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This week was by far the most difficult in terms of selecting the finalists. There were a lot of great nominees that had very dominant performances. In the end, we looked at the quality of the wins as the deciding factor.
And the nominees are (sorted alphabetically):
Rueben Cantu, Jr, Knoxville, 138 – Won a stacked 138-pound weight class at the PORTA Invite with 3 state qualifiers and 2 state medalists. Pinned 3x state qualifier and 2015 state runner-up Colin Davidson from Litchfield as well as state medalist Caleb Nix from Auburn in the finals in 43 seconds. Undefeated on the season.
Kendall Coleman, Sr, Mt Carmel, 145 – Ironman finalist beating Quincy Monday (Intermat’s #11 in the country) in the quarters.
DJ Hamiti, Fr, Joliet Catholic, 106 – Won the Prospect Mudge/McMorrow Invitational in dominating fashion with a pin, pin, and 15-0 tech fall against 3A 6th ranked Isaiah Tapia of Moline.
Reece Heller, Jr, Marian Catholic, 132 – Bumped up to 138 to wrestle Dominick Ambrose, who is ranked 4th in 3A, and beat him 12-4. Then got 2 pins the next day at a quad.
Trey Hild, Sr, PORTA, 138 – The 3x state runner-up won the Rex Avery PORTA Invite for the 4th straight year with a fall, tech fall, and major.
Joey Melendez, Sr, Montini, 120 – Ironman finalist at 120 defeating Julian Tagg (Intermat’s #6 in the country) in the semis.
Josh Ramos, Jr, Providence Catholic, 145 – Went 3-0 at the OPRF mega duals beating Blaize Punke of Washington. Undefeated on the season.
Real Woods, Sr, Montini, 132 – Ironman finalist at 132 giving Intermat’s #1 Joey Silva all he could handle in the finals.