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TOM’s Recruiting News 8/5

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photo courtesy of Chris Mora; Tech-Fall.com

Ohio State received a big commitment from the smallest weight class yesterday when California state champion Andre Gonzales (Poway, CA) gave a verbal to Tom Ryan’s team. Gonzales had a breakout spring/summer of 2019 with an undefeated 15-0 showing across both styles at the Junior Duals. A month later, in Fargo, Gonzales continued his dominance with Junior titles in freestyle and Greco-Roman. Andre started his Junior campaign up at 113 lbs, where he made the finals at the Reno Tournament of Champions, before suffering a one-point loss to Joey Cruz (Clovis North, CA). Soon after, Gonzales dropped by down to 106 lbs and won the Battle for the Best, before grabbing first place at the California state meet. A year before, Gonzales was third in the state. For his work, Gonzales was named to TOM’s 2019-20 HS All-Junior Team. With junior Malik Heinselman penciled into the Buckeye lineup for 2020-21, 125 lbs appeared to be a need for either this recruiting class or the following year in 2022. Only current redshirt freshman Jacob Decatur seems to be standing in the way of Andre’s starting spot after Heinselman’s departure. #50 overall Gonzales is the second top-50 wrestler to commit to Ohio State, joining #5 Paddy Gallagher (St. Edward, OH).

Also picking up a possible career 125 lber yesterday was the Bulls of Buffalo. Head coach John Stutzman received his first verbal from the Class of 2021 when Andy Lucinski (Newfane, NY) pledged to the program. Lucinski was also a 106 lber in 2019-20. He was a state runner-up at the DII level for a second consecutive season. Andy also made the finals of the prestigious Eastern States Classic. In TOM’s Northeast Regional Rankings from April, Lucinski sat at number three in the region at 106 lbs. The Bulls are currently unsettled at 125 pounds and have a lot of youth at the weight, so Lucinski will be another solid option for Stutzman and crew.

On the other end of the spectrum from the two 125 lbers, Iowa State beefed up their 285 lb class with a verbal from Gabe Greenlee (Ames, IA). Head Coach Kevin Dresser and staff didn’t have to look very far to find a possible successor for two-time national qualifier Gannon Gremmel, as Greenlee is in the same town as the Cyclones campus. Gabe has placed twice at the Iowa state tournament, taking fifth at 220 as a sophomore and making the 285 lb finals at the DI tournament in 2020. In TOM’s June rankings (the first without 2019 seniors), Greenlee came in at #8 nationally. In the Midwest Regional Rankings, Greenlee was ranked #7. The current starter Gremmel is heading into his senior season, without a clear-cut replacement, so 285 lbs was a significant need for ISU in this recruiting cycle. Gabe, ranked #143 in the Class of 2019, is the third top-150 recruit to commit to Dresser’s team this year joining #54 Conor Knopick (Millard South, NE) and #56 Paniro Johnson (Cathedral Prep, PA). 

For all of the commitments in the Class of 2021 and 2022, check out TOM’s College Commitment Page

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