High School Wrestling

Virginia Tech Picks Up Second Top-50 Class of ’21 Recruit in Cooper Flynn


After recording back-to-back top-ten recruiting classes in 2019 (fourth) and 2020 (eighth), Tony Robie’s Virginia Tech Hokies could be in for another banner recruiting class with the commitment today from Cooper Flynn. Flynn, the #42 overall recruit in the Class of 2021, is a Tennessee native that attends the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland.

Cooper was a National Prep champion in 2020 after finishing third as a sophomore and second his freshman season. As a junior, Flynn was a finalist at the Walsh Ironman and a third place finisher at the Beast of the East. It was his second time on the podium at the Ironman and third at the Beast. That’s not where Flynn’s list of credentials ends. He was a double Junior All-American last summer in Fargo, taking seventh in freestyle and fourth in Greco-Roman. Cooper was also fourth at the Cadet World Team Trials in freestyle last spring. After each of his first two years of high school, Flynn captured titles at the NHSCA grade-level championships. During Flynn’s first two trips to Fargo, he was third and fifth in the Cadet freestyle tournament.

Cooper projects as either a 125 or 133 at the next level. In our June national rankings (which removed the Class of 2019), Flynn was the third-ranked 120 lber in the nation. He’ll join a Hokie room which already has a ton of talent in the lightweights. Redshirt freshman Sam Latona starts the year ranked 17th in the nation at 125 lbs, while incoming freshman Eddie Ventresca was a four-time New Jersey state placewinner and 2019 champion. The thought is that Ventresca can redshirt in 2020-21 and then take over at 125 pushing Latona up to 133. Throwing Flynn into the mix makes things even more interesting.

Flynn joins 2019 Pennsylvania state champion, #21 Trey Kibe (Mifflin County, PA), as rising seniors that have given verbals to Robie’s team.

For all of Virginia Tech’s recruits and commitments around the country, check out TOM’s College Commitment Page.

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