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Max Schwartz’s pre-season New England rankings, Dec. 12, 2022

Special to Connecticut Wrestling Online

Since last year’s ranking of New England high school wrestling was so well received, journalist Max Schwartz is doing it again.

Max wrestled at Norwalk High in Connecticut and is now a sports journalist, specializing in wrestling. He has published multiple pieces with wrestling giant, including pre-Covid New England rankings, as well as with up-and-coming Division I wrestling news site

Max’s pre-season New England high school wrestling rankings are calculated with information from the following:

  • Information from coaches, parents and wrestlers
  • Offseason tournaments results
  • NHSCA Nationals results
  • 2022 New England tournament results
  • Information from this past weekend’s season-opening events in Massachusetts and New Hampshire are not included in these rankings.

Do you have information for Max about a key result or a weight change? Email Max at [email protected]


Miles Darling (Essex Tech/Masconomet, MA) finds himself as the preseason No. 1 as he made the cut down for NHSCA Nationals winning three matches. No. 2 James Blood (Sanford, ME) is the first returning 106-placer. The senior came in second at the NHSCA 106 Junior Nationals. No. 3 Joe Mahoney (New Fairfield/New Fairfield, CT), No. 4 Isaac Quilles (East Hartford, CT), and No. 5 Yandel Morales (Andover, MA) also look to threaten in this weight class.

Rank Name State School Grade Last Year Finish
1 Miles Darling MA Essex Tech/Masconomet Jr. 2nd (113)
2 James Blood ME Sanford Sr. 3rd
3 Joe Mahoney CT New Fairfield So. 4th
4 Isaac Quilles CT East Hartford So. 5th
5 Yandel Morales MA Andover Fr. Consi of 8 #2
6 Cale Wood Jr. MA Haverhill So. Consi of 8 #2
7 Raekwon Shabazz CT Xavier So. Consi of 8 #1
8 Deydon Soto CT Danbury So. Consi of 8 #1
9 Evan Lynch NH Salem So. Consi of 16 #2
10 Coleman Finn CT Simsbury So.



No. 1 Alex Schaebulin (St. John’s Prep, MA) is the highest returning placer, following him at No. 2 is a grappler from Maine, Ayden Cofone (Windham/GNG). No. 3 Cameron Davis (Cranston West, RI) and No. 4 Isiaih Adams (Avon, CT) are also set to do some damage. Adams placed seventh in the highly touted Journeyman Fall Classic in Pennsylvania in October.

No. 5 Ryan Conlan (La Salle Academy,RI) was All-New England last year, placing sixth at 106 but he now finds himself up a weight class. No. 7 Christian Pote (Danbury, CT) was not in the Hatters’ lineup last year. However, a big 2-1 win during the Journeyman Fall Classic over No. 8 Jared Hood (Ponaganset, RI) pushes him into the top ten.

Rank Name State School Grade Last Year Finish
1 Alex Schaebulin MA St. John’s Prep Sr. 4th
2 Ayden Cofone ME Windham/GNG So. 5th
3 Cameron Davis RI Cranston West Jr. 6th
4 Isiaih Adams CT Avon Sr. Consi of 4
5 Ryan Conlan RI La Salle Academy Sr. 6th (106)
6 Dominick Spadaro CT Fairfield Warde So. Consi of 8 #2
7 Christian Pote CT Danbury Jr.
8 Jared Hood RI Ponaganset Jr. Consi of 8 #2
9 Brayton Carbone MA Shawsheen Tech So. Consi of 8 #2 (106)
10 Aidan Baum MA Milford So. Consi of 8 #1



Coming in at No. 1 is Peyton Ellis (Coventry, RI). The junior placed third last year at 113, won four matches at NHSCA Nationals, and placed fifth in the Journeyman Fall Classic. Looking to challenge him is the defending New England champion No. 2 Musa Tamaradze (West Springfield, MA), who placed third at the 2022 NHSCA Junior Nationals at 106.

No. 3 Cole Albert (Mattanawcook/Lee, ME), No. 4 Kyle Levesque (Xavier, CT), and No. 5 Julian Henderson (Camden Hills, ME) look to contend for a top spot on the podium as well. No. 10 David Perez (Ponaganset, RI) should throw a wedge in some plans as the freshmen comes in as a two-time middle school Reno finalist, a two-time middle school New England finalist, and a middle school NHSCA and Tulsa National All-American.

