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

         D1CW'S 2009 Team Recruiting Rankings

1) Minnesota

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Top Recruits: (165) Alec Ortiz-Newberg, OR, (133) David Thorn-St. Michael, MN, (197) Tony Nelson-Cambridge, MN, (157) Jake Deitchler-Anoka, MN, (133) Bart Reiter-Gilbertville, IA, (165) Kevin Steinhaus-Kerkoven, MN, (141) Pat Smith-Chaska, MN

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Another year and another excellent class of recruits for Coach J Robinson.  Minnesota took an early lead in the recruiting rankings, getting commitments from Alec Ortiz and David Thorn prior to the start of last summer, and never looked back.  Bart Reiter, the younger brother of Gopher 3x All-American Mack Reiter, will add depth to the lower weights.  A late signing of Senior National Champ Tony Nelson brings another talented, big man into a room full of them.  The recommitment of US Greco-Roman Olympian Jake Deitchler gives the Gophers a 157lber who was ranked #9 overall in the Class of 2008.

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2) Oklahoma State

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Top Recruits: (125) Jon Morrison-Orland Park, ILL, (184) Chris Perry-Stillwater, OK, (165) Dallas Bailey-Catoosa, OK, (125) Ladd Rupp-Perry, OK, (184) Zach White-Woodward, OK

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Transfer: (149) Albert White-Lynwood, ILL

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In a year with a great crop of in-state talent, OSU was able to keep the best of Oklahoma at home.  Chris Perry is most notable.  Perry, nephew of John Smith is the bluest of blue-chip recruits, possibly the best senior at any weight.  Dallas Bailey and Ladd Rupp are both 4x Oklahoma State Champions who chose to stay at home.  Illinois natives Jon Morrison and Albert White are both former Junior National Freestyle Champions.  White, a transfer from North Iowa Area CC, won a JUCO National Title as a true freshman before redshirting in 2008-09.

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3) Oklahoma

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Top Recruits: (133) Alex Ekstrom-Palmyra, NY, (165) Jake Kemerer-Greensburg, PA, (157) Matt Lester-Wildwood, MO, (149) Nick Lester-Wildwood, MO, (125) Jarrod Patterson-Cushing, OK, (174) Tyler Caldwell-Goddard, KS, (141) Joe Lospinoso-Kenilworth, NJ

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After a few down seasons the Oklahoma Sooners have vaulted back into the top of the recruiting rankings.  Pennsylvania's 2x State Champ Jake Kemerer finished the season as the nation's top 160lber.  Coach Jack Spates got a two for one deal with the Lester twins, Nick and Matt. Each of the twins won a pair of Missouri State Titles and Matt, the heavier of the two won a Freestyle Title last summer in Fargo.  If that was not enough, the Sooners will also get the services of 4x New York State Champ Alex Ekstrom.  Late signings Tyler Caldwell and Joe Lospinoso, both Senior National All-Americans, help move OU up into the number three spot.

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4) Nebraska

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Top Recruits: (125) David Klingsheim-Brentwood, CA, (125) Kyle Waldo-Rockford, MI, (174) Caleb Kolb-Grove City, PA, (157) Cody Compton-Bonne Terre, MO, (141) CJ Napier-Columbus, KS, (165) Michael Klingensmith-Kearney, NE

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In one weekend (Senior Nationals-April 5th), the Cornhuskers recruiting class went from very good to great.  CJ Napier and Cody Compton both won championships and Caleb Kolb took fourth at possibly the most stacked weight class (171lbs).  Napier's signing is a bit of a coup for Nebraska, as the 3x Kansas State Champ initially gave a verbal commitment to conference rival Oklahoma State.  Coach Mark Manning was also able to shore up the 125lb weight class with David Klingsheim, a 2x California State Champ and Kyle Waldo, a 4x Michigan State Champ.  One of the two could be starting for the Big Red in 2009-10.

