Brooks Named Second Team ASICS All-American; 11 Others Named Honorable Mention
By ROB SHERRILL
W.I.N. High School editor
Four-time state champions Jimmy Gulibon (126) of Derry (Pa.) High and Taylor Massa (170) of St. Johns (Mich.) High and two-time National Prep champion Brooks Black (285) of Blairstown Township (N.J.) Blair Academy were selected to the First Team for the second consecutive year as the 27th annual ASICS All-America Wrestling Team was announced.
Zahid Valencia (106) of Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco High made some history of his own, becoming the first freshman to be named to the First Team in its 27-year history. Led by Valencia, who completed a spectacular season with a state championship, seven underclassmen were selected to the First Team, second only to the eight underclassmen selected in 2009.
The First Team has combined for 38 state or National Prep championships. Joining Gulibon and Massa as four-time champions were Mark Grey (132) of Blair Academy, a four-time National Prep champion, and Jason Tsirtsis (145) of Crown Point (Ind.) High. All four are seniors.
The ASICS All-America Team, selected by a nationwide panel of wrestling experts, is the only national all-star team for which wrestlers enrolled in all four high-school grades are eligible. ASICS is a title sponsor of the ASICS Vaughan USA Wrestling Fargo Junior National Championships and is a major benefactor of the sport at all levels.
“This team represents the best of the best in our schools today,” said Neil Duncan and Nick Gallo of ASICS and TW Promotions, Inc. “We are proud to have these young men, with their talent and work ethic, representing us. They are clearly the World and Olympic champions of the future.”
Members of the First Team, as well as the ASICS Wrestler of the Year, will be honored prior to the finals of the ASICS Vaughan USA Wrestling Junior National Freestyle Championships in July at Fargo, N.D.
The ASICS All-America Team includes eight wrestlers at each of the 14 high school weight classes – the First, Second, and Third Teams and five Honorable Mention selections. Wrestlers are considered at the weight class at which they competed in their state tournament or the National Prep Championships this year.
In addition to their 38 scholastic titles, the 14 First Team members also combined to post seven Junior National and 20 Cadet National titles. The Second and Third Teams rival the First Team. The Second Team, actually the most decorated at the state level with 41 state titles, includes a five-time champion and three four-time champions to go with four Junior National and four Cadet National titles. The Third Team (33 titles) also boasts three four-time champions, along with two Junior National and four Cadet National crowns.
One of four states with multiple First Team selections, Ohio led all states with three: juniors Nathan Tomasello (113) of Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and Bo Jordan (152) of St. Paris Graham High, both three-time state champions, and senior George DiCamillo (120) of Cleveland St. Ignatius High, a two-time state champion.
Blair Academy and St. Johns each had two First Team selections. Joining Massa on the First Team was junior Ben Whitford (138), who returned to his hometown school to win his first Michigan title at 140 (Michigan did not adopt the new National Federation weight classes this year) after winning a pair of Illinois titles at Aurora Marmion Academy. Pennsylvania also had two selections, Gulibon and sophomore Chance Marsteller (160) of Fawn Grove Kennard Dale High.
Completing the First Team: seniors Jordan Rogers (182) of Spokane (Wash.) Mead High and Devin Peterson (195) of Wisconsin Rapids (Wis.) Lincoln High and sophomore Kyle Snyder (220) of Olney (Md.) Good Counsel High.
A total of 10 high schools had multiple wrestlers selected. Blair Academy had five overall selections, led by First Team members Grey and Black, and Whitford and Massa made St. Johns one of six schools with three overall selections. A pair of Ohio schools, Graham and Lakewood St. Edward High, also had three, along with Brandon (Fla.) High, Christiansburg (Va.) High and Runnells (Iowa) Southeast Polk High. Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, Bethlehem (Pa.) Catholic High and Lockport (Ill.) High each had two selections.
Pennsylvania placed 19 wrestlers on the squad, Ohio 16 and Illinois 12 to lead all states. Pennsylvania placed nine on the top three teams, and California and Ohio had five each. Iowa and New Jersey each had eight overall selections, California seven, Michigan six and Florida, Indiana and Minnesota five each. The 112 wrestlers selected come from 23 states.
