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

         D1CW'S 2010 Team Recruiting Rankings

1)      Iowa

Top Recruits: (184) #4 Mike Evans-Enola, PA, (157) #11 Nick Moore-Iowa City, IA, (141) #12 Josh Dziewa-Yardley, PA, (285) #19 Bobby Telford-Wilmington, DE, (141) #31 Jake Ballweg-Waverly, IA, (165) #74 Mike Kelly-Cedar Falls, IA, (149) #79 Anthony Baldosaro-Voorhes, NJ

How do you replace a senior class which included seven wrestlers who achieved All-American status over the course of their careers?  You may not be able to, but Tom Brands and staff have certainly tried, signing seven wrestlers ranked in D1CW’s top-80 High School Seniors.  Ballweg and Moore are both familiar names to Hawkeye fans, as both have brothers who are current Iowa wrestlers.  Nick Moore lost just one time in his HS Career, on his way to becoming just the 19th wrestler to win 4 Iowa State Championships.  This year’s Iowa recruiting class has a rare Eastern flavor, with National Prep Champ Mike Evans, PA State Champ Josh Dziewa, and 2x State Champs, Bobby Telford and Anthony Baldosaro.

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 #5, 2008 #6

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2)      Penn State

Top Recruits: (141) #2 Andrew Alton-Lock Haven, PA, (149) #8 Dylan Alton-Lock Haven, PA, (133) #34 Sam Sherlock-West Mifflin, PA, (133/141) #52 Hank Stinson-Voorhes, NJ, (165) #64 Dirk Cowburn-Coudersport, PA, (197) Nick Ruggear-Oxford, PA

Cael Sanderson’s first full recruiting class could be a memorable one.  The Alton twins, Andrew and Dylan, combined to win five PA State Championships and four National Freestyle Titles at the Junior level.  One or both could step into the PSU lineup next year, if needed.  Either PA State Champ Sam Sherlock, or NJ State Champ Hank Stinson, could be called up to start immediately at 133.  Late signee Nick Ruggear brings talent to the hard-to-fill 197lb class.  Although Ruggear never made a state final, he has plenty of National credentials, winning NHSCA Freshmen and Sophomore’s prior to placing 5th at Sr. National’s. 

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 #8, 2009 NR

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3)      Northwestern

Top Recruits: (184) #6 Lee Munster-Ingleside, ILL, (285) # 14 Mike McMullan-Easton, PA, #21 (141/149) Colin Shober-Reading, PA, (149) #47 Kaleb Friedley-Parkville, MO, (197) #73 Alex Polizzi-Beloit, WI, (165) Pierre Harger-Cincinnati, OH

After a year in which the Wildcats finished last in the Big Ten, plenty of young help is on the way.  Northwestern was able to keep Illinois’ top high-schooler, Lee Munster a 3x State Champ, in-state.  Munster recently won FILA Junior National Freestyle, defeating multiple current collegiate wrestlers. NU will also get the services of Mike McMullan, the top heavyweight in the nation.  McMullan won his second National Prep Championship, in addition to titles at the Beast of the East and the Ironman.  Three other Wildcat recruits Colin Shober, Kaleb Friedley, and Alex Polizzi all placed at Fargo in Junior Freestyle, as well as at the pre-season Super 32.

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 NR, 2008 #16

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4)      Cornell

Top Recruits: (141) #3 Chris Villalonga-Totowa, NJ, (157) #5 Marshall Peppelman-Harrisburg, PA, (157) #63 Jesse Shanaman-Basking Ridge, NJ,  (197) #91 Billy George-Long Branch, NJ, (184) #101 Evan Knight-Des Moines, IA, (174) Matt Cunningham-Pittsburgh, PA

Cornell’s ranking is heavily reliant on the #3 and #5 overall recruits, Chris Villalonga and Marshall Peppelman, respectively.  Villalonga has done it all, winning four National Prep titles, along with three Beast of the East and Ironman Championships.  Peppelman is a four-time PA state finalist (winning three) who won three Beast of the East Titles, also.  Both will likely find their way into the Big Red lineup next season.  Adding upper-weight depth for Cornell is 2x Iowa State Champ Evan Knight, and NHSCA Junior /Senior National Champ Billy George. 

