D1CW'S 2011 Team Recruiting Rankings
1) Ohio State
Top Recruits: (197) #6 Andrew Campolattano-Bound Brook, NJ; (149) #7 Hunter Stieber-Monroeville, OH; (184) #12 Kenny Courts-Harrisburg, PA; (133) #27 Johnni DiJulius-Akron, OH; (141) #31 Cam Tessari-Monroeville, OH; (165) Derek Garcia-Sedro-Wooley, WA; (285) Orry Elor-Pleasant Hill, CA
After a disastrous 2010-11 season, help is on the way for the Buckeyes in the form of a top ranked recruiting class. Early in the Fall recruiting season, Coach Tom Ryan was able to secure commitments from his Ohio triumvirate. Stieber, DiJulius, and Tessari combined to win 11 Ohio State Titles. The three will likely lock down the middle weights for the next few seasons. OSU was able to go out-of-state for two of the best upperweights in the country in Courts and Campolattano, the second New Jersey high schooler to win four State Championships. Don’t forget about Derek Garcia, a Junior National Freestyle Champion who returns after spending a year at the OTC. Garcia was one of the top 165/174lb recruits in the nation last season.
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 #8, 2009 #11, 2008 #12
Top Recruits: (157) #16 James Green-Willingboro, NJ; (285) #20 Donny Longendyke-Vadnais Heights, MN; (141) #22 Jake Sueflohn-Arrowhead, WI; (165) #90 Austin Wilson-Hastings, NE; (184/197) #120 Corey Brester-Howells, NE
Transfer: Tyler Caldwell-Wichita, KS (165/174)
What looked like "just" a very good recruiting class was given a late boost by the transfer of 2011 NCAA Runner-Up Tyler Caldwell. With two years of eligibility remaining Caldwell will certainly threaten for an NCAA Title, a statement that cannot be said for sure about any other recruits we mention. Prior to the Caldwell transfer, the Cornhuskers still were able to sign a boatload of talent with three of D1CW’s top 22 recruits. The highest rated is Green, a Sr. National Champion at perhaps the tournament’s toughest weight. He comes to Lincoln as a 1x New Jersey State Champion, sound familiar (Jordan Burroughs??). The upper weights are bolstered by the arrival of the top senior heavyweight in the country Donny Longendyke. His home state of Minnesota has a knack for producing quality 285lbers. Sueflohn is arguably one of the top 141lb recruits nationally. Sr. National Runner-Up Austin Wilson and Corey Brester, younger brother of 2x NCAA Runner-Up Craig Brester, round out this impressive class for Head Coach Mark Manning.
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 #7, 2009 #4, 2008 #15
3) Central Michigan
Top Recruits: (149/157) #13 Nick Hodgkins-Wyomissing, PA; (125) #19 Zach Horan-Nazareth, PA; (285) #43 Devin Pommerenke-Rogers City, MI; (157) #46 Joey Kielbasa-Crystal Lake, ILL; (165) #88 Mike Ottinger-Parkland, PA; #98 (141) Lucas Smith-Wheeling, ILL
For the second time in four seasons Central Michigan has earned a top three recruiting ranking. Coach Tom Borrelli and crew have signed three wrestlers who were Pennsylvania State Champions and members of that state’s team in the Dapper Dan (Hodgkins, Horan, Ottinger). Hodgkins was lights out over the past year or so, winning NHSCA Junior Nationals, the Super 32, and the Beast of the East in addition to a PA State Title. Horan was a four-time State-Finalist (1x Champ) and Ottinger was sort of an unknown commodity before he defeated top Junior Jason Luster in the State Finals and then-#1 recruit Destin McCauley at the Dapper Dan. Two more top 100 recruits and Illinois State Champs, Kielbasa and Smith add strength to this class. In state-product Devin Pommerenke was a 2x Michigan State Champ, even though he did not compete in the post-season due to injury this year.
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 NR, 2009 #25, 2008 #3
4) Penn State
Top Recruits: (184/197) #1 Morgan McIntosh-Santa Ana, CA; (125) #3 Nico Megaludis-Murrysville, PA; (141/149) #105 Luke Frey-Montoursville, PA; (125) #109 Jordan Conaway-New Oxford, PA; (285) #112 Collin Campbell-Roxboro, NC
While other recruiting classes may have more depth, the Nittany Lions have some absolute star power. #1 overall recruit Morgan McIntosh comes into as good of a situation as a recruit can ask for, 4X NCAA Champion Cael Sanderson as a coach/training parter, along with the defending champ at 184 Quentin Wright. #3 overall Nico Megaludis is college ready and will likely start in 2011-12 for Penn State. Luke Frey and Jordan Conaway are very good prospects, but may have to wait their turn in the now-crowded Nittany Lion room. Heavyweight Collin Campbell could develop after a year redshirting behind NCAA Qualifier Cameron Wade.
