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Old Dominion (MAC)
The Old Dominion staff was busy all last week recruiting more wrestlers to add to their already tough recruiting class. Their new recruits are from Illinois, Maine, and Ohio. Brandon Ramos, of Lockport Township HS, won a spot in the varsity lineup for the first time in his career last season and took advantage of it by winning a sectional title, placing at the regional tournament, and advancing to the 2016 Illinois Class 3A state tournament. Bradley Beaulieu, of Marshwood HS, has won three consecutive Maine Class A state titles and placed third in the New England tournament last season. This upcoming season he will have the opportunity to break the state record for wins, which is 217 held by former teammate Cody Hughes, who is now wrestling on scholarship at Virginia Tech. Cade Hepner, of St. Edward HS, was a varsity wrestler for the Eagles in 2015 when he advanced to the district tournament after finishing in third place at the section tournament a week prior to the district tournament. Beaulieu will attempt to contend for the spot at 125-pounds, Ramos at 133, and Hepner at either 149 or 157 pounds.
Minnesota (BIG 10)
The University of Minnesota wrestling squad will be acquiring the services of three-time Class AAA state medalist Alex Crowe, of Shakopee HS, next season. A highly touted recruit from the state of Minnesota, Crowe will be a great addition to the 157-pound class for the Gophers. Crowe has garnered All-American honors at Fargo, folkstyle nationals, and was successful last month in winning his first J.J. Intermat Classic championship.
Iowa (BIG 10)
A great wrestler from the Rocky Mountain state will be competing at the Division I level in the near future. Myles Wilson, of Glenwood Springs HS, recently verbally committed to further his education and compete for Division I power, the University of Iowa. An undefeated state champion in Class 4A last season, Wilson got the attention of the Iowa wrestling staff as he had a great Super 32 tournament where he placed fifth. He will be a great fit for the Hawkeyes at either 174 or in the 184-pound weight class.
Northern Illinois (MAC)
A great grappler from the Hoosier state that has yet to win an individual state title of his own, but can compete with anyone in the nation is Breyden Bailey, of Indianapolis Cathedral. Bailey is a three-time Indiana bronze medalist and has won three consecutive semistate, regional and sectional tournaments. Bailey has compiled an overall career record of 138-4 and he is one of the top wrestlers from the state of Indiana. He will a great addition for the Huskies in the 141-pound weight class.
Wisconsin (BIG 10)
Two-time Minnesota state medalist Tyler Shilson, of Centennial HS, will be heading to a neighboring state as he has verbally committed to compete for the University of Wisconsin. Shilson has advanced to the state tournament three times and has won his section tournament twice. He will be vying for the 149/157 varsity spot in the near future.
The Ohio University got a huge recruit this past weekend in three-time Ohio state medalist Moises Guillen, of Perrysburg HS. Guillen has paid his dues on the mat and will be ready not just to win an individual state title in Ohio this season, but to use his vast experience to help the Bobcats achieve success in the MAC Conference and at nationals. He should be attempting to win the 141/149 varsity spot in the near future.
With two-time national qualifier Michael Pongracz graduating this upcoming season, the Mocs will be in need of a good 141-pounder to take his spot. Franco Valdes, of Miami Southwest, who is a two-time Florida state runner-up and ranked #15 in the nation, is a good candidate to do so in the near future. He should bring good energy to the Mocs wrestling program.
Penn State (BIG 10)
Penn State has always been a power in the BIG 10 and has been able to keep the top talent from leaving the state of Pennsylvania. However, as of late, coach Cael Sanderson and staff have been able to not just recruit the best wrestlers from PA but from all over the country as well. Their newest recruit is a talented wrestler in Brady Berge, of Kasson-Mantorville. Berge is the top ranked 160 in the country. He should make an immediate impact for the Nittany Lions in the 149-pound weight class.
Purdue (BIG 10)
A great wrestler that will be taking his talent to West Lafayette next season is two-time Minnesota state medalist Jared Florell, of Totino-Grace. A team captain and leader of his squad, Florell has garnered All-American honors at the always tough Fargo tournament. His immense experience on the mat should be helpful for Purdue in the upper weights. Florell should be vying to earn the varsity spot at either 184 or 197 pounds.
George Mason (EWL)
The new addition to the George Mason wrestling team is Austin Wilkerson, of Brookville, Virginia. Wilkerson made great strides last season as he was successful in winning a regional title as well as a Virginia Class 3A state championship. He completed the 2015-2016 season with a 44-1 record. Wilkerson will be a great addition for the Patriots at either 149 or 157 pounds.