No. 1 high school wrestling recruits featured on MatBoss
MatBoss believes in recognizing excellence. Since 2016, MatBoss has featured the nation's No. 1 high school wrestling recruit on the app and company website. These featured wrestlers on MatBoss have gone on to achieve greatness at wrestling's highest levels, becoming junior world champions, NCAA champions and Olympic gold medalists. MatBoss is proud to announce that Meyer Shapiro, the nation's No. 1 senior wrestling recruit by MatScouts, will be featured on MatBoss for the 2022-23 wrestling season. Shapiro, a Maryland native, has won titles at the premier high school-age wrestling events both domestically and internationally. Competing for Wyoming Seminary during the 2021-22 season, Shapiro won titles Powerade and National Prep Championships. In the summer of 2021, Shapiro captured a gold medal in freestyle at the Cadet World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, topping Georgia's Giorgi Gogritchiani in the finals at 65 kilograms. Shapiro has committed to wrestle collegiately for the Cornell Big Red. Below is a look at past No. 1 wrestling recruits featured on MatBoss.
Mark Hall (Apple Valley High School, Minnesota)
Mark Hall accomplished virtually everything a high school-age wrestler could accomplish. He won six state championships in Minnesota, and gold medals in freestyle at the Cadet World Championships and Junior World Championships. Hall continued to rack up the achievements when he joined the Penn State wrestling program. In 2017, Hall won the NCAA championship as a true freshman at 174 pounds. That summer he added a second gold medal at the Junior World Championships. He went on to claim three Big Ten titles and reached the finals of the NCAAs every year the tournament was contested during his collegiate career. He concluded his collegiate wrestling career with a record of 116-6.
Spencer Lee (Franklin Regional High School, Pennsylvania)
Spencer Lee's greatness as a high school wrestler cannot be overstated. Competing for Franklin Regional High School in wrestling-rich Pennsylvania, Lee won three state championships and amassed a career record of 144-1. However, it was his age group achievements in freestyle at the world level that made him the nation's most coveted high school wrestling recruit. In 2014, Lee blitzed the field at the Cadet World Championships, winning all of his matches by technical fall or fall to become a world champion. The next year, Lee moved up to the junior level and dominated the field at the Junior World Championships, winning all of his matches by technical fall to earn gold at 50 kilograms. In 2016, Lee repeated as junior world champion. The Pennsylvania native has gone on to become one of the greatest collegiate wrestlers ever while competing for the University of Iowa. He is entering his senior season as a three-time NCAA champion and two-time Hodge Trophy winner. In 2020, Lee was named a co-winner of the 90th AAU James E. Sullivan Award, given annually to the nation's best amateur athlete.
Gable Steveson (Apple Valley High School, Minnesota)
Gable Steveson, like 2016 top recruit Mark Hall, excelled at Apple Valley High School in Minnesota. As a 13-year-old eighth-grader, Steveson compiled a record of 39-2 on the high school wrestling team, finishing as a state runner-up at 195 pounds. He would dominate the high school scene the next four years, winning four state titles and posting a record of 171-0 over his final four seasons. He was a cadet world champion in freestyle at 100 kilograms in 2015 and 2016 before winning a junior world title in freestyle at 120 kilograms. After an amazing high school wrestling career, Steveson made an immediate impact at the NCAA level competing at heavyweight for the University of Minnesota. As a true freshman, Steveson placed third at the NCAAs and finished the season with a record of 35-2. He would go undefeated (51-0) over the next three seasons, winning two NCAA titles and two Hodge trophies. Steveson became only the fifth multiple-time Hodge Trophy winner and the first heavyweight to win the award twice. His most impressive accomplishment, however, came in freestyle wrestling. At the Tokyo Olympics, Steveson won a gold medal in freestyle wrestling at 125 kilograms. He outscored his first three opponents 23-0 before reaching the finals, where he came from behind in the closing seconds to defeat Georgia's Geno Petriashvili, a two-time Olympic medalist and three-time world champion.
Greg Kerkvliet (Simley High School, Minnesota)
Greg Kerkvliet was a dominant upperweight wrestler during his school career in Minnesota. Kerkvliet claimed four state championships in four different weight classes, from 170 pounds to 285 pounds. He finished his senior season undefeated and suffered only one loss as a sophomore and a junior. Kerkvliet shined on the world level in freestyle as a high school wrestler, reaching the cadet world finals twice and becoming a cadet world champion in 2017. He has continued to excel at the collegiate level for Penn State, becoming an NCAA All-American at heavyweight in each of his first two seasons.
Richard Figueroa (Selma High School, California)
Richard Figueroa was on track to become just the fourth four-time California state wrestling champion before the COVID-19 pandemic caused the California state wrestling championships to be canceled his senior season, preventing him from winning his fourth state title. Figueroa won titles at the most prestigious high school-age events, including the Super 32 Challenge, Walsh Ironman and Doc Buchanan. He finished his prep career with just two blemishes on his record, both occurring his freshman season at the Walsh Ironman. In addition, he achieved excellence in freestyle, capturing a silver medal at the 2018 Cadet World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia. Figueroa currently competes on the Arizona State wrestling team and posted a 3-0 record as a redshirt during the 2021-22 season.