photo courtesy of Delbarton athletics
Last weekend, Lehigh started their Class of 2022 with a huge commitment from Ryan Crookham (Notre Dame-Green Pond, PA), the second-ranked junior in the nation. That class grew on Sunday with a verbal from PJ Casale (Delbarton, NJ), ranked #39 in the Class of 2022. PJ has competed at 220 lbs in each of his first two years at Delbarton, taking fifth as a freshman and winning the state tournament as a sophomore. That’s no small feat for a powerful state like NJ that only has a one-class championship event. After his freshman year, Casale claimed a title at NHSCA Freshman Nationals. During the 2019-20 high school season, PJ made the finals at the Doc Buchanan, one of the top-five regular-season tournaments in the nation. Casale projects as a 285 lber at the next level, which will fill a considerable need for the Mountain Hawks. All-American Jordan Wood is heading into his senior season and, while there are a few young heavyweights on Lehigh’s roster, none is a clear-cut successor. Recruiting New Jersey has always been a priority for head coach Pat Santoro at Lehigh. Four of the school’s nine 2020 national qualifiers hail from the Garden State. Over the last 20 years, three different Lehigh All-Americans have come from New Jersey, including 285 lb national champion, Zach Rey.
It seems like every time you turn around first-year head coach Chris Pendleton has secured a new commitment for his Oregon State program. This weekend was no different as the Beavers received a verbal from Caleb Coyle (Millard South, NE). Caleb was a 2020 Nebraska state champion at 113 lbs and has made the state finals during all three years of high school competition. Last summer, Caleb went out to Fargo and came away with All-American honors at the Junior level in both styles, taking fifth in Greco and sixth in freestyle (at 106 lbs). He was also fourth the previous year in Cadet Greco. Before the 2019-20 season, Coyle was sixth at USA Wrestling’s Preseason Nationals. His commitment is significant for the program’s future since Millard South is Nebraska’s top program and features a handful of future DI wrestlers. It would be a great place to establish a pipeline for Pendleton’s team. Coyle projects as a 125 lber, which is always helpful to have.
Speaking of lightweight help, Army West Point got some as well this weekend, with a commitment from Charlie Farmer (Moline, IL). Charlie has finished fifth in Illinois’ 3A division in each of the last two years. His 2020 106 lb bracket was one of the deepest in the nation, as it featured five of the top-12 wrestlers in the Great Lakes Region. In the regular season, Farmer won a title at the Dvorak Invitational, one of Illinois’ top tournaments, and defeated the eventual state champ in the finals. Charlie also had fifth-place showings at the Super 32 and at 16U freestyle nationals in Fargo in 2019. Farmer recently competed in Oklahoma at the Grand River Rumble, won all six of his duals, and was fifth in the folkstyle tournament while competing at 117 lbs. Charlie projects as a 125 lber for head coach Kevin Ward’s team, which already has plenty of possible lightweight help in their Class of 2021.
For all of the commitments, see TOM’s College Commitment Page.