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 #10, 2008 #22

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5)      Minnesota

Top Recruits: (149) #15 Dylan Ness-Bloomington, MN, (141) #20 Nick Dardanes-Fenwick, ILL, (184) #57 Tyler Lehmann-West Fargo, ND, (197) #78 Scott Schiller-West Fargo, ND, (133) #81 Chris Dardanes-Fenwick, ILL, (141) #137 Seth Lange-Sturgis, SD

After two seasons with D1CW’s top recruiting class, J Robinson and Co. check in this year at #5.  Six future Gophers are ranked in the top 150 recruits, headed by Dylan Ness, little brother of this season’s NCAA Champion Jayson Ness.  Speaking of brothers, the Dardanes twins (Nick and Chris), both Illinois State Champions, are aboard to man 133 and 141.  The #78 recruit Scott Schiller was a late signee that will help bolster 197, a weight that has not always been kind to Minnesota.

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 #1, 2008 #1

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6)      Iowa State

Top Recruits: (125) #16 Ryak Finch-Safford, AZ, (157) #29 Joey Cozart-Brandon, FL, (174) #60 Michael Moreno-Urbandale, IA, (184) #65 Kyven Gadson-Waterloo, IA, (141) #98 Luke Goettl-Cottonwood, AZ, (165) #123 Mike England-Centreville, IA

Like rival Iowa, the Cyclones were hit hard by graduation in 2010 losing six starters.  This group of six top 150 recruits may be pressed into duty sooner rather than later.  Ryak Finch, the top 119lber in the nation, comes to Ames after winning Junior Freestyle and Greco-Roman titles last summer in Fargo.  Three in-state prospects (Mike England, Michael Moreno, and Kyven Gadson) bring much needed help to the upper weights.  Last but not least, is Four-Time Florida State Champ Joey Cozart, who spent his high school years wrestling for the legendary Brandon program.

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 NR, 2008 #8

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7)      Nebraska

Top Recruits: (133) #17 Keith Surber-O’Fallon, ILL, (165) #35 Robert Kokesh-Wagner, SD, (149) #58 Brandon Wilbourn-St. Peter, MO, (149) #90 Greg Amos-Wentzville, MO, (197) #133 Matt Dywer-Rockton, ILL, (157) #139 Dakota Magrew-Timberland, MO, (141) Blake Meeks-Des Moines, IA

The Cornhuskers recruiting class is headlined by Illinois State Champ Keith Surber who vaulted up the high school rankings after winning Sr. Nationals and defeating the then-#1 ranked 130lber at the Dream Team dual.  Surber, however is not the only Sr. National Champion in this class.  Missouri’s Brandon Wilbourn followed suit winning at 152lbs.  Also placing at Sr. Nationals in a brutal 160lb weight class was 3x South Dakota State Champ Robert Kokesh (3rd), along with Illinois Champ Matt Dwyer (Runner-Up) and 2x Missouri Champ Dakota Magrew (5th). 

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 #4, 2008 #15

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8)      Ohio State

Top Recruits: (125) #1 Logan Stieber-Monroeville, OH, (174) #39 Josh Demas-Westerville, OH

Transfer: (285) Tyrell Fortune-Parkrose, OR (Clackamas CC)

While the Buckeyes 2010 recruiting class is short on names, Coach Ryan is bringing in plenty of talent to Columbus.  The top recruit of 2010 Logan Stieber makes this class rise up the charts.  Stieber won four Ohio State Championships, a Junior National Freestyle Title after his sophomore year of high school and placed 4th at the World Team Trials in Freestyle last summer prior to his senior year.  If needed to compete, Stieber can start for OSU in 2010-11 and win a ton of matches.  The Buckeyes will also get an impact transfer in the form of 2009 JUCO National Champ Tyrell Fortune. The Oregon native Fortune spent last summer competing on the US Junior World Freestyle and Greco-Roman teams.  Rounding out the class is 2x Ohio Champ Josh Demas, who will fit nicely into the OSU lineup after a redshirt.

