photo courtesy of Richard Immel
Last week we rolled out the year-end high school grade-level teams for the current freshman, sophomore, and junior classes. We’ll wrap up the feature by announcing the All-Senior team today. This group is a bit different than its predecessors as three of the top 15 seniors in the country did not compete at their respective postseason tournaments and two others in the top-20 spent the year at the Olympic Training Center. That has led to some extra attention to athletes that may not have received it under normal circumstances. Anyhow, get familiar with these names as many of them will have an impact at the college level in 2020-21.
The All-Senior team is composed of 26 wrestlers from 14 different states. There are no 106 lbers mentioned because of the limited number of seniors at the weight class. Nine of the honorees on this team are ranked number one in the nation at their respective weights.
113 – Cruz Aguilar (Edmond Memorial, OK)
Unranked at the start of the 2019-20 season, Cruz Aguilar quickly made his way into the top-20 nationally after winning titles at the Perry Tournament and the Minnesota Xmas Tournament. In the finals of the Minnesota Xmas Tournament, Aguilar posted a major decision over 2019 Junior National freestyle runner-up Blake West (Owatonna, MN). Cruz has Fargo credentials of his own, placing seven in Junior freestyle last summer. He would later earn a win over Missouri state champion Evan Binder (Whitfield, MO), on his way to a championship at the Geary Invitational. Cruz pinned his way to the state finals this season and prevailed by major decision despite breaking his wrist mid-match. The win provided the finishing touches on an undefeated season and gave him his second state title in as many years.
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