February National Girls High School Team Rankings Released

The committee that selects the National Girls High School Rankings for individual athletes, which includes representation from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, USA Wrestling, and FloWrestling, has released its February National Girls High School Team Rankings.

This ranking includes public and private schools at the high school level from all states, including states with official girls state championship events as well as those with unofficial girls state championships.

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High School Milestones – Thursday, February 15, 2024

  • 150th Win – Kail Schott, Chatfield, 12th, 189 pounds
  • 125th Win – Kollin Anderson, Saint James, 12th, 139 pounds
  • 125th Win – Brady Kiecker, BOLD, 11th, 145 pounds
  • 125th Win – David Schuh, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, 10th, 133 pounds
  • 100th Win – Grayson Gibson, MAHACA, 10th, 139 pounds
  • 50th Pin – Adam Parish, Cannon Falls-Randolph, 9th, 114 pounds
  • 50th Pin – Cole LaFave, Annandale/Maple Lake, 12th, 145 pounds
  • 75th Win – Matthew Veroeven, Waseca, 10th, 215 pounds
  • 75th Win – Weston Roberson, Lake City, 11th, 172 pounds
  • 75th Win – Ashton Squires, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, 12th, 172 pounds
  • 75th Win – John Bzdok, Royalton/Upsala, 12th, 133 pounds
  • 60th Win – Lincoln Christenson, Marshall, 10th, 107 pounds
  • 25th Pin – Zachary Schaefer, Pine Island, 10th, 160 pounds
  • 50th Win – Jeff Ritter, Delano, 10th, 172 pounds

February National Girls High School, Pound-For-Pound Rankings Released

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame, USA Wrestling, and FloWrestling have released the February 2024 rankings for high school girls wrestlers for the 2023-24 season. This national ranking evaluates all girls enrolled in grades 8-12, and athletes from all 50 states are eligible for selection.

The high school regular season is entering the busiest part of its post-season. As of this ranking, state high school championships for girls have been held in Alabama, Alaska, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, New York, Utah (1A/2A), and Washington, D.C, plus private school state events in Texas and Georgia.

This weekend is one of the busiest for girls’ state high school championships, with over 20 states competing, followed by next week, with another 20-plus states holding their state championships.

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The North Shore Pin Machine

By Brian Jerzak

On December 1st, in Cloquet, Proctor/Hermantown’s Zak McPhee stepped on the mat with a chance to make history. The 2023 189AA state runner-up moved to 285 for the dual against Superior High School. McPhee was heavily favored and wasted no time with a fall in 56 seconds. Although the six team points were not enough to give Proctor/Hermantown the victory, it moved McPhee within striking distance of 200 career wins. The fall completed a wrestling pin cycle that I am sure has happened before but is extremely rare. During McPhee’s varsity career, the senior has recorded at least one fall at every weight class.

“It is not a state championship or anything like that,” McPhee said, “but I thought ‘why not’? If I am this close, why would I stop now? Let’s see if I can do it.”

“Towards the end of my tenth-grade year, we became aware of it,” McPhee continued. At that point, I had wrestled from 106 to 160. To begin my junior year, I was wrestling at 220 and 195. I realized I only needed 170 and 285. There was one meet during the year where I cut to 170 (to fill in for an injury) to get a pin.”

“We were in summer practice, and a kid from Superior (WI) was over,” Proctor-Hermantown head coach and Zak’s dad – Eric – said. “He mentioned he thought some kid from Wisconsin was trying to accomplish this. I thought – I wonder. Later that summer, I started looking back at old records, and sure enough, he had one match at 120 in his seventh-grade year. That was the one weight he didn’t have multiple pins at. All of that happened organically.”

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