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 #2, 2009 #8, 2008 NR
Top Recruits: (133/141) #34 Nik Pena-Selma, CA; (125) #49 Bricker Dixon-Park Hill, MO; (125) #66 Nahshon Garrett-Chico, CA; (285) #139 Jacob Aiken-Phillips-Lawrenceville, GA; (174) #150 Owen Scott-Palmyra, NY; (133) Joe Redina-Dundee, MI; (149) Duke Pickett-Orange, VA
Cornell’s recruiting class can be summed up by the phrase “strength in numbers”. The Big Red has a big recruiting class which is headlined by a group of talented lightweights. Late commits came from a pair of 2x California State Champions in Nik Pena and Nahshon Garrett. Pena projects as a 133/141, while Garrett is a 125lber. Also expected to wrestle 125 is Bricker Dixon, a 2x Missouri State Champ and 2x Junior National Freestyle Placewinner. Staying in-state will be the Scott twins, both 2x New York State Champions who have plenty of National-Level credentials. The pair will lend depth to Cornell’s upperweights. Speaking of big men, Jacob Aiken-Phillips of Georgia will try to solidify the 285lb class for The Big Red.
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 #4, 2009 #10, 2008 #22
6) Oklahoma State
Top Recruits: (141) #8 Austin Ormsbee-Andover, NJ; (149) #15 Alex Dieringer-Port Washington, WI; (197/285) #25 Austin Marsden-Crystal Lake, ILL; (165) #140 Zach Skates-Broken Arrow, OK
The Cowboys recruiting class is similar to Penn State’s, short on names but long on actual talent. Three of D1CW’s top twenty-five recruits will make their way to Stillwater and wrestle for Oklahoma State. Austin Ormsbee and Alex Dieringer both won Junior National Freestyle Titles last summer in Fargo. OSU may be a slot or two higher but it is unclear where Ormsbee will fit in starting all four years with Jordan Oliver and Josh Kindig in the mix at 133/141. Austin Marsden will enter as a 197lber but is likely the heavyweight of the future. Marsden won a pair of Illinois State Championships and was a Cadet National Freestyle Champion. Sr. National 3rd place winner Zach Skates was also a top 150 recruit from Oklahoma.
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 #15, 2009 #2, 2008 #5
7) NC State
Top Recruits: (174) #11 Chris Phillips-Monroeville, OH; (125) #60 Nick Francavilla-Sussex, NJ; (197) #86 Harrison Honeycutt-Mooresville, NC; (149) #89 Henry Carlson-Virginia Beach, VA; (133) #99 Colt Fought-Orangeville, PA; (184) #146 Josh DaSilviera-Naples, FL; (149) Adam Matthews-Reynolds, PA
This recruiting class gives the Wolfpack a much-needed talent infusion. One of the factors to consider when doing recruiting rankings is the effect the recruits will have on the program, so while teams ranked lower may have more decorated recruiting class, they will not impact the program like NC State’s. Headlining the class is 4x Ohio State Champ Chris Phillips. His stock fell in some people’s eyes because of his lack of national competition later in his high school career, but the talent is real. Another four-time state champ is Henry Carlson who won 3 titles in Alabama before returning home to Virginia to win one as a senior. Nick Francavilla was a 3x State Champ in New Jersey’s single class state tournament. This spring PA State Champ Colt Fought won a Sr. National Title at 130lbs. While these are the big names, there are plenty of others who will be able to help the NC State program like Honeycutt, DaSilviera, Matthews, Joe Gaccione, and Mike Avelar.
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 NR, 2009 #17, 2008 NR
8) Old Dominion
Top Recruits: (157) #28 Pete Baldwin-Osecola, FL; (125) #32 Robert Deutsch-Voorhes, NJ; (149) #69 Taylor Moeder-Shawnee, KS; (141) #71 Chris Mecate-Redlands, CA; (133) Brandon Choate-Orwigsburg, PA
Old Dominion continues to do an excellent job of recruiting under Head Coach Steve Martin. The Monarchs spanned the United States (Florida, New Jersey, Kansas, California) to pick up four of D1CW’s top 71 recruits. Robert Deutsch and Pete Baldwin both won their second State Titles this season, while Taylor Moeder won his fourth. The ODU recruits also fared well in postseason action, Moeder and Baldwin were both Sr. National Runner’s-Up, while Chris Mecate took 3rd Place.
