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      407

      Sean McMurray Commits to Michigan State

      Two-time state champion Sean McMurray has announced that he will attend Michigan State University to wrestle next year.  He will join former Mishawaka state champions Ian Hinton and Josh Harper on the Spartan squad.  More will be coming later.

      584

      Calumet College of St. Joseph Announces First Class

      First year head coach Leroy Vega has announced the wrestlers that will be the first to grace the mats at Calumet College of St. Joseph. The Crimson Wave bring in 25 wrestlers to start the program off. Vega not only brought in freshmen, but numerous transfers that will add some immediate college experience to the line-up.  Leading the way is NCAA qualifier Dan Bedoy. Bedoy qualified for nationals with Purdue in 2006 and will come with one year of eligibility left. He will definitely make an immediate impact on the NAIA this season.  Other key transfers include former state runner-up Andy St. Germain who comes from Harper Junior College and Chad Allen who originally started out at Portage, but won a state championship in North Carolina before wrestling for Manchester last year.  Dave Ballentine, a fourth place finisher for Mishawaka in 2008, comes to CCSJ via King College to challenge for the 197lbs spot. Another top recruit is Bloomington South's Chris Head. Head placed 6th in the state as a freshman and was also a Junior Freestyle All-American in 2008. Former Merrillville state runner-up Eric Oria was a late addition to the team and the coaches look for him to make a solid contribution to the team right away.
       
      Coach Vega has assembled a great base for the future of the Crimson Wave this year. Their schedule includes duals with Manchester, Indianapolis, and Wabash while they are also in numerous tournaments such as the Michigan State Open, Little States and the Midwest Classic. If you want to come watch the Crimson Wave they will be traveling the state and will most likely be in your area this year as they will not have a home meet this season.
       
      Click here for the Calumet College of St. Joseph Crimson Wave schedule




      Name
      High School
      Weight Class

      State Finishes



      Chris Head
      Bloomington South
      125
      6th IN


      Ronald Olson
      Hanover Central
      133



      Nick Fouts
      Crown Point
      141



      Brandon Ward
      Hanover Central
      157
      6th IN


      Anthony Nuzzo
      Portage
      149



      Blake Wood
      Perry Meridian
      157
      SQ IN


      Chris Schaefer
      Perry Meridian
      285



      Lance Surma
      Munster('06)
      149



      Johnathan Tyler
      Highland
      165



      Dustin Boyd
      Mishawaka
      184



      Coty Anderson
      Highland
      285



      Cody Gregory
      Perry Meridian
      174/184



      Santiago Botello
      St. Francis De Sales
      133/141



      Chad Allen
      Portage/Manchester
      133
      1st NC


      Dan Bedoy
      Bishop Noll/Purdue
      165
      SQ, 2nd IN


      Dave Ballentine
      Mishawaka/King College
      197
      4th IN


      Derek Allen
      Portage
      141



      Nick Head
      Bloomington South
      149



      Andy St. Germain
      Chesterton/Harper JC
      141/149
      SQ, 2nd IN


      Torrence Calloway
      Cedar Shoals, GA
      285



      Tommy Torres
      Portage
      133



      Victor Villegas
      Thornton Fractional, IL
      141



      Eric Oria
      Merrillville
      141
      8th, 2nd IN


      Artie Grubba
      Romeoville, IL/Elmhurst College
      197
      SQ IL


      Nick Samaro
      Bloomington South
      149



      462

      Indiana Announces Incoming Recruits

      Head coach Duane Goldman has released his list of incoming recruits for the 2009/2010 school year. While the list is not long, it is high on quality with four of the six wrestlers state champions in their respective states. Coach Goldman scoured the nation for this year's class bringing wrestlers from New Mexico, New York, Georgia, and Kansas to Bloomington. Max Ortega is the headliner in the group, he comes to the Hoosiers with five, yes five, state titles in New Mexico. He will join his older brother Matt who was a starter last year at 133lbs. Another top wrestler that will be donning the cream and crimson will be Ryan Leblanc, who was a two-time New York state champion. Leblanc comes with not only in-season accolades, but with many top placements at national level tournaments including placing 1st at the NHSCA Sophomore Nationals, 2nd at NHSCA Junior Nationals and 5th at NHSCA Senior Nationals. Two other out-of-state wrestlers will be wrestling for the Hoosiers next year in Georgia two-time state champion Anthony Fretwell and Kansas state champion Tanner Kriss.
       
