Three Manhattan High wrestlers made the trip to Virginia Beach, Va., over the weekend to compete at the National High School Coaches Association’s National Wrestling Championships against some of the nation’s top wrestling talents.
Seniors Kian Clemens and Austin Chauncey, each fresh off a state championship in Class 6A in early March, represented the Indians, while freshman Mason Wallace, who finished third at state, also made the trip.
Wallace ended the weekend with the best record, finishing 3-2 and finishing among the top 16 in the freshman division at the 120-pound weight class.
Wallace opened with a pair of victories, a technical fall against Virginia’s Anthony Bruno, 15-0, before pinning Donny Albach of New Jersey in the next round. He was pinned by New Mexico’s Wes Rayburn to move into the consolation bracket, where he beat Alabama’s Luke Dipietro in a 6-0 decision before ending his weekend with a loss to Connecticut’s Charles Schultz Jr. in a 5-4 decision.
Chauncey, wrestling in the senior division at 160, lost his opener by pinfall to move into the consolation bracket, where he put together a run, defeating Pennsylvania’s Mitchell Blose 2-0 and California’s Reed South 3-0, before losing a tough 2-1 decision to Indiana’s Kyle Jolas to end his weekend.
Clemens opened his tournament with an 8-7 decision over Wayne Wivell from Maryland, getting an escape in the final 20 seconds to come out on top.
The senior lost his next match to Kentucky’s Sean Fausz, getting pinned in 3:11 to move into the consolation bracket. Clemens finished out his tournament with a 7-2 loss to Demetreus Kostis of North Carolina, going 1-2 on the weekend.