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 NR, 2009 #7, 2008 #11
9) Virginia Tech
Top Recruits: (149) #37 Lex Ozias-Kitzmiller, MD; (141) #41 Nick Brascetta-St. Paris, OH; (157) #63 Matt Stephens-St. Paris, OH; (174) #68 Bubba Scheffel-Oakland, MD; (184) Austin Gabel-Ponderosa, CO
Virginia Tech has also been a mainstay in the Top 10 of the D1CW Recruiting Rankings. The Hokies were able to sign 4 top 100 recruits from only 2 high schools. St. Paris Graham teammates Nick Brascetta and Matt Stephens both won Ohio State Championships and placed 3rd at the Ironman. Southern Garrett teammates Lex Ozias and Bubba Scheffel were both 3x Maryland State Champions. Ozias was 4th place at Senior Nationals while Scheffel was a Runner-Up. Also aboard will be 3x Colorado State Champ Austin Gabel. While Gabel may not have the long list of national credentials like the other recruits, he fills a big need in the Hokie upperweights.
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 #10, 2009 #9, 2008 #21
10) North Carolina
Top Recruits: (141) #26 Evan Henderson-Saltsburg, PA; (174/184) #61 Alex Utley-Stow, OH; (174) #85 John Staudenmayer-Plymouth Meeting, PA; (149) #122 Nick Catalano-Eighty-Four, PA; (157) #148 Christian Barber-Westfield, NJ; (165) John Guzzo-Sussex, NJ
After a very good recruiting class in 2009-10 the Tarheels have really outdone themselves with this group. 2x National Prep Champ Evan Henderson leads the way and could contend to start immediately for North Carolina. Ohio State Champ Alex Utley and Pennsylvania State Champ John Staudenmayer will lend depth to an already strong, youthful group of 174/184 lbers. Late signee Christian Barber was a New Jersey State Champ and Senior National Runner-Up. A potential X-factor is John Guzzo, he was ranked among the top 165lb recruits until an injury derailed his Senior season.
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 NR, 2009 NR, 2008 NR
Top Recruits: (149) #47 Blake Roulo-Petersburg, VA; (174) #59 Jacob Waste-Apple Valley, MN; (165) #92 Justin Lozano-Clovis, CA; (184) Justin Heiserman-Dundee, MI; (125) Arik Robinson-Peru, NY
This is likely the most talented group of recruits that have even signed with Buffalo. Blake Roulo was a 3x Virginia State Champion who became only the second wrestler to win the NHSCA Championship after each of his four high school seasons. Justin Lozano could stake his claim of being one of the best wrestlers from the Class of 2011 not to win a State Championship in his high school career. Minnesota State Champ Jake Waste has a long list of accomplishments in the international styles, including a Cadet Double Championship (Freestyle-Greco) in 2009. Late signees Arik Robinson (4x NY State Champ) and Justin Heiserman (2x State Champ) bring this class from good for Buffalo to one of the best in the nation.
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 NR, 2009 NR, 2008 NR
Top Recruits: (125) #10 Mason Beckman-Reynolds, PA; (174) #53 Nathaniel Brown-Lewisburg, PA; (285) #125 Jack Delia-North Hunterdon, NJ; (157) Eric Hess-Benton, PA; (184) John Bolich-Upper Moreland, PA
The star power of Lehigh’s top two recruits gives Pat Santoro’s squad the #12 spot over EIWA rival Penn. 2x Pennsylvania State Champ, 2x Ironman Champ and #10 overall Mason Beckman should have an immediate impact at 125 for the Mountain Hawks. Nathaniel Brown, also a Pennsylvania State Champ, could be pressed into action early at 174. Eric Hess will enroll after sitting out the 2010-11 season due to his battle with cancer. Hess has competed in freestyle this summer and would bring a huge boost at 157. What better situation could 2x New Jersey State Runner-Up Jack Delia ask for? He will redshirt his initial season and get to work out with 2011 NCAA Champ Zach Rey as well as Assistant Coach and 2008 Olympian Steve Mocco.
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 #17, 2009 #19, 2008 NR
Top Recruits: (149) #58 Charlie Lynch-Severn, MD; (157) #82 Stephen Robertson-Lombard, ILL; (165) #116 Lorenzo Thomas-Pittsburgh, PA; (133) #142 Jeff Canfora-Delbarton, NJ; (149) CJ Cobb-Williamstown, NJ; (184) Ian Korb-Cincinnati, OH
The Quakers were able to pick up a second consecutive top-20 recruiting class. Most notable, among the 4 top 150 recruits, is National Prep Champ Charlie Lynch. Charlie did not place at the 2010 National Prep Championships, then came back to earn Outstanding Wrestler honors at the 2011 tournament. Stephen Robertson, Lorenzo Thomas and Ian Korb all were Runner-Up’s, wrestling in three of the nation’s top wrestling states. Although never a state finalist CJ Cobb was able to place 3rd at the Beast of the East and in the NHSCA Junior and Sophomore Brackets.
