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Lowe: A look at 10 storylines this weekend

Josh Lowe

4/4/2013
Josh Lowe, InterMat High School Analyst
josh@intermatwrestle.com

Starting this morning, and through the weekend, thousands of high school-aged wrestlers will be competing in national-level events across the country. The NHSCA grade-level national championships commence today and go through Sunday in Virginia Beach, Va. The freshman, sophomore, and junior championships conclude with finals matches on Saturday, while the seniors event starts on Friday and ends on Sunday.

The tournament with the strongest fields is the FloNationals, an event that takes place on Friday and Saturday at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. This event has no divisions and is open to wrestlers in any grade, and the field features wrestlers from across the country. Five of the fourteen weight classes have five (or more in the case of 106 pounds) nationally ranked wrestlers in their field.

The third of the national championship events is in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Friday and Saturday. USA Wrestling hosts its Folkstyle Nationals, which serve as the first leg of the Cadet and Junior Triple Crown; the other two legs are Greco-Roman and freestyle, which are conducted in Fargo come July.

Below is a list of 10 storylines that merit attention during the coming weekend. Information about weight classes is based on pre-registration, and final field compositions will not be known until weigh-in/check-in processes conclude.

10. Cade Olivas competes in the Cadet folkstyle 88-pound weight class
Only a seventh grader, this California phenom is ranked No. 3 overall among junior high wrestlers. If there is a major national level event out there, and Olivas has competed in it, he's won it in dominant fashion. Olivas has won many Ohio TOC titles, a pair of Super 32 Middle School titles, and many Roller World of Wrestling Triple Crowns. It is his debut at the Cadet level, and many already have him in the stratosphere of an Aaron Pico for his grade level. For those who are in Cedar Falls, and yet to see him wrestle, check him out.

9. FloNationals at 106 pounds -- eight nationally ranked wrestlers
Out of all the weight classes to be held this weekend, the opening weight of the FloNationals features the most nationally ranked wrestlers. Based on registration, eight appear in the InterMat national rankings: No. 2 Luke Pletcher (Greater Latrobe, Pa.), No. 6 Chad Red (New Palestine, Ind.), No. 7 Rudy Yates (Brother Rice, Ill.), No. 10 Adrian Camposano (Central, Calif.), No. 12 Gionn Peralta (Vacaville, Calif.), No. 13 Devin Brown (Saegertown, Pa.), No. 14 Ariel Dominguez (Osceola, Fla.), and No. 17 Nolan Hellickson (Southeast Polk, Iowa).

In addition to these eight, two nationally elite junior high wrestlers are in the field at this weight class -- Spencer Lee (Saegertown, Pa.) and Yianni Diakomihalis (Hilton, N.Y.). Lee is ranked No. 1 among junior high wrestlers, and was a runner-up at the high school Super 32 Challenge; while Diakomihalis is ranked No. 6 among junior high wrestlers, and was a state champion in New York at 99 pounds this year.

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