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5) Iowa

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Top Recruits: (157) Derek St. John-Iowa City, IA, (125) Tony Ramos-Carol Stream, ILL, (149) Dylan Carew-Iowa City, IA, (174) Ethan Lofthouse-Hyrum, UT

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Iowa was able to keep alive the hometown pipeline to Iowa City West High School with the signings of Derek St. John and Dylan Carew.  Both are middleweight recruits who combined to win four Iowa State Championships.  Also in the Hawkeye's Class of 2009 is a familar name, Ethan Lofthouse.  His uncle Luke, is currently a 197lber on the Iowa roster.  Ethan won the NHSCA Sophomore and Junior National Championships before finishing as the runner-up after his senior season.  Four Utah State Titles were also scattered in between for Lofthouse.  The final blue-chipper for Coach Tom Brands is Tony Ramos, a 4x Illinois State Finalist and 3x Champ. Ramos will be in the hunt to start as a true freshman at 125.

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6) Virginia

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Top Recruits: (149) Zach Clemente-Clifton Park, NY, (184) Jon Fausey-Dalmatia, PA, (141) Nick Gordon-Kingston, PA, (197) Jon Becker-Rahway, NJ, (133) Andrew Williams-York, VA

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For the second time in three years Coach Steve Garland was able to nab a top recruit (Zach Clemente) from his home state of New York.  Clemente was a 2x New York State Champ, Senior National Runner-Up, and 2x Junior Freestyle All-American at Fargo.  One wrestler whose stock rose greatly, perhaps more than anyone else in the nation, over the course of the season was Pennsylvania's Jon Fausey.  He split a pair of All-Star matches with #1 ranked Chris Perry of Oklahoma.  Bringing depth to the Cavaliers lower weights with be 3x National Prep Runner-Up Nick Gordon.

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7) Old Dominion

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Top Recruits: (157) John Nicholson-Des Moines, IA, (133) Justin LaValle-Burnsville, MN, (174) Joey Sheridan-Tulsa, OK, (125) Eric Dunnet-Voorhes, NJ, (285) Jack Burbank-Virginia Beach, VA

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Yet again, ODU Coach Steve Martin has proven that he can go into the backyards of traditional powerhouses and snag blue-chip recruits.  John Nicholson, an Iowa State Champ and Senior National Runner-Up, is the younger brother of Monarch All-American James Nicholson.  Justin LaValle and Joey Sheridan are two and three-time state champs respectively, who have earned All-American honors at freestyle in Fargo.  Local product Jack Burbank, a 2x Virginia State Champion could start as a true freshman for ODU.

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8) Penn State

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Top Recruits: (157) David Taylor-St. Paris, OH, (174) Ed Ruth-Harrisburg, PA, (197) Luke Macchiaroli-Tempe, AZ

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Transfer: (157) Cyler Sanderson-Heber City, Utah

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Penn State's 2009 Class got a late boost with the addition of new Head Coach Cael Sanderson.  Two of Sanderson's Iowa State recruits followed him to State College, one of which is the top senior at any weight, David Taylor.  David was a double National Champ at Fargo at both the Cadet and Junior levels, the Dave Schultz Award Winner for 2009, and is the first wrestler to win four Walsh Ironman Championships.  Although Taylor competed at 135lbs in his senior season, he is projected to wrestle in college at anywhere between 149 and 165.  PSU has also signed another top five overall senior, Ed Ruth.  Ruth finished his senior season by winning a National Prep Title and then winning Senior Nationals.

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9) Virginia Tech

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Top Recruits: (174) Andrew Clement-Chesapeake, VA, (149/157) Taylor Knapp-Suwanee, GA, (133) Eric Spjut-The Woodlands, TX, (149) Brian Stephens-St. Paris, OH, (285) Andrew Miller-Bassett, VA, (125) Cody Tyler-Kansas City, MO

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After a season in which the Hokies starting lineup consisted of all Freshman and Sophomores, even more talent will enter the Virginia Tech wrestling program in 2009-10.  Andrew Clement missed his junior season, but returned better than ever finishing 3rd at Senior Nationals.  For the second consecutive season Coach Kevin Dresser reached into Ohio and Georgia (2008 Jesse Dong and Peter Yates) to get Ohio State Champ Brian Stephens and 3x Georgia State Champ Taylor Knapp.  3x Texas State Champ and NHSCA Sophomore/Junior All-American Eric Spjut will fight for a starting spot at 133 as a true freshman.

