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Attempting the impossible: Predicting the winners at the Ironman wrestling tournament

Sam Cartella of Western Reserve Academy, right, wrestles Mac Church of Waynesburg Central during their 144-pound championship match in the Ironman wrestling tournament at Walsh Jesuit High School, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022,.
Sam Cartella of Western Reserve Academy, right, wrestles Mac Church of Waynesburg Central during their 144-pound championship match in the Ironman wrestling tournament at Walsh Jesuit High School, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022,.

Don’t know where to start when it comes to breaking down the 30th annual Ironman at Walsh Jesuit?

Don’t worry. The USA Today Network has you.

Here’s the favorite, next in line and the dark horse in each of the 14 weight classes.

While it’s hard to call state and national champions dark horses, there’s only so much room at the top in the best high school wrestling tournament in the nation.

Here’s the breakdown:

106 pounds at the Ironman

Favorite: Joe Bachmann, Faith Christian Academy, Pa. – The top-seeded Bachman is a Pan-Am and Super 32 champion and World team medalist for Puerto Rico. He is ranked No. 1 nationally.

Next in line: Ignacio Villasenor, Pomona, Col. – The second-seeded Villasenor is a World team medalist for the United States. He has a combined eight elementary and middle school state titles.

Dark horse: Shamus Regan, Wyoming Seminary, Pa. – The third-seeded Regan is a freestyle national champion and Super 32 placer.

113 pounds at the Ironman

St. Charles' Dom Munaretto takes down Belvidere's Brayden Teunissen in the 106-pound title match of the  Class 3A state wrestling tournament Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023 at State Farm Arena in Champaign.
St. Charles' Dom Munaretto takes down Belvidere's Brayden Teunissen in the 106-pound title match of the Class 3A state wrestling tournament Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023 at State Farm Arena in Champaign.

Favorite: Dom Munaretto, St. Charles, Ill. – The top-seeded Munaretto is a 2022 World champion and undefeated state champion. He is a returning Ironman champion.

Next in line: Ayden Smith, Notre Dame, Pa. – The second-seeded Smith is a state champion and returning Ironman placer. He is committed to Cornell.

Dark horse: Grey Burnett, Perrysburg – The third-seeded Burnett is a national freestyle champion and three-time OAC champion.

Beric Jordan, Stillwater
Beric Jordan, Stillwater

120 pounds at the Ironman

Favorite: Leo DeLuca, Blair Academy, NJ – The top-seeded DeLuca is a two-time national freestyle champion and returning Ironman placer. He is an Iowa commit.

Next in line: Beric Jordan, Stillwater, Okla. – The second-seeded Jordan is a 2021 Ironman champion and national freestyle runner-up. He is an Oklahoma commit.

Dark horse: Nathan Desmond, Wyoming Seminary, Pa. – The third-seeded Desmond is a two-time state champion and returning Ironman placer.

126 pounds at the Ironman

Favorite: Luke Lilledahl, Wyoming Seminary, Pa. – The top-seeded Lilledahl is a two-time World finalist and 2022 World champion. The Penn State pledge is ranked No. 1 nationally and is a returning Ironman champion.

Next in line: Jax Forrest, Bishop McCort, Pa. – The second-seeded Forrest is a freestyle national champion and Super 32 champion. He is a returning Ironman runner-up.

Dark horse: JJ McComas, Stillwater, Okla. – The third-seeded McComas is a state champion, national freestyle runner-up and Super 32 runner-up. He is an Oklahoma State commit.

132 pounds at the Ironman

Perrysburg's Marcus Blaze, left, comes into the Ironman as a World champion.
Perrysburg's Marcus Blaze, left, comes into the Ironman as a World champion.

Favorite: Marcus Blaze, Perrysburg – The second-seeded Blaze is a U17 World champion and two-time state champion. He is a returning Ironman placer.

Next in line: Ben Davino, St. Charles East, Ill. – The top-seeded Davino is a three-time state champion and reigning Ironman champion. He is an Ohio State commit.

Dark horse: Dillon Campbell, Legacy Christian – The third-seeded Campbell is a three-time state champion. He is a returning Ironman placer.

138 pounds at the Ironman

Dublin Coffman's Omar Ayoub, left, is one of the favorites to win the Ironman.
Dublin Coffman's Omar Ayoub, left, is one of the favorites to win the Ironman.

Favorite: Bo Bassett, Bishop McCort, Pa. – The top-seeded Bassett is a returning Ironman champion and is ranked first in the nation at 126.

Next in line: Omar Ayoub, Dublin Coffman – The second-seeded Ayoub is a two-time state champion and returning Ironman placer. He is a Nebraska commit.

Dark horse: Tyler Guerra, St. Charles East, Ill. – The third-seeded Guerra is a Super 32 placer and returning state runner-up.

144 pounds at the Ironman

Favorite: Pierson Manville, State College, Pa. – The top-seeded Manville is a state champion and is ranked No. 1 in the nation at 144 pounds. He is an Arizona State commit.

Next in line: Melvin Miller, Bishop McCort, Pa. – The second-seeded Miller is a national freestyle champion and Super 32 champion. He is ranked second in the nation.

