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Five Takeaways from Signing Day 2019


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Wednesday, November 13th, was National Signing Day. It marked the first opportunity that student-athletes were given to sign with the respective college or university of their choice. We at TOM were busy tracking these signings as news broke about each individual one. Even in the days that have followed, information has slowly trickled out about more and more wrestlers that have made their college intentions official. With Signing Day almost a week away in the rearview, we have decided to look at some of the notable fallout and takeaways from one of the busiest non-wrestling days on a school’s calendar.

1) Echemedia’s a Buckeye

Perhaps the most significant “new” news that came out of signing day was that Ohio State was the official landing spot for Anthony Echemendia. You probably know the story by now, but it bears repeating. Anthony came to the United States from Cuba, during a tournament in Guatemala, and was granted asylum after a three-month wait. He then found his way to Arizona and enrolled at Sunnyside High School in Tucson, as he had a previous relationship with one of their assistant coaches. Despite wrestling folkstyle for the first time, Anthony blew through the competition in Arizona. He captured the 152 lb state title in 2019, as a senior. Even at that point, Anthony was still under-the-radar for high school observers on a national basis. Fargo is where his stock went through the roof after Echemendia tore through both the Junior Greco-Roman and freestyle brackets, capturing titles in each style. Across both tournaments, Anthony outscored his competition 128-10, not counting two falls, in 14 matches. 

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