Wrestling Recruiting News

TOM’s Recruiting News: July 25th, 2018

We are less than a week removed from Fargo and the recruiting season has exploded. Some of the biggest names in the Class of 2019 have made decisions regarding their college choices, within the last 24 hours. Here is the latest in recruiting information.

It is not breaking news at this point but the number one wrestler in the Class of 2019, Cohlton Schultz, has announced that he will be attending Arizona State. For more on this click here

The second overall recruit in the Class of 2019, Daniel Kerkvliet has reopened the recruiting process. Initially, Daniel had committed to Minnesota, but then he switched over to Oklahoma State. Today it was made public that he has rescinded the commitment to Oklahoma State. He is now considering Nebraska, Ohio State, and Penn State, in addition to Oklahoma State. Kerkvliet, a two-time Cadet world finalist, and 2017 champion has made his first Junior world team and attempt to win his first Junior title at 97 kg in Trnava, Slovakia.

Schultz was not the only wrestler to commit to Arizona State this week. Choctaw, Oklahoma’s 12th ranked 182 lber, Zane Coleman has given a verbal to the Sun Devils. Coleman is a three-time Oklahoma state champion who was third at the Reno Tournament of Champions in 2017. The pair joins Nick Raimo, ranked 19th overall in the Class of 2019, as members of an impressive recruiting class for ASU.

NC State has added two top 100 recruits within the past 24 hours, #84 Kai Orine of Seckman, Missouri and Owen Trephan of Blair Academy, New Jersey. Orine just recently placed fifth at Junior Freestyle in Fargo at 126 lbs. This spring Kai won NHSCA Junior Nationals and was a runner-up at FloNationals. He is currently ranked eighth in the country at 126 pounds. Trephan was a National Prep champion at 220 lbs in 2017-18, in addition to placing third at the Ironman and making the finals at the Beast of the East. These two join an already strong recruiting class that includes #82 Sammy Alvarez, #95 Christian Knop, Mike Madara and Kiernan Shanahan.

Another wrestler that switched his commitment is #93 Lewis Fernandes of Voorhees, New Jersey. Fernandes has now committed to Cornell after initially giving a verbal to Virginia Tech. Though he did not place at Fargo, Lewis was a New Jersey state champion that won FloNationals and finished third at NHSCA Junior Nationals. He is the sixth top 100 recruit from the Class of 2019 to commit to the Big Red.

South Dakota State has gotten on the board with their first recruit in Damion Hahn’s first full recruiting class. Iowa high schooler Skyler Noftsger, who is projected at 165 or 174 lbs, is that first recruit for the Jackrabbits. Noftsger was a state runner-up in 2017 and finished fourth for Ballard High School in 2018.

Bucknell also got their first commitment for 2018-19, as well with Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania’s Scott Joll. Scott was fifth in the state at 170 lbs in PA’s AAA class. Joll finished third at the Powerade and after the high school season was sixth at FloNationals.

For all of the current collegiate commitments, see TOM’s commitment page.

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