Division 1 College Rankings, Lineups, Schedules, Recruiting, and Results

           D1CW'S 2008 Team Recruiting Rankings

1) Minnesota

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Top Recruits: (141) Matt Mincey-Apple Valley, MN, (149) Mario Mason-Moorestown, NJ, (157) Jake Deitchler-Ramsey, MN, (174) Cody Yohn-Alamosa, CO, (197) Ryland Geiger-Scappose, OR, (285) Atticus Disney-Shawnee Heights, KS.

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Minnesota’s recruits combined to win a staggering 17 state championships and 3 prep national championships. The Gophers get two wrestlers ranked number one at their respective weight classes by Intermat, Deitchler and Geiger. Also two wrestlers (Mincey and Mason) who are ranked number two at their weight class.Add in Yohn and Disney at two weight classes where Minnesota has needs and you get the top class in the country.

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2) Rutgers

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Top Recruits: (125) Joe Langel-Howell, NJ, (133) Zac Coulas-Ocean, NJ, (149) Trevor Melde-Wayne, NJ, (157) Nick Menditto-Ocean, NJ, (157) Greg Zannetti-Edison, NJ, (165) Scott Winston-Jackson, NJ, (174/184) Dan Rinaldi-Lodi, NJ, (197) Jesse Boyden-Kenilworth, NJ

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Transfer: (141) David Greenwald-Rutherford, NJ (Iowa Central CC), More???

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Rutgers recruits accounted for NINE New Jersey State Titles and four runner-up finishes throughout their careers (remember NJ only has one state tournament).  If that’s not impressive enough there are two Sr. National Champs, Winston and Langel. Winston is the only NJ wrestler to finish his high school career undefeated.  It has taken less than a year for Coach Scott Goodale to turn Rutgers into a force to be reckoned with in the recruiting scene.

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3) Central Michigan

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Top Recruits: (125) Ben Sergent-Troy, OH, (125/133) Scott Sentes-Fort Myers, FL, (165) Eric Cubberly-Pemberville, OH, (174) Ben Bennett-Rockford, MI, (197) Marcel Dubose-Highland Park, MI

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An impressive THREE Sr. National Champions have signed with CMU.  Sentes, Bennett and Dubose all came away with titles in Virginia Beach, while Eric Cubberly came home with a third place finish, too.  Coach Borrelli’s crew of freshman should all have the luxury of redshirting in 09, before being unleashed on the MAC. 

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4) Wisconsin

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Top Recruits: (125) Tom Kelliher-Apple Valley, MN, (133) Tyler Graff-Loveland, CO, (149) Ben Jordan-St. Paris, OH, (157) Cole Schmitt-New Glarus, WI, (157/165) Andrew Howe-Hanover, IN, (174) Travis Rutt-Jackson Co., MN

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The Badger’s class of 08 features three 3x champs from big-time wrestling states.  Jordan, Schmitt and Howe are the three timers, while Colorado’s Graff is a four-time champ and ranked #2 in the nation.  Wisconsin also was able to steal two solid prospects from Minnesota (Kelliher and Rutt).

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5) Oklahoma State

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Top Recruits: (133) Jordan Oliver-Easton, PA, (149) Jake Peck-Marlow, OK, (157/165) Alex Meade-Camden, DE, (157) Johnny Koepp-Dallas, TX, (197) Tyson Yoder-Weatherford, OK

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Transfer: (125/133) Chris Notte-Palmyra, NJ (Nassau CC)

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This class is headlined by two of the biggest blue-chipper’s of 2008, Jordan Oliver and Alex Meade.  Both of these wrestler’s should thrive under the tutelage of Coach John Smith.  Each could start as true freshman.  Koepp is the latest Bishop Lynch product to make his way to Stillwater. Peck is yet another body in the OSU room to compete for the 149lbs position.

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6) Iowa

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Top Recruits: (125) Nate Moore-Iowa City, IA, (133) Matt McDonogh-Linn-Mar, IA, (141) Mark Ballweg-Shell Rock, IA, (174) Grant Gambrell-Iowa City, IA

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Transfer: (157/165) Colby Covington-Springfield, OR (Iowa Central CC)

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The Hawkeye’s took advantage of a very good crop of Iowa high school wrestlers.  Two of the recruits, Moore and Gambrell ended the season ranked number one in the nation at their respective weight classes.  Also coming aboard is 2007 NJCAA National Champ Colby Covington.  He will attempt to fill in for departing 2x National Champ Mark Perry.  The Hawks would find themselves higher on this list if their current lineup wasn’t filled with talented juniors-to-be.  McDonogh, Ballweg, and Gambrell may not get to compete as redshirt freshman because of the upperclassmen above them.

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7) Michigan

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Top Recruits: (133) Zac Stevens-Monroe, MI, (141) Mark Weber-Goodrich, MI, (149) Coby Boyd-St. Paris, OH, (157) Jake Salazar-Heber City, UT, (174/184) Hunter Collins-Gilroy, CA, (197) Ben Apland-Downers South, ILL

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The two Sr. National Runner-Up’s (Weber and Collins) highlight yet another impressive class in Ann Arbor. Two talented middleweights (Boyd and Salazar) will push for mat time in their freshman seasons. A couple late signee's could fill needs for the Wolverines.  One of those is Apland who will help a Michigan team that has struggled recently at 197/285, and the other is Stevens who placed at Sr. National's and won a Michigan State Title as a senior.

