High School Wrestling

The Top-Ten Available Recruits from the Class of 2021

figueroa, richard

photo courtesy of Richard Immel

Since the calendar has turned to September and high schools are back in session (though many are online), it’s time to revisit the top, available wrestlers from the Class of 2021. The freeze on the recruiting season at the DI-level hasn’t had much of an impact on the upper-echelon of this year’s senior class. Only three of the top ten wrestlers in the country are still free, while only 20% of the top-25 have yet to commit. With so few predicted game-changers currently out there, recruiting will only heat up more for these, few available studs. Below are the top-ten available wrestlers from the Class of 2021, per TOM’s Top 150 from April. Of course, once more competitions take place, these rankings will be modified too. 

#1 Shayne Van Ness (Blair Academy, NJ)

The services for the top recruit in the Class of 2021 are still in question as the calendar turns to September. Shayne was supposed to be in action at FloWrestling’s Who’s #1 in early October but has already pulled out with an injury. At WNO, he was in a four-man mini-tournament alongside Jesse Mendez, Jordan Williams, and Joel Vandevere. It was at that same event, in 2019, that Van Ness solidified his top ranking at 132 lbs and made his case for the top pound-for-pound wrestler in the Class of 2021. At that event, he defeated Mendez in the finals after downing Nebraska-signee Dominick Serrano earlier in the evening. Van Ness has competed at the National Prep Championships twice, earning runner-up honors as a sophomore, before winning a title in 2020. 

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