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Just a few days after college coaches were allowed to contact rising juniors, we have a pair of commitments from the Class of 2022. The first comes from Erik Gibson (Forest Hills, PA), who is ranked #32 overall amongst rising juniors and has committed to Cornell. Gibson has already placed twice at the Pennsylvania AA state tournament. He was third at 138 lbs as a freshman and sixth last season at 145 pounds. In the most recent state meet, Gibson fell in the semis and defaulted down to sixth. It’s never easy for freshmen to come in and have success at a weight like 138 lbs, much less in a state as deep as Pennsylvania. Whichever weight Gibson goes this season, expect him to contend for his first state title. Last summer, Erik was seventh in Fargo while competing in the 16U freestyle tournament. During the high school season, Gibson was a runner-up at the Powerade Invitational. In our recent HS rankings update, Erik checked in at #14 in the 145 lb weight class.
This commitment is a great long-term move for the Big Red. In addition to Erik, there’s another talented Gibson brother in the pipeline; his brother Mason. Mason is regarded as the top incoming freshman in the nation. He was a champion in the high school portion of the Super 32 (at 106 lbs) last season, while as an eighth-grader. Forest Hills is also a school that has an abundance of young talent. There’s still plenty of time for Erik to grow before he enrolls at Cornell, but it’s reasonable to expect him to compete at either 165 or 174 at the next level. Rob Koll’s team had done a remarkable job on the recruiting trail the past few seasons with a #4 ranked recruiting class in 2020 after hauling in the #3 class the previous year. Gibson’s commitment gives Cornell their first verbal from the Class of 2022.
The second commitment from a rising junior comes from Luke Rasmussen (Brookings, SD). Luke will stay close to home as he has given Damion Hahn’s South Dakota State Jackrabbits a verbal commitment. Rasmussen has placed twice at the South Dakota state tournament. As a freshman, he was seventh at the 170 lb weight class and last year, he made the finals at 182. Before last season, Rasmussen was fourth in the freshman/sophomore division at Preseason Nationals. Luke could end up being the replacement for Tanner Sloan at 197 lbs after taking a redshirt in 2022-23.
There was some activity from the Class of 2021 also, as Wyoming got their second commitment from the rising senior class. The most recent is from Paul Garcia (Scottsbluff, NE), a three-time Nebraska state champion. Garcia’s most recent title came at 120 lbs, so he projects at 125 lbs for the Cowboys. Paul will join a group of Cowboy lightweights that include Jake Svihel (So) and Brendon Garcia (R-Fr).
Duke got in on the action with their first recruit from the Class of 2021, Matt Mayer (Bethlehem Catholic, PA). Matt is a three-time Pennsylvania state qualifier who placed fourth as a freshman and sophomore. Mayer was a Northeast Regional runner-up in 2020 at 120 lbs, but was unable to get back onto the podium. Last season, Mayer was seventh while competing at 126 pounds at the Escape the Rock tournament, which is one of the top regular-season tournaments in PA. The Blue Devils have had trouble filling the 125 lb weight class recently, so more help will always be welcomed.
For all of the 2021 and 2022 recruits, check out TOM’s College Commitments Page.