      Not to be left out of the mix, the Hoosiers will have some homegrown talent this year. Four-time state placer Justin Brooks will be making the short drive to Bloomington. Brooks finished fifth or higher all four years of high school, while making the semi-finals twice. Brooks will look to man the 125lbs spot for the Hoosiers after national champion Angel Escobedo graduates this year. Jowan Gill of Columbus North will be making an even shorter drive to Bloomington to help the Hoosiers at the heavyweight weight class. Gill placed fourth this past season at 285lbs for Columbus North High School.
       
      Like their in-state rivals Purdue, Indiana only graduates one starter from their line-up. The Hoosiers return three-time All-American and national champion Angel Escobedo at 125lbs and will return four other national qualifiers in Kurt Kinser, Paul Young, Trevor Perry, and Eric Cameron. One other wildcard is former All-American Matt Coughlin who did not break the line-up last season.
       




      Name
      High School
      Weight Class
      State Finishes


      Max Ortega
      Rio Rancho, NM
      141
      1st, 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st NM


      Ryan Leblanc
      Morrisville-Eaton, NY
      165
      3rd, 1st, 1st NY


      Tanner Kriss
      Colby, KS
      197
      Q, Q, 4th, 1st KS


      Justin Brooks
      Warsaw
      125
      5th, 4th, 4th, 5th IN


      Anthony Fretwell
      Henry County, GA
      157
      4th, 1st, 1st GA


      Jowan Gill
      Columbus North
      285
      3rd IN

      766

      Wabash Little Giants Bring in Stellar Freshmen Class

      From Wabash Athletics
       
      Wabash College head coach Brian Anderson has announced the addition of twenty-eight student-athletes who will join the Little Giants wrestling program in the fall. The twenty-eight wrestlers come from five different states with the majority coming from Indiana. This is a big class of freshmen coming in that will provide depth from top to bottom. 10 out of the 28 wrestlers competed at their state tournament at least once, with another 16 of them falling in the state qualifying tournament. On top of the athletic accomplishments of these individuals, this class comes in with an average grade point average of 3.4.
       
      Wabash started seven underclassmen this past season with four of those being freshman. This incoming class will make a strong impact on the 2009-2010 starting line-up, one which will see a heavy dose of youth again. The youth of this team will look to the two returning senior starters, Michael Burke at 197 and Rob Arnett at 285. Both seniors bring great leadership and plenty of mat experience to anchor down this young team.




      Name
      High School
      Weight Class
      State Finishes


      Chad Barrett
      Greentown, IN
      141/149
      3x State Qualifier (6th '08, 3rd '09)


      Julian Cernuda
      Hickory, NC
      285



      Patrick Clegg
      Clarendon Hills, IL
      285
      6th @ State 2009


      Willy Costakis
      Merriville, IN
      125
      Semi-State Qualifier


      Winston Craft
      Attica, IN
      125
      2x Semi


      Johnny Dillon
      Hobart, IN
      141/ 149
      3x State Qualifier (5th '08)


      Jordan Dulaney
      Muncie, IN
      149/ 157
      2x State Qualifier (8th '09)


      Jeramey Hicks
      West Lebanon, IN
      133/ 141
      2x Semi-State Qualifier


      Quinten Hizey
      Nipomo, CA
      125
      Masters Qualifier


      Martin Lantz
      Goshen, IN
      184/ 197
      State Qualifier 2008


      Ryan Lutz
      Sacramento, CA
      165/ 174
      Masters Qualifier


      Tyler McCoy
      Lafayette, IN
      165/ 174
      State Qualifier 2009


      Austin O'Neal
      Griffith, IN
      184
      Semi-State Qualifier


      Alex Orton
      Clarendon Hills, IL
      133
      2x Sectional Qualifier


      Garrett Payne
      Michigan City, IN
      141
      3x Semi-State Qualifier


      Corbin Richards
      Avon, IN
      149/ 157
      2x Semi-State Qualifier


      Derek Rowe
      Logansport, IN
      184
      2x Semi-State Qualifier


      Daniel Sandberg
      Indianapolis, IN
      184/ 197
      Semi-State Qualifier


      Jeromy Sisk
      Peru, IN
      133/ 141
      State Qualifier 2007


      Drew Spriggs
      Thorntown, IN
      133



      Zach Stone
      Elkhart, IN
      285
      Semi-State Qualifier


      Jacob Strausbaugh
      Orrville, OH
      133
      3x State Place Winner (6th, 4th, 5th)


