Jordan Oliver didn’t disappoint the local fans as the Easton, Pa. native got a 7-2 win over Bubba Jenkins in the top-of-the-card match at the first-ever Who’s No. 1 high school wrestling dual meet at Lehigh University Saturday evening.
Oliver, a two-time NCAA champ from Oklahoma State (2011, 2013) who grew up in the Lehigh Valley scored the first two takedowns, then racked up three back points, on his way to defeating Jenkins, a Virginia native who won his title for Arizona State at the 2011 NCAAs by pinning former teammate David Taylor in the finals.
It’s been a tough fall for Jenkins. In addition to his loss at Who’s No. 1, the former Nittany Lion-turned-Sun Devil suffered his first loss in his fledgling mixed martial arts career in September.
The event, sponsored by amateur wrestling website Flowrestling.org, was a showcase of the nation’s top high school wrestlers, held at Lehigh’s Leeman-Turner Arena inside Grace Hall, also known as “the Snake Pit.”
In the first prep match of the evening at 132 pounds, Fredy Stroker, a junior from Bettendorf, Iowa (Team Bubba) got a 4-3 win over top-ranked Seth Gross, a senior from Apple Valley, Minn. who will be wrestling at the University of Iowa (Team Oliver). In the second bout at that weight, Michael Kemerer of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Regional (Team Bubba) defeated Zac Hall, a senior from St. Johns, Mich. who has committed to the University of Michigan (Team Oliver), 3-1, SV. Later in the event, Stroker beat Kemerer, 3-1, to determine Who’s No. 1 at 132.
At 120, Team Bubba’s Nathan Boston, a senior from Woodford County, Ky. who has committed to Iowa State, got a 4-2 decision over senior Sean Russell of Collins Hill, Ga. (Team Oliver). In a 145-pound bout, Mason Manville (Team Oliver) defeated Grant Leeth (Team Bubba), 3-1, SV, while, at 152, junior Fox Baldwin of Osceola, Fla. (Team Bubba) got a 7-1 win over Nicky Reenan (Team Oliver), 7-1.
In the 160-pound match-up, Team Oliver’s Ryan Blees, a senior from Bismarck, N.D. who will wrestle at Oklahoma State defeated Zach Kelly (Team Bubba), 5-2. Next, at 126, Ryan Milhof, a senior from Collins Hill, Ga. who is committed to Oklahoma State (Team Oliver), got the 3-1 win over top-ranked Jered Cortez, a senior from Glenbard North, Ill. who will wrestle for the University of Illinois (Team Bubba). At 138, Kittanning, Pa. senior Jason Nolf, committed to Penn State (Team Bubba), defeated Blair Academy senior Joey McKenna (Team Oliver), 10-5. In the last prep battle of the evening, at 182 pounds, Johnny Sebastian, a senior from Bergen, N.J. (Team Oliver) got the 7-2 win over Blue Springs, Mo. senior Michael Pixley, a future Illinois wrestler (Team Bubba).
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