Rank Name State School Grade Last Year Finish
1 Peyton Ellis RI Coventry Jr. 3rd (113)
2 Musa Tamaradze MA West Springfield Jr. 1st (106)
3 Cole Albert ME Mattanawcook/Lee So. 6th
4 Kyle Levesque CT Xavier Jr. 6th (126)
5 Julian Henderson ME Camden Hills Sr. Consi of 8 #2
6 Luca Connolley MA Northeast Metro Tech Jr. Consi of 8 #1
7 Caden Brusso NH Hollis-Brookline So. Consi of 8 #1 (113)
8 Michael Boulaunger Jr. MA Milford So. Consi of 8 #1 (113)
9 James Chaplick ME Sanford So.
10 David Perez RI Ponaganset Fr..



Stanford-commit Jacob Joyce (Ponaganset, RI) slides into the top spot after winning the New England title last year at 120. Joyce, ranked 13th in the country on FloWrestling, also placed seventh at the highly prestigious Super 32 Tournament. Nevertheless, No. 2 Kaden Ware (Killingly, CT) placed fourth last year in the New Englands and is looking to upset Joyce.

Tyler Knox (St. John’s Prep, MA), who won the New England title at 126 last season and the NHSCA Junior Nationals at 120, has opted to participate in nationally renowned competitions such as Doc Buchanan, Beast of the East, and various collegiate open tournaments to prepare for his upcoming college career at Stanford. He will not be competing in the MIAA All-State tournament or the New England tournament.

Rank Name State School Grade Last Year Finish
1 Jacob Joyce RI Ponaganset Sr. 1st (120)
2 Kaden Ware CT Killingly Sr. 4th
3 Dyllan Davis ME Biddeford Sr. Consi of 8 #2
4 Jack Callahan MA Tewksbury Sr. Consi of 8 #2
5 Ivan Mazareigo RI Central Jr. Consi of 8 #1
6 Gavin Ripley ME Oceanside Sr. Consi of 8 #1
7 Nicholas D’Lassendro NH Londonderry Sr. Consi of 8 #1
8 Phoenix Gardella CT Norwalk Jr. Consi of 8 #1 (120)
9 Jack DeSena MA Hingham So.
10 Kiaben Kennedy NH Bedford Jr. Consi of 16 #2



This weight class is full of returning qualifiers. On top, however, sits No. 1 Hayden Myers (Coventry, RI). The senior placed third last year at 126 and won a total eight matches between NHSCA Junior Nationals and Super 32.

No. 2 James Tildsley (Shawsheen Tech, MA) makes a big jump from 106 to 132. Don’t be surprised if he drops down a weight during the season. No. 3 Tyler Kadish (Newton South, MA) and No. 4 Anthony Basile (Xavier, CT) also look to make some noise as both made it very far in last year’s tournament.

Rank Name State School Grade Last Year Finish
1 Hayden Myers RI Coventry Sr. 3rd (126)
2 James Tildsley MA Shawsheen Tech Fr. 2nd (106)
3 Tyler Kadish MA Newton South Sr. 6th
4 Anthony Basile CT Xavier Jr. Consi of 4
5 Jonah Paulino MA Monty Tech Jr. Consi of 8 #2 (126)
6 Jackez Mendez CT East Hartford So. Consi of 8 #2 (138)
7 Dash Farrell ME Mt. Arat/Brunswick Jr. Consi of 8 #2
8 Jaydin D’Ambrosio MA Reading Jr. Consi of 8 #2 (126)
9 Jesse DeFonce CT Danbury Jr. Consi of 16 #2
10 Anthony Fernandez NH Nashua South Sr. Consi of 8 #1



Maine is on top here with Derek Cote (Noble, ME). The senior placed fifth at last year’s tournament and also won three matches at NHSCA Junior Nationals. Challenging him should be No. 2 Cam Ice (Minnechaug, MA), who was one win away from placing last season. No. 4 Josh Howard (Southington, CT) was also one victory away from placing at last year’s New England tournament at 126. He looks very ready to start his junior year at a new weight.