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 #18, 2009 NR, 2008 NR
Top Recruits: (285) #51 William Smith-High Point, NJ; (141) #54 Steven Rodrigues-Fox Lane, NY; (125) #83 Earl Hall-South Dade, FL; (133) #87 Anthony Perrotti-West Essex, NJ
After a few years of keeping New Jersey’s top talent home, Coach Scott Goodale has taken his recruiting talents outside of the Garden State. New York State Champ Steven Rodrigues and 4x Florida State Champ Earl Hall are the two. Both placed 4th and 3rd respectively at last year’s pre-season Super 32. Anthony Perrotti and William Smith both won their first New Jersey State Titles in 2011. Smith, one of the nation’s top heavyweights, could break into the Scarlet Knights lineup as a true freshman.
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 #19, 2009 NR, 2008 #2
Top Recruits: (174) #5 Logan Storley-Webster, SD; (157) #76 Brad Dolezal-Marshfield, WI; (165) #79 Steven Keough-Apple Valley, MN; (125) #138 Jordan Kingsley-Apple Valley, MN
After three years top-five recruiting classes its natural for Minnesota to slow down…a little. The Golden Gophers still have a group of signee’s that most schools would envy. Logan Storley is a 6x South Dakota State Champ to go along with winning a Junior National Freestyle Title and a NHSCA Junior National Championship. Middleweights Brad Dolezal and Steve Keough both fill potential holes for the Gophers. Dolezal won two Wisconsin titles, while Keough had one in Minnesota. Jordan Kingsley is the leading contender to replace 3x All-American Zach Sanders, who is heading into his senior season.
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 #5, 2009 #1, 2008 #1
16) Utah Valley
Top Recruits: (125) #35 Jade Rauser-Townsend, MT; (149) #101 Chris Mayolo-La Center, WA; (125) #128 Val Rauser-Townsend, MT; (197) #135 Brian Chamberlain-Moses Lake, WA; (149) Jacob Falk-West Jordan, UT; (184) Derek Thomas-Layton, UT
A little more than a year after Utah Valley competed at the NCAA Tournament for the first time and three months after crowning their first DI All-American (Ben Kjar) the Wolverines have earned a place in the national recruiting rankings. Early signees the Rauser twins, Jade and Val, both are four-time Montana State Champions. The two Rausers account for five appearances in the Junior National Finals at Fargo. Brian Chamberlain and Derek Thomas are two upperweights who both earned All-American honors (3rd and 7th respectively) at Senior Nationals. A pair of talented 149’s are also headed to Orem, Chris Mayolo placed in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman last summer at Junior Nationals and Jacob Falk was a three-time Utah State Finalist.
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 NR, 2009 NR, 2008 NR
Top Recruits: (157) #52 Cody Caldwell-Shell Rock, IA; (285) #62 Connor Medberry-Loveland, CO; (133) #84 Matt Kelliher-Apple Valley, MN; (125) Ryan McQuade-Appleton, WI
Please note: Since #2 overall Destin McCauley and #4 Jesse Thielke have declared their intentions to train at the Olympic Training Center for a year, before enrolling at Wisconsin they are not counted in ranking the 2010-11 recruiting class. They will be included with 2011-12.
Aside from McCauley and Thielke, the Badgers still have a very good recruiting class, hauling in 3 top 100 recruits. Wisconsin scored a coup getting the Iowa-native Cody Caldwell across the border away from the Hawkeyes and Cyclones. Caldwell won two Iowa State Championships at the 3A level. The Badger coaching staff went back to Loveland, Colorado (home of 2x AA Tyler Graff) for a 3x State Champion heavyweight, Connor Medberry. Connor capped off his high school career with a Senior National Championship in Virginia Beach. Finally a pair of lightweights come to join their older brothers in Madison. Wisconsin State Champ Ryan McQuade (brother of Shane) and 3x Minnesota State Champ Matt Kelliher (brother of Tom) could eventually man 125 and 133 for the Badgers.
