Intermat: Ohio State Signs No. 1 Recruiting Class In The Country

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BestDamnTeamInTheLand's picture

2019 InterMat Recruiting Class Rankings

  1. Ohio State
  2. Arizona State
  3. Cornell
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Virginia Tech
  6. Nebraska
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Oklahoma State
  9. Iowa State
  10. Illinois
  11. Michigan
  12. Rutgers
  13. Fresno State
  14. Lehigh
  15. Minnesota
  16. NC State
  17. Penn
  18. Northern Colorado
  19. Northern Iowa
  20. Iowa
  21. Stanford
  22. Penn State
  23. Indiana
  24. Northwestern 
  25. Wyoming

Given how dominant of a program they've been, I can hardly believe that they only pulled in the 22nd best class this year. I wonder if there is something going on behind the scenes in Happy Valley that we don't know about?

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

Is it a #s thing for them, where they don't need as many signees?

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TraptnMI's picture

Damn you buzz killin bitch. Love ya JK!

" It's real good whatcha done Anthony, real good ! "

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chirobuck's picture

Both Iowa and Penn State in the 20's......who woulda thought

 

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Mad4527's picture

Followed the link for last year's #2 class. Penn State is not in the top 10 then either. With two straight years of better recruiting, it looks like OSU is in line to take their crown.

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Knarcisi's picture

That’s certainly strange stuff. Would love to hear Andy’s take on this. 

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Andy Vance's picture

This is a really small class for them: they have one Top 100 recruit (No. 14 Carter Starocci), but keep in mind that blue chippers Aaron Brooks and Michael Beard both delayed enrollment until this year even though they were part of last year's class. Shakur Rasheed and/or Anthony Cassar may get medical waivers for a 6th year of eligibility, and Kent State transfer Kyle Conel is hoping for the same deal.

bdhof's picture

PSU was #1 last year and tOSU #2. This is from Intermat. 

1. Penn State
Top 100 recruits: No. 6 Seth Nevills (Clovis, Calif.), No. 10 Joe Lee (Evansville Mater Dei, Ind./NLWC), No. 12 Michael Beard (Malvern Prep, Pa.), No. 14 Aaron Brooks (North Hagerstown, Md.), No. 15 Roman Bravo-Young (Sunnyside, Ariz.), No. 20 Gavin Teasdale (Jefferson-Morgan, Pa.), and No. 37 Brody Teske (Fort Dodge, Iowa)

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Knarcisi's picture

In other Buckeye wrestling news, I saw that Logan Stieber retired. I didn’t see it mentioned on here. 

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BestDamnTeamInTheLand's picture

He did? That's a shame... he was a machine for us.

Were injuries a factor?

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Elfkrieg's picture

..Coach Ryan referenced it in his twitter feed..
(https://news.theopenmat.com/international-wrestling/an-appreciation-of-l...)

original announcement here:
 

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andretolstoy's picture

Arizona State is #2??

If you die before you die, then you won't die when you die. 

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TraptnMI's picture

Wow really. Old stomping grounds for me.

" It's real good whatcha done Anthony, real good ! "

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BestDamnTeamInTheLand's picture

If anyone is interested, here is InterMat's breakdown of our 2019 wrestling class:

1. Ohio State

Top 100 recruits: No. 1 Greg Kerkvliet (Simley, Minn.), No. 3 Carson Kharchla (Olentangy Liberty, Ohio), No. 6 Jordan Decatur (CVCA, Ohio), No. 18 Dylan D'Emilio (Genoa, Ohio), No. 66 Isaac Wilcox (Olympus, Utah), and No. 100 Jacob Decatur (CVCA, Ohio)

Other notable recruits: Nick Oldham (West Des Moines Valley, Iowa) and Tyler Stein (Canfield, Ohio)

Recruiting class rankings (2015-2018): 6th-10th-7th-2nd

NCAA finishes: 2nd-2nd-2nd

Final dual meet rankings: 6th-2nd-6th

Commentary: This is a second straight absolutely loaded class for the Buckeyes, which is needed with the losses to graduation the Buckeyes have taken in 2018 (Tomasello, Bo Jordan, and Snyder) and 2019 (McKenna, Micah Jordan, and Martin). Kerkvliet, Jordan Decatur, and Kharchla ended the 2018-19 season ranked No. 1 nationally in their respective weight classes. The 2018 class started positively -- among that group, Heinselman qualified for the NCAA tournament as a true freshman, while Sasso and Gavin Hoffman had superlative redshirt seasons.

