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    Well, highest in the Big 12 is nice.

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    How is Northwestern so high? Weren't they the worst team in the Little 11 this year?

    Also hard to believe that Ok. St. is so low.

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    Okie State had a good class the last couple of years. They were due for a down year.

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    remeber each school only gets 9.9 scholarships so if you spend all you money one year you need to back off for the next few years.

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    Re: InterMat recruiting rankings

    A little extra from a hawk site...

    In-depth analysis of Top 25 recruiting classes for 2010
    InterMat Staff
    InterMat has released its recruiting class rankings for 2010.

    Iowa, on the strength of six Top 100 recruits, five of which are ranked inside the Top 30, sits atop the rankings. Fellow Big Ten Conference programs Penn State, Northwestern, and Minnesota are next in the rankings with five Top 100 wrestlers each.

    1. Iowa

    Top 100 Recruits: No. 5 Mike Evans (Blair Academy, NJ), No. 12 Nick Moore (Iowa City West, IA), No. 16 Josh Dziewa (Council Rock South, PA), No. 18 Bobby Telford (St. Mark's, DE), No. 27 Jacob Ballweg (Waverly Shell-Rock, IA), No. 77 Michael Kelly (Cedar Falls, IA)

    Other Notable Recruit: Anthony Baldosaro (Eastern Regional, NJ)

    Commentary: Talent procurement is the lifeblood of any elite program, and the most elite program has the elite class of this year with six Top 100 recruits. The three-time defending national champions lose a lot to graduation, and this class will seek to replace that load in due to time. They join last year's fifth-ranked class, which included four Top 100 recruits.

    2. Penn State

    Top 100 Recruits: No. 2 Andrew Alton (Central Mountain, PA), No. 8 Dylan Alton (Central Mountain, PA), No. 22 Sam Sherlock (West Mifflin, PA), No. 54 Dirk Cowburn (Coudersport, PA), No. 70 Hank Stinson (Eastern Regional, NJ)

    Other Notable Recruit: Frank Martelotti (Shady Side Academy, PA), Nick Ruggear (Oxford, PA)

    Commentary: When adding in the late signing of Jake Kemerer, new head coach Cael Sanderson brought in three of the nation's top ten recruits last year. The first full class for Coach Sanderson in Happy Valley is more of the same, as the Nittany Lions capitalize upon a supremely stacked Keystone State senior class to the tune of four home-state Top 100 recruits -- five in all. One can say the Penn State roster has been re-stocked the last two years.

    3. Northwestern

    Top 100 Recruits: No. 10 Lee Munster (Fox Lake Grant, IL), No. 14 Mike McMullan (Wyoming Seminary, PA), No. 37 Colin Shober (Schuylkill Valley, PA), No. 66 Kaleb Friedley (Park Hill, MO), No. 81 Alex Polizzi (Beloit Memorial, WI)

    Other Notable Recruit: Pierce Harger (Moeller, OH)

    Commentary: Drew Pariano ascends to the helm as head Wildcat after helping haul in a very strong recruiting class as head assistant coach. This class addresses the top three weights with very talented wrestlers in Munster, Polizzi, and the top-ranked heavyweight McMullan, while Shober, Friedley, and Harger project into the middle third of future Wildcat lineups.

    4. Minnesota

    Top 100 Recruits: No. 26 Dylan Ness (Bloomington-Kennedy, MN), No. 32 Nick Dardanes (Oak Park River Forest, IL), No. 63 Tyler Lehmann (West Fargo, ND), No. 69 Chris Dardanes (Oak Park River Forest, IL), No. 71 Scott Schiller (West Fargo, ND)

    Other Ranked Recruits: Seth Lange (Sturgis, SD), 14th at 130

    Other Notable Recruit: Joel Bauman (Kurkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, MN)

    Commentary: After hauling in the nation's second-ranked recruiting class last year, head coach J Robinson brings in another high quantity and quality group of wrestlers. The five Top 100 recruits is one more than last year, while the six weight class ranked recruits is one less than last year's total of seven. Two pairs of high school teammates are among the Gopher recruits this year.