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10) Cornell

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Top Recruits: (141) Kyle Dake-Lansing, NY, (149) Craig Eifert-Mason, MI, (141) Mike Nevinger-Letchworth, NY, (285) Stryker Lane-Norwood, CO, (125) Tyler Biscaha-Jackson, NJ

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The big recruit for the Big Red is Kyle Dake, the #4 overall recruit according to Intermat.  In the past three seasons, Dake has won the NHSCA Senior, Junior, and Sophomore National Championships to go along with a pair of New York State Titles.  Kyle's 2009 New York State Finals opponent, Mike Nevinger has also elected to attend Cornell.  Nevinger won two NY State Championships as an underclassman.  Colorado heavyweight Stryker Lane and Michigan's Craig Eifert are both 3x State Champs who will head to Ithaca to wrestle for Coach Rob Koll.

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11) Ohio State

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Top Recruits: (141) Collin Palmer-Lakewood, OH, (133) Ian Paddock-Warsaw, NY, (125) Jacob Vaughn-Columbus, OH, (174) Nick Heflin-Massilion, OH

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The Buckeyes 2009 Class is led by a pair of multiple time State Champions, Collin Palmer and Ian Paddock.  Collin is a 4x Ohio State Champ, and younger brother of current OSU All-American Lance Palmer.  Paddock was a 4x New York State Finalist (3x Champ) and placed in both Greco-Roman and Freestyle at the Junior level in Fargo.  Ohio State is in need of upperweight talent and Nick Heflin, an Ohio State Champ, will be able to help after a redshirt season.  Depth is added by Jacob Vaughn, who has placed at the NHSCA Senior, Junior and Sophomore Tournaments despite never appearing in an Ohio State Final.

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12) Michigan

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Top Recruits: (133/141) Eric Grajales-Brandon, FL, (125) Sean Boyle-Lowell, MA, (165) Brandon Zeerip-Hesperia, MI

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Michigan was able to sign one of 2009's top overall seniors, Brandon, FL's Eric Grajales.  Eric, a Greco-Roman specialist, recently won a FILA Greco Championship. During his high school career, Grajales was a perfect 218-0 winning four Florida State Titles.  Sean Boyle was a two-time National Prep Champ, two-time Beast of the East Champ and Senior National Champ.  Boyle will likely start at 125 as a true freshman for the Wolverines.  Brandon Zeerip, a 2x Michigan State Champ, joins his older brother Justin, the starter at 165 in 2009 for the Blue.

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13) Purdue

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Top Recruits: (157) Kendrick Sanders-South Dade, FL, (125) Camden Eppert-Anderson, IN, (125) Cashe Quiroga-Lawrence, IN, (141/149) Steven Sandefer-Mishawaka, IN

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2009 was a second consecutive solid recruiting class for Coach Scott Hinkel.  The Boilermakers were able to sign most of Indiana's best, including lower weights Camden Eppert and Cashe Quiroga.  Both were 3x State Finalists, with Eppert winning two championships while Quiroga was able to finish as a Runner-Up at Senior Nationals.  2x State Champ Steven Sandefer will help bolster the middleweights.  Purdue saved the best for last, going late into the spring before signing 3x Florida State Champ Kendrick Sanders.  Kendrick was a Junior Greco-Roman National Champ at Fargo in 2008 and was also named to the Dapper Dan All-Star team after his Senior year.

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14) Missouri

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Top Recruits: (165) Zach Toal-Troy, OH, (157) Kellen Bounous-Monett, MO, (149) Kyle Bradley-St. Charles, MO, (133) Bradley Wisdom-Farmington, MO

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The Missouri Tigers recruiting class boasts 3 3x State Champ, two in-state wrestlers and Zach Toal of Ohio.  Toal may have been overlooked in national rankings because he competed in Ohio's smallest classification, but he proved he can compete with the best winning the Ironman in his senior season.  The two other 3x'ers are Bradley Wisdom and Kellen Bounous.  Both Wisdom and Bounous placed third at NHSCA Junior Nationals in 2008.  Another Missouri product Kyle Bradley, was a Senior National 3rd placer, and earned All-American honors in both Freestyle and Greco at the Junior level.  Despite all of his accolades, Bradley was never a State Champ.

