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What – The Super 32 tournament is a prestigious high school tournament that is held in Greensboro, North Carolina. It’s basically one of the Who’s Who event in the high school field.
Where – As in, where can you watch. Flowrestling will be carrying the stream of the event through their FloPro service.
Who – Now that is very interesting list (Flowrestling rankings)
#3 Michael Kemerer 1st
#8 Max Thomsen 2nd
Because this tournament needed more drama, the 145 final will feature two future division one wrestlers, both of which will be attending an Iowa program. The favorite would be Mike Kemerer, a three-time finalist out of Pennsylvania the future Hawkeye is looking to end his Super 32 career the same way he started it. With a title.
But it would be foolish to assume that once you reach this level of a tournament that the higher ranked wrestler will win out. After gutting out a tough semifinal win, Thomsen is looking to make his mark on the nation by winning his first Super 32 title. Both of them won’t be able to bring home a belt, but it will be interesting to see what our readers think:
Post finals thoughts: It was a great tournament for both wrestlers who made the finals, but in the end only one could come out on top and today there was no stopping Mike Kemerer. Kemerer didn’t have too much of a struggle getting into Thomsen’s legs to score and he was able to score all the match’s takedowns with four. This result was expected by many of the experts, and it’s plain to see that Kemerer is a phenomenal talent. Iowa fans should be excited about the future of Kemerer. Thomsen also looked very good, especially in his win over Patrick Lugo.
#18 Kaleb Young 7th
Dayton Racer 2nd
Kaleb Young has had himself a nice tournament by earning a 7th place finish. After losing to his Young Guns club teammate Josh Maruca in the consolation quarterfinals, and came back and won a tough match to finish 7th. When the tournament is full of competitors of this magnitude, finishing top 8 is a great weekend.
Racer’s tournament has been a bit of a surprise for some as he didn’t come in the highest ranked opponent at his weight, but he has taken care of business and now he will have a chance at a Super 32 title. Racer was the Grappler Fall Classic champion a few weekends ago, and then placed third at preseason nationals when he was at 160, but he has looked like a man among boys at the 152 weight class.
Post final thoughts: Racer was almost able to pull this win out, but in the end he just made too many mistakes, as three of his opponent’s points came as a result of penalties. The first one looked questionable (though I will admit the refs had a better view than me), but his locked hands in the third was a back breaker. Had Racer been able to avoid that penalty, and just let his opponent go would have resulted in a 4-3 lead and never would have sent the match to overtime.
#4 Alex Marinelli 2nd
Marinelli has had a pretty solid tournament by demolishing his opponents with takedown after takedown. He scored a big semifinal win over Josh Ugalde to set up a finals with top 15 ranked Fox Baldwin. This is also in interesting meeting because Baldwin comes in at #3 on Flo’s rankings, and Marinelli at #4. This is an opportunity that Marinelli told us he was looking forward to and it should go down as one of the best finals.
Post final thoughts: I will admit to possibly some bias, but I thought Marinelli looked very good in this match and his only problem was being unable to cope with Baldwin’s funk. He was able to get the opening takedown. He then gave up a funky reversal and then another takedown all in pretty quick succession, which led to him trailing 4-3. He tried rolling around to get out from bottom and when you wrestle someone like Baldwin it’s easy for them to turn that into a quick tilt, and that’s just what Baldwin did. Marinelli was able to hit another high crotch takedown, but in the end Baldwin’s riding skills was just too much for Marinelli to overcome.
#6 Taylor Lujan 1st
Lujan is another wrestler that has taken care of business. Picking up a bonus win in every match en route to the finals, he has made this Super 32 tournament look easy (and that is saying something).
Post final thoughts: Looking back Lujan was never really challenged in this tournament and the finals was a perfect representation of that. He got taken down, but after that he scored a reversal and from there he never looked back. He poured it on and racked up a 11-5 win. Lujan was a runner-up at this tournament last year, but this year was coming up all Lujan and he has the look of a fantastic upperweight addition for Schwab.