    5. Iowa State

    Top 100 Recruits: No. 15 Ryak Finch (Safford, AZ), No. 31 Joey Cozart (Brandon, FL), No. 40 Kyven Gadson (Waterloo East, IA), No. 51 Michael Moreno (Urbandale, IA)

    Other Ranked Recruits: Luke Goettl (Mingus, AZ), 15th at 135, Mikey England (Centerville, IA), 15th at 171

    Other Notable Recruit: Brandon Jones (West Des Moines Valley, IA)

    Commentary: After a relatively empty recruiting season last year due to the coaching transition, first-year head coach Kevin Jackson stepped into the recruiting process with all hands on deck. His class is one that could help shape the future of Cyclone wrestling in most weight classes. Four Top 100 recruits headline the class -- including the top-ranked 119 pound wrestler in Ryak Finch.

    6. Nebraska

    Top 100 Recruits: No. 19 Keith Surber (O'Fallon, IL), No. 39 Robert Kokesh (Wagner, SD), No. 64 Brandon Wilbourn (Francis Howell Central, MO), No. 87 Greg Amos (Holt, MO)

    Other Ranked Recruits: Brandon Rubino (St. Charles, IL), 20th at 112, Dakota Magrew (Timber, MO), 14th at 152, Matt Dwyer (Rockton Hononegah, IL), 20th at 215

    Commentary: This is another deep and powerful group to back up last year's fourth-ranked class that featured five Top 100 recruits. The Cornhuskers bring in four Top 100 recruits this year as part of a high quantity group of wrestlers that most notably addresses the opening pair of weights and middleweights.

    7. Indiana

    Top 100 Recruits: No. 25 Ryen Nieman (Bullock Creek, MI), No. 36 Brandon Wright (Warren Central, IN), No. 73 Taylor Walsh (Camden Catholic, NJ), No. 92 Joe Duca (Paulsboro, NJ), No. 100 Preston Kieffer (Eastern Regional, NJ)

    Other Notable Recruits: Zach Zimmer (Clovis West, CA), Brian St. James (Centennial, GA)

    Commentary: Hoosier head coach Duane Goldman called on the advice of first-year assistant coach Joe Dubuque to shape the context of this recruiting class. First, the Hoosiers brought in four wrestlers that project into the opening pair of weight classes -- Dubuque was a two-time national champion at 125 pounds for Indiana in 2005 and 2006. Second, Indiana also recruited three New Jersey natives -- Walsh, Duca, and Kieffer -- obviously aided by the alumnus of Glenn Ridge High School in New Jersey.

    8. Cornell

    Top 100 Recruits: No. 3 Chris Villalonga (Blair Academy, NJ), No. 4 Marshall Peppelman (Central Dauphin, PA), No. 78 Jesse Shanaman (Blair Academy, NJ), No. 90 Billy George (Long Branch, NJ)

    Other Ranked Recruit: Evan Knight (Urbandale, IA), 14th at 189

    Other Notable Recruits: Jace Bennett (Canyon Randall, TX), Matthew Cunningham (Shady Side Academy, PA), Ryan Dunphy (Passaic Valley, NJ)

    Commentary: As the Big Red head into their most anticipated season in program history, it is possible that one or two wrestlers from this incoming class will be called on for "immediate impact duty." While it is obviously absurd to expect anyone to come in and do what Kyle Dake did this past season -- win an NCAA title in his first season out of high school -- Villalonga and/or Peppelman have the potential to be productive starters in their true freshman season. The rest of this class has the potential to grow into key contributors as the current core graduates in years to come.

