What were the top recruiting classes in Div. I?

WIN high school columnist Rob Sherrill provides a look at all 25 classes in the latest issue of WIN. Some of the teams’ recruiting list profiles are listed below. For the complete breakdown, subscribe to get access to WIN’s digital May issue or request your print subscription starts with the May issue.

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  3. West Virginia: Devin Brown (125) of Murrysville (Pa.) Franklin Regional and Austin Myers (197-285) of Alexandria (Ky.) Campbell County led eight recruits who won state crowns. Look out for Henson’s middle-weight group. Zachary Moore (149-157) of Oklahoma City Putnam City was unbeaten in loaded Class 6A, Patrick Duggan (149-157) of Mechanicsburg (Pa.) Cumberland Valley was a state finalist, Ryan Lopez (149-157) of cross-town Morgantown University was unbeaten as a senior and Connor Flynn (157-165) of Henson’s alma mater, St. Charles (Mo.) Francis Howell, had a dominant senior season. Lightweights Jonathan Ragsdale of Chickamauga (Ga.) Gordan Lee and J.D. Gregory of Mechanicsville (Va.) Hanover finished their careers with a combined seven titles.
  4. Ohio State: Tom Ryan’s class was the only one to achieve perfection, going 4-for-4 in state championships this season. Ke-Shawn Hayes (141-149) of Kansas City (Mo.) Park Hill and Myles Martin (174-184) of Owings Mills (Md.) McDonogh School won their third titles and Jose Rodriguez (133) of Massillon Perry and Kollin Moore (174-184) of Creston Norwayne also repeated, winning Outstanding Wrestler awards in Divisions 1 and 3, respectively. Moore did not allow an offensive point as a senior.
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  7. Wisconsin: The upper weights are the heart of a class that performed well this season. Mason Reinhardt (184) of Merrill scored the state tournament’s biggest win, over double Cadet National champion Beau Breske of Hartford, Izaec Quintanilla (165) of Spokane (Wash.) North Central won his third title, Hunter Ritter (184-197) of Bel Air (Md.) John Carroll won the National Prep Championships and David Chadd (197) of Lancaster won his second Wisconsin title. Chadd’s teammate, Cole Martin (141-149), won for the third time.
  8. Virginia: Fox Baldwin (165-174) of Kissimmee Osceola won his fifth Florida title and repeat champions Jabari Moody (125) of Olympia Fields (Ill.) Rich Central, Sam Krivus (141) of Greensburg (Pa.) Hempfield, Corbin Allen (157) of Mechanicsville Hanover and Tyler Love (184-197) of Clifton Centreville also added to Steve Garland’s class. Cameron Harrell (149-157) of Owings Mills (Md.) McDonogh School advanced to the National Prep Championships final.
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  13. Princeton: Despite losing in the Walsh Ironman finals in overtime, Matthew Kolodzik (149) of Blairstown Township (N.J.) Blair Academy remains a key selling point. So were the performances of Patrick D’Arcy (125-133) of Absecon Holy Spirit, a surprise winner at a loaded weight, and fellow champion Joseph Tavoso (157-165) of Morristown Delbarton. Chase Piperato (149-157) of Jefferson won his third Georgia title and Mike D’Angelo (141) of Commack advanced to the New York finals.
  14. Navy: All Joel Sharratt’s top recruit, Jared Prince (141) of Palm Harbor (Fla.) University did was go 71-0 and snatch WIN’s No. 1 ranking at 132 at the Dapper Dan Classic. Twin brother Connor Prince (141) also went 71-0, and the two combined for titles. Marty Margolis (141-149) of LaPlata (Md.) was dominant in winning his third title, Josh Roetman (184) of Kotzebue (Alaska) pinned his way to a title for the second straight year and Austin Riggs (133-141) of Fairfax (Va.) James W. Robinson avenged a state tournament loss from a year ago to win.
  15. Harvard: Coach Jay Weiss’s Big Three, all lightweights, were exactly that. Nolan Hellickson (133) of Runnells (Iowa) Southeast Polk and Thomas Dutton (149) of Rocky Point (N.Y.) completed dominating unbeaten seasons and Ryan Friedman (125) of Brooklandville (Md.) St. Paul’s finished third in the National Prep Championships. Upper-weight L.J. Barlow (197) of Haverford (Pa.) School finished strong, advancing to the National Prep finals.
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  23. Iowa State: Three of Kevin Jackson’s recruits finished their careers in style. Markus Simmons (125-133) of Broken Arrow (Okla.) prevailed in his state’s tough 6A classification and Colston DiBlasi (165) of Kansas City (Mo.) Park Hill also won his third big-class title. Chase Straw (157) of Independence finally broke through in Iowa after a pair of third-place finishes.
  24. North Carolina: Four-time Pennsylvania place-winner A.C. Headlee (133-141) of Waynesburg Central had a state tournament to remember and was voted Outstanding Wrestler in big-class 3A. C.D. Mock’s other top recruit, Matt Rundell, isn’t the biggest name at star-studded Oak Park-River Forest, but he prevailed in a tough weight class in Illinois.
  25. Penn State: Cael Sanderson’s two top recruits, Vincenzo Joseph (149-157) of Pittsburgh Central Catholic and Kellan Stout (197) of Mount Lebanon, both moved up from 3A runner-up finishes as juniors to state titles this season. The unbeaten Stout didn’t allow a point in the state meet.


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