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NC State, along with Ohio State, are the only two teams to have made TOM’s national recruiting rankings in each of the last three years and they are well on their way to another with their 2021 class. If that’s not enough, the 2022 class is also rounding out nicely. Last night, head coach Pat Popolizio received a verbal commitment from Dylan Fishback (Aurora, OH), currently ranked #29 overall in the Class of 2022. Last spring, Dylan took third place in Akron at the Cadet World Team Trials, in freestyle, then followed it up by going 7-1 at Junior Duals. During the 2019-20 high school season, Fishback was seventh at the Beast of the East and won the Brecksville Invitational, both at 160 lbs. Since the Ohio State Tournament was cancelled in 2020, Dylan could not improve upon his runner-up finish as a freshman. Word on the street is that Dylan had hit an enormous growth spurt and could even be as high as 195 lbs this season. With that in mind, we probably see Fishback at 197 lbs by the time he’s ready for Raleigh. That could end up being a spot of need after a redshirt for Dylan.
Tuesday was a momentous day on the recruiting front for Sean Bormet’s Michigan Wolverines. Not one, not two, but three seniors committed to wrestle in the maize and blue. First was Chance Lamer (Crescent Valley, OR), who is ranked #51 overall in the Class of 2021. Chance is a three-time Oregon state champion that finished fifth at Cadet World’s, in freestyle, back in 2018. A year prior, Chance was a double finalist in Fargo, taking home a stop sign in Cadet Greco and claiming runner-up honors in freestyle. Last season, Lamer won the Reno Tournament of Champions and placed fifth at the Doc Buchanan Invitational. Lamer has started to grow into his body, as he was an undersized 106 lber in his high school career. I’ve had DI coaches tell me they see him growing into a 141 lber at the next level.
Seeing the potential for Chance to grow into a 141, allows some room for the Tanefeu twins, Christian and Wilfried (Bismarck, ND), who also verballed to the Wolverines on Tuesday. Both Tanefeu’s were 16U national champions in Fargo last year. Christian won the 106 lb Greco title, while Wilfried prevailed in the 113 lb freestyle bracket. In 2018, Christian made headlines after making the 100 lb Junior Greco finals after having only started wrestling in March of that year. Both brothers will be attempting to win their third North Dakota state championship in 2021. We can also see the pair filling out the 125 or possibly 133 lb weight class for the Wolverines in the future.
A lot has been made about the recruiting classes for Army West Point and Navy, but don’t forget about their rival Air Force. Sam Barber’s team has quietly put together three consecutive strong recruiting classes and is headed towards a fourth. The latest wrestler to commit to Air Force is two-time Oklahoma state champion Tucker Owens (Mustang, OK). Last year, Owens was a runner-up to Nebraska-signee Jeremiah Reno at the KC Stampede and finished third at Mid-American Nationals. Tucker finished the 2019-20 campaign ranked third at 120 lbs in TOM’s HS Deep South Regional Rankings.
In our last update, we mentioned a commitment for Todd Beckerman’s Brown Bears. Another one came in today from Pennsylvania state runner-up AJ Corrado (Burrell, PA). AJ is a three-time state placer, taking seventh as a freshman and fifth his sophomore season, competing in the AA classification. Before last season, AJ competed in the Super 32 and picked up four wins, including one over Illinois-signee Luke Odom, before his elimination. Corrado will compete against Cornell recruit Erik Gibson at PA Power’s True Power dual meet, a preseason All-Star-type event. Look for AJ to compete at 157 or 165 for the Bears.
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