Dark horse: Jack Consiglio, Malvern Prep, Pa. – The sixth-seeded Consiglio is a two-time national prep champion and returning Ironman placer. He is committed to Stanford.

150 pounds at the Ironman

Bethlehem Catholic's Kollin Rath looks to defend his Ironman title this weekend.
Bethlehem Catholic's Kollin Rath looks to defend his Ironman title this weekend.

Favorite: Kollin Rath, Bethlehem Catholic, Pa. – The top-seeded Rath is a state champion and Ironman champ. He is ranked second in the nation and is committed to Missouri.

Next in line: Jaxon Joy, Wadsworth – The third-seeded Joy is a three-time state finalist, two-time state champion, Fargo, Super 32 and Ironman placer. He is a Cornell commit.

Dark horse: Kody Routledge, Edmond North, Okla. – The fourth-seeded Routledge is a national freestyle champion and Nebraska commit. He owns a win over Rath.

157 pounds at the Ironman

Favorite: Paul Ognissanti, Blair Academy, NJ – The top-seeded Ognissanti is a returning Ironman placer and University of Pennsylvania recruit.

Next in line: Anthony Evanitsky, Wyoming Seminary, Pa. – The second-seeded Evanitsky is a state champion and two-time state placer who transferred from Wyoming Area over the summer.

Dark horse: Hunter Sturgill, Baylor School, Tenn. – The third-seeded Sturgill is a two-time state champion.

165 pounds at the Ironman

Angelo Ferrari of Melissa, Texas has won the Ironman twice. He's in a bracket with three national No. 1s this time.
Angelo Ferrari of Melissa, Texas has won the Ironman twice. He's in a bracket with three national No. 1s this time.

Favorite: Angelo Ferrari, Melissa, Texas – The top-seeded Ferrari is considered the top recruit in the nation and is No. 1 in the nation at 175. He is an Iowa commit and two-time Ironman champion.

Next in line: Joe Sealey, Wyoming Seminary, Pa. – The second-seeded Sealey is a U17 World champion and Penn State commit.  He is ranked No. 1 in the nation at 157.

Dark horse: William Henckel, Blair Academy, Pa. – The fourth-seeded Henckel finished second at the Ironman last year and is No. 1 in the nation at 165.

175 pounds at the Ironman

Favorite: Tyler Eise, Ponderosa, Col. – The top-seeded Eise is ranked second in the nation and is a Nebraska commit. He is a returning Ironman placer and state champion.

Next in line: Nate Blanchette, Providence Central Catholic, Mass. – The second-seeded Blanchette is a state and national champion. He is committed to Rutgers.

Dark horse: Adam Waters, Faith Christian Academy, Pa. – The third-seeded Waters is a state champion and Greco-Roman U17 World team member.

190 pounds at the Ironman

St. Edward's Jarrel Miller is a national champion, but isn't the favorite to win the Ironman in a loaded 190 pound weight class.
St. Edward's Jarrel Miller is a national champion, but isn't the favorite to win the Ironman in a loaded 190 pound weight class.

Favorite: Cade Ziola, Skutt Catholic, Neb. – The second-seeded Ziola is a two-time state finalist and reigning champion. He is a returning Ironman placer and Nebraska commit.

Next in line: Nate Taylor, Greens Farm Academy, Conn. – The top-seeded Taylor is a state and national champion. He is a returning Ironman placer.

Dark horse: Jarrel Miller, St. Edward – The third-seeded Miller is a national freestyle champion, Greco-Roman runner-up and state runner-up. He was second at the Ironman last year.

215 pounds at the Ironman

Columbus DeSales' Max Shulaw is an Ironman champion but the No. 2 seed at the national event.
Columbus DeSales' Max Shulaw is an Ironman champion but the No. 2 seed at the national event.

Favorite: Jude Correa, Wyoming Seminary, Pa. – The top-seeded Correa is a two-time national prep champion. He is ranked No. 1 in the nation.

Next in line: Max Shulaw, Columbus DeSales – The second-seeded Shulaw returns as an Ironman champion. He is a state champion and Virginia commit.

Dark horse: Rune Lawrence, Frazier, Pa. – The third-seeded Lawrence is a three-time state champion and is committed to West Virginia.

285 pounds at the Ironman

Perry's Aidan Fockler placed at the Ironman as a sophomore but was injured last year. He's ready to go at Walsh Jesuit this weekend.
Perry's Aidan Fockler placed at the Ironman as a sophomore but was injured last year. He's ready to go at Walsh Jesuit this weekend.

Favorite: Carter Neves, Blair Academy, NJ – The top-seeded Neves is an Ohio State commit and is ranked third in the nation. He was a state champion at St. Paris Graham.

Next in line: Aidan Fockler, Perry – The second-seeded Fockler is a state champion and has placed at Fargo, Super 32 and Ironman.

Dark horse: Sampson Stillwell, St. Michael the Archangel, Mo. – The third-seeded Stillwell is a U17 World team member and two-time state champion.

Contact Brad Bournival at bbournival@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter at @bbournival

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: 30th annual Ironman: Wrestlers we think could win an individual title