photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com
There was no long, Labor Day weekend for a handful of DI coaches who got significant verbal commitments at the end of this week. We’ve tried to document all of the recent happenings on the recruiting trail as four top-150 wrestlers made their college intentions known.
The highest-ranked is #66 Isaac Salas (St. John Bosco, CA), who will stay in-state and wrestle for Manny Rivera’s CSU Bakersfield team. Salas was a California state runner-up in 2020 after making the finals at 138 lbs. It was the first opportunity for Isaac to compete in the postseason for St. John Bosco. Last year Isaac also placed fifth at the Doc Buchanan and third at the Reno Tournament of Champions. He was also eighth at the Cadet World Team Trials in freestyle, last spring in Akron. Before his high school career began, Salas was a Cadet Greco-Roman All-American (7th) and a winner of the Journeyman Fall Classic. Keeping Isaac in California is a huge get for coach Rivera’s team. Provided Salas signs, he’ll be the first top-100 recruit for the Roadrunners since #92 Coleman Hammond signed in 2013.
Another program that kept a top-100 recruit at home was Kent State who got a verbal from #72 Enrique Munguia (Elyria, OH). Enrique was a state runner-up in 2019 and was unable to attempt to win a title after the Ohio state tournament’s cancellation this year. Even so, Munguia had a huge year placing fifth at the Walsh Ironman and Beast of the East while competing at 152 lbs. Enrique would be the first top-100 recruit to sign with the Golden Flashes since 2016. Getting Munguia would undoubtedly fill a need if he can maintain 157 at the next level.
Ever since Tony Ramos came to North Carolina, the Tar Heels have been pull in top-talent from Illinois. The latest is 2020 state champion #133 Sincere Bailey (Thornton Fractional North, IL). Bailey, along with two of his brothers, all captured state titles last year, which was a first for Illinois. Older brother Bilal is now a freshman at Campbell, also in North Carolina. This was the third time that Sincere made the state podium, as he was sixth at a sophomore and third as a freshman. His state title came at 145 lbs and Bailey will likely go 152 during the upcoming season. The 2020 recruiting class for Coleman Scott’s team was excellent and ranked third in the country by TOM. This year’s group is starting to look imposing also with a pair of top-150 recruits and another that was ranked among juniors, before reclassifying.
The final top-150 recruit to commit of late has been Kolby DePron (Bridge Creek, OK). Kolby will head east to wrestle for Bucknell. DePron had a breakout showing at the 2019 Junior Duals in freestyle when he was 8-0 and named to the all-tournament team. As a junior, Kolby won his second Oklahoma 3A state title. Over the summer, DePron competed at the Grand River Rumble and won five of his six matches with his only setback coming to a graduated senior.
Princeton continues to amass a stable of talented upperweights with a commitment from Drew Clearie (Nazareth, PA). Drew is a two-time state placewinner, who was third as a junior (182) and sixth as a sophomore, after jumping up six weight classes. He was also fourth at the 2019 Beast of the East. Clearie joins Hudson Hightower (St. Edward, OH) and Peyton Craft (Blair Academy, NJ), as big men projected between 184-197 that have given Chris Ayres’ team a verbal commitment this year.
Another Ivy League team improving is Brown. Todd Beckerman went back to his home state and picked up a solid prospect in Harrison Trahan (McDonogh, MD). Harrison made the National Prep finals at 160 lbs last season and picked up a win over 2019 Fargo 16U National Champion, TJ Stewart (Blair Academy, NJ), in the process. Trahan fell in tiebreakers to one of the nation’s top freshmen, Gabe Arnold (Wyoming Seminary, PA). That was the second time Trahan was on the National Prep podium, as he was seventh as a freshman.
For these and much more, check out TOM’s College Commitment Page.