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The final 2018-19 InterMat rankings featured 115 wrestlers that competed in the 2018 Super 32 Challenge. This includes six wrestlers that ended the season ranked first in the country: Richard Figueroa (Selma, Calif.), Lucas Byrd (Cincinnati LaSalle, Ohio), Ryan Anderson (Bethlehem Catholic, Pa.), Alex Facundo (Davison, Mich.), Jacob Cardenas (Bergen Catholic, N.J.), and Braxton Amos (Parkersburg South, W.Va.); it was a repeat title for Amos, wile Byrd, Anderson, and Cardenas have matriculated on to college. In addition, 350 participants from the 2018 Super 32 high school tournament won a state title, New England Regional title, or National Prep championship at season’s end.
At the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Pittsburgh, fourteen of the finalists were wrestlers that competed in the Super 32 Challenge during their high school career; eight of them won titles. This includes three-time NCAA champion Jason Nolf (Penn State) as well as two-time champions Spencer Lee (Iowa), Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell), and Zahid Valencia (Arizona State); additional NCAA champions included Nick Suriano (Rutgers), Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers), Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech), Anthony Cassar (Penn State)
Those finishing second included Jack Mueller (Virginia), Daton Fix (Oklahoma State), Tyler Berger (Nebraska), Mark Hall (Penn State), Kollin Moore (Ohio State), and Derek White (Oklahoma State). Fix also was a Senior World Team qualifier, while Hall is now a three-time NCAA finalist. Of the 330 wrestlers to qualify for the tournament, 194 were past Super 32 Challenge participants with 53 of those earning All-American honors.
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