      Oscar Trujillo
      Lafayette, IN
      125
      State Qualifier 2009


      Gabe Watson
      Columbus, IN
      165/ 174
      2x Semi-State Qualifier


      Ryan Wells
      Grove City, OH
      165
      2x District Qualifier


      Ethan Wilson
      Indianapolis, IN
      157
      Semi-State Qualifier


      Bill Wood
      Palos Heights, IL
      133/ 141
      3x State Qualifier


      Devan Young
      Chino Hills, CA
      285
      Masters Qualifier

      398

      Purdue Announces Incoming Recruiting Class

      Scott Hinkel and the Purdue Boilermakers have announced their 2009 recruiting class. The class includes seven wrestlers from Indiana and a total of eight state championships spread amongst the nine incoming freshmen.  The wrestlers that Hinkel kept in-state include a pair of two-time state champions in Anderson Highland's Camden Eppert and Mishawaka's Steven Sandefer.  The third Indiana state champion in this class is Lawrence North's Cashe Quiroga.  Both Quiroga and Eppert are projected to be at 125lbs or 133lbs for the Boilermakers, while Sandefer is projected to wrestle 141lbs or 149lbs.  Other Indiana natives include four-time state qualifier and three-time top four finisher Kyle Mosier of Yorktown, two-time state place winner Will Mascaro of Carmel and a pair of state runner-ups in Mount Vernon's Alex White and Lawrence North's Bryce Grimes.  The Boilermakers also ventured to Ohio and Florida for two top recruits in Beavercreek, Ohio's four-time state place winner Adam Walls and three-time state champion Kendrick Sanders of South Date, Florida.  Along with their in-state success, this class has made an impact on the national scene.  Eppert is a two-time Junior freestyle All-American and also placed third at the prestigous Super 32 tournament.  Quiroga was a Senior National's runner-up this year to go along with his placings at Junior and Sophomore Nationals.  The prized recruit of this class is Shakendrick Sanders of Florida.  Sanders has won three Greco-roman national titles and was a freestyle national runner-up as a cadet.  Sanders also participated in the two most prestigous dual meets in the USA vs. Oklahoma dual and the Dapper Dan Classic.
       
      The Boilermakers will return nine of their ten starters, but take a huge hit with the graduation of All-American Jake Patascil.  Patascil's bonus points in tournaments and more importantly in duals will be hard to replace.  Purdue will return 2009 NCAA qualifiers Colton Salazar, AJ Kissel, Logan Brown and Luke Manuel and look to them for both leadership and big wins in duals and tournaments.




      Name
      High School
      Weight Class
      State Finishes


      Camden Eppert
      Anderson Highland
      125/133
      4th. 1st, 2nd, 1st IN


      Cashe Quiroga
      Lawrence North
      125/133
      SQ, 2nd, 1st, 3rd IN


      Kyle Mosier
      Yorktown
      165
      SQ, 4th, 4th, 3rd IN


      Alex White
      Mount Vernon
      285
      SQ, 2nd IN


      Adam Walls
      Beavercreek, OH
      285
      6th, 4th, 2nd, 3rd OH


      Steven Sandefer
      Mishawaka
      141/149
      SQ, 5th, 1st, 1st IN


      Will Mascaro
      Carmel
      141
      SQ, 7th, 3rd IN


      Bryce Grimes
      Lawrence North
      184
      2nd IN


      Shakendrick Sanders
      South Dade, FL
      149
      4th 1st, 1st, 1st FL

      574

      Indianapolis Announces Incoming Recruits

      The University of Indianapolis has announced the class of incoming recruits for next year. New coach Jason Warthan inherits a team that only lost starter Jimmy Nichols and will look to replace him with state runner-up Casey Kenney of Jay County or three time state placer Alex Johns of Evansville Reitz. The Greyhounds will also bring in three other Indiana state placers.  After a 3rd place finish this season and qualifying in 2008, Shelby Mappes of Center Grove will come to the Greyhounds and wrestle 174lbs.  Andrew Leach of Avon will also be making the short drive to Indy, he finished 6th this year and is projected to wrestle 184lbs.  Randy Kaufman of Rensselear Central, an 8th place finisher, is projected to wrestle 197lbs for the Greyhounds. State qualifier Nick Smith of Franklin is another signee that has been to the state finals.  The top incoming recruit not within the Indiana border is North Carolina two-time placer Trey Weliver. Indianapolis is still working on a few other recruits and transfers that they are hoping to announce in the coming weeks.
       
      Next year's line-up will look very similar to this year's line up with Johns or Kenney manning the 125lbs spot vacated by senior Jimmy Nichols.  Two former state champions will be coming back at 133lbs and 141lbs in Ethan Harris from Beech Grove and Matt Irwin from Bellmont.  Irwin is also a two-time NCAA qualifier.  Northwood's David Lopez will look to keep the 149lbs spot, but will be pushed by incoming freshman Nick Smith.  At 157lbs, NCAA qualifier and former state runner-up Cory Fornal of Rochester will look to build off his success from last season.  Two Illinois products will going at it for the starting spot at 165lbs in former placer Jake Holler and  two time qualifier Bryce Givens.  Josh Curry of Columbia City, Shelby Mappes and the loser at 165lbs will all do battle to determine the starter for this weight.  JT Jenkins from New Albany will move up to 184lbs next season and be pushed by a host of freshman.  Sam Johnson a sophomore from Avon will be pushed for the 197lbs spot by freshman Randy Kaufman.  The heavyweight weight class will be held down by senior Lynn Panko who was a state champion for Avon High School and a former NCAA qualifier.




