Jonathon Fagen photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com
The recruiting season continues to gain steam. College coaches have been using the past few weeks for official visits which lead to high schooler issuing commitments. This weekend was no different, and three ranked wrestlers made public their college of choice.
Saturday we detailed Northern Colorado keeping fourth-ranked Theorius Robison (Pomona, CO) home.
In early August TOM released an article with recruiting rankings up to that point in the summer. Cornell sat atop the list with six commitments from top 100 recruits in the Class of 2019. Since August a couple of other teams have staked their claim for the top spot, however over the weekend the Big Red have countered with another verbal commitment. The latest recruit to commit to Head Coach Rob Koll’s squad is three-time Idaho state champion Jonathon Fagen (Fruitland, ID). Although he has plenty of national-level credentials, Greco appears to be Fagen’s strong suit. Jonathon was a Cadet National Greco champion last summer in Fargo and this year he represented the United States wrestling at 80 kg in the Cadet Greco-Roman World Championships.
Cornell looks to have a keen interest in developing wrestlers with a Greco background. Fellow Class of 2019 commits Phillip Moomey (Kearney, NE) was a teammate of Fagen’s on the Cadet world team. The Big Red has Andrew Berreyesa who will compete this week at the Junior World Championships and All-American Jon Jay Chavez, who has made the Senior world team. During his 2017 trip to Fargo, Fagen also was fourth in Cadet freestyle and this spring he was third at NHSCA Junior Nationals. Jonathon is currently ranked 12th in the nation at 184 lbs and projects as a 184 lber for Cornell.
The Air Force Academy received its second commitment of the year from three-time California state placewinner Noah Blake (Del Oro, CA). Each year of his high school career Blake has steadily improved, as he placed seventh in the state in a freshman, then four and third as a junior. Currently, Noah is ranked 19th in the nation at 170 lbs. During the high school season, Blake placed third at the tough Doc Buchanan Invitational. Blake will likely wrestle 165 for the Falcons. He joins fourth-ranked Wyatt Hendrickson (Newton, KS) as early commitments for Air Force.
Check TOM’s College Commitment Page for all collegiate commitments.