The Guillotine High School Class Rankings – June 12, 2015

By Jeff Beshey, Class Rankings Editor

Welcome to the first edition of The Guillotine’s High School Class Rankings. The plan is to publish class rankings every few months moving forward. There isn’t a set publication schedule for now.

Since class rankings don’t necessarily involve a lot of head-to-head competition, the rankings will be subjective. There’s no way around it. But I will let you in on my thought process a little bit.

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Significant growth in viewership for NCAA finals on ESPN

The 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships finals on Saturday, March 21, averaged 694,000 viewers on ESPN with an additional 1.6 million minutes consumed on WatchESPN, a 10% increase in television viewers (630,000) and 148% increase in WatchESPN consumption (644,000) over the 2014 Championship Finals — also shown on ESPN in prime time. Additionally, WatchESPN more than doubled its total unique viewers during this year’s Championship Finals when compared to last year.

Oklahoma City was the highest-rated market for Saturday night’s wrestling finale, followed by Tulsa, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Columbus, Detroit, Kansas City, Cleveland, Baltimore, Norfolk, and St. Louis.

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U coach Robinson praises seniors despite tough finish

Five Gophers went 0-6 on the final day of the NCAA meet.

St. Louis – Gophers senior Dylan Ness walked onto the floor of the Scottrade Center on Saturday morning and approached the mat for his final time as a collegiate wrestler.

As he looked at opponent Ian Miller of Kent State for the fifth place medal at the NCAA championships, he had to wonder why his career would end in this fashion.

Ness suffered a separated shoulder in Friday night’s semifinals match against Nick Brascetta of Virginia Tech and had to default by injury. Continue reading at

Gophers finish eighth

ST. LOUIS — Minnesota said goodbye to a successful group of senior wrestlers Saturday and gave one an especially heartfelt send-off at the Scottrade Center.

Chris Dardanes, Logan Storley and Scott Schiller all exited with fourth-place finishes, senior Dylan Ness took sixth and sophomore Michael Kroells placed eighth as the three-day tournament wrapped up.

“It’s a great senior class,” Minnesota coach J Robinson said. “People forget what this class has done. They’ve placed second in the nationals, they’ve placed third in the nationals, they placed second again, and this year they’re eighth. If you get that out of a senior class, you’ve got to say there’s a lot of good things that happened.” Continue reading at

Kokesh defeats Storley in battle of South Dakota wrestlers

St. Louis — It wasn’t for a national championship, but on Saturday, Robert Kokesh and Logan Storley fought for third place — and South Dakota bragging rights.

Kokesh, a senior Nebraska wrestler from Wagner, and Storley, a senior Minnesota wrestler and Webster graduate, had faced each other various times throughout their career.

The pair of friends took the mat one last time in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships 174-pound third place match. Kokesh defeated Storley in sudden victory 6-4. Continue reading at