original photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com
Welcome to a new feature that we at TOM are very proud of, the High School regional rankings. For the next couple of weeks, we will release rankings of eight different regions that will cover the entire nation. Why is this needed, you may ask? These rankings will allow us to focus more attention on wrestlers from around the country that could be considered overlooked at this time. With talent clustered in certain areas of the nation, there are plenty of quality wrestlers from outside those “power-states” or regions that may get slighted. And don’t worry, we’ll have rankings for those areas too!
Our fourth installment of the regional rankings will focus on the Mid-Atlantic Region. This area will include wrestlers from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Even though this region is small in area (compared to others), it features two of the nations
For these rankings and all others, only wrestlers that competed in the state tournament series (aside from Ohio) will be considered. They will only be ranked at their weight from the state tournament, as well. This will only include high school wrestlers, even if their state allows seventh and eighth graders to compete at the high school level. Also, wrestlers from private schools will be counted in the state of their school, not their home state. For this region, since only one entry is allowed at all of these state tournaments (or National Preps), only one wrestler per team is considered.
Once all of our rankings have been released, they will be found here.
So, with all of that out of the way, enjoy the Mid-Atlantic Regional Rankings!
|1||Marc-Anthony McGowan||Blair Academy||Fr.||New Jersey|
|2||Evan Mougalian||Kinnelon||So.||New Jersey|
|4||Anthony Santaniello||Brick Memorial||Fr.||New Jersey|
|6||Vincent Kilkeary||Greater Latrobe||Fr.||Pennsylvania|
|7||Daniel Sheen||Wyoming Seminary||So.||Pennsylvania|
|8||Tyler Vazquez||Delbarton||Fr.||New Jersey|
|9||Evan Tallmadge||Brick Township||So.||New Jersey|
|10||Tyler Kasak||Bethlehem Catholic||Fr.||Pennsylvania|
|11||Jacob Van Dee||Cathedral Prep||So.||Pennsylvania|
A Cadet World title, a win at the Walsh Ironman, and a National Prep Championship were more than enough to garner the top spot at 106 for Marc-Anthony McGowan. #2 went to Evan Mougalian after he went undefeated in a top-heavy New Jersey weight class. He captured a title be downing fellow-undefeated #4, Anthony Santaniello, in the state finals. #3 Gabe Giampietro was top-four in 2019 at NHSCA Freshman Nationals, along with the Ironman and the Beast of the East. Pennsylvania had chaos in both of its state tournaments, which threw a monkey-wrench into the rankings. #5 Mac Church gets credit for his full body of work during the 2019-20 season with a Powerade title, an Ironman finals appearance and a 2-0 record (including a fall at the regional tournament) over the eventual AAA state champion #6 Vincent Kilkeary. Since we’ve only included the wrestler that competed in the postseason, #7 Daniel Sheen gets the nod for Wyoming Seminary, although Brandon Cannon would have been featured prominently, if evaluated.