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NorthPoleBuckeye's picture

Any idea of what Penn State's recruiting class rankings were from 2015-2018?

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Hovenaut's picture

That's awesome - congratulations to Coach Ryan and staff, Buckeye wrestling staying strong. 

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TURD_BUCKET's picture

Bullseye on PSU.

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bdhof's picture

Good to have you back, Andy. PSU's recruiting this year did take a step back, but depending on 6th year eligibility, redshirts, greyshirts, and Olympic redshirts, you don't need to hit every year, just most years. In a normal situation, with one extra year built in, this year's teams will be from the 2015-2019 classes. PSU recruiting was 21st in 2015, then 2nd, 5th and 1st before this latest ranking (22nd) came out. And they survived that 21st ranking in 2015 just fine, winning 4 straight NCAA championships. This year's preseason predictions are less certain than normal, with Olympic redshirts in play along with PSU asking for three 6th year waivers (AA Rasheed, NCAA champ Cassar, and Kent St transfer, Conel, also an AA). I think PSU'll be tough to beat if all the 6th years play out (and they probably will). Iowa is probably in the best position to challenge them. However, after PSU loses 2x NCAA champ Joseph, NCAA champ Hall and their three 6th year guys, they suddenly seem challengable. They'll still have some good young guys coming up the system, but I believe tOSU is right there with them in 2021 and beyond, perhaps even a step ahead. Last year's class, #2 overall, along with a #1 class this year will set the stage for success. From the class of 2018 - I think Sasso can challenge for a title next year, and I see Hoffman as an AA his freshman year. I think Heinselman will AA next year as he hits the weights and grows into 125. And I think Mattox could challenge for an AA at 157. This year's group includes #1 overall, Kerkvliet, who could AA whenever he steps on the mat (not sure if he redshirts), as could #3 overall Kharchla. I think Hayes will shrink to 141 next year and be a top 4 guy there. While he wrestled 157 this year, just two seasons ago he challenged McKenna for the 141 spot before challenging Jordan for the 149 spot last year. Other veterans like 3x AA Moore and 2x AA Pletcher will position tOSU to be in the conversation next year, but our best days may come in 2021. 

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bdhof's picture

"PSU recruiting was 21st in 2015, then 2nd, 5th and 1st before this latest ranking (22nd) came out."

By comparison, tOSU's recruiting over this same time span was 6th, 10th, 7th, 2nd and 1st (this year). 

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

Anyone know how to go about getting tickets to a home meet? My wife and I are gonna go to a couple this year. Can you pay at the door?

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

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bdhof's picture

You can pay at the door. If they're wrestling someone like Iowa, there may be a line, but most of the time you shouldn't have too much of a wait. PSU and MICH should both be away this year. 

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

Nice, we'll make it a conference meet, but probably a lower tier team just to avoid a crazy barrage of the public. Thanks for the info!

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

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Dillon G's picture

Genoa? No shit? Nice work down there.

#walkaway

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averagejoel419's picture

4x state champ in DIII. Obviously very successful on the bigger stage as well. Budding powerhouse at Genoa. Sent 4 kids DI this year, won team and Indy state tournament titles. I believe back to to back in both. 

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Buctor's picture

Another OSU Coach that has continually raised expectations!  And recruiting at the highest levels certainly reinforces those!!  Go Bucks!!!

Beat everyone, in every sport, all the time!!!

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johnniebuckeye1's picture

Andy, thanks for your continued support of the program.  You are a good friend of the program.  The Team will officially start practicing on Monday in the Jennings Wrestling Facility, the finest wrestling facility in the country.  Bdhof, you know your wrestling.  Penn State had a very small class with the redshirts and the impending 6th years as you stated. Hayes will be at 141.  He can't beat Sasso at 149 and he's too small at 157.  Malik will be on the podium next year and so will Hoffman at 184.  Sasso will vie for a national championship next year.  It is wide open.  Kolodzik from Princeton is a good wrestler at 149 but very beatable.  Sammy gave Micah all he could handle in practice as a training partner.  Kerkvliet won't redshirt.  The coaches believe he can beat Stephenson.  Chase will be at 197 after Kollin finishes next year.  Hope Joey qualifies this weekend out in PA.  Had a rough weekend in Vegas.  That weight class is loaded.  I look forward to Raleigh in two weeks.  

