Michigan’s Taylor Massa Awarded the 2012 Dave Schultz High School Excellence National Award
STILLWATER, Okla. – Taylor Massa, a high school senior from St. Johns High
School in St Johns, Michigan, has been selected as the national winner of
the 2012 Dave Schultz High School Excellence National Award presented by
the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum.
The High School Excellence Award is named in honor of Olympic and World
Champion Dave Schultz. Each award recipient is evaluated on excellence in
wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship and community service.
"Many great high school wrestlers have been nominated for this award and it
gives me great pride and honor to be a part of such a prestigious group,”
Massa said. “Dave Schultz was one of the greatest wrestlers of all times.
He changed the sport of wrestling forever. To be presented with his award
is a great accomplishment to end my high school career.
“I would like to give a special thanks to my coaches Chris Williams, Pat
Whitford, and Zane Ballard and my dad, Roger Massa, for helping me become
the wrestler and person I am today."
Massa was selected from the 49 state winners and five regional winners that
were announced on April 26.
Taylor Massa is a four- time Michigan High School State Champion with a
record of 231-0 at St. John’s High School in St. John’s, Michigan. He is a
two-time USAW Junior FILA National Champion and a 2011 FILA Junior
Freestyle World Team member. He claimed four Cadet National titles (two in
freestyle and two in Greco-Roman) and was an Asics 2011 High School Team
His scholastic and community engagement includes being a member of the St.
Johns Renaissance Club, multiple trimester Honor Roll member and Catholic
Confirmation Cadet Sponsor. He maintains 3.67 GPA and will attend the
University of Michigan this coming fall as a projected 165-174 pounder.
“Taylor Massa is an outstanding recipient of this honor,” said Lee Roy
Smith, Executive Director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. “He has
balanced his priorities both on and off the mat with a keen sense of
purpose in academics, wrestling and his community.”
Massa will attend Honors Weekend on June 1-2 to accept the award. The
following is a list of previous award winners:
*Dave Schultz High School Excellence National Winners*
*1996* David Kjeldgaard, Lewis Central High School, Council Bluffs, Iowa
*1997* Jeff Knupp, Walsh Jesuit High School, Akron, Ohio
*1998* Garrett Lowney, Freedom High School, Appelton, Wisconsin and Justin Ruiz, Taylorsville High School, Salt Lake City, Utah
*1999* Zach Roberson, Blue Valley North West High School, Overland Park, Kansas
*2000* Ben Connell, Lugoff-Elgin High School, Lugoff, South Carolina
*2001* Steven Mocco, Blair Academy, Blairstown, New Jersey
*2002* Teyon Ware, Edmond North High School, Edmond, Oklahoma
*2003* C. P. Schlatter, St. Paul Graham High School, Urbana, Ohio
*2004* Coleman Scott, Waynesburg High School, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
*2005* Troy Nickerson, Chenango Forks High School, Chenango Forks, New York
*2006* David Craig, Brandon High School, Brandon, Florida
*2007* Zachary Sanders, Wabasha-Kellog High School, Wabasha, Minnesota
*2008* Jason Chamberlain, Springville High School, Springville, Utah
*2009* David Taylor, Graham High School, St. Paris, Ohio
*2010* Logan Steiber, Monroeville High School, Monroeville, Ohio
*2011* Morgan McIntosh, Calvary Chapel High School, Santa Ana, California