The Open Mat recently came out with a list of the top 10 Juniors from the West and four grapplers from California made the list. To read the entire article click here Top 10 High School Juniors from out West.
9. Jonathan Prata of Downey, Calif.
Jonathan Prata made history this past season for the Vikings by becoming the first ever wrestler to win an individual state championship in a loaded 106 weight class in California. One of his major wins came in the semifinals as he defeated Super 32 champion Antonio Lorenzo, 4-2. That wasn’t the end of the winning ways for Prata as he went on to earn a Folkstyle Nationals title in April after placing second in 2016. If he can keep improving, he could be one to watch by the time he gets to college.
8. Nic Aguilar of Gilroy, Calif.
Gilroy’s Nic Aguilar hasn’t had the performances at the California state tournament the past three seasons that he would have liked to. Nevertheless, Aguilar has proven himself a beast in the international styles of wrestling as he has acquired three Fargo national titles as well as placed at UWW Cadet Nationals. Aguilar is the heart and soul of the Mustangs wrestling squad and will be counted on to help them dethrone Buchanan High for the California state team championship next season. Aguilar could be a lifelong 125-pound grappler for any college in the country.
6. Anthony Montalvo of Buchanan, Calif.
Montalvo made great strides this past season in the Golden State that saw him win his first individual state championship after being a runner-up last year. During the 2016-17 campaign, Montalvo was one of two Buchanan High wrestlers to earn a state title and helped the Bears win their second consecutive state team championship, their third overall in school history. He was the 2015 NHSCA Sophomore national champion and is currently unsigned. Montalvo could make a significant impact for any college team at either 174 or 184 pounds.
3. Seth Nevills of Clovis, Calif.
College: Penn State
Nevills could become one of the most decorated prep wrestlers to step on a mat in the state of California next season. His mat awareness and aggressive style of competition have helped him acquire three state titles in the Golden state. Next season, he could win his four state title without having a single loss in his prep career. Nevills recently won Flo Nationals by dominating various competitors with multiple state titles in their resumes. In less than a year, Nevills will be attempting to win the Doc Buchanan Tournament, one of the most prestigious tournaments in the country, and the best on the West Coast.