Boys Varsity Wrestling
This past weekend at the Grappler Fall Classic on the campus of Michigan State University, Derek Gilcher (Detroit Catholic Central, Mich.) upended a pair of fellow top-100 Class of 2020 wrestlers to win the 160-pound bracket. Ranked No. 62 overall in the senior class, Gilcher also had an absurd run on the way to his Junior freestyle All-American finish in Fargo. The Indiana commit will be joined by six other top-100 Class of 2020 wrestlers at present in the 152-pound field: No. 31 Chase Saldate (Gilroy, Calif.), whom he beat 9-4 in the Grappler Fall Classic final; No. 34 Matthew Lee (Evansville Mater Dei, Ind.), whom he upset in consolation on the way to his Fargo All-American finish; No. 36 Elan Heard (Libertyville, Ill.); No. 58 A.J. Kovacs (Iona Prep, N.Y.); returning Super 32 placer Peyton Hall (Oak Glen, W.Va.); and No. 80 Cameron Robinson (Council Rock North, Pa.).
Also in the 152-pound field are a pair of top-50 Class of 2021 wrestlers, No. 19 Luke Wick (San Marino, Calif.) and No. 32 D.J. Hamiti (Joliet Catholic, Ill.); a two-time state champion, Hamiti was runner-up at the UWW Cadet Nationals in freestyle before winning a Cadet National freestyle title this summer. Additional notable rising seniors in this field include Tyler Badgett (Rancho Bernardo, Calif.), Brayden Roberts (Parkersburg South, W.Va.), Caleb Dowling (St. Joseph's Catholic, Pa.), Jaxon Garoutte (Pueblo County, Colo.), and Donald Cates (Northern Durham, N.C.).