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 #11, 2008 #12

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9)      Indiana

Top Recruits: (141) #24 Ryan Nieman-Bullock Creek, MI, (125) #50 Brandon Wright-Indianapolis, IN, (149) #66 Taylor Walsh-Cherry Hill, NJ, (125) #99 Joe Duca-Paulsboro, NJ, (125) #112 Zach Zimmer-Clovis, CA, (165) #117 Preston Keiffer-Voorhes, NJ

At first glance you can see the impact that assistant coach Joe Dubuque has had returning to Bloomington.  Three of the Hoosiers top recruits are from his home state of New Jersey.  2x State Champ  Taylor Walsh, State Champ Joe Duca and Runner-Up Preston Keiffer all call the Garden State home.  Indiana’s top recruit is Michigan’s Ryan Nieman, a 3x Michigan State Champ and Sr. National Champ.  The Hoosiers recruiting class may rank a couple of spots higher if they didn’t have so many 125-types.  Replacing a 4x All-American and National Champ like Angel Escobedo is hard, but they will have to have a few of these top recruits sitting out, lessening their long-term impact.

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 NR, 2008 NR

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10)   Virginia Tech

Top Recruits: (133) #27 Devin Carter-Christiansburg, VA, (125) #40 Ty Mitch-Aurora, OH, (165) #94 Harrison Hightower-Hunting Valley, OH, (125) #102 TJ Mitchell-Suwanee, GA, (184) #116 Angelo Malvestuto-Sanborn, NY, (174) #141 Tanner Eitel-Dallas, TX

Like Indiana before them, the Hokies are loading up on lightweights.  3x Ohio State Champ and Junior Freestyle National Champ Ty Mitch comes to Blacksburg as a 125lber.  Staying close to home is Devin Carter, a 3x Virginia State Champ and Junior Freestyle Runner-Up.  Carter will come into the VT room as a 133, but could eventually see 141.  The biggest need addressed by the Hokies is the signing of Bishop Lynch’s National Prep Champ, Tanner Eitel.  In each of the past two seasons, the VT staff has been able to find Ohio wrestlers flew under the national radar (2009-Brian Stephens, 2008-Jesse Dong), is 3x State Champ Harrison Hightower next?  Northern Illinois transfer Zach Neibert was considered one of the top twenty-five recruits in the country just one season ago.

Transfer: (141) Zach Neibert-St. Paris, OH (Northern Illinois)

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 #9, 2008 #21

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11)   Arizona State

Top Recruits: (133) #28 Louis Trujillo-Rio Rancho, NM, (141) #68 Nathan Hoffer-Wasilia, AK, (149) #83 Joel Smith-Lawrenceville, GA, (141 )#142  Shane McGough-Scottsdale, AZ, (197) Tommy Burriel-Clovis CA

Transfers: (149) Bubba Jenkins-Virginia Beach, VA (Penn State), (149) Luke Ashmore-Forney, TX (Oklahoma State), (197) Luke Macchiaroli-Tempe, AZ (Penn State)

After one season under Head Coach Shawn Charles, Arizona State looking like it will again be one of the powers out west.  This recruiting class will certainly help, getting two of the best of the Southwest, 4X New Mexico Champ Louis Trujillo, and 3x Arizona Champ Shane McGough.  Trujillo won the NHSCA grade-level championships after each of his first three years of high school.  Four-time Alaska State Champ Nathan Hoffer can leave the “long johns” at home, no need from them in Tempe, but he does bring with him plenty of national-level credentials (Jr. National Champ, Sr. National 5th place).  While he only has one season of eligibility left, 2008 NCAA Runner-Up Bubba Jenkins transfers in to work alongside his HS teammate Te Edwards.   If happy and healthy, Jenkins will be an NCAA title contender.

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings:  2009 NR, 2008 NR

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12)   Oklahoma

Top Recruits: (149) #56 Justin DeAngelis-Jenks, OK, (165) #67 Ronnie Balfour-Tulsa, OK, (174) #80 Parker Madl-Stilwell, KS, (197) #103 Quincy Mondaine-Muskogee, OK, (133) #127 Ian Fisher-Perry, OK, (285) Kyle Colling-Arcade, NY

Transfer: (157) Chase Nelson-Wichita, KS (Labette CC)

Things are looking up in Norman again as Jack Spates’ bunch placed 5th at NCAA’s in 2010.  It will be tough duplicating the results of last season’s third ranked recruiting class.  Three 2009 recruits, competing as true freshman qualified for the NCAA Championships, with one (Tyler Caldwell) earning All-American Honors.  The Sooners did well for themselves in-state this season getting 3x State Champ Justin DeAngelis, 4x State Champ Ian Fisher, and one-time Champs Ronnie Balfour and Quincy Mondaine.  Transferring in is 2010 JUCO National Champ Chase Nelson, a fourth place finisher this spring at University National Freestyle Championships.   Nelson, a Kansas native, will be joined in Norman be fellow statesman and 2x State Champ Parker Madl.  Parker finished 4th at Senior Nationals this season.   

