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st. John Vianney freshman Anthony Knox keeps racking up statement wins in 2021 and Sunday’s might have been the biggest of all.

Knox defeated cadet world champion Bo Basett, 10-4, in the 106-pound final of the Super 32 tournament in North Carolina Sunday.

Earlier this year, Bassett topped Luke Lilledahl of Missouri, 11-3, at 106 pounds on Flo Wrestling’s Who’s No. 1 card. Lilledahl won the Super 32 113-pound title Sunday.

Until earlier this week, it looked like Knox and Lilledahl might have a rematch at Super 32 as Knox was entered at 113 pounds. But Knox made a late decision to drop to 106 to take on Bassett, a Pennsylvania native who won world gold in Hungary earlier this year.

“I talked to my coaches and parents and people I care about, and we talked about seizing the opportunity,” Knox said in an interview last week with Crankmat Wrestling Media. “When I stepped on the scale (last) Sunday I was dead set at 113, I woke up 120 (pounds), but then I thought this is the biggest high school match in history and I want it.

“I’m going to do whatever it takes to get to his weight. When I get to that weight I’m gonna go kick the (crap) out of this kid.”

Knox scored the first takedown and went into the second period tied at 2-2, but he authored a three-point turn on top to take a 5-2 lead and rolled into the third period with a 9-3 lead. Taking a chance, Knox went down in the third period and the tough-on-top Bassett picked up a stall point before the Vianney freshman needed injury time for a shoulder injury.

But Knox was able to resume and Bassett cut him, going for a big move on his feet. Knox was able to cruise to the dominant win that secured his status as the country’s best 106-pounder.

Knox also won a 16-and-under gold medal at the Junior and Cadet Nationals in Fargo, ND this summer.

In January at the Garden State Scrap, Knox declared his intention to join Nick Suriano and Anthony Ashnault as the only undefeated four-time state champions in New Jersey history. He’ll certainly head into his first season looking like a favorite in every match he’ll wrestle.

Four New Jersey state champions also placed at Super 32. Camden Catholic’s Martin Cosgrove finished second at 195 pounds, falling 3-2, to Idaho’s Ryan Rogers after Rogers came out on top in an exciting big-man scramble in the third period.

High Point’s Brian Soldano (182), Howell’s Hunter Mays (160) and Clearview’s Ty Whalen (145) also took third. Soldano nearly overcame a huge deficit in the semifinal after being taken to his back early, grabbing a late lead with back points before eventual champion Ryder Rogotzke notched a reversal for an 11-10 victory.

st. Peter’s Prep’s Adrian Dejesus was also a third-place finisher at 106 pounds. Paramus Catholic heavyweight Max Acciardi finished fourth after reaching the semifinals.

New Jersey, with 11 placers, took second in the team scoring behind Pennsylvania.

Paul Kenny, an 85-pounder from Bayville, and Westwood 95-pounder Jayden James won Middle School national titles.

Below is the full list of New Jersey wrestlers who placed at the Super 32 event. Results and hometowns for middle school and 11 & under wrestlers listed on FloArena.


First place

  • 106: Anthony Knox, St. John Vianney

Second place

  • 195: Martin Cosgrove, Camden Catholic

Third place

  • 106: Adrian Dejesus, St. Peter’s Prep
  • 145: Ty Whalen, Clearview
  • 160: Hunter Mays, Howell
  • 182: Brian Soldano, High Point

Fourth place

  • 285: Max Acciardi, Paramus Catholic

Seventh place

  • 160: Dakota Morris, Kingsway

Eighth place

  • 120: Alessandro Nini, Christian Brothers
  • 138: Felix Lettini, St. Peter’s Prep
  • 170: Brock Zurawski, Lower Cape May


First place

  • 85: Paul Kenny, Bayville
  • 95: Jayden James, Westwood

Second place

  • 128: Trevor Jons, Pompton Lakes

Third place

  • 80: JoJo Burke, Park Ridge

Fourth place

  • 136: Tyler Whitford, Parlin

Fifth place

  • 75: Sean Kenny, Bayville
  • 80: Cameron Sontz, Pine Brook
  • 85: Jack Abramson, Randolph
  • 145: Joey Ruiz, Saddle Brook

Sixth place

  • 100: Dalton Weber, Sparta
  • 120: Gino Schnia, Wanaque
  • 136: Carl Betz, Oakland

Seventh place

  • 112: Joey Rondinelli, Northvale

Eighth place

  • 70: Cole Rebels, Flanders
  • 157: Anthony Verdi, Little Falls
  • 180: Nevin Mattesich, Paramus

11 & UNDER

Third place

  • 70: Shiloh Joyce, Elizabeth

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