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National Wrestling Hall of Fame announces Alabama’s Cory Land as National winner of Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award

by Jack Carnefix, National Wrestling Hall of Fame

STILLWATER, Okla. - The National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Wednesday announced that Cory Land of Moody, Alabama, is the 2022 national winner of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award (DSHSEA).

“I am honored to receive such a meaningful award, named in honor of someone who had a tremendous impact on our sport. When I first started wrestling one of the first names that I heard about was Dave Schultz,” said Land. “Even though he was taken away before my time his legacy has reigned as one of the greatest wrestlers and people to ever be a part of wrestling. I’m honored to receive such a prestigious award and will continue to do everything I can to represent his name.”

The DSHSEA was established in 1996 to honor Olympic and World champion Dave Schultz, whose career was cut short when he was murdered in January 1996. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member in 1997 and as a member of the United World Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2016.

The DSHSEA recognizes and celebrates the nation’s most outstanding high school senior male wrestlers for their excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship, and community service.

The Hall of Fame on Tuesday announced that Sofia Macaluso of Otisville, New York, was the 2022 national winner of the Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award (TSHSEA). The TSHSEA recognizes and celebrates the nation’s most outstanding high school senior female wrestlers for their excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship, and community service.

The national winners of the TSHSEA and DSHSEA will be honored during the 45th Honors Weekend at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum on June 3 and 4 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. For information on Honors Weekend, visit or telephone (405) 377-5243.

“The National Wrestling Hall of Fame is honored to be recognizing Cory Land as the national winner of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence award for 2022. I want to thank our selection committee for doing such a diligent job in choosing Cory as our national winner from the other highly qualified regional winners,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Lee Roy Smith. “Cory has demonstrated that it is possible to successfully balance training and competing at the highest levels of our sport while also maintaining academic excellence and working on behalf of others in your community.”

The son of Eric Land and Kaylea Williams, Land is a four-time Alabama state high school champion for Moody High School. He was also an Alabama state champion as an eighth grader and finished his high school career with a perfect 203-0 career record. Land was named Outstanding Wrestler at the state tournament as a junior and holds the school record for single-season and career records for wins and pins.

He is the first wrestler from Alabama to compete in the Cadet Greco-Roman World Championships, finishing fifth in 2019 and capturing a silver medal in 2021. He was a Moody High School Bryant-Jordan Achievement Award nominee and received the Ironclad Wrestling Organization Coaches Award.

Land read to elementary school students on Read Across America Day and volunteered at the elementary school’s Thanksgiving Feast and at October Fest. A Beta Club officer and member of the Moody High School Student Leadership Team, he was co-editor of the Moody High School yearbook and served as an ambassador at the Moody Middle School groundbreaking.

He has a GPA of 3.86 and has signed a letter of intent to wrestle at the University of Northern Iowa.

The Hall of Fame accepts nominations for its high school excellence awards from state chapters and coaches. The nominations are reviewed by a committee, which selects state and regional winners. The committee then determines the national winners from the regional winners.

National winners of the DSHSEA award have combined to win 19 NCAA Division I individual titles led by four-time champion Logan Stieber (2010), three-time winner Zain Retherford (2013) and two-time winners Steven Mocco (2001), David Taylor (2009), Teyon Ware (2002) and Zahid Valencia (2015).

All-Time National Winners of Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award

Year - Name, High School, Hometown, State (Superlatives)

2022 - Cory Land, Moody High School, Moody, Alabama

2021 - Alex Facundo, Davison High School, Essexville, Michigan

2020 - Braxton Amos, Parkersburg South High School, Mineral Wells, West Virginia (Freestyle Junior World Champion and Greco-Roman Junior World Bronze Medalist)

2019 - Cohlton Schultz, Ponderosa High School, Parker, Colorado (Greco-Roman Cadet World Champion)

2018 - David Carr, Perry High School, Massillon, Ohio (NCAA Champion and Junior World Champion)

2017 - Daton Fix, Charles Page High School, Sand Springs, Oklahoma (World Silver Medalist, Junior World Champion and 2X Junior World Bronze Medalist)

