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College Choices for the #1 Overall Recruits (2005-2021)


photo courtesy of Richard Immel

Last night Shayne Van Ness, the #1 recruit in the high school Class of 2021, announced via social media that he would be attending Penn State. Once Van Ness signs, he’ll be the fourth #1 overall recruit to ink with the Nittany Lions during the Cael Sanderson-era (2009-present). With that in mind, we though it would be an appropriate time to take a look back at the top recruits in each year since 2005. What’s interesting is that Van Ness is the first wrestler from Blair Academy to earn the top billing in this time period. Probably dating back to Steve Mocco in 2001, though “official” recruiting rankings get sketchy going past 2005. Years 2018-present are from The Open Mat, 2010-17 were by my old D1CW site, and 2005-10 are courtesy of Intermat.

YearNameHigh SchoolHome StateWeightCollege
2021Shayne Van NessBlair AcademyNew Jersey141/149Penn State
2020Keegan O’TooleArrowheadWisconsin165Missouri
2019Carson KharchlaOlentangy LibertyOhio165Ohio State
2018Gable StevesonApple ValleyMinnesota285Minnesota
2017Daton FixSand SpringsOklahoma125Oklahoma State
2016Mark HallApple ValleyMinnesota174Penn State
2015Anthony ValenciaSt. John BoscoCalifornia165Arizona State
2014Kyle SnyderGood CounselMaryland197Ohio State
2013Bo JordanGrahamOhio174Ohio State
2012Jason TsirtsisCrown PointIndiana149Northwestern
2011Morgan McIntoshCalvary ChapelCalifornia197Penn State
2010Logan StieberMonroevilleOhio133Ohio State
2009David TaylorGrahamOhio157Penn State
2008Jason WelchLas LomasCalifornia157Northwestern
2007Cody GardnerChristiansburgVirginia285Virginia Tech
2006David CraigBrandonFlorida184Lehigh
2005Dustin SchlatterMassillon PerryOhio149Minnesota

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