The 2020 edition of the Grappler Fall Classic is taking shape and momentum leading up to the first whistle this Saturday. Originally held in the state of Michigan, GFC has crossed state lines and will be held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Follow along all weekend on Track Wrestling.
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Rush Henrietta Junior Jayden Scott is quietly making a name for himself outside the state of New York. A finals appearance this weekend will solidify Scott's resume as one of the best in the country. Jayden finds himself behind two absolute studs in Cayden McCrary and Jayden Gomez in the 140lb bracket. Seeds are merely just a number at this point. In order for Jayden to be successful this weekend, I fully expect him to use his athleticism and mat awareness to advance deep into the 140lb bracket. Scott is a closer, he stays composed especially in close matches. He is very difficult to score on and doesn't get taken down very often. It'll be a pleasure watching Jayden compete this weekend.
Jayden carries a reputable track record thus far. The Section 5 star is a 3x NYS Place finisher, two-time finalist, 3x Section 5 Champion and took 3rd place at the prestigious Eastern States Classic back in January.
2020 NYS Champion Christian Hansen and 2019 NYS Place Finisher Gaven Bell are seeds 6 and 14 respectively at 171lbs, which means they could possible meet in the quarterfinals in the event they both advance that far on the frontside.
Teammates and training partners, both athletes have excelled on the mat this past season. Training with a top notch partner each day will only have dividends in the end. Hansen just capped off a stellar 2020 season ending in a D2 NYS Championships at 152lbs. Bell's season ended prematurely due to an injury. Up to that point, Gaven had a 1-loss record (To Jake Null - D2 NYS Champion) and defeated quality wrestlers such as Joe McGinty (Monroe Woodbury - NYS Runner-Up), Jack Spahn (Islip - NYS 3rd) and Jack McCusker (Manhasset - Section 8 Champion)
This is a great opportunity for both Seahawk wrestlers to gain some national recognition. Bell has committed to wrestle for the University of Maryland. Hansen has committed to Cornell.
After an unfortunate injury prior to last season that left Honeoye Falls-Lima Junior Carter Schubert sidelined, he returns and is bigger than before. Schubert wrapped up his freshman campaign with a 4th place finish at 120lbs. Over that injury-laden span, the now Junior has added a substantial amount of growth to go along with his slick & methodically wrestling style which in the end makes him extremely dangerous coming off line 15 this weekend.
Although missing a year of competition may hurt many, Schubert did not shy away for working out and training with high caliber partners such as the aforementioned Scott as well as Pittsford's Nick Sanko (2x NYS PF) and Hilton's Rocco Camillaci (3x NYS PF). That quadrant alone shows why all 4 grapplers have represented Section 5 at states the past 3 seasons. Iron sharpens Iron.
Wantagh's Benny Rogers is slowly on the rise and becoming a household name. Rogers wrestles year around as well as a slew of Wantagh grapplers. It's no surprise that Wantagh is one of the top programs throughout the entire state. Benny has become a leader of Warrior Nation and now plans to shine this weekend in Myrtle Beach.
Ben has fared well when crossing state lines with most recently in late September in Newton, PA. Rogers biggest offseason accolade may have come back in 2019 at the NHSCA Freshman Nationals. A 6th place finish at 120lbs is no joke. More impressive was Ben reeled off 5 straight wins before losing to the eventual runner-up.
Any NY wrestling fan cant help but ponder and hope that Rogers and Schubert meet up at some point this weekend. D1 vs D2 is always worth the price of admission.
|125||Rishabh Jajoo||Manhasset-8||2020 Section 8 5th|
|135||Julian Martin||Lake Shore-6||2020 NYS 8th - 3x Section 6 PF (2-1-2)|
|140||Jayden Scott||Rush Henrietta-5||3x NYS PF (2-3-2), 4x Section 5 PF (1-1-1-3), Ranked #17 (OpenMat), #19 (FloWrestling)|
|140||Brian Lombardi||Minisink Valley-9||2x Section 9 PF (2-4)|
|140||Jack Roszko||Manhasset-8||2x Section 8 PF (4-5)|
|145||Ben Rogers||Wantagh-8||2020 NYS 6th, 3x S8 PF (1-2-4), 2019 NHSCA FRAA 6th|
|145||Carter Schubert||Honeoye Falls-Lima-5||3x NYS Qualifier (4-4-Q), 3x S5 PF (1-2-3), 2x NHSCA All-American (6-5), 2019 ESC 7th|
|152||Nick Sanko||Pittsford-5||3x NYS Qualifier (4-6-Q), 3x S5 (1-2-2), 2x ESC PF (3-4), 2018 NHSCA FRAA Runner-Up|
|171||Gaven Bell||Cold Spring Harbor-8||2019 NYS 4th, 4x S8 PF (1-1-2-4), 2020 ESC 3rd|
|171||Christian Hansen||Cold Spring Harbor-8||4x NYS Qualifier (1-BR-Q-Q), 2x CHSAA Champion, 2x Section 8 Champion, 2020 ESC 3rd, 2019 NHSCA SOAA 6th|
|189||Jack McCusker||Manhasset-8||2020 NYS At-Large, 2x S8 PF (2-4)|