Brant Whitaker was among over 800 freshman (and over 4,000 9-12 graders from 44 states) competing for the most prestigious High School National wrestling title.
The National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) held their 29th annual championships in Virginia Beach, VA; March 22-25. The tournament boast over 50 state champs, 50 state runner ups (Brant finished 2nd this year in Missouri) and over 250 state placers.
On Day 1, Whitaker started the day with a very tough match in the round of 64 double elimination tournament against C. Hansen from NY with a pin. In the round of 32, Whitaker beat T. Timmons from Texas with a major decision 18-4. In the round of 16, Whitaker faced B. Flanagan from Florida and gave up a fall to sende him to the daunting back side of the huge bracket forcing him to win three in a row if he would be able to have a chance to All-American.
On Day 2, Whitaker had a hard match to start versus D. Estevez from Florida, winning 5-2. After the first win of the day, Whitaker went on a terror by beating H. McKenna from New York, 7-0, J. Anderson from Indiana, 8-0, and C. Rogers from Pennsylvania, 15-6.
This led Whitaker to the last match of the day, which would determine if he would be in the third or fifth place match on day 3.
As fate would have it; the match was against the only kid Whitaker had lost to in the tournament- Flanagan from Florida. Whitaker got off to a fast start and ended the match with a major decision 9-0 sending him to the third place match on the final day.
On Day 3 in the third place match against T. Dressler from Pennsylvania, Whitaker once again kept the momentum  by scoring first and rolling over Dressler in another major decision 8-0.
Brant finished the tournament 8-1, outscoring his opponents 80-12.
The NHSCA is the foremost recruiting tool for all college coaches.