    9. Arizona State

    Top 100 Recruits: No. 34 Joel Smith (Collins Hill, GA), No. 48 Louis Trujillo (Rio Rancho, NM), No. 74 Nathan Hoffer (Anchorage East, AK)

    Impact Transfer: Bubba Jenkins (Penn State)

    Other Ranked Recruit: Tommy Burriel (Clovis, CA), 16th at 189

    Other Notable Recruit: Shane McGough (Desert Mountain, AZ)

    Commentary: Lost in all the consternation over which recruits are perceived as being best, and which classes are best, is that most of these wrestlers are just prospects. Their future performance is totally up in the air. On the other hand in Bubba Jenkins, Arizona State is going to get a proven commodity for one last season -- as Jenkins earned runner-up honors in the 149 pound weight class during the 2008 NCAA tournament. Shawn Charles and the Sun Devils also bring in three other Top 100 recruits to address the lower half of the lineup.

    10. Maryland

    Top 100 Recruits: No. 41 Spencer Myers (Selinsgrove, MD), No. 43 Ben Dorsay (Cox, VA), No. 46 Frank Goodwin (Arundel, MD), No. 72 Mark Hartenstine (Easton, PA)

    Commentary: Out goes a senior class that produced three NCAA All-Americans, including the program's first ever three-time All-American in Hudson Taylor. In comes a group of four Top 100 recruits to provide a much needed compliment to the overall roster for head coach Kerry McCoy. The Terrapins seek to build upon a school-record of 19 dual meet victories, as well as consecutive seasons with multiple All-Americans and a top 20 finish at the NCAA tournament.

    11. Missouri

    Top 100 Recruits: No. 49 Alan Waters (Park Hill, MO), No. 60 Drake Houdashelt (Fort Zumwalt West, MO), No. 89 Simon Kitzis (Wyoming Seminary, PA)

    Impact Transfer: Danny Gonsor (University of Virginia)

    Other Ranked Recruit: Chase Nitcher (Valley Center, KS), 18th at 135 pounds

    Other Notable Recruit: John Eblen (Park Hill, MO)

    Commentary: Another solid class for Missouri to follow last year's group that was ranked 15th nationally. Three Top 100 wrestlers anchor the Tigers class. In addition, Brian Smith brought in NCAA qualifier Gonsor -- a wrestler that went 1-2 at 157 pounds in this March's tournament and has two years of eligibility remaining.

    12. Ohio State

    Top 100 Recruits: No. 1 Logan Stieber (Monroeville, OH), No. 42 Josh Demas (Westerville North, OH)

    Impact Transfer: Tyrell Fortune (Clackamas Community College)

    Commentary: Even without the inclusion of sixth-ranked recruit Derek Garcia (Sedro-Woolley, WA), who signed in the fall period but will be deferring his enrollment until the fall of 2011, the Buckeyes bring in three wrestlers expected to make significant contributions in both the short and long-term. Head coach Tom Ryan could easily end up having Stieber and Fortune on the mats this year as the starters in the opening and closing weights respectively. Each could also be a viable All-American candidate -- Stieber is a two-time placer at the U.S. Open in freestyle, while Fortune was an NJCAA champion in 2009 and Junior World Team representative.

    13. Virginia Tech

    Top 100 Recruits: No. 23 Devin Carter (Christiansburg, VA), No. 38 Ty Mitch (Aurora, OH)

    Other Ranked Recruits: T.J. Mitchell (Collins Hill, GA), 16th at 125, Harrison Hightower (University School, OH), 15th at 152, Tanner Eitel (Bishop Lynch, TX), 14th at 171, Angelo Malvestuto (Niagara Wheatfield, NY), 20th at 189

    Other Notable Recruit: Chris Moon (Wyoming Seminary, PA)

    Commentary: One huge factor in head coach Kevin Dresser's success since taking over at Virginia Tech after Tom Brands left for Iowa has been the ability to bring in strong recruiting class. This group is no exception with six wrestlers that were ranked in their respective weight classes. They will also bring in depth to many positions in the lineup, and augment a top ten class from last year.

