2007 National HS Senior Championships

Team California won the 18th annual NHSCA Senior National Wrestling Championships with 205.5 points and  and crowned  one champion among their seven finalists at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach, VA. Their lone champion was Chris Done (92-28 career), he defeated fellow Californian, Taylor Louie, 6-2, for the 103- pound title. Rounding out the top teams in the nation were runner-up, New Jersey (198), Ohio (179.5), New York (162.5) and Pennsylvania who finished with 146.5 points. In the marquee match of the finals, Zach Sanders (223-5) of Minnesota squared off with California's Nikko Triggas (205-13) in the 119-pound championship. Triggas opened the scoring with a quick single leg takedown and applied his tight waist ride to control the early part of the bout, but Sanders battled back with a nice single/double leg changeover takedown and emerged with an exicting 7-6 victory. The Empire State had one senior finalist, Paul Paddock (235-19) of Warsaw HS who was defeated by Ohio's Colt Sponseller (159-13), 15-6, for the 160-pound crown. Sponseller used a barrage of takedowns and tilts to control the match and dominated the 160-pound weight class, for his efforts he was voted the tournament's outstanding wrestler award.

Mat Notes...
   Zach Sanders is currently the top-ranked 119-pounder in the nation and was a rare five-time Minnesota state champion. Three-time Oklahoma State champion Jamal Parks (136-12) was impressive en route to the 140-pound title and will attend Oklahoma State next year. New York State had eight HS All-Americans, Mike Gomez (7th at 112) of Locust Valley, Tyler Mashkow (7th at 125) of Islip, Matt Mariacher (3rd at 130) of Iroquois, Mike Kampnich (5th at 145) of Watertown, the aforementioned Paddock, Maciej Jochym (6th at 215) of Herricks and Webster's Torsten Gillespie (7th at 135) and Matt Hodge, 8th at 285 pounds. There were 761 wrestlers in the tournament and represented by 46 states, with 17 different states represented in the finals. New York State had a great showing this past week, as they won both the freshmen and sophomore nationals and finished as runners-ups in the juniors and claimed a total of ten national titles...


- Chris Done (Calif) dec. Taylor Louie (Calif), 6-2.
112- Eric Olanowski (Virginia) dec. Nektoe Demison (Calif), 9-3.
119- Zach Sanders (Minnesota) dec. Nikko Triggas (Calif), 7-6.
125- Matt Ortega (New Mexico) dec. Borisslav Novachkov (Calif), 2-1.
130- Kellen Russell (New Jersey) dec.Tyler Nauman (PA), 5-3.
135- Chris Diaz (Delaware) dec. Ryan Prater (Illinois), 10-3.
140- Jamal Parks (Oklahoma) dec. Frank Molinari (New Jersey), 10-5.
145- Jamal Lawrence (Indiana) dec. Seth Vernon (Oklahoma), 3-1 OT.
152- Tim Darling (PA) tech.fall Vincent Renaut (Mass), 15-0.
160- Colt Sponseller (Ohio) dec. Paul Paddock (New York), 15-6.
171- Kirk Smith (Idaho) dec. Justin Danz (Calif), 3-1 OT.
189- Clayton Foster (Idaho) dec. Sonny Yohn (Colorado), 6-5.
215- Deron Winn (Missouri) dec. Ryan Flores (Calif), 10-8.
285- Jarod Trice (Michigan) pinned Brendan Barlow (Ohio), 5:27.

Jeff Reese Memorial OSW Award: Colt Sponseller (Ohio-160)
Most Falls: John Starzyk (Illinois- 125; 5 in 15:31)

1. California  (205.5 points)
  2. New Jersey  (198)
  3. Ohio (179.5)
  4. New York (162.5)
  5. Pennsylvania (146.5)
  6. Michigan (138.5)
  7. Minnesota (127.5)
  8. Illinois (120)
  9. Oklahoma (101.5)
10. Virginia (100.5)
NHSCA Champions (l. to r.) Bottom Row: Chris Done, Eric Olanowski, Zach Sanders, Matt Ortega, Kellen Russell, Chris Diaz, Jamal Parks. Top Row: Jamal Lawrence, Tim Darling, Colt Sponseller, Kirk Smith, Clayton Foster, Deron Winn, Jarod Trice.
Chris Done is in deep on Taylor Louie in their 103 pound final NHSCA matchup. Both are from California, Done won this opening match 6-2 and California won the team title.
Minnesota's Zach Sanders tries to hold on to California's Nikko Triggas in the 119 pound NHSCA final. The number one ranked Sanders beat the number two ranked Triggas
Jeanne Ferraro, Tournament Co-ordinator & Office Manager with Joe Boardwine, Associate Executive Director of NHSCA.
Colt Sponseller of Ohio single legs Paul Paddock of New York in the 160 pound final. Sponseller won 15-6 and was voted the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler.
Oklahoma's Jamal Parks works to hold on to New Jersey's Frank Molinaro at 140 pounds. Parks won this final 10-5.
Kellen Russell of New Jersey holds down Tyler Nauman of Pennsylvania in the 130 pound final in which Russell won 5-3.
Virginia Beach sunrise