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The final 2016-17 InterMat rankings featured 107 wrestlers that competed in the 2016 Super 32 Challenge. This includes five wrestlers that ended the season ranked first in the country, all were Super 32 Challenge champions: Patrick Glory (Delbarton, N.J.), Vitali Arujau (Syosset, N.Y.), Jarod Verkleeren (Hempfield Area, Pa.), Brady Berge (Kasson-Mantorville, Minn.), and Louie Deprez (Hilton, N.Y.); Arujau was also named as the InterMat High School Wrestler of the 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 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in New York City, nine of the finalists were wrestlers that competed in the Super 32 Challenge during their high school career. This includes two-time national champions Kyle Snyder (Ohio State), Zain Retherford (Penn State), and Dean Heil (Oklahoma State); Snyder is also a World and Olympic champion, while Retherford was named the tournament's Most Oustanding Wrestler and also earned the Hodge Trophy. Also winning national titles were Darian Cruz (Lehigh), Jason Nolf (Penn State), and Mark Hall (Penn State). Runners-up included Seth Gross (South Dakota State), George DiCamillo (Virginia), and Isaiah Martinez (Illinois); Martinez having won NCAA titles in 2015 and 2016. Of the 330 wrestlers to qualify for the tournament, almost fifty percent were past Super 32 Challenge participants, with 41 of those earning All-American honors.
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