Rank Name State School Grade Last Year Finish
1 Derek Cote ME Noble Sr. 5th
2 Cam Ice MA Minnechaug Sr. Consi of 4
3 Caleb Caceras MA Shawsheen Tech Sr. Consi of 8 #1
4 Josh Howard CT Southington Jr. Consi of 4 (126)
5 Jariel Hernandez NH Salem Sr. Consi of 16 #2
6 Caleb Whitney VT Otter Valley Sr. Consi of 16 #2
7 William Smith CT Fairfield Prep Jr. Consi of 16 #2
8 Luke Callis ME Sanford So.
9 Nick Fatone CT Norwalk Jr.
10 Joe Joyce RI Ponaganset Fr.



This weight class is deep. Another Rhode Island wrestler begins the season at No. 1 — Gabriel Bouysouu (Scituate, RI). The junior was the 138 pound champion last season and is currently ranked 15th in the country on FloWrestling. However, No. 2 Jack Richardson (Killingly, CT) won this bracket last year and isn’t looking to give up his throne so easily.

No. 3 Brent Nicholosi (Haverhill, MA) dropped an 18-4 major decision to Richardson in last year’s tournament before winning six straight matches to finish third. No. 4 Sidney Tildsley (Shawsheen Tech, MA), No. 5 Jason Hood (Ponaganset, RI), and No. 6 Maurice Cooper (Hope, RI) all placed at last year’s New England tournament. Hood placed at 138, Cooper medaled at 145 and Tildlsey won it all at 132.

Rank Name State School Grade Last Year Finish
1 Gabriel Bouysouu RI Scituate Jr. 1st (138)
2 Jack Richardson CT Killingly Sr. 1st
3 Brent Nicholosi MA Haverhill Jr. 3rd
4 Sidney Tildsley MA Shawsheen Tech So. 1st (132)
5 Jason Hood RI Ponaganset Sr. 4th (138)
6 Maurice Cooper RI Hope Jr. 4th
7 Aiden Clark ME Skowhegan Sr. Consi of 4
8 Thomas Bock CT New Fairfield Sr. Consi of 8 #1
9 Drew McGourty MA Braintree Jr. Consi of 8 #2
10 Elliot Humphries MA Minnechaug Jr. Consi of 16 #2



No. 1 Rawson Iwanicki (St. John’s Prep, MA) is the clear favorite in this group after winning the title last year and then placing sixth at NHSCA Junior Nationals. A pair of in-state foes look to challenge him in No. 2 Joseph Tulley (Carver, MA) and No. 3 Jack Walsh (Chelmsford, MA). No. 4 Noah Scalma (Bishop Hendricken, RI) comes in as the dark horse in the weight class, even though he dropped a 10-1 decision to Tulley at last year’s New England tournament.

Rank Name State School Grade Last Year Finish
1 Rawson Iwanicki MA St. John’s Prep Sr. 1st
2 Joseph Tulley MA Carver Sr. Consi of 8 #2
3 Jack Walsh MA Chelmsford Sr. Consi of 8 #1
4 Noah Sclama RI Bishop Hendricken Sr. Consi of 8 #1
5 Lucas Libbey ME Mountain Valley Jr. Consi of 16 #2
6 Adrian Guzman MA Ashland So.
7 Cooper Lussier MA Whitman-Hanson So.
8 Mark Lattimore MA Brockton Sr.
9 Anthony Mann MA Hanover Jr.
10 Matthew Ferrucci CT Xavier Sr.



No. 1 Fisher Stites (Newtown, CT) is the highest returning place winner. No. 2 Andrew Reall (Ponaganset, RI) found the podium last year at 145. No. 3 Paul Barrett (Longmeadow, MA) and No. 4 Jeremey Devine (RHAM, CT) look to place this year after winning a pair of matches last season.

Rank Name State School Grade Last Year Finish
1 Fisher Stites CT Newtown Jr. 4th
2 Andrew Reall RI Ponaganset Sr. 6th (145)
3 Paul Barrett MA Longmeadow Sr. Consi of 8 #2
4 Jeremey Devine CT RHAM So. Consi of 8 #2
5 Tucker Visian MA Natick Sr. Consi of 8 #1
6 Isal Perez RI Hope Jr. Consi of 16 #2
7 Dravyn Roberts CT East Hartford So.
8 Ozzy Alsaid VT St. Johnsbury Sr. Consi of 16 #2
9 Luke St. Goddard RI Cumberland Sr.
10 Will Murphy NH Bishop Guertin Jr.



