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Sunshine state star Kai Bele registers for GFC

By GFC Staff, 08/19/18, 12:30AM EDT


#5 nationally ranked Bele is coming back to the Grappler Fall Classic

Nationally ranked Kai Bele of Florida registers at 171

Kai Bele of top 10 powerhouse Lake Highland Prep High School in Florida recently registered at 171lbs in the Elite Division.  Bele, a Florida State Champ, is a returning GFC placer but has yet to win it #GETSOME

Mutschler & Michigan studs keep rolling in

The big names in Michigan continue to roll in with all-state entries coming in daily.  Lowell 3x state placer Avry Mutschler at 145 is among a crop of top level Michigan entries.  

State Runner Up River Shettler (171) along with all-staters Shane Williams (135), Logan Sanom (145), Jaden Fisher (152), and Joe Haynes (112) round out additional proven Michiganders to sign up early.

Fargo Champ Cramer brothers register

The Cramer bros. are all registered for the GFC!  Alex and Adrien are both Fargo Champs winning Greco titles last summer. Alex won the Junior title while Adrien won the Cadet title.  Alex was an Illinois state champ last year as a junior.  Younger brother Aaron, a former GFC Elementary Champ, is registered in the Middle School division. 

Entries continue to roll in from across the country, get on board today and #GETSOME on October 13th in East Lansing, Michigan.

California bringing HEAT to GFC

A contingency of California stars are making the trip from the West coast to East Lansing for this year's Grappler Fall Classic.

A pair of nationally ranked wrestlers headline the group in NHSCA Sophomore National Champ Chase Saldate (140) ranked #15 in the country and Ryan Reyes (215) who was 3rd in the California State Tournament last year and ranks #10 in the country at 195.

NHSCA Freshman National Champs Jayden Gomez (119) and Henry Porter (130) also signed on to #GETSOME along with rising freshman standout Ryan Luna (105), heavyweight state placer Nick Villareal (285), 2x state placer Ricky Torres (140), and more!  

NY Hammer Chesman registers at 160

One of New York's top seniors from the class of 2019 is coming to Michigan this fall!  Returning New York State Runner-Up and NHSCA Junior All-American Jack Chesman is registered at 160lbs for #GFC2018.

The Champ is Back - Facundo Registers

Returning GFC Champ Alex Facundo is in for GFC 2018.  The #2 ranked 160lber in the country is registered at 160lbs.  Facundo is the #1 ranked pound-for-pound sophomore in the country and is coming in off a Bronze Medal performance at the UWW Cadet World Championships this summer in Croatia.

Swiderski brothers, Ferretti on board for GFC

The Swiderski brothers of Dundee, MI are among recent registrations.  Incoming freshman Casey is coming in off the heels of a phenomenal spring and summer that were highlighted by Fargo Cadet Freestyle and UWW Cadet Freestyle All-American showings.  Tyler was a D3 state runner up as a freshman last year.

Brenden Ferretti of Michigan, who was the 98lb runner up last year (beating Swiderski in the quarterfinals), is another big name recent sign up.  Ferretti was 3rd in the D1 State Tournament last year and is registered at 112.

GFC regular Jesse Mendez of Indiana is coming back!

Jesse Mendez will be one of the top freshman in Indiana this year, but his resume is already as long as most seniors, most notably back to back appearances in the GFC Elite Division finals as a 7th and 8th grader the last two years.  Last year he dropped a lead late to lose to nationally ranked Nic Bouzakis of Florida in the finals and he won the 98lb title the year prior.  This year he is in at 125lbs #GETSOME

Click here to watch his impressive semifinal win over Kentucky state champ Thomas Deck last year.

Returning champ Whitaker back to defend title

James Whitaker of St Johns, MI launched himself on to the national stage last year at the GFC, winning his first major national tournament which led to placing at the Super 32, winning his first state title, and winning FloNationals in the spring.  He is now one of the most coveted seniors in Michigan and he is coming back to defend his title at #GFC2018!

State Champ Bettich among early entries for 2018

The 2018 Grappler Fall Classic registration opened August 1st and in the first couple days entries are already coming in from all over the midwest with over a dozen All-Staters already locked in.

Among the notables on Day 1 was 2x Division 2 State Finalist and returning state champ Riley Bettich of Michigan.  Bettich was a GFC Finalist two years ago, finishing runner-up at 98lbs.