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Prep 10 Debut

By PA Wrestling News, 08/16/14, 6:45PM EDT


World Champ Spencer Lee tops list of PA's elite HS wreslters

#1 Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional (10)

With just one year of HS wrestling in the books, Lee is already on his way to becoming one of the all-time greats. He looked better than ever in Slovakia last month, recording 3 TF’s and 1 fall en route to a FILA Cadet World Championship while not allowing a single opposing point. Lee is the #1 wrestler in the country at 113lbs as well as in the class of 2017, and at this point it’s fair to argue that as a sophomore he could already be the best pound-for-pound high school wrestler in the nation.

#2 Jordan Wood, Boyertown (11)

Wood was also in Slovakia for the FILA Cadet World Championships, and won silver to join Lee and give PA a pair of underclassmen world medalists. To make the world team, Wood dominated a loaded FILA Cadet chart that included 7 nationally ranked wrestlers. With Freestyle season now in the books, Wood heads into the fall with a #1 national ranking at 220lbs, and #4 overall in the class of 2016.

#3 Vincenzo Joseph, Pittsburgh CC (12)

Joseph’s already lofty stock is on the rise following a terrific Junior FS performance in Fargo last month. He reached the finals in the toughest weight class of the entire tournament, dominating top-10 senior Fredy Stroker of Iowa in the semis before falling to top-ranked Isaiah White of Illinois in the finals. A returning state champion, Joseph currently holds a #2 national ranking at 145lbs and is ranked as the #12 recruit in the class of 2015.

#4 Luke Pletcher, Greater Latrobe (11)

It’s been a relatively quiet for summer for Pletcher who tends to focus primarily on Folkstyle. He’s a 2X state champ who went undefeated in the past scholastic season as well as a defending Super 32 champion and 2013 FloNationals champion. Furthermore, Pletcher joins Lee and Wood as the third and final top-ranked wrestler from Pennsylvania with a #1 national mark at 126lbs in addition to a #3 overall ranking in the class of 2016.

#5 Michael Kemerer, Franklin Regional (12)

The only 3X state finalist on this list, a state title has narrowly eluded Kemerer throughout his prolific HS career. Last month he earned FS AA honors in Fargo for the third consecutive summer, and he is also a rare 3X Super 32 finalist including a championship in 2011. After moving up a couple weights from last season Kemerer sits at #5 in the national rankings at 145lbs, and is also ranked as the class of 2015’s #13 recruit.

#6 Josh Shields, Franklin Regional (12)

Shields was absolutely lights out in Fargo last month with a win over top-10 senior Joe Smith of Oklahoma en route to a 3rd place finish, and as a result his already high stock has been elevated to even new heights. The 3X state placer now holds a #3 national ranking at 152lbs, and was ranked #22 in the class of 2015 prior to his breakout performance in Fargo.

#7 Nick Reenan, Wyoming Seminary (11)

The only non-PIAA wrestler to crack the Prep 10, Reenan was a National Prep runner-up to top-ranked Mason Manville of New Jersey last season. He looked awesome at FILA Cadets this spring where he made the Greco world team and finished 3rd in Freestyle after making a significant jump in weight from the HS season. Reenan is now up to #4 in the nation at 170lbs, and is ranked #6 in the class of 2016.

#8 Josh Maruca, Franklin Regional (12)

Like his teammate Shields, Maruca’s stock shot up after a 3rd place finish in Fargo. Competing in the toughest weight class of the tournament, Maruca beat a trio of top-30 seniors including #9 Fredy Stroker of Iowa. Tje recent Arizona State committ is slotted #4 in the nation at 145lbs and can expect a big boost from his pre-Fargo ranking of #49 in the class of 2015.

#9 Patrick Duggan, Cumberland Valley (12)

Duggan is the third wrestler in the Prep 10 to have AA’d at the incredibly Junior FS 145lbs bracket in Fargo. He’s also a 3X state placer, 2013 state runner-up, and returning 3rd place finisher at Super 32. He currently holds a #7 national ranking at 145lbs and is listed as the class of 2015’s #25 overall prospect.

#10 AC Headlee, Waynebsurg (12)

After a breakout performance at the state tournament last March, Headlee verified his status with a great showing in Fargo. He finished 3rd at 132lbs with his only loss coming to 3X Fargo champ Tommy Thorn of Minnesota, and was also a 3rd place finisher at FloNationals earlier this spring. Headlee checks in with a #4 national ranking at 132lbs, and is #34 in the class of 2015.