2016 - Mark Hall II, Apple Valley High School, Apple Valley, Minnesota (NCAA Champion, 2X Junior World Champion and Cadet World Champion)

2015 - Zahid Valencia, St. John Bosco High School, Bellflower, California (2X NCAA Champion and Junior World Silver Medalist)

2014 - Chance Marsteller, Kennard-Dale High School, Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania

2013 - Zain Retherford, Benton Area High School, Benton, Pennsylvania (3X NCAA Champion)

2012 - Taylor Massa, St. Johns High School, St. Johns, Michigan

2011 - Morgan McIntosh, Calvary Chapel High School, Santa Ana, California

2010 - Logan Stieber, Monroeville High School, Monroeville, Ohio (World Champion and 4X NCAA Champion)

2009 - David Taylor, Graham High School, St. Paris, Ohio (Olympic Gold Medalist, World Champion, World Silver Medalist and 2X NCAA Champion)

2008 - Jason Chamberlain, Springville High School, Springville, Utah

2007 - Zachary Sanders, Wabasha-Kellogg High School, Wabasha, Minnesota

2006 - David Craig, Brandon High School, Brandon, Florida

2005 - Troy Nickerson, Chenango Forks High School, Chenango Forks, New York (NCAA Champion)

2004 - Coleman Scott, Waynesburg High School, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (NCAA Champion and Olympic bronze medalist)

2003 - C.P. Schlatter, St. Paul Graham High School, Urbana, Ohio

2002 - Teyon Ware, Edmond North High School, Edmond, Oklahoma (2X NCAA Champion)

2001 - Steven Mocco, Blair Academy, Blairstown, New Jersey (2X NCAA Champion and Olympian)

2000 - Ben Connell, Lugoff-Elgin High School, Lugoff, South Carolina

1999 - Zach Roberson, Blue Valley North West High School, Overland Park, Kansas (NCAA Champion)

1998 - Garrett Lowney, Freedom High School, Appleton, Wisconsin (2X Olympian) and Justin Ruiz, Taylorsville High School, Salt Lake City, Utah (Olympian)

1997 - Jeff Knupp, Walsh Jesuit High School, Akron, Ohio

1996 - David Kjeldgaard, Lewis Central High School, Council Bluffs, Iowa

2022 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award Regional Winners

Region - Name, Hometown, State, High School, College Attending

Central - Zach Blankenship, Mounds, Oklahoma, Bixby High School, Oklahoma State University

Midwest - Ryan Boersma, Tinley Park, Illinois, Mount Carmel High School, University of Missouri

Northeast - Nicholas Feldman, Quarryville, Pennsylvania, Malvern Preparatory School, Ohio State University

Southeast - Cory Land, Moody, Alabama, Moody High School, University of Northern Iowa

West - James Rowley, Corvallis, Oregon, Crescent Valley High School, University of Wisconsin

2022 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award State Winners

State - Name, High School, Hometown, College Attending

Alabama - Cory Land, Moody High School, Moody, University of Northern Iowa

Alaska - Landon Smith, Bethel Regional High School, Bethel

Arizona - Kaleb Larkin, Valiant College Preparatory, Gilbert, Arizona State University

Arkansas - Hayden Rofkahr, Greenwood High School, Berryville

California - Joey Cruz, Clovis North High School, Clovis, University of Oklahoma

Colorado - Daniel Cardenas, Pomona High School, Westminster, Stanford University

Connecticut - Will Ebert, Fairfield Warde High School, Fairfield, Binghamton University

Delaware - Gabe Giampietro, Smyrna High School, Smyrna, Drexel University

Florida - Tom Crook, Jesuit High School, Tampa, Virginia Tech

Georgia - Matthew Singleton, Woodward Academy, College Park, North Carolina State

Hawaii - Blayze Sumiye, Moanalua High School, Ewa Beach, University of Providence

Idaho - Rylan Rogers, Coeur d’ Alene High School, Hayden, University of Michigan

Illinois - Ryan Boersma, Mount Carmel High School, Tinley Park, University of Missouri

Indiana - Jesse Mendez, Crown Point High School, Crown Point, Ohio State University

Iowa - Aiden Riggins, Waverly-Shell Rock High School, Janesville, University of Iowa

