photo courtesy of Cam Kramer
Late last week, Fresno State got a late addition to its recruiting Class of 2020. Mateo Morales (Clovis West, CA) has decided to stay in-state and wrestle for Troy Steiner’s team. Morales, a three-time California state qualifier, finished seventh in 2020 at the 220 lb weight class. During his senior season, Mateo was sixth at the Doc Buchanan and captured a title in California’s Central Section. Since Morales has competed at 220 lbs for the past three seasons, it’s probably safe to project him as a 285 lber at the next level. That weight doesn’t appear to be a pressing issue for the Bulldogs as projected starter AJ Nevills has two more years of eligibility. Fresno State also has a verbal commitment from one of the state’s top big men, Nick Villarreal (Gilroy, CA), a two-time state runner-up.
Troy Nickerson’s Northern Colorado Bears are still busy with the Class of 2020, as well. Last night, they received a commitment from Tommy Even (Don Bosco, IA). Tommy is a two-time Iowa state medalist and capped his career with a 1A state title at 182 lbs. In 2020, Tommy was one of five Don Bosco wrestlers in the state finals, but the only one who got his hand raised. His exploits helped lead the Don’s to their 12th state title at the traditional tournament. As a sophomore, Even was fifth at the 170 lb weight class. The addition of Even at 184 lbs looks like a good fit for the Bears. Two-time national qualifier Alan Clothier will be back for 2020-21 at the weight, giving him and fellow incoming freshman Damon Pape (Hastings, NE) the opportunity to redshirt. That wasn’t the only good news that Nickerson’s crew received within the last week. They also will get graduate-transfer John Blankenship from Nebraska. Blankenship has never consistently cracked the starting lineup at Nebraska, but did go 31-8 over the last two seasons competing in open competition. John will probably have the inside track on a starting role at 165 lbs, next year.
The Bucknell Bison have an excellent group of incoming freshmen this fall, one that includes a trio of 2020 Pennsylvania state champions. The Class of 2021 is shaping up to be nice, as well. Last night, Dan Wirnsberger’s staff got a verbal commitment from Isaiah Reinert (Easton, PA). Isaiah was a seventh-place finisher at 182 lbs last season in Pennsylvania’s AAA classification and is one of only four returning placewinners at the weight. It was the second time qualifying for the state tournament for Reinert. After the 2019 season, Dylan went to NHSCA Sophomore Nationals and took fifth place at 170 lbs. He along with, Antonio Amelio (Seneca Valley, PA), Dylan Chappell (Seneca Valley, PA), and Logan Deacetis (Prairie Central, IL) are rising seniors that have given verbals to the Bison.
Campbell got a new (old) verbal commitment from Cole Rees (Wyoming Seminary, PA), ranked #89 overall in the Class of 2021. Rees had committed to Campbell a few months ago; however, after Cary Kolat left for the Naval Academy, Rees reopened the recruiting process. That process led him back to Buies Creek, as he announced on social media that he has chosen to wrestle for Scotti Sentes’ Camels. Cole is coming off of a year where he made the National Prep finals at 182 lbs for Wyoming Seminary. In the previous season he was fourth at 170 lbs. During his junior year, Rees was seventh at the Ironman and a runner-up at the Powerade. This will bode well for Campbell as they don’t have a clear-cut option at 184 or 197 for the 2021-22 season and beyond.
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