High School Wrestling

TOM’s Recruiting News 7/20


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The Cornell Big Red added to an already impressive recruiting Class of 2021 on Sunday when they received a commitment from Nebraska state champion Evan Canoyer (Waverly, NE). Evan starts the 2020-21 campaign ranked #15 in the nation at 170 lbs and comes in at #136 overall in the Class of 2021. The spring and summer of 2019 was truly a breakout period for Canoyer, who started with a sixth-place showing at NHSCA Junior Nationals. He was able to find the podium in both styles in Fargo, taking fourth in 16U Greco-Roman and sixth in freestyle. Evan also went 7-1 in freestyle at the Junior Duals. Canoyer captured his first Nebraska Class B State Championship in 2020 after finishing as a runner-up in 2019 and fourth as a freshman at 145 lbs. He is the fifth top-150 wrestler to commit to Rob Koll’s team thus far, joining, #19 Ryan Sokol (Simley, MN), #44 Brett Ungar (Notre Dame-Green Pond, PA), #73 Vince Cornella (Monarch, CO), and #99 Nico Provo (Greens Farms Academy, CT). Canoyer projects as a 184 lber for Cornell, who currently has junior Max Dean penciled into the weight and 2020 national qualifier Jonathan Loew waiting in the wings, as well.

Continuing our trend of EIWA teams getting recruits over the weekend is Bucknell. The Bison were able to keep 2020 PIAA AAA state runner-up Aidan Lewis (Cedar Cliff, PA) in the state after his commitment. Lewis is a two-time state placewinner who was fourth at 106 lbs in 2019, before making the 2020 finals at 113 pounds as a junior. Bucknell continues to recruit strong in-state. Their 2020 class included three Pennsylvania state champions. Lewis projects to be a 125 lber at the next level, which could be a need after the 2020-21 season. Both Geo Barzona and Jakob Campbell are heading into their senior seasons and top 2020 recruit Kurtis Phipps may end up at 133 lbs. 

The Ivy League schools have been hot on the recruiting trail and Columbia is one of those schools that continues to improve its recruiting each year. Head Coach Zach Tanelli’s group got a boost for their Class of 2022 with a commitment from Jack Wehmeyer (Malvern Prep, PA). Jack is a two-time National Prep placewinner grabbing eighth in 2019, as a freshman at 132 lbs, and sixth in 2020 at 160. With such a drastic growth spurt between his freshman and sophomore seasons, it’s safe to say that Wehmeyer could fill out to be a 184 or even 197 lber while competing for the Lions. Jack was sixth in 2019 at NHSCA Freshman Nationals and was able to make the semifinals of the 2019 Walsh Ironman before settling for sixth place. After missing the podium at the Beast of the East, Wehmeyer bounced back to claim fifth at Escape the Rock.

These three recruits have been added to TOM’s College Commitment Page.

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