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 #3, 2008 NR

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13)   Maryland

Top Recruits: (285) #37 Spencer Myers-Selinsgrove, PA, (149) #54 Ben Dorsay-Virginia Beach, VA, (141) #61 Mark Hartenstine-Easton, PA, (133) #76 Frank Goodwin-Baltimore, MD

Transfer: (125) Shane Gentry-Stafford, VA (Navy Prep)

The Terps needed a big recruiting class this year, as the 2010 Senior Class was responsible for winning 2 ACC Championships and included three individuals who combined to earn All-American status six times.  #37 Spencer Myers, arguably the top 215lber in the country, is an impressive heavyweight prospect who should benefit from taking a redshirt in 2011 and working with Head Coach Kerry McCoy before being unleashed on the ACC.   141lb recruit Easton, PA’s, Mark Hartenstine has plenty of National honors, despite never making a state final.  Sound familiar?  The outgoing starter at 141 Alex Krom, was from the same high school and did not make a state final, yet he was able to win 2 ACC Titles and was an All-American in 2009.  Local product Frank Goodwin will likely have the opportunity to step into the Terps lineup for 2010-11.  Finally, two Virginians will cross the Potomac River and wrestle for Maryland.  3x State Champ and Beast Winner Ben Dorsay, projects at 149 and 2010 NCWA Champ Shane Gentry will transfer in from the Navy Prep School. 

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 NR, 2008 NR

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14)   Missouri

Top Recruits: (125) #36 Alan Waters-Kansas City, MO, (157) #53 Drake Houdashelt-O’Fallon, MO, (141) #96 Simon Kitzis-Kingston, PA, (149) #144 Chase Nitcher-Valley Center, KS, (197) John Eblen-Kansas City, MO, (125) Efrain Aguilar-Graham, Washington

Transfers: (157) Dan Gonsor-Cleveland, OH (Virginia), (184) Mike Larson-McKinleyville, CA (CSU-Bakersfield)

For the second consecutive season the Missouri Tigers check in at the #14 position.   Heading up the class is 4X Missouri State Champ Alan Waters.  Alan placed in both international styles in Fargo at the Junior level in 2008 and 2009. The Tigers had difficulty filling the 125lb weight class last season, so don’t be surprised to see Waters in the lineup to start the 2010-11 season.  The middle of the lineup will be bolstered by the addition of 2x Missouri Champ Drake Houdashelt, as well as Virginia transfer Dan Gonsor.  In 2010, his sophomore season, Gonsor placed 3rd in the ACC’s deepest weight class and qualified for his first NCAA Tournament.  Late signee Chase Nitcher was a 2x Kansas State Champ, and hails from the same high school as the three McCormick brothers who have wrestled for Missouri.  Cal-State Bakersfield transfer Mike Larson will be able to slide into the Tiger lineup nicely at 184.

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 #14, 2008 #10

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15)   Oklahoma State

Top Recruits: (149) #10 Josh Kindig-Auburn, PA , (133) #23 Nick Schenk-Wilmington, DE, (157) #106 Matt White-Woodward, OK

While not a huge class the Cowboys have still managed to pull in enough talent to warrant a top 15 ranking.  #10 overall Josh Kindig won two Pennsylvania State Titles and was a Junior National Freestyle Runner-Up in each of the past two seasons.  Spring signee Nick Schenk has a Delaware State Championship, a National Prep Championship and two Beast of the East Championships on his resume.  Oklahoma State Champ Matt White is yet another nephew of Coach John Smith.  White initially committed to Old Dominion in the fall, but now looks to stay close to home wrestling for OSU.

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 #2, 2008 #5

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16)   Illinois

Top Recruits: (157) #7 Jackson Morse-Lowell, MI, (133) #25 Jamie Clark-Lakewood, OH, (141) Jed Lightfoot-Yorkville, ILL

Similar to Oklahoma State above them, Illinois does not have a huge recruiting class reported as of yet.  However, the recruits that have signed with Coach Jim Heffernan are of the highest quality.  Jackson Morse won three Michigan State Titles, 2 Super 32 Titles and was victorious over Penn State recruit Dylan Alton in the postseason Dapper Dan.  Jaime Clark is a 3x Ohio State Champ, who based on talent alone, may be vastly under ranked at #25.  Clark has battled a variety of injuries during the last year which may raise the eyebrows of some.  Although Jed Lightfoot did not win an Illinois state title, he did manage to place twice at the Junior National Freestyle level in Fargo.

