April 10th, 2013
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1. Drew Turner (Jr, Parkland, 1-1-3)
2. Jacob Grigg (Jr, East Gaston, 3-SQ-1)
3. Trent Allen (Jr, South Brunswick, SQ-DNQ-3)
4. Dallas Roemer (Jr, Pinecrest, 5-2-1)
5. Marcus Cross (Jr, Parkland, SQ-2)
6. Malik McDonald (Jr, South View, SQ-3)
7. Alex Monaco (Jr, First Flight, SQ-3-1)
8. Payton Shuford (Jr, West Iredell, SQ-2-1)
9. Troy Gregor (Jr, Hickory Ridge, SQ-3-1)
10. Troy Cain (Jr, South View, 6-3)
Turner takes the top spot due as much to the number behind his resume as his resume itself. Two-time state champion, took third in a weight-class that at States included FOUR All-Americans, Juniors Nationals 3rd place, Sophomore Nationals 5th place, Middle School Nationals Runner-Up, all sounds nice, but take a look at Turner's numbers in February the past three years: 15-0 in State Duals (only 3 of which he didn't earn bonus points for his team), 11-0 in regionals (7 by pin), 12-1 at States.
Grigg checks in at two after finally winning a state championship and taking 8th at Junior Nationals. His run at Junior Nationals was so impressive because he had to win seven straight matches to come back through and place after taking a tough first round loss.
Allen checks in at third on the strength of being a Freshman Nationals Champion, a Sophomore Nationals Runner-Up, and a Junior Nationals Runner-Ups. I look forward to seeing if he can match that success in state next year.
Roemer stayed already ahead of his brothers pace for state placements (yes, I went there). I honestly had a hard time not putting him higher on this list but I was a little disappointed in his showing at Junior Nationals.
Cross checks in at fifth on the strength of a State Runner-Up finish and a 4th Place finish at Junior Nationals. Cross won 8 matches over 3 days against National level competition.
McDonald is sixth on the strength of his Junior National Runner-Up finish and a third place finish at States.
Monaco checks in at seventh on the strength of his 8th place finish at Junior Nationals along with his 2A State Championship this year. As the person sitting in the opposing corner for one of his matches at Junior Nationals, let me just say the sky is the limit for this kid.
Shuford finally got his state title and looked very impressive in doing so.
Gregor finally got his state title this year after being the only non-Senior in the quarterfinals of his weight class at states last year.
Cain checks in at 10 on the strength of his two state-placements.