Kansas - Jerrdon Fisher, Goddard High School, Garden Plain, University of Missouri

Kentucky - Stephen Little, Union County High School, Sturgis, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Louisiana - Glenn Price, Archbishop Shaw High School, Marrero, University of New Orleans

Maine - Jackson Sutherland, Mattanawcook Academy, Lincoln, Maine Maritime Academy

Maryland - Richard Fedalen, McDonogh School, Laurel, Columbia University

Massachusetts - Aiden Hanning, Northfield Mount Hermon High School, Merrimack (New Hampshire), Cornell University

Michigan - Jacob Gonzales, Holly High School, Davisburg

Minnesota - Bennett Berge, Kasson-Mantorville High School, Mantorville

Mississippi - Jimmy Harpole, South Pontotoc High School, Pontotoc, United States Marine Corps

Missouri - Eli Ashcroft, Kearney High School, Liberty, University of Arkansas Little Rock

Montana - Trae Thilmony, Thompson Falls High School, Billings, North Carolina State

Nebraska - Garrett Grice, Bellevue East High School, Bellevue, University of Virginia

Nevada - Anthony Aniciete, Sports Leadership and Management of Nevada, Henderson, Tiffin University

New Hampshire - Jack McKiernan, Pinkerton Academy, Derry, American International College

New Jersey - Brian Soldano, High Point High School, Wantage, Rutgers University

New Mexico - Avery Atma, Las Cruces High School, Las Cruces

New York - Kole Mulhauser, Central Square High School, Central Square, Princeton University

North Carolina - Kyle Montaperto, Central Academy of Technology and Arts, Marvin, University of Virginia

North Dakota - Brock Fettig, Bismarck High School, Bismarck, South Dakota State University

Ohio - Dylan Fishback, Aurora High School, Aurora, North Carolina State

Oklahoma - Zach Blankenship, Bixby High School, Mounds, Oklahoma State University

Oregon - James Rowley, Crescent Valley High School, Corvallis, University of Wisconsin

Pennsylvania - Nicholas Feldman, Malvern Preparatory School, Quarryville, Ohio State University

Rhode Island - Adolfo Betencur, Bishop Hendricken High School, Johnston

South Carolina - David Hunsberger, James F. Byrnes High School, Lyman, Lander University

South Dakota - Luke Rasmussen, Brookings High School, Brookings, South Dakota State University

Tennessee - Ashton Davis, Cleveland High School, Lookout Mountain, University of Wyoming

Texas - Kenneth Hendriksen, Creekview High School, Carrollton, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Utah - Bridger Ricks, Box Elder High School, Perry

Vermont - Colton Perkins, Spaulding High School, Barre, Castleton University

Virginia - Adonis Lattimore, Landstown High School, Quinton, United States Naval Academy

Washington - Gage Cook, Granger High School, Granger, United States Military Academy

West Virginia - Derek Raike, Point Pleasant High School, Point Pleasant, Ohio University

Wisconsin - Clayton Whiting, Oconto Falls High School, Oconto, University of Missouri

Wyoming - Cody Phelps, Pinedale High School, Pinedale, Western Wyoming Community College

National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum

America’s shrine to the sport of wrestling, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1976 to honor the sport of wrestling, preserve its history, recognize extraordinary individual achievements, and inspire future generations. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame has museums in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Waterloo, Iowa. The Stillwater, Oklahoma, location reopened in June 2016 following a $3.8 million renovation and now features interactive exhibits and electronic kiosks, as well as the opportunity to watch NCAA Championship matches from the 1930s to present day. It also has the John T. Vaughan Hall of Honors where the greatest names in wrestling are recognized, including iconic granite plaques presented to Distinguished Members since the Hall of Fame opened in 1976. The museum has the largest collection of wrestling artifacts and memorabilia in the world, including the most collegiate and Olympic wrestling uniforms. Wrestling truly is for everyone and the diversity and accessibility of the sport continues to be highlighted through exhibits featuring females, African-Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and Latino Americans. There is also a library featuring historical documents, including NCAA guides and results, as well as books on the sport. For more information about the Hall of Fame, please visit