocks finished the season with a 32-1 dual meet record and claimed their 12th Division I state championship, a Michigan state record. DCC qualified all 14 wrestlers to the state tournament, placed nine individuals and had five state champions.
No. 19 Lockport (Ill.): The Porters capped an undefeated dual meet season (30-0) with a dual state championship. Twelve Lockport wrestlers qualified for the state tournament — a high mark for Class 3A — and seven placed. Trevell Timmons won a state championship at 160 pounds. Lockport placed third at the Powerade and fifth at the Cheesehead.
No. 24 Montini Catholic (Ill.): Coach Izzy Martinez guided the Broncos to a Cheesehead title this past season — the program’s second Cheesehead title in four seasons. Montini Catholic finished runner-up in the dual team state. Six Broncos placed in the state tournament, with three winning state championships: Joey Melendez (113), Real Woods (126) and Will Lewan (145).
No. 25 Park Hill (Mo.): The Trojans had strong showings in some major high school wrestling events, finishing runner-up at the Kansas City Stampede and fourth at The Clash. Park Hill concluded its season by placing third at the state tournament after winning state titles in each of the four previous seasons. Six Trojan wrestlers placed at the state tournament, highlighted by Devin Winston (170) winning a state championship.
No. 26 Kasson-Mantorville (Minn.): The Komets finished the season with a perfect 25-0 dual meet record and captured their second consecutive state title. Four Kasson-Mantorville wrestlers won state titles: Keaton Schorr (138), Brady Berge (160), Patrick Kennedy (170) and Noah Ryan (220). The Komets won the title at the Minnesota Christmas Tournament and finished third at the Cheesehead.
No. 27 Southeast Polk (Iowa): The Rams had a dominant season, finishing the season undefeated and winning state championships in both the traditional and dual meet tournaments. Eight Southeast Polk wrestlers earned state medals, with six reaching the finals. Zach Barnes (145) won a state title.
No. 28 Massillon Perry (Ohio): The Panthers finished runner-up at the dual state tournament. Four Perry wrestlers placed in the individual state tournament, with two winning state titles: David Carr (152) and Emil Soehnlen (170). The Panthers were champions at the Top Gun Invitational.
No. 29 Apple Valley (Minn.): The Eagles won their 12th straight state championship with a 30-24 victory over Anoka, another Fab 50 team. Nine Apple Valley wrestlers earned state medals, highlighted by Gable Steveson, the nation’s No. 1 junior, winning his third consecutive state championship.
No. 30 Shakopee (Minn.): The Sabres finished with a school-record five state champions: Aaron Cashman (113), Carson Manville (126), Brent Jones (132), Alex Lloyd (145) and Alex Crowe (152). Shakopee won a title at the Rumble on the Red, and finished runner-up at the Minnesota Christmas Tournament. The Sabres notched a victory over Apple Valley during the regular season, but the Eagles avenged the loss in the section finals.
No. 33 Oak Park-River Forest (Ill.): The Huskies had a strong showing at The Clash, placing seventh. Five OPRF wrestlers earned medals at the state tournament, with Jason Renteria (132) earning his second state title. The Huskies fell short in their bid to win a fourth consecutive state championship.
No. 35 Staley (Mo.): The Falcons won their first team state title ever, ending Park Hill’s four-year reign as state champions. Five Staley wrestlers placed in the state tournament, with Zach Elam (195) winning a state title.
No. 40 Fort Dodge (Iowa): The Dodgers finished runner-up in both the dual team and individual state tournaments. Two Fort Dodge wrestlers won state titles, Brody Teske and Triston Lara, while four others placed.
No. 47 New Hampton (Iowa): The Chickasaws finished the season as dual team state champions and individual tournament state runners-up. All six state qualifiers earned state medals, with Michael Millage and Keaton Geerts earning state championships.
No. 50 Cincinnati Elder (Ohio): The Panthers won team titles at both the SWOWCA Glenn Sample Classic and Catholic Invitational Tournament. In addition, they were sectional champion, district runners-up, and placed eighth at the state tournament. The program qualified seven wrestlers to the state tournament and placed five.