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 NR, 2009 #20, 2008 #4
Top Recruits: (165) #48 Vince Waldhauser-El Dorado Hills, CA; (133) #70 Joseph Martinez-Platteville, CO; (197) #133 Nick Kidd-Hyannis, MA; (197/285) Patrick Gillen-Sheldon, CT; (157) David Wesley-Mineral, VA
Coach Steve Garland continues to bring talent every year into Charlottesville and this class is no exception. There may actually be too much. With the existing roster and the recruits who have signed, there appears to be a logjam at the upperweights. Senior National Runner-Up Patrick Gillen, National Prep Champ Nick Kidd and Pennsylvania State Runner-Up Zach Nye are all projected to compete at the two largest weight classes. The top ranked recruit signed by the Cavs is 2x California State Runner-Up Vince Waldhauser. Vince was also a Runner-Up at last season’s Ironman. 133lb recruit Joseph Martinez was a 3x Colorado State Champ, in addition to winning NHSCA Sophomores and Juniors.
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 #24, 2009 #6, 2008 #17
Top Recruits: (165) #14 Bryce Hammond-Bakersfield, CA; (125/133) #104 Fabian Garcia-Turlock, CA; (149) #130 Timmy Box-Bakersfield, CA; (157) Adam Fierro-Bakersfield, CA
A year ago the CSU-Bakersfield team’s future looked very bleak with the possibility of the elimination of the program; this season the future is very bright because of an excellent recruiting class. The key for Coach Mike Mendoza was getting Bryce Hammond, a Bakersfield native, to stay home. Hammond was ranked the #1 160lber by most publications. He earned the ranking with two California State Championships and a Senior National Crown. He is not the only Senior National Champ in this recruiting class, the 119 lb Champ Fabian Garcia is also along. Garcia won Senior’s despite never placing higher than 4th place in California. Two other Sr. National All-American’s have signed, Timmy Box and Adam Fierro both placed top 4 in their respective weight classes.
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 NR, 2009 NR, 2008 NR
Top Recruits: (174) #55 Kris Klapprodt-Rapid City, SD; (149) #108 Brody Grothus-Davenport, IA; (165/174) #136 Patrick Rhodes-Staley, MO
Transfer: (197) Cayle Byers-Chugiak, AK (George Mason)
The Hawkeyes recruiting class is light compared to the past few seasons, but at the same time they have very few needs. One glaring need was filled though with the transfer of Cayle Byers from George Mason. Byers was a Round of 12 finisher in 2008-09 and owns a victory in the 2010-11 season over eventual NCAA Champion Dustin Kilgore. Iowa’s top high school recruit is Kris Klapprodt, a 3x South Dakota State Champ and Sr. National Champion. Klapprodt and Sr. National All-American Patrick Rhodes are very good prospects, but their impact is hard to project because of all the young talent around their collegiate weight classes. Brody Grothus could be a diamond in the rough, he is a multi-sport athlete who until now has yet to focus solely on wrestling.
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 #1, 2009 #5, 2008 #6
Other Top Recruiting Classes:
Top Recruits: (133) #77 Danny Sabatello-Long Grove, ILL; (184) #107 Drake Stein-Francisco, IN; (157) #111 Chad Welch-Newburgh, IN; (197) Preston Quam-San Clemente, CA; (149) Doug Welch-Newburgh, IN
Transfer: (149) Ivan Lopouchanski-Hollywood, FL (UNC-Greensboro)
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 NR, 2009 #13, 2008 #19
Top Recruits: (133) #23 Cody Brewer-Kansas City, MO; (157) #129 Jeromy Davenport-Sallisaw, OK; (125) #131 Daniel DeShazer-Wichita, KS; (184) Sam Wheeler-Copley, OH
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 #12, 2009 #3, 2008 NR
Top Recruits: (133) #56 Geoff Alexander-Pittsburgh, PA; (174) #127 Josh Snook-Bear, DE; (165) #147 TJ Duncan-Rossville, GA; (149) Lou Mascola-Seton Hall, NJ
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 #13, 2009 NR, 2008 NR
24) Boise State_
Top Recruits: (157) #95 Chris Castillo-Zillah, WA; (149) #114 Casey George-Lewiston, ID; (165) Taylor West-Borah, ID; (165) Scott Bacon-Santiago, CA
Transfer: (157) George Ivanov-Council Bluffs, IA (Nebraska-Omaha)
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 #25, 2009 #18, 2008 #14
Top Recruits: (149) #44 Eric Roach-Crown Point, IN; (184) #64 Luke Sheridan-Concord, CA; (197) Garrett Goldman-Bloomington, IN
Transfer: (285) Adam Chalfant-Winchester, IN (Harper College)
Past D1CW Recruiting Rankings: 2010 #9, 2009 NR, 2008 NR