    14. Oklahoma

    Top 100 Recruits: No. 61 Justin DeAngelis (Jenks, OK), No. 75 Ronnie Balfour (Tulsa Union, OK), No. 79 Parker Madl (Blue Valley, KS), No. 93 Quincy Mondaine (Muskogee, OK)

    Other Ranked Recruits: Kyle Colling (Pioneer, NY), 14th at 215

    Other Notable Recruit: Chase Gordon (Oviedo, FL)

    Commentary: Head coach Jack Spates and staff continues to bring in many talented wrestlers into the Sooner stable. This marks a second consecutive year with four Top 100 recruits enrolling at Oklahoma, and the class as a whole addresses needs within the upper half of the lineup.

    15. Lehigh

    Top 100 Recruits: No. 20 Frank Cagnina (Queen of Peace, NJ), No. 44 Eric Hess (Benton, PA), No. 62 Stephen Dutton (Rocky Point, NY)

    Other Ranked Recruit: Anthony Salupo (St. Edward, OH), 15th at 145

    Commentary: After seeking to address the middle third of the lineup with the additions of Joey Napoli and Austin Meys in last year's recruiting class, Pat Santoro covers the lower and middle thirds of the lineup this year with three Top 100 recruits and an additional weight class ranked wrestler.

    16. Old Dominion

    Top 100 Recruits: No. 35 Jerome Robinson (St. Ignatius, OH)

    Other Ranked Recruits: Cade Blair (Valley Center, KS), 19th at 152, Matt White (Woodward, OK), 18th at 160, Tristan Warner (Cumberland Valley, PA), 19th at 171, Matt Tourdot (Sparta, WI), 19th at 215

    Other Notable Recruits: Scott Festejo (Long Branch, NJ), Jake Henderson (Toledo Central Catholic, OH)

    Commentary: Though this class is ranked below last year's 11th-ranked class, Steve Martin has brought in another group of very talented wrestlers. What the class lacks in top end names, it makes up for in high quality depth with five wrestlers ranked nationally in their weight class -- plus a New Jersey state champ in Festejo, and a NHSCA Senior Nationals All-American in Henderson. This group provides the Monarchs with a long-term quality wrestler in the opening weight and significant depth in the middleweights and upperweights.

    17. Edinboro

    Top 100 Recruits: No. 28 Mitchell Port (Bellefonte, PA), No. 67 A.J. Schopp (Tyrone, PA)

    Other Ranked Recruit: Kory Mines (Maple Hts, OH), ninth at 112 pounds

    Other Notable Recruits: David Habat (St. Ignatius, OH), Nate Gaffney (Connellsville, PA)

    Commentary: Tim Flynn and staff cast a very narrow net in procuring this quintet of future Fighting Scots grapplers. All five recruits come from rather close by to the Edinboro campus, and each has at least one state championship to their credit competing in the always tough Ohio and Pennsylvania state championship tournaments.

    18. Boise State

    Top 100 Recruits: No. 57 Steven Hernandez (Bishop Gorman, NV), No. 86 Carson Kuhn (Alta, UT)

    Other Ranked Recruit: Kade Moss (Bingham, UT), 17th at 135

    Impact Transfer: Deron Winn (Meramec Community College)

    Commentary: The Broncos make a second consecutive appearance in the InterMat top 20 recruiting class list with this group of incoming wrestlers. Winn projects to be an immediate impact starter, and should benefit from working with Kirk Smith on a daily basis. Kuhn and Moss should help boost the quality of the Boise State lower weights, while Hernandez will compliment and already solid stable of middleweights for the Broncos.

    19. Pennsylvania

    Top 100 Recruits: No. 24 Kyle Cowan (Cascia, OK), No. 65 Andrew Lenzi (Fordham Prep, NY)

    Other Ranked Recruits: Brad Wukie (University School, OH), 16th at 160, Canaan Bethea (Trenton, NJ), 12th at 171

    Commentary: The Ivy League Quakers bring in a solid group of wrestlers headlined by the top-ranked 215-pound wrestler in the country in Kyle Cowan, it will be interesting to see if he makes the drop to 197 or moves up to 285 -- such is life for the 215s in high school. Lenzi, Wukie, and Bethea all bring solid credentials to the table in terms of state finals appearances and national-level production.