No. 1 Rafael Knapp (Algonquin, MA) placed third in last year’s New England’s and claimed a 6-3 decision over defending New England champion No. 2 Nate Blanchette (Central Catholic, MA) at the 2022 Super 32 Tournament. The pair of NHSCA All-Americans should do battle a couple more times this season.

The talent doesn’t decline here after the top two. No. 3 Haden Bottiglieri (Brookline, MA), No. 4 Nicholas Baccala (Ponaganset, RI), No. 5 Chad Mairiano (Simsbury, CT), and No. 6 Lucas Coleman (Fairfield Warde, CT) were eachl one victory away from placing in their respective 2022 weight classes.

Rank Name State School Grade Last Year Finish
1 Rafael Knapp MA Algonquin Sr. 3rd (160)
2 Nate Blanchette MA Central Catholic Jr. 1st (160)
3 Haden Bottiglieri MA Brookline Sr. Consi of 4
4 Nicholas Baccala RI Ponaganset Sr. Consi of 4 (160)
5 Chad Mairiano CT Simsbury Jr. Consi of 4 (160)
6 Lucas Coleman CT Fairfield Warde Sr. Consi of 4 (152)
7 Imanol Tavares RI Hope Sr. Consi of 8 #2 (182)
8 Aaron Johnson VT Mount Anthony Union Sr. Consi of 8 #2 (182)
9 Ryan Gilchrist CT Norwalk Sr. Consi of 8 #1 (182)
10 Jack Wendell CT Nonnewaug Sr. Consi of 8 #1



A fifth-place finish in New England was just the tip of the iceberg for No. 1 Spencer Fine (Bishop Hendricken, RI) as he went on to place fifth in the NHSCA Sophomore Nationals.

No. 2 Mason Pellegri (Milton, MA) won three matches in Virginia Beach at NHSCA Sophomore Nationals and No. 4 Brandon D’Agostino (Central Catholic, MA) won two matches last year before he was stopped by No. 3 Sammy Montovani (East Hartford, CT), who also had a pair of wins.

No. 6 Preston Marchessault (Ponaganset, RI) comes into the Chieftain’s lineup as a transfer from La Salle Academy and is looking to have a successful first season with his new team.

Rank Name State School Grade Last Year Finish
1 Spencer Fine RI Bishop Hendricken Jr. 5th
2 Mason Pellegri MA Milton Jr. Consi of 8 #2
3 Sammy Montovani CT East Hartford Jr. Consi of 8 #2
4 Brandon D’Agostino MA Central Catholic Jr. Consi of 8 #1
5 Ethan Harris MA Taunton Jr. Consi of 16 #2
6 Preston Marchessault RI Ponaganset So.
7 Dom Iaquinto CT Danbury Jr.
8 James Walton RI Coventry Sr.
9 Michael Toppan MA Gloucester Jr.
10 Emmit Nossaman NH Plymouth So.



This weight class has talent. The top four wrestlers all placed last year. No. 1 Brendan Gilchrist (Norwalk, CT) leads the pack after a dominating second-place finish last year; he also boasts a fall over No. 4 Nathan Schobel (Dexter, ME).

No. 2 Corbin Maraia (Chariho, RI) looks to upset the Bear after finishing fourth last year at this weight. Don’t count No. 3 Nathan Leach (Bridgewater-Raynham, MA) out either—he also looks to contend for a title.

Rank Name State School Grade Last Year Finish
1 Brendan Gilchrist CT Norwalk Sr. 2nd
2 Corbin Maraia RI Chariho Sr. 4th
3 Nathan Leach MA Bridgewater-Raynham Sr. 5th
4 Nathan Schobel ME Dexter Jr. 6th
5 Bennett Sonneborn MA Natick Sr. Consi of 4
6 Soren Reif CT Killingly So. Consi of 8 #1
7 James Wright VT Burr & Burton Jr. Consi of 16 #2
8 Charles Weidman CT Xavier So.
9 Cameron Phillips MA Milford Sr. Consi of 16 #2
10 Canton Hill ME Sanford So.



No. 1 Hampton Kaye-Kuter (Milford, MA) placed fourth last year in New England and then eighth in the NHSCA Junior Nationals, but he’s looking to finish on top this year. No. 2 Patrick DesLauries looks to throw his hat into the mix, along with No. 3 James Duhancik (Stratford, CT), who placed second in Connecticut last year but was a scratch for the New England tournament.