2012 ASICS ALL AMERICA TEAM
106 - Zahid Valencia, Fr, St. John Bosco HS, Bellflower, CA
113 - Nathan Tomasello, Jr, Cuyuhoga Valley Christian Academy, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
120 - George DiCamillo, Sr, St. Ignatius HS, Cleveland, OH
126 - Jimmy Gulibon*, Sr, Derry HS, Derry, PA
132 - Mark Grey, Sr, Blair Academy, Blairstown Township, NJ
138 - Ben Whitford, Jr, St. Johns HS, St. Johns, MI
145 - Jason Tsirtsis, Sr. Crown Point HS, Crown Point, IN
152 - Bo Jordan, Jr, Graham HS, St. Paris, OH
160 - Chance Marsteller, So, Kennard Dale HS, Fawn Grove, PA
170 - Taylor Massa*, Sr, St. Johns HS, St. Johns, MI
182 - Jordan Rogers, Sr, Mead HS, Spokane, WA
195 - Devin Peterson, Sr, Lincoln HS, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
220 - Kyle Snyder, So, Good Counsel HS, Olney, MD
285 - Brooks Black*, Jr, Blair Academy, Blairstown Township, NJ
* - denotes repeat selection
106 Darian Cruz Jr Beth. Catholic HS Bethlehem, PA
113 Jarred Brooks Sr Warsaw HS Warsaw, IN
120 Dalton Brady Jr Chandler HS Chandler, AZ
126 Rossi Bruno Sr Brandon HS Brandon, FL
132 Alex Cisneros Sr Selma HS Selma, CA
138 John Meeks Sr Roosevelt HS Des Moines, IA
145 Jake Short Jr Simley HS Inver Grove Heights, MN
152 Isaiah Martinez Jr Lemoore HS Lemoore, CA
160 Joey Davis Sr Santa Fe HS Santa Fe Springs, CA
170 Zac Brunson Sr Winston Churchill HS Eugene, OR
182 Sam Brooks Sr O.P.-River Forest HS Oak Park, IL
195 Ben Stroh Sr Chinook HS Chinook, MT
220 Willie Miklus Sr Southeast Polk HS Runnells, IA
285 Adam Coon Jr Fowlerville HS Fowlerville, MI
106 Johnson Mai Sr North Torrance HS Torrance, CA
113 Ryan Diehl Sr Trinity HS Camp Hill, PA
120 Nick Roberts Sr North Star HS Boswell, PA
126 Dean Heil Sr St. Edward HS Lakewood, OH
132 Randy Cruz Sr Beth. Catholic HS Bethlehem, PA
138 Nate Skonieczny Sr Walsh Jesuit HS Cuyahoga Falls, OH
145 Gabriel Moreno Sr Urbandale HS Urbandale, IA
152 Brian Realbuto Sr Somers HS Somers, NY
160 Brian Brill Sr Central Mountain HS Mill Hall, PA
170 Cody Wiercioch Jr Canon-McMillan HS Canonsburg, PA
182 Brandon Griffin Sr Sprague HS Salem, OR
195 T.J. Dudley Sr Irmo HS Columbia, SC
220 Thomas Haines So Solanco HS Quarryville, PA
285 Michael Kroells Sr Scott West HS Belle Plaine, MN
Honorable Mention (listed in alphabetical order)
106: Brent Fleetwood So, Smyrna HS, Smyrna, DE; Matthew Kolodzik, Fr, Miami Valley School, Dayton, OH; Ethan Lizak, So, Parkland HS, Orefield, PA; Stevan Micic, So, Hanover Central HS, Cedar Lake, IN; Coy Ozias, So, Christiansburg HS, Christiansburg, VA.
113: Zac Hall, So, St. Johns HS, St. Johns, MI; Isaiah Locsin, So, Live Oak HS, Morgan Hill, CA; Jason Nolf, So, Kittanning HS, Kittanning, PA; Billy Rappo, Sr, Council Rock South HS, Holland, PA; Tommy Thorn, So, St. Michael-Albertville HS, Albertville, MN.
120: Matt Garelli, Sr, Fenwick HS, Oak Park, IL; Tim Lambert, Sr, Forest Hills Eastern HS, Ada, MI; Joey McKenna, So, Blair Academy, Blairstown Township, NJ; Dylan Peters, Sr, Denver/Tripoli HS, Denver, IA; Ryan Taylor, Sr, Graham HS, St. Paris, OH.