    20. Rutgers

    Top 100 Recruits: No. 56 Nick Visicaro (Long Branch, NJ), No. 95 Jordan Beverly (Point Pleasant Boro, NJ)

    Other Ranked Recruits: Anthony Volpe (Rocky Point, NY), 13th at 160, Mike Wagner (South Plainfield, NJ), 18th at 189

    Commentary: The quartet of future Scarlet Knights represents a very good class for head coach Scott Goodale -- as he was able to gain the services of four relatively local kids, three from the home Garden State. Beverly was a NHSCA Senior Nationals champion earlier this spring, while Visicaro and Volpe both earned All-American honors at 160 pounds in the same tournament. On the way to Wagner's state runner-up finish, he defeated NHSCA Senior Nationals champion Billy George in the state semifinal round.

    21. Oklahoma State

    Top 100 Recruits: No. 9 Josh Kindig (Blue Mountain, PA), No. 21 Nick Schenk (St. Mark's, DE)

    Commentary: What this class currently lacks in quantity -- only Kindig and Schenk have signed with the Cowboys at present -- it certain makes up for in quality. Kindig and Schenk are both elite wrestlers, proven by their results in Fargo, and can be expected to do big things during their collegiate stints in Stillwater.

    22. Illinois

    Top 100 Recruits: No. 7 Jackson Morse (Lowell, MI), No. 50 Jamie Clark (St. Edward, OH)

    Commentary: Like Oklahoma State, at present this is also a small class with only Morse, Clark, and Jed Lightfoot (Yorkville, IL) among the committed. Morse had a superlative senior season that included a title at the preseason Super 32 Challenge, a third state championship, and then a victory over Dylan Alton in the Dapper Dan Classic to earn top honors at 152 pounds nationally. Clark battled through injury and general struggles during his senior season but came up with a third state championship, and it will be interesting to see if he can show the ability that made him a Top 10 recruit this time last year during his college career.

    23. Michigan State

    Top 100 Recruits: No. 68 Sean McMurray (Portage, IN)

    Other Ranked Recruits: Nick Proctor (Neuqua Valley, IL), 20th at 160, Nick McDiarmid (Hartland, MI), seventh at 215

    Notable transfer: Kamron Jackson (North Idaho CC)

    Other Notable Recruit: John Rizgallah (Allegan, MI)

    Commentary: This group of recruits should provide Tom Minkel and his Spartans with a significant boost in terms of overall depth and quality in the upper half of the lineup.

    24. Michigan

    Notable Recruits: Max Huntley (Blair Academy, NJ/Post Graduate), Jake Salazar (Wasatch, UT)

    Commentary: While the Wolverines did not get much in terms of profile high school wrestlers this year, they have two wrestlers coming in from past high school graduating classes with lots of ability. Huntley was one of the nation's top 189-pound wrestlers in the 2008-09 season, and could be called upon to start immediately for the Wolverines at 197 pounds this coming season. Salazar enrolls in Ann Arbor after a two-year religious mission, he was a nationally-ranked wrestler as a senior in 2007-08, a two-time Reno Tournament of Champions titlist, and earned All-American honors in freestyle at the 2007 Junior Nationals.

    25. Binghamton

    Top 100 Recruit: No. 11 Tyler Beckwith (Greene, NY)

    Other Ranked Recruit: Lance Moore (Johnson City, NY), seventh at 285

    Other Notable Recruit: Nick Meinsen (John Glenn, NY)

    Commentary: Pat Popolizio and staff continue to spring life into the Bearcat wrestling program that was on "life support" just a few years back. They are the defending Colonial Athletic Association champions, had a national semifinalist in unseeded Justin Lister, and have a solid trio of wrestlers committed to join the program next year. Of most significant note is Beckwith, the first wrestler ever to win NHSCA Nationals titles at all four high school grade-level tournaments. Moore and Meinsen were also New York state champions this past season, while Moore was runner-up at the NHSCA Senior Nationals.

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