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 8) Iowa State

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Top Recruits: (125) Andrew Long-Creston, IA, (133) Anthony Valles-South Windsor, CT, (141) Matt Brown-Cyprus, UT, (174) Chris Spangler-Nequa Valley, ILL, (174) Cole Shafer-Heber City, UT, (285) Eric Thompson-Shell Rock, IA

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Transfer: (165) Nate Carr Jr.-Jones Co, GA (Iowa Central), (174) Duke Burk-Peoria, ILL (Northern Illinois)

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The instate bookend’s highlight another solid recruiting class for the Cyclones.Thompson finished the season as the top ranked heavyweight by every wrestling publication. A focal point of this recruiting season was 174, which could be solved immediately by 2x NCAA qualifier Duke Burk, and then in the future by either Spangler or Shafer.The wild card of this class is Valles. If he can stay healthy he will be a steal.

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9) Illinois

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Top Recruits: (125) BJ Futrell-Chicago, ILL, (149) Reece Taylor-Rock Island, ILL, (157) Conrad Polz-Orland Park, ILL (174/184) Jordan Blanton-Richmond, ILL, (285) Pat Walker-Lombard, ILL

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Illinois’ best stayed in-state in 2008.  Polz and Blanton both have the potential to be stars for Coach Mark Johnson, after combining to win six state titles in Illinois.  Pat Walker was a late addition that will contribute at heavyweight after a redshirt season.  Whether or not this is an excellent recruiting class could hinge on Futrell.  He has the talent to be a successful D1 wrestler; the only question is whether he will be able to grow into a full sized 125lber.

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10) Missouri

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Top Recruits: (125) Nathan McCormick-Blue Valley, KS, (141) Nick Hucke-Arrowhead, WI, (157) Nick Gregoris-Chapel Hill, NC, (184) Brent Haynes-Oak Park, MO, (197) Jake Glore-St. Louis, MO

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Transfer: (133) Todd Schavrien-Poway, CA (Arizona State)

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Senior National runner-up Haynes and third-place finisher Hucke headline the Tiger’s class. Hucke hails from the same Wisconsin HS that produced the Askren brothers, where he won three state titles. Coach Smith has also made a habit of getting some spring signee’s that flew under the radar in the beginning of the season. This year’s group includes Sr. National All-Americans Gregoris and Glore.  Finally, Schavrien will immediatley be able to step in and start at 133.

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11) Old Dominion

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Top Recruits: (141) Brennan Brumley-Warren, MI, (141) Craig Wilson-Farmington, MO, (165) Jared King-Chesapeake, VA, (184) Joe Budi-Kaukauna, WI, (197) Jake Kahnke-Prior Lake, MN, (285) David Wilson-Norfolk, VA

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Transfer: (174) Eric Decker-Wells Bridge, NY (Virginia Tech)

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Another star-studded recruiting class for ODU and Coach Steve Martin. Four Monarch recruits placed at the spring's Sr. National Tournament (Brumley 6th, Budi 3rd, Kahnke 7th, and Wilson 4th). That does not include 4x Missouri State Champ Craig Wilson.  The only senior starter in 2008 was at 174 and transfer Eric Decker should fill that spot nicely.  Decker was an NCAA qualifier in 2007, as a true freshman.

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12) Ohio State

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Top Recruits: (141) Caleb Messerall-Worthington, OH, (149) Tony Jameson-Austintown, OH, (184) Cody Magrum-Oak Harbor, OH, (285) John Hiles-Columbus, OH

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Transfers: (174) David Rella-Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Penn State), (197/285) Cody Gardner-Christiansburg, VA (Virginia Tech)

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The Buckeyes had merely a “very good” class up until the two transfers were announced.  Rella will fill the largest hole in the OSU lineup at 174, while Gardner will attempt to wrestle at 197.  4x Ohio D1 State Champ Jameson is the most talented of the HS recruits.  He is one of the most exciting wrestlers to watch, among the Class of 2008.  Hiles is also a joins a talented young group of possible “heavyweights of the future”.

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13) Wyoming

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Top Recruits: (133) Jimmy Eggemeyer-Kodiak, AK, (149) Jared Hatley-Torrington, WY, (165) Eric Jones-Auburn, WA, (184) LJ Helbig-Mason, MI, (197) Alfonso Hernandez-Blackfoot, ID, (285) Jacob Scarborough-Weiser, ID

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Most of the abovementioned teams are mainstays in the recruiting rankings; Wyoming crashes the party in 2008.The Cowboys are the only team in the nation with three Dave Schultz Awards winners among their recruits (Eggemeyer, Hatley, and Scarborough). Helbig was also an All-American at NHSCA Sr. Nationals (7th).  Hatley and Jones were both All-American's in freestyle last season at the Junior level.

