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The final 2017-18 InterMat rankings featured 117 wrestlers that competed in the 2017 Super 32 Challenge. This includes two wrestlers that ended the season ranked first in the country, Joey Silva (Lake Highland Prep, Fla.) and Quinn Kinner (Kingsway Regional, N.J.); Silva won his third Super 32 Challenge title in 2017, and is enrolling at the University of Michigan for the 2018-19 school year. In addition, over 300 participants from the 2016 Super 32 high school tournament won a state title, New England Regional title, or National Prep championship at season’s end.
At the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Cleveland, thirteen of the finalists were wrestlers that competed in the Super 32 Challenge during their high school career; seven of them won titles. This includes three-time NCAA champions Kyle Snyder (Ohio State) and Zain Retherford (Penn State); Snyder is a three-time World/Olympic champion, while Retherford is now a two-time Hodge Trophy recipient. Additional NCAA champions included two-timer Jason Nolf (Penn State), true freshmen Spencer Lee (Iowa) and Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell), Seth Gross (South Dakota State), and Zahid Valencia (Arizona State).
Those finishing second included Nick Suriano (Rutgers), Bryce Meredith (Wyoming), Hayden Hidlay (North Carolina State), Isaiah Martinez (Illinois), Mark Hall (Penn State), and Jared Haught (Virginia Tech). Martinez finishes his career as a four-time NCAA finalist, winning titles in 2015 and 2016, while Hall was NCAA champion in 2017 as a true freshman. Of the 330 wrestlers to qualify for the tournament, 180 were past Super 32 Challenge participants with 46 of those earning All-American honors.
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