The start of the 2017-18 high school wrestling season is still a few weeks away, but several athletes from Wisconsin are already making noise on the national scene.
Nine wrestlers from the state appear in FloWrestling’s latest national high school rankings.
Here’s a little background on each of them:
Author’s note: This site will generally focus on folkstyle wrestling. However, performances at Freestyle and Greco Nationals often play a large role in national rankings and the college recruiting process. Therefore the most recent national freestyle and/or Greco results are mentioned in this post, when applicable.
All place winners at Junior Nationals attain “All-American” status at that weight class.
113: Eric Barnett, jr., Hortonville
National Ranking: 17
Career record: 92-3
Barnett was the Division 1 champion at 106 pounds a year ago, posting a 46-0 record en route to his first title after finishing third at the state championships in 2016.
He placed fourth at Junior Greco Nationals this summer.
126: Aaron Schulist, sr., Mukwonago
National Ranking: 20
Career record: 114-16
The senior from Mukwonago is still in pursuit of that elusive state title. He’s a two-time state finalist and three-time place winner. Last season, he compiled a record of 34-5 and finished fifth in Division 1 at 126 pounds.
Schulist, who recently committed to wrestle at NCAA Division 1 SIU-Edwardsville, placed sixth at Junior Freestyle Nationals.
132: Aidan Medora, so., Brookfield Academy/St. John’s NW Military
National Ranking: 12
Career record: 38-4
Medora burst onto the scene by making a run to the Division 2 state final at 126 pounds last year where he fell to River Valley’s Dustin Hatfield, 4-2 in sudden victory. He recorded a 38-4 mark in his debut season.
He was national runner-up at 132 pounds at Cadet Freestyle Nationals this summer.
132: Sam Stuhl, sr., Ellsworth
National Ranking: 19
Career record: 127-11
Stuhl is a three-time state champion. He took top honors in Division 2 at 132 pounds last season. Back in 2016, he claimed the crown at 126 pounds. He won it all in Division 2 at 120 pounds his freshman year while wrestling for Prescott.
The senior is committed to South Dakota State University.
138: Jeremy Schoenherr, sr., Stratford
National Ranking: 9
Career record: 103-3
The senior from Stratford was last year’s Division 3 state champion at 138 pounds. Like Stuhl, Schoenherr has the chance to join the elite club of four-time Wisconsin state champions, should he win it all this year He took top honors at 113 his freshman year before winning gold at 126 in 2016.
Schoenherr placed second at Junior Freestyle Nationals in July and was 2-2 at Junior Greco Nationals.
152: Peyton Mocco, sr., West Allis Hale
National Ranking: 20
Career record: 122-14
The University of Missouri commit was the Division 1 state champion at 152 pounds a season ago and posted a record of 46-3, the best of his high school career. Mocco qualified for State at 132 pounds in 2016. His other podium finish came in 2015 when he placed fourth at 113.
160: Tyler Dow, sr., Stoughton
National Ranking: 7
Career record: 146-21
Dow topped the Division 1 podium at 160 pounds last year, capturing a gold in his second trip to the state finals. His previous finals appearance came a year earlier, when he fell to Hayden Krein of Sparta in the title match at 152 by a count of 12-8. Next year, Dow plans to stay close to home and wrestle for the University of Wisconsin.
His 146 wins are currently tops among active high school wrestlers in Wisconsin.
Dow recorded a pair of runner-up finishes in Fargo this summer, taking second at both Junior Freestyle and Greco Nationals.
182: Jared Krattiger, sr., Waterford
National Ranking: 5
Career record: 145-4
The only thing more astonishing than Krattiger’s 102-2 record over the last two seasons is the fact that he only has a pair of bronze medals from the state tournament to show for it. Both of his two most recent losses came in the Kohl Center at the hands of the eventual state champion.
He fell to Milton’s Billy Pitzner in the 2016 state quarterfinals at 170 pounds and lost to fellow Wisconsin recruit Jackson Hemauer of DeForest in last season’s state semifinals at 182.
Krattiger finished fifth in the state at 160 pounds his freshman season. He currently holds the highest folkstyle national ranking of any Wisconsin wrestler.
285: Keaton Kluever, sr., Kaukauna
National Ranking: 10
Career record: 121-35
After two previous trips to the state tournament, the big man from Kaukauna finally found the podium last season. Better yet, he stood at the top of it.
Kluever downed Pewaukee’s Blaze Beltran 4-3 in, arguably, the most exciting championship match of last year’s state tournament.
He posted a 2-2 record at Junior Freestyle Nationals.
At the conclusion of his high school career he will wrestle at the University of North Carolina.