Pictured: Josh Barr of Davison, MI., (Right). Photo courtesy of Sam Janicki/SJanickiPhoto.com.
As the final days of August come to a close, we are officially in the slow time of the wrestling calendar. But this downturn won't last long as Senior World Team Trials, Senior Worlds, U23 Worlds, and both the high school and college seasons are all right around the corner.
While we have seen numerous high-profile high school scrappers from the Class of 2023 make verbal pledges to their college programs of choice over the summer, many of the nation's best from that Class are still mulling over their options.
Josh Barr, a consensus Top-5 high school recruit at 160 pounds in the Class of 2023, out of Davison, Michigan, has narrowed down his school list to the final five programs. Not surprisingly, a wrestler of Barr's caliber is choosing from blueblood programs, including Penn State, Ohio State, Iowa, Virginia Tech, and in-state Michigan.
You can't go wrong with any school on this list as they're all premier programs with solid RTC setups in their own right. Having said that, The Open Mat looks into which school(s) might make the most sense for Barr, a 2021 Fargo freestyle champ and a two-time MHSAA state champion, who will be hunting for his third state crown in 2023 as a junior.
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