photo courtesy of Lori Nichols; NJ Advance Media
Ever since the 2017-18 season the Penn Quakers have been crushing it on the recruiting trail. Head coach Roger Reina’s staff assembled a #13th ranked class in 2018 and backed it up with a ninth-ranked class in 2019. While Penn did not make the rankings in 2020, there is still plenty of talent in their incoming freshman class. Three rising seniors have already started what looks to be another strong class in 2021. On Saturday, the Quakers got their first commitment from the Class of 2022 when Evan Mougalian (Kinnelon, NJ) gave the team verbal. Mougalian was a New Jersey state champion in 2020 at 106 lbs and currently sits at #4 at the weight in our newly updated high school rankings. Evan’s win made him the first state champion in school history. His route to the finals included a pair of major decisions in the quarters and semis, before a 3-1 win over #17 Anthony Santaniello (Brick Memorial, NJ). Along with Santaniello, there were two others in his state weight class that previously appeared in the national rankings. He also competed at the preseason Super 32 last October and logged four wins before his elimination.
For now, Evan looks like a 125 lber at the next level. The Quakers have plenty of help at that range as 2019-20 starter Michael Colaiocco is heading into his sophomore season and fellow Blair alum Ryan Miller will be a freshman. Penn also has possible 125 lber Richard Delsanter (St. Edward, OH) in the mix in the Class of 2021. Since 125 is such a difficult weight class to fill and many prospects move up to 133, at some point, you can’t have too many of them.
For Penn’s commits and all others check out TOM’s College Commitment Page.