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15) Stanford

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Top Recruits: (125) Ryan Mango-St. Louis, MO, (157) Kyle Meyer-Monett, MO, (141) Bret Baumbach-Council Bluffs, IA

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This is an excellent recruiting class for Coach Jason Borrelli, especially considering the high academic standards of the school.  Three recruits were among Intermat's top 100 seniors.  One of the three, Kyle Meyer seemed to fly under the radar in regular season rankings, despite winning four Missouri State Titles.  Meyer turned heads at Senior Nationals with a third place finish.  Fellow Missouri native Ryan Mango signed with the Cardinal as well.  Mango is highly decorated in the international styles and chose Stanford over the Northern Michigan Greco-Roman program.  Spring signing Bret Baumbach was a three-time Iowa State Finalist and a double placer (Freestyle/Greco) at Fargo in 2008.

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16) Wyoming

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Top Recruits: (149) Jim Bellevue-Tumwater, WA, (125) Tyler Cox-Gillette, WY, (165) Patrick Martinez-Temecula, CA

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A second big recruiting class in as many years has marked Wyoming as a recruiting power in the Western half of the country.  The Cowboys two early signees, both 4x State Champions, are the strength of this class.  Tyler Cox, one half of the four-time champs was also able to make the finals at Senior Nationals.  Jim Belleville is the other four-time State Champ.  He battled all the way to the Junior National Freestyle Finals in Fargo last summer.  Patrick Martinez claimed a California State Title, winning each of his last three matches by one point decisions.

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17) NC State

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Top Recruits: (133/141) Dale Schull-Fort Lupton, CO, (285) Eloheim Palma-Cary, NC, (197) Andrew Tumlin-Harrison, OH

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After the spring signing period, Darrion Caldwell was not the only National Champ for the Wolfpack.  Dale Schull and Eloheim Palma both won Senior National Titles, then quickly signed with NC State Coach Carter Jordan.  While Schull's National Title may have caught some by suprise, he did win three Colorado State Championships.  Palma, younger brother of former ACC Champ Janior Palma, was near the top of the heavyweight rankings all season long.  Early signee Andrew Tumlin was a four-time Ohio State placewinner and capped his high school career off with a state title.  Tumlin and Palma are projected at weight classes where the Wolfpack need immediate help, therefore both could start as true freshman.

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18) Boise State

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Top Recruits: (165) Brock Gutches-Crater, OR, (184) Jake Swartz-Auburn, WA, (285) Toby Erickson-Helena, MT

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The Broncos continue to sign some of the best in the West.  This year is no exception, bringing in Jake Swartz, younger brother of 2008 Pac Ten Champions Kurt Swartz.  Jake won three Washington State Titles and placed at both Junior Freestyle and Junior Greco while in Fargo.  2x Oregon State Champ Brock Gutches was lured after from the Pacific Northwest.  Montana's Toby Erickson fills one of BSU's only needs, a young heavyweight.  Erickson won three State Championships and placed seventh at Senior Nationals.

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19) Lehigh

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Top Recruits: (149) Joey Napoli-Mechanicsburg, PA, (184) Austin Meys-Shenendehowa, NY, (125) David Delle Torre-Oradell, NJ

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Lehigh's class is small in numbers but big in talent.  Joey Napoli will compete for the starting spot at 149.  Napoli had the unfortunate distinction of being perhaps the best senior who did not win a State Title in 2009.  Despite finishing as a Pennsylvania State Runner-Up, Napoli managed to rebound and won Senior Nationals.  Austin Meys is a 3x New York State Champ will should be ready to contribute after a redshirt season.  Late signee David Delle Torre, a New Jersey State Runner-Up, will help at 125, a weight which was problematic for the Mountain Hawks after the starter John McDonald was injured.

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20) Wisconsin

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Top Recruits: (174) Brendan Ard-Warren, NJ, (184/197) Derrick Borlie-Winchester, VA, (157) Kalvin York-New Glarus, WI

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Wisconsin Head Coach Barry Davis used the 2009 recruiting class to strengthen the upperweights.  Signee Derrick Borlie won two Virginia State Titles prior to winning Senior Nationals.  Also on the way to Madison is 2x New Jersey State Champ Brendan Ard.  Brendan also placed 5th at Senior Nationals in a rugged 171lb weight class.  In-state recruit Kalvin York has won Championships in Fargo at the Junior Greco-Roman and Cadet Freestyle tournaments, despite never having won a Wisconsin State Championship.

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Other Top Recruiting Classes

21) Navy

22) West Virginia

23) Bucknell

24) Cal-State Fullerton

25) Central Michigan

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