No. 5 Michael DiOrio (Ponaganset, RI) placed seventh in NHSCA Sophomore Nationals and is another La Salle Academy wrestler turned Chieftain. And, like Marchessault, hopes to have a memorable inaugural season in his new colors.

Rank Name State School Grade Last Year Finish
1 Hampton Kaye-Kuter MA Milford Sr. 4th
2 Patrick DesLauries MA Ashfield Sr. Consi of 4
3 James Duhancik CT Stratford Sr. 2nd (CT) NE Scratch
4 Jhonnyel Ramierez CT Danbury Sr. Consi of 8 #2
5 Michael DiOrio RI Ponaganset So.
6 Dylan Greenstein MA St. John’s Prep Jr.
7 Colby Vanclette NH Nashua South Sr. Consi of 16 #2
8 Jayden Toppan MA Gloucester Jr.
9 Shane Raposo RI Cumberland Jr.
10 Nehemias Petteway CT Fairfield Warde Sr.



Two All-Americans have the potential to clash with No. 1 Thomas Brown (Chelmsford, MA), who placed third and second in New England and NHSCA Freshmen Nationals, respectively. At No. 3 is Dominic Silva (Bridgewater-Raynham, MA), who was one match away from finding the podium in New England last year and then won six matches to finish eighth in NHSCA Junior Nationals.

No. 2 Brayden Marceau (Melrose, MA) also looks to improve upon a fifth-place finish from last year. Also looking to compete are a pair of Connecticut grapplers in Doug Traynor (New Fairfield, CT) and Nuh Adjunski (Danbury, CT).

Rank Name State School Grade   Last Year Finish
1 Thomas Brown MA Chelmsford So. 3rd
2 Brayden Marceau MA Melrose Sr. 5th
3 Dominic Silva MA Bridgewater-Raynham Sr. Consi of 4
4 Doug Traynor CT New Fairfield Sr. Consi of 8 #2
5 Nuh Adjunski CT Danbury Sr. Consi of 8 #1
6 Hayden Robinson NH Raymond Sr. Consi of 16 #2
7 Charlie Smith MA St. John’s Prep Sr. Consi of 16 #2
8 Kobe Butters ME Skowhegan Sr. Consi of 16 #2
9 Don Shivas CT Derby/Oxford/Holy Cross Sr. Consi of 16 #2
10 Jason Canavan NH Keene Sr.


If you have questions, updates or suggestions for Max regarding his rankings, please email him at [email protected]

New England Top 15 teams

Leading the pack with an astounding nine wrestlers ranked is No. 1 Ponaganset (Glocester, RI). Two transfers at 182 and 220 pounds really help bolster this team’s lineup. No. 2 St. John’s Prep (Danvers, MA) looks to hold off the Chieftains and defend their New England title.

Tied in third is No. 3 Shawsheen Tech (Billerica, MA) and No. 3 Coventry (Coventry, RI), who also look to compete for the team trophy. After those two, there are three Connecticut teams with No. 5 East Hartford (East Hartford, CT), No. 6 Killingly (Killingly CT) and No. 7 Xavier (Middletown, CT). Tied at No. 8 is Danbury (Danbury, CT) and 8 Chelmsford (Chelmsford, MA). Rounding out the top ten is another tie between No. 10 Norwalk (Norwalk, CT) and No. 10 Bishop Hendricken (Warwick, RI).

Rank School Ranked State Points Last year’s NE finish
1 Ponagansett 9 RI 87 3rd
2 St. Johns Prep 4 MA 55.5 1st
T-3 Shawsheen Tech 4 MA 45.5 18th
T-3 Coventry 3 RI 45.5 4th
5 East Hartford 4 CT 41.5 26th
6 Killingly 3 CT 41 7th
7 Xavier 5 CT 38.5 2nd
T-8 Danbury 6 CT 33.5 6th
T-8 Chelmsford 2 MA 33.5 33rd
T-10 Norwalk 4 CT 32.5 16th
T-10 Bishop Hendricken 2 RI 32.5 10th
12 New Fairfield 4 CT 31.5 31st
13 Milford 4 MA 31 25th
14 Central Catholic 2 MA 28.5 13th
15 Sanford 4 ME 27 49th


If you have questions, updates or suggestions for Max regarding his rankings, please email him at [email protected]

Max’s final rankings 2022

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