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Wrestling Recruits Ranked #2 Nationally

The acquisition of the legendary Cael Sanderson continues to pay off for Penn State wrestling as the 2010 recruiting class was recently ranked No. 2 nationally by The leading media outlet for college wrestling ranked the Nittany Lions behind conference foe the Iowa Hawkeyes. Wrestling fans believe the combination of this recruiting class, which sports 5 wrestlers in the nation’s top-100, and 2009’s will create a potent championship cocktail that will put Penn State wrestling back on the map.

2010’s recruiting class is headlined by twins Andrew and Dylan Alton who are ranked No.2 and No. 8 respectfully in the nation. Both brothers concluded their careers at Central Mountain High School (Mill Hall, PA) with a state championship adding to a total of 5 titles between the two look-a-likes.  Look for Andrew, the lighter of the two, to wrestle anywhere from 141 to 149, while Dylan should fit better at 157. But don’t forget, Sanderson typically red-shirts incoming freshman so don’t expect to see these boys in a Penn State singlet until 2011.

Coming in at No. 22 in the nation is Sam Sherlock, Penn State’s next best recruit after the Alton twins. Sherlock compiled a 114-13 record while wrestling for West Mifflin, Pa. and also added a state championship during his junior year. Sherlock’s senior year was cut short due to a knee injury, and while he is on a road to recovery it is vital that he red-shirts his freshman year.

Dirk Cowburn out of Coudersport, Pa. bolsters the recruiting class with his No.54 overall rating and 149 career victories. Cowburn dropped a 1-0 loss in the PIAA finals this past year after winning gold medals in the previous two seasons. Cowburn’s blue-collar wrestling style should translate well with Sanderson’s hard-nosed coaching philosophy.

The fifth and final top-100 recruit is two-time New Jersey state champion Hank Stinson, who is ranked No. 70 overall. Stinson left Eastern Regional High School (Voorhees, NJ) with a 120-10 career record and will likely have to fight Andrew Alton for a starting role.

Penn State also landed a slew of other legitimate recruits who just missed Intermat’s top-100 list. Check them out.

Frank Martelloltti from Shady Side Academy (Pittsburgh, PA) won a state title his freshman year and went on to place in the top-3 his final three years.

Nick Ruggear comes to Happy Valley after finishing 5th at high school nationals in the 215-pound weight class. Ruggear was a pinning machine during his tenure at Oxford High School (Pa.) piling 49 pins throughout his career.

Seth Bietz finished his career at Juniata High School with a 44-8 record and state runner-up finish.

Besides Stinson, Cameron Kelly is the only other wrestler coming from outside the state of Pennsylvania. Kelly graduated from Pittsford Mendon High School in upstate New York. He was a two-time New York State qualifier and is projected to wrestle 125 or 133 once he breaks the starting lineup.


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Tim Owen

I am originally from a very small town in northeastern Pennsyltucky, called Athens. Currently, I am enrolled in the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism and major in print journalism.

I have a passion for sports, and more specifically football. I enjoy hunting, cooking, food, and everything Penn State!


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