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Top 10 Incoming Freshman

By WSWA, 10/01/18, 2:45PM PDT


Top 10 Incoming Freshman, these are freshman who will make an immediate impact for their schools and have demonstrated technical skill and achievements locally, Regionally and Nationally. 


Last year’s Top 10 Incoming Freshman produced great results for many schools.  Of the 10 wrestlers listed 4 of them claimed State Titles as Freshman:  Yusief Lillie, Steele Starren, Ethan Davis and Kaden Krouse. Compared to the year before where only 1 claimed a title but we had 4 finalist, the talent pool is getting deeper in Washington and we expect great things once again this upcoming season. 

10. Oscar Alvarez - Claiming All-American honors in Fargo, ND this summer Oscar will bring some star power to Grangers already tough line-up.  Oscar has proved this summer he can compete with the higher-level competition as a Cadet National Dual team member.  Only tough thing with Oscar will be his size, if he gains a few pounds look for him to contend for a title at 1A 106. 

9.  Darion Johnson Here is another tough nosed lightweight coming into high school.  He will be in the 4A and will be contending for a podium spot immediately.  Darion has represented Team Washington the past few Summers at Schoolboy National Duals and Fargo Nationals.  Darion has taken some losses last year but keeps getting better and better and his tough nosed style will help put him in the hunt for immediate success in High School.

8. Isaiah Anderson Isaiah is very tough athlete, works hard and will battle with the best of them.  The disadvantage is that he is coming into 4A in the upper-weights where he will compete with men.  Isaiah demonstrated this past spring he can compete with high school wrestlers, his talent on his feet is unmatched for a big kid as a freshman. 

7.  Nathan Gregory - Moving over to Deer Park the 1A returning State Champions, Nathan will come into season instantly contributing to Deer Parks talent.  Nathan is 2-year National Team Members, Triple Crown Winner and wrestling All-American with an arsenal of moves that will make him deadly as a freshman. 

6.  George Trujillo George will be tough to handle with his relentless attacking style.  Great wrestler on the mat and will give wrestler fits. Look for George to compete with anyone out of the gate this season. 

5.  Mateo De La Pena - Has earned 3 Folkstyle State Titles wrestling for Washington State Wrestling Association, undefeated at Schoolboy National Duals this past year in both styles.  He will be wrestling for 4A Kennedy High School.

4.  CJ Hamblin CJ is fundamentally sound and betrays very few holes in his game.  Representing Team Washington 2 years in a row on the National Level, CJ has proven he can scrap with anyone. 

3.  Gage Cook - “12 Guage”: Gage is locked and Loaded with experience and accolades, this big boy will certainly be a huge addition to Grangers already tough lineup.  Gage can throw that is no secret, working on his ground game and footwork watch for Gage to come out of 1A high on the podium if not the top.

2.  Rylan Rogers– Technically one of the best wrestlers in recent years, Rylan is determined to challenge himself at all costs.  Rogers is a former Trinity award winner and finished this summer with All-American Honors in Fargo by placing 6th in Cadet Freestyle.  Heading into High School to challenge for the top stop at 152lb’s would prove tough for any freshman.  With slick attacks and a relentless pace, Rylan will challenge for the top spot at the nation’s most familiar prep wrestling program Blair Academy.

1.  Kenndyl Mobley - Mobley will be wrestling for the Indians of North Central at 113.  However, our guess is he will likely move down to 106 for post season.  Either weight, our guess is he will be challenging for the top spot come February in the dome.  Kenndyl has drastically improved his mat awareness skills and overall position on the mat and that showed this past summer at both Cadet Duals and Fargo where Mobley claimed a Stop Sign (National Title), watch for Mobley come Varsity season with a veteran attitude and ready to shake things up in 3A.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Abel Nava
  • Reyden Huizar
  • Ryan Clark
  • Seth Dawkins
  • Owen Cline
  • Horacio Godinez

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