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bdhof's picture

It's nice to hear some confirmation of my "off the cuffs" remarks (from someone who might have insider info). I have no insider info, but just throw out my thoughts as an avid Buckeye fan. 

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johnniebuckeye1's picture

You were right on with your comments and here I thought you had insider info.  You do know your wrestling.   We are all connected to the program in some fashion.  The interesting take will be how 165 & 174 play out with Ethan, Kaleb, Carson and Rocky.  Rocky is walking around at 200 right now and has a larger frame than Bo.   Mattox had some off the field issues but I believe he's back in good graces to take a run at 157.  Jordan Decatur had a rough outing recently.  I see him red shirting behind Pletcher.  Don't discount Quinn Kinner at 141.  I imagine D'Emilio will be a red shirt.   The good thing is we have depth now at every position.  

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Elfkrieg's picture

I forgot how long ago and where, but I remember reading an article that looked at
(a) performance at the collegiate level
compared to
(b) how highly recruited wrestlers were coming out of high school

Most likely it included the example of Jordan Burroughs (who was ranked #52 coming out of high school).
The bottom line was that ranked wrestlers coming out of high school do not always transition as expected.
Some fade, while other lower ranked wrestlers rise up 'out of nowhere'.
It would be interesting to conduct some analysis on how good of a predictor overall high school ranking is to future success at the collegiate level, and whether or not this is changing over the years.

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bdhof's picture

I've seen a few of these analyses, but the article referenced above (https://intermatwrestle.com/articles/21874) provides this info:

"When looking at the All-Americans from the last three NCAA tournaments, here is the ratio of All-Americans based on top recruiting rankings:

Top 10: (2017) 19/80 (2018) 23/80 (2019) 25/80
Top 20: (2017) 33/80 (2018) 32/80 (2019) 35/80
Top 30: (2107) 40/80 (2018) 38/80 (2019) 45/80
Top 100: (2017) 60/80 (2018) 63/80 (2019) 67/80"

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bdhof's picture

For example, if you look at one year (2019) and one category (Top 10), 25 of the 80 AA's were top 10 recruits in their class. If you assume that four classes cycle thru each NCAA tourney, and that the rankings were evenly distributed by weight class, then 62.5% of the 40 top 10 recruits (2015-2018) AA'ed in 2019. The problem is the assumptions I laid out are not accurate. The rankings are not evenly distributed by weight class, and there likely are wrestlers from the class of 2014 or even 2013 in the 2019 AA's. 

But let's pretend that these assumptions are accurate. This three-year sample averaged out, would suggest that 56% of top 10 recruits would AA, 42% of top 20 recruits would AA, 34% of the top 30 recruits would AA, and 16% of top 100 recruits would AA. 

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bdhof's picture

Here's the top 10 from 2015 (http://d1collegewrestling.net), this year's senior class (if no one redshirted). Five of this group AA'ed this year (all except Anthony Valencia, Massa, Kemmerer, Brock and Benick). 

1.    Anthony Valencia        Bellflower    CA     174    Arizona State
    2.       Logan Massa        St. John's    MI     165       Michigan
    3.       Zahid Valencia        Bellflower    CA     184    Arizona State
    4.        Myles Martin      Penns Grove    NJ     184      Ohio State
    5.      Vincenzo Joseph        Pittsburgh    PA     149     Penn State
    6.         Matt Kolodzik         Bellbrook    OH     141      Princeton
    7.        Nick Piccinnini      East Setauket    NY     125   Oklahoma State
    8.       Michael Kemerer        Murrysville    PA     149         Iowa
    9.          Kaid Brock        Stillwater    OK     133   Oklahoma State
   10.        Lance Benick          Fridley    MN     197     Arizona State

And you'll note that due to redshirts and injuries, these are not all seniors, affirming that my assumptions are not accurate. But this does give an example of a top 10 group and how difficult it is to AA. Benick, BTW, left AZST and went to a DIII college. 

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Elfkrieg's picture

Thanks!  There definitely are a lot of variables that determine if someone is able to achieve AA, especially in a rugged sport like wrestling.
 

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Eph97's picture

Maybe after seeing Yianni handle Zain guys will start to realize that they are not doing their freestyle careers any favors by staying at PSU for 6 years.

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