      Name
      High School
      Weight Class
      State Finishes


      Alex Johns
      Evansville Reitz
      125
      3rd, 3rd, 6th IN


      Casey Kenney
      Jay County
      125
      2nd, 4th IN


      Kyle Estrada
      Avon('08)
      133/141



      Zach Moreno
      St. Joseph, IL
      141



      Trey Weliver
      Union Pines, NC
      141
      3rd, 4th NC


      Nick Smith
      Franklin
      149
      SQ IN


      Shelby Mappes
      Center Grove
      174
      3rd, SQ IN


      Cody Wittkamp
      Lima, OH
      184



      Kyle Keith
      Portage
      184



      Andrew Leach
      Avon
      184
      6th IN


      Randy Kaufman
      Rensselear Central
      197
      8th IN

      701

      Trine Thunder Announces Class of 2013

      Head Coach Dan Callahan has announced the class of 2013 for Trine University in Angola, Indiana. Callahan will be bringing in 24 new wrestlers into the four year old wrestling program with wrestlers representing Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois. The headliner of the group is Illinois 3A(big school) state champion Elias Larson of Marian Catholic just outside of Chicago. Larson is projected to wrestle 149 or 157lbs. The class also includes 11 other state qualifiers and placers including Hoosier natives Trace Hall and Tyler Lymburner of South Bend Riley, Will Sheets of Bellmont, Nick Odom of Warren Central, and Forest Romer of Ben Davis. The Thunder also will receive the services of two wrestlers transfers in Caleb Norville formerly of Mishawaka and Dylan Forbes formerly of Prairie Heights. Out of state wrestlers that will be wrestling for Trine next year include Michigan state runner-up Jeffery Nofzinger, Michigan 3rd place finisher Ben Wines, Ohio 8th place finisher Robert Blake and Michigan state qualifier Nathan Strickland.
       
      Trine graduated their first class of wrestlers this past season and will be looking to replace Seniors Louis Posa, Bryan Wight, and Kyle Pittman. The Thunder will return starters Brandon Harvey at 125lbs, Tye Bowman at 133lbs, George Markou at 157lbs, Kyle Long at 165lbs, Nick Kraus at 174lbs, Alex Fleet at 197lbs and Mike Tees at heavyweight. This recruiting class along with all of the returning wrestlers, many of whom hail from Indiana, will help to contribute to a great 5th season for the Thunder wrestling program.




      Name
      High School
      Weight Class
      State Finishes


      Elias Larson
      Marian Catholic, IL
      149/157
      SQ '07, 6th '08,1st 2009 IL AAA



      Trace Hall
      SB Riley
      141/149
      4th, 4th & 7th IN


      Jeffrey Nofziger
      Morenci, MI
      149/157
      2nd 2009 MI Div 4


      Ben Wines
      Pittsford, MI
      184/197
      3rd 2009 MI Div 4


      Will Sheets
      Bellmont
      133
      4th 2008 IN


      Caleb Norville
      Mishawaka
      165/174
      6th 2008 IN


      Robert Blake
      Tinora, OH
      197
      8th 2009 OH



      Nick Odom
      Warren Central
      141/149
      8th 2008 IN


      Tyler Lymburner
      SB Riley
      149/157
      SQ 2009 IN


      Forest Romer
      Ben Davis
      133/141
      SQ 2009 IN


      Nathan Strickland
      Grosse Pointe MI
      184/197
      SQ 2009 MI Div I


      Dylan Forbes
      Prairie Heights
      285
      SQ 2008 IN


      Henry Waring
      East Noble
      165/174



      Dustin Kern
      Peru
      157/165




      Elliott Corner
      Peru
      149/157



      Alan McNeal
      Southport
      157/165



      Brett Worden
      Peru
      184/197



      Kyle Ullery
      SB Riley
      165/174



      Jame Green
      Cloverdale
      125/133



      Alex Bailey
      Jeffersonville
      157/165



      David Waldroup
      New Palestine
      141/149



      Aaron Overbey
      Ben Davis
      125/133



      Andrew Leis
      Elida, OH
      141/149



      Jay Dee Schmucker
      Westview
      285


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