Texas is known for its football, New York is known for its basketball and in Pennsylvania, the state is known for its wrestling.
Of the top 42 wrestlers in 14 weight classes ranked by Wrestling USA in mid-February, Pennsylvania had 10 of them, including five ranked No. 1 in their weight class. Following the conclusion of the state championships, four finished with state or national championships.
The most notable is the duo from Central Mountain (Mill Hall, Pa.), brothers Andrew and Dylan Alton. Andrew won the 145-pound weight class in the AAA division while Dylan won the 152-pound division. Both end the season ranked No. 1 in the country in their weight class and both finished the year with 45-0 records.
Marshall Peppleman of Central Dauphin (Harrisburg, Pa.) also won a state title, claiming the 160-pound weight class in the AAA division. He ends the year undefeated at 50-0.
Heavyweight Michael McMullen of Wyoming Seminary College Prep (Kingston, Pa.), meanwhile, did not compete in the state finals but he did take first place at the National Prep Tournament.
The only No. 1-ranked wrestler to meet with an upset was Nick Roberts of North Star (Boswell, Pa.). The No. 1-ranked 103-pound wrestler heading into the state finals, Roberts lost in the semifinals and finished third in the AA division. The 103-pound rankings were rife with upsets as the top three ranked wrestlers all lost in their state tournaments.
Like Central Mountain, Monroeville (Ohio) placed two wrestlers at the No. 1 spot. Logan Steiber won the 125-pound weight class at the Ohio Division III finals and finished the season 55-0. Teammate Chris Phillips won the 171-pound class and went 42-0.
Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.), a prep school in New Jersey, had three wrestlers finish the season ranked No. 1. Evan Silver was a National Prep Tournament champion at 112 pounds while teammates Mike Evans (189) and Chris Villalonga (140) did the same.
Following is a look at how Wrestling USA's top three wrestlers (from the mid-February rankings) in each weight class fared for the season. Also included below are links for all of the state meet results across the U.S.
103 - 1. Nick Roberts, North Star, Pa, 39-1, third place, Class AA; 2. Tyler Fraley, Colts Neck (N.J.), 36-2, NJSIAA second place, 3. George DiCamillo, St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio), 39-2, Division 1 third place.
112 - 1. Evan Silver, Blair Academy, N.J., National Prep Tournament champion; 2. Alex Cisneros, Selma (Calif.), 53-1, CIF state champion; 3. Jimmy Gulibon, Derry (Pa.), 36-1, AAA state champion.
119 - 1. Ryak Finch, Safford (Ariz.), 54-0, 3A state champion; 2. Nico Megaludis, Franklin Regional (Murrysville, Pa.), 36-0, AAA state champion; 3. Jade Rauser, Broadwater (Townsend, Mont.), B-C state champion
125 - 1. Logan Steiber, Monroeville, Ohio, 55-0, Division III champion; 2. Devin Carter, Christiansburg (Va.), 45-2, AA state champion (at 130 pounds); 3. Alan Waters, Park Hill (Kansas City, Mo.), 47-0, Division 4 state champion.
130 - 1. Frank Cagnina, Queen of Peace (North Arlington, N.J.), 37-0, NJSIAA state champion, 2. Nick Schenk, St. Mark's (Wilmington, Del.), state champion; 3. Jamie Clark, St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio), 16-2, Division 1 state champion.
135 - 1. Ryan Nieman, Bullock Creek (Midland, Mich.), 59-0, Division 3 state champion; 2. Josh Dziewa, Council Rock South (Holland, Pa.), 33-1, AAA state champion; 3. Louis Trujillo, Rio Rancho (N.M.), 47-0, 5A state champion (at 130 pounds).
140 - 1. Chris Villalonga, Blair Academy, N.J., National Prep Tournament champion; 2. Josh Kindig, Blue Mountain (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.), 42-1, AAA state champion; 3. Colin Shober, Schuylkill Valley (Leesport, Pa.), 53-0, AA state champion.
145 - 1. Andrew Alton, Central Mountain, Pa., 45-0, AAA state champion; 2. Dylan Ness, Kennedy (Bloomington, Minn.), 48-0, AAA state champion; 3. Brad Squire, Wadsworth (Ohio), 47-1, Division I state champion.
152 - 1. Dylan Alton, Central Mountain, Pa., 45-0, AAA state champion; 2. Jackson Morse, Lowell (Mich.), 47-1, Division 1 state champion (at 160 pounds); 3. Destin McCauley, Apple Valley (Minn.), 50-0, AAA state champion.
160 - 1. Marshall Peppelman, Central Dauphin, Pa., 50-0, AAA state champion; 2. Robert Kokesh, Wagner (S.D.), Class B state champion; 3. Nick Sulzer, St. Edward, Ohio, 40-0, Division 1 state champion.
171 - 1. Chris Phillips, Monroeville, Ohio, 42-0, Division III state champion; 2. Derek Garcia, Sedro-Woolley (Wash.), 3A state champion; 3. Tyler Beckwith, Greene, N.Y., Div. 2 state champion.
189 - 1. Mike Evans, Blair Academy, N.J., National Prep Tournament champion; 2. Andrew Campolattano, Bound Brook (N.J.), 42-1, NJSIAA state champion; 3. Lee Munster, Grant (Fox Lake, Ill.), 35-1, 3A state champion.
215 - 1. Trevor Rupp, Pocatello (Idaho), 39-0, 4A state champion; 2. Tank Knowles, Calvary Chapel (Santa Ana, Calif.), CIF state champion ; 3. Aaron Pavlenko, Marcos de Niza (Tempe, Ariz.), 22-1, 2nd place at 5A Division II state meet.
285 - 1. Michael McMullen, Wyoming Seminary, Pa., National Prep Tournament champion; 2. Jimmy Lawson, Manchester Township (Lakehurst, N.J.), 39-0, NJSIAA state champion; 3. Bobby Telford, St. Mark's, Del., state champion.
Links to State Results
Alabama - Results
Alaska - 1A-3A 4A
Arizona 5A DII, 5A DI, 4A DII, 4A DI, 3A, 1A/2A
Arkansas - Results
California - Results
Colorado - Results
Connecticut - Results
Delaware - Unavailable
Florida - Results
Georgia - Results
Hawaii - Results
Idaho - Results
Illinois - Results
Indiana - Results
Iowa - Results
Kansas - Results
Kentucky - Results
Louisiana - Results
Maine - Results A, B, C
Maryland - Results
Massachusetts - Results
Michigan - Results
Minnesota - Results
Missouri - Results
Montana - Results
Nebraska - Results
Nevada - Results
New Hampshire - Results
New Jersey - Results
New Mexico - Results
New York - Results Div. 1, Div. 2
North Carolina - Results
North Dakota - Results
Ohio - Results
Oklahoma - Results
Oregon - Results
Pennsylvania - Results
Rhode Island - Results
South Carolina - Results
South Dakota - Results
Tennessee - Results
Texas - Results
Utah - Results
Virginia - Results
Washington - Results
West Virginia - Results
Wisconsin - Results
Wyoming - Results