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14) Boise State

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Top Recruits: (125) Brian Owen-Spokane, WA, (141) Jason Chamberlain-Springville, UT, (165) Brad Sweet-Kapowsin, WA, (174) Randy Larson-Hermiston, OR

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Transfer: (149) Nathaniel Holt-Provo, UT (Central Michigan)

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The Bronco’s got two immediate starters coming in with the 2008 class. Chamberlain is one of the top recruits in the country and has won the following events/honors-Dave Schultz National Award, Fargo Jr. Freestyle, NHSCA Sr. Nationals, Dapper Dan and Utah state tournament 4x's. Owen came back from a serious injury in 2007 to finish second in Jr. Freestyle and will win matches out of the gate for BSU. The rest of the recruits may have to wait to start because of the young, talented lineup the Broncos return.

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15) Nebraska

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Top Recruits: (141) Aldon Isenberg-Edgerton, KS, (149) Jon Burns-Raleigh, NC, (184) Romero Cotton-Hutchinson, KS, (197) Josh Ihnen-Sheldon, IA

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Nebraska got an early commitment from one of the years fastest rising prospects, Jon Burns. The NC resident burst onto the scene at the Ironman beating Minnesota recruit Mario Mason and Wisconsin recruit Ben Jordan. Also the Huskers got two of Kansas’ best, Isenberg and Cotton. Cotton was a 3x Kansas State Champ and a double Cadet champ at Fargo in 2006. Getting Ihnen, a 2x State Finalist, to leave Iowa is a steal.
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16) Northwestern

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Top Recruits:(141) Eric Galka-Hobart, IN, (157/165) Jason Welch-Walnut Creek, CA, (174) Brian Roddy-Lakewood, OH

Though not the biggest class, the Wildcats certainly deserve mention.  They were able to nab Jason Welch, the top ranked wrestler in the nation according to Intermat.  Welch joined the ranks of California’s all-time great HS wrestlers by winning three state titles while appearing in four finals.  He also entered the Midlands tournament in 2007 and was able to finish in sixth place.  Expect Welch somewhere in NU’s lineup in 2008.  The other big time recruit for the Wildcats is Roddy, yet another import from St. Edward HS in Ohio.
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17) Virginia

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Top Recruits: (125) Joe Trause-Bergan, NJ, (133) Derek Valenti-Kittantiny, NJ, (149) Dan Clarke-Ramsey, NJ, (157) Jedd Moore-Marion Pleasant, OH, (197) Adam Cogar-Barberton, OH

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This is the second consecutive strong recruiting class for Coach Steve Garland.  Both Trause and Moore were two-time state champs from their respective states.  Moore could be penciled in already for the Cavaliers 157lb slot in 2008-09. Two other recruits, Valenti (3rd) and Clarke (5th) placed at Sr. Nationals.  Valenti, a NJ state champ, has the bloodlines, as his brother was a 2x NCAA Champ.
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18) Oregon State

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Top Recruits:(133) Caleb Vallotton-Foothill, CA, (149) Michael Mangrum-Auburn, WA, (184) Ty Vinson-Great Falls, MT, (285) Bubba Owens-Tillamook, OR

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This is another class that is not very deep but has big-time star power.  Each of these OSU recruits placed at last summer’s Freestyle/Greco tournament at Fargo.  Mangrum won his second junior Freestyle title, two years after winning both titles at the Cadet level.  Vinson and Owens were both 2x state champs in Montana and Oregon, respectively.

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19) Purdue

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Top Recruits:(125) Kegan Handlovic-Easton, PA, (141) Matt Bryan-Broken Arrow, OK, (149) Brennan Cosgrove-Hobart, IN, (149) Ryan Gambill-Casstown, OH, (174) Ethan Smith-Heber City, UT

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Transfer:(133) Carson Beebe-Western Springs, ILL (Central Michigan)

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A nice class for Scott Hinkel in his first full season as head coach at Purdue. Handlovic, Bryan, Gambill, and Smith combined to win nine state titles. Cosgrove, perhaps the biggest recruit of the bunch was an Indiana state champ and one of two Boilermaker recruits to earn All-American honors (6th) at Sr. Nationals (Smith's 4th Place was the other).  Beebe, whose older brother Chase wrestled at Purdue, transfers in from Central Michigan and could be the starter at 133.

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20) Kent State

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Top Recruits:(125) Steve Mitcheff-Elyria, OH, (125) Troy Opfer-Sandusky, OH (141) Chase Skonieczny-Cuyahoga Falls, OH (157) Mallie Shuster-Big Spring, PA, (174) Kevin Witt-Oak Harbor, OH

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Another very solid class for a Kent State program that is on the rise.The most notable recruit is Sr. National Champ, Skonieczny a 4x Ohio place winner and 2008 state champ.Witt, Shuster and Mitcheff were all state champ and place at their state tournaments at least three times each.

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Other Top Recruiting Classes:

21) Virginia Tech

22) Cornell

23) Tennessee-Chattanooga

24) Ohio

25) Navy

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