126: Anthony Ashnault, Jr, South Plainfield HS, South Plainfield, NJ; Cory Clark, Sr, Southeast Polk HS, Runnells, IA; Eddie Klimara, Sr, Providence Catholic HS, New Lenox, IL; Nathan Kraisser, Sr, Centennial HS, Ellicott City, MD; Dominick Malone, Sr, Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School, Kingston, PA.
132: Joey Dance, Jr, Christiansburg HS, Christiansburg, VA; Thomas Gilman, Sr, Skutt Catholic HS, Omaha, NE; Kevin Norstrem, Sr, Brandon HS, Brandon, FL; Zane Richards, Sr, Carbondale HS, Carbondale, IL; Joey Ward, Sr, Archbishop Moeller HS, Cincinnati, OH.
138: B.J. Clagon, Jr, South HS, Toms River, NJ; Devon Jackson, Sr, Yorktown HS, Yorktown, IN; Quinton Murphy, Sr, Holley HS, Holley, NY; Todd Preston, Sr, Blair Academy, Blairstown Township, NJ; Mikey Racciato, Jr, Pen Argyl HS, Pen Argyl, PA.
145: Bryce Brill, So, Mount Carmel HS, Chicago, IL; Anthony Collica, Jr, Solon HS, Solon, OH; Garett Hammond, Jr, Chambersburg HS, Chambersburg, PA; Dylan Milonas, So, Blair Academy, Blairstown Township, NJ; Kevin Moylan, Sr, A.A. Stagg HS, Palos Hills, IL.
152: Zach Dailey, Sr, Perry HS, Massillon, OH; Josh Llopez, So, La Plata HS, La Plata, MD; Brian Murphy, Jr, Glenbard North HS, Carol Stream, IL; Max Schneider, Sr, Lane Tech HS, Chicago, IL; Zach Witte, Sr, Prairie HS, Cedar Rapids, IA.
160: Zach Epperly, Jr, Christiansburg HS, Christiansburg, VA; Clark Glass, Sr, Brandon HS, Brandon, FL; Isaac Jordan, Sr, Graham HS, St. Paris, OH; Brandon Kingsley, Sr, Apple Valley HS, Apple Valley, MN; Shaun’Qae McMurtry, Sr, Lockport HS, Lockport, IL.
170: Kyle Crutchmer, Sr, Union HS, Tulsa, OK; Ryan Harrington, Sr, West Morris HS, Mendham, NJ; Mark Martin, Sr, St. Edward HS, Lakewood, OH; Alex Meyer, Sr, Southeast Polk HS, Runnells, IA; Geordan Speiller, Sr, Pine Castle Christian School, Orlando, FL.
182: Domenic Abounader, Jr, St. Edward HS, Lakewood, OH; Kevin Beazley, Sr, Detroit Catholic Central HS, Novi, MI; Chaz Gresham, Sr, Goshen HS, Goshen, OH; Wesley Phipps, Sr, Grove City HS, Grove City, PA; Nikko Reyes, Sr, Clovis West HS, Fresno, CA.
195: Gage Harrah, Sr, Central HS, Crystal Lake, IL; Perry Hills, Sr, Central Catholic HS, Pittsburgh, PA; Brad Johnson, Sr, Lockport HS, Lockport, IL; Ross Larson, Sr, Ankeny HS, Ankeny, IA; Mitch Sliga, Jr, Fishers HS, Fishers, IN.
220: J’Den Cox, Jr, David Hickman HS, Columbia, MO; Jordan Gruettner, Sr, Muskego HS, Muskego, WI; Josh Marchok, Sr, Schaumburg HS, Schaumburg, IL; Matt Meadows, Sr, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, Cuyahoga Falls, OH; John Rizzo, Sr, Richland HS, Johnstown, PA.
285: John Dreggors, Sr, Frank Springstead HS, Spring Hill, FL; Austin Georgen, Sr, Caledonia-Houston HS, Caledonia, MN; Dink Purnell, Sr, A.I. DuPont HS, Wilmington, DE; Averee Robinson, Sr, Susquehanna Township HS, Harrisburg, PA; Nick Tavanello, Sr, Wadsworth HS, Wadsworth, OH.