photo courtesy of Peter Barber; DailyGazette.com
One of the top remaining wrestlers in the Class of 2021 made his college decision this evening as Stevo Poulin (Shenendehowa, NY) committed to wrestle for Pat Popolizio at NC State. Poulin is currently the ninth-ranked wrestler in the Class of 2021 and third among projected 125 lbers. He finished his junior season ranked second in the nation at 120 lbs. With Stevo’s commitment, only three of the top-ten wrestlers in the Class of 2021 are not spoken for.
Stevo will be seeking his fourth New York state championship this season. Last summer, Poulin competed at the Cadet World Championships in the 48 kg weight class. That was the beginning of an incredible run that saw him capture titles at the Beast of the East and the Eastern State Championships. The previous year Poulin was a champion at the Super 32, the Reno Tournament of Champions, and was third in Cadet freestyle in Fargo.
With the verbal from Stevo, the Wolfpack will now have commitments from five of the top 102 rising seniors in the nation (#33 Derek Fields, #79 Jacob Null, #100 Skylar Smith, #102 Brock DelSignore). NC State has recruiting classes ranked sixth (2020), eighth (2019), and sixth (2018), which is a remarkable feat when you consider having to spread scholarship money around. This group has a strong shot at making it four top-eight classes in a row. Under the leadership of Popolizio, the Wolfpack have consistently been able to recruit in his home state of New York. Stevo’s commitment now gives NC State three New York natives in the Class of 2021 (Null and DelSignore).
NC State doesn’t exactly have a pressing need at 125 as 2020 ACC champion Jakob Camacho will be a sophomore in 2020-21. They also have four-time New York state champion, Anthony Noto, as a projected 125 lber enrolling in the fall. Even so, with a recruit of Poulin’s caliber, you have to bring him aboard and figure the lineup out later.
Stevo is also remembered for his impressive videos on YouTube that surfaced when he was a mohawked eight-year-old mowing through the competition.
For all of NC State’s recruits in the Class of 2020 and 2021 and many more, check out TOM’s College Commitment Page.