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 NR, 2008 #9

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17)   Lehigh

Top Recruits: (133) #18 Frank Cagnina-Garfield, NJ, (141) #42 Stephen Dutton-Miller Place, NY, (149) #109 Anthony Salupo-Lakewood, OH

Lehigh’s top two recruits are in weight classes which need immediate help.  Frank Cagnina and Stephen Dutton already project as starters at 133 and 141, respectively.  Cagnina was a 3x New Jersey State Champ and spent most of his senior season as the nation’s top ranked 130 lber.  Dutton won two New York State Titles.  Both of these two wrestlers were finalists at the extremely tough Super 32 preseason tournament (Cagnina won; Dutton a Runner-Up).  Also on the way to Bethlehem  is St. Edward HS product Anthony Salupo.  Anthony was an Ohio Runner-Up his senior season who earned All-American Honors at NHSCA Jr. Nationals.

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 #19, 2008 NR

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18)   Penn

Top Recruits: (285) #49 Kyle Cowan-Cascia, OK, (141) #72 Andrew Lenzi-Buchanan, NY, (174) #122 Canaan Bethea-Trenton, NJ, (165) #143 Brad Wukie-Hunting Valley, OH

After taking over as head coach late into the fall of 2008, this was the first full recruiting class for Coach Rob Eiter and staff.  He will have plenty of talent to work with, the biggest is literally and figuratively 3x Oklahoma State Champ Kyle Cowan.  Kyle wrestled 215lbs in high school and will likely have to bulk up to wrestle 285 for the Quakers.  Andrew Lenzi was also a 3x State Finalist (2x Champ) in New York’s larger classification.  New Jersey’s Canaan Bethea was not a State Champ, but he did place 5th at NHSCA Sr. Nationals, two years after placing 3rd at Sophomore’s. 

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 NR, 2008 NR

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19)   Rutgers

Top Recruits: (165) #41 Nick Visicaro-Branchville, NJ, (149) #71 Jordan Beverly-Point Pleasant, NJ, (157) #77 Anthony Volpe-Miller Place, NY, (197) Mike Wagner-South Plainfield, NJ

Transfer: (149) Mario Mason-Moorestown, NJ(Minnesota)

The Scarlet Knights have continued to make an impact in the recruiting races under the tutelage of Scott Goodale.  #41 Nick Visicaro is a 2x New Jersey State Champ, who also was a 5th place finisher at Senior Nationals and Beast of the East Runner-Up during his final high school season.  In his first two recruiting campaigns, Coach Goodale has mainly signed top recruits from New Jersey.  However, the addition of New York State Champ Anthony Volpe is a sign that the Rutgers recruiting territory is spreading.  Jordan Beverly managed to win a Sr. National title despite never winning a New Jersey State Championship.  Late transfer Mario Mason has decided to leave Minnesota and come back closer to home.  Mason, just two seasons ago, was considered one of the top five recruits coming out of high school. 

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 NR, 2008 #2

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20)   Northern Iowa

Top Recruits: (165) #33 Joe Latham-Bismarck, ND, (125) #44 Levi Wolfensperger-Denver-Tripoli, IA, (174) #135 Brock Weatherman-Ballard, IA, (149) Seth Noble-Mount Union, IA

New Head Coach Doug Schwab has a talented group of incoming recruits to work with.  A pair of NHSCA Senior National Runner’s-Up, Joe Latham and Levi Wolfensperger, highlights the class.  Wolfensperger was a four-time Iowa State Finalist (2x Champ) who also won the Junior National Tournament a season ago.  Latham is a 2x North Dakota State Champ that earned All-American honors at Junior Nationals and the Super 32.  Two other two-time Iowa State Champs round out the class nicely, Brock Weatherman and Seth Noble. 

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 NR, 2008 NR

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Other Top Recruiting Classes:

21)   Edinboro

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 NR, 2008 NR

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22)   Michigan State

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 NR, 2008 NR

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23)   Binghamton

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 NR, 2008 NR

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24)   Virginia

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 #6, 2008 #17

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25)   Boise State

Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2009 #18, 2008 #14

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