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TOM’s 2009-10 Recruiting Class Rankings (#16-20)

By: The Open Mat Editor – Willie Saylor

#16 Stanford

The Cardinal class brings three nationally ranked recruits to Palo Alto. Ryan Mango was our Dirty Dozen #1 at 125. While he’s had some questionable losses in off-season folk events, he’s been on top of his game when it matters most. He’s won 3 Missouri state titles in folk, and his FS/GR resume is unparalleled; 2 Fila GR National Championships, double Junior National titles, double Cadet national titles and a 2007 Folkstyle National title. Iowa’s Bret Baumbach, a 3x state finalist projects at 141. Missouri 4xer, Kyle Meyer (157) rounds out the blue chip freshman. Former UCLA football player, Dylan Rush(HI) who was a 3x state champion and nationally ranked coming out of high school, will matriculate to Stanford as a HWT this fall.

#17 Lehigh

Coaches Santoro and Hughes each nab top flight recruits to work with. New York’s Austin Meys (184), our Dirty Dozen #2 ranked wrestler, won 3 state titles and has a Cadet National Freestyle title to his credit. Cumberalnd Valley, PA’s Joey Napoli(149), ranked as the nations #9 overall recruit by Intermat, was a two time state finalist and this years NHSCA’s Senior National champion. The Engineers also add New Jersey state runner-up, Dave Della Torre at 125 lbs.

#18 Virginia Tech

Other publications have Coach Kevin Dresser’s class ranked considerably higher. Their recruits, admittedly, do have a lot of hardware. But, like Central Michigan’s class which garnered numerous state champions, VT’s incomers are mostly unproven on the national level. We give them their due though; no other outlet has Andrew Clement (VA) ranked as high as we do (3rd). He’s won two state crowns and a Super 32 title. Texas product Eric Spjut (133) has won a Reno crown and 2 state titles. Brian Stephens (141), of famed St. Paris Graham (OH) won a state title as a senior this season. Other state champs moving to Blacksburg are Andrew Miller (VA, HWT), Taylor Knapp (GA, 157), and Cody Tyler (MO, 125).

#19 Boise State

Greg Randall continues a tradition of bringing quality recruits to Boise. In this class he picked up three quality guys, all ranked in our Dirty Dozen Prospects list. Brock Gutches (OR, 157), a 4x state finalist, should anchor the middle for years to come. Jake Swartz joins his brother, Kurt on the BSU roster. Jake (184) won 3 state titles in Washington. Coach Randal addressed the Broncos’ future need at heavyweight, signing Montana native and 2x state champ, Toby Erickson. All three recruits have a long list of accomplishments at Fargo.

#20 Missouri

The Headliner in Coach Smith’s 2009 class is Ohio standout Zach Toal (165) who can go with anyone in the country. A three-time state champion, Toal survived the grind of the Ironman to bring that crown home as well. The Tigers bring in four in-state guys. Bradley Wisdom (133), Kellen Bounous (165), and Luke Greco(141) own titles and Kyle Bradley (149) was top 3 all four years.

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