PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers University wrestling team’s 2006 recruiting class has been recognized as the 24th best in the nation and third best in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) behind No. 1 Lehigh and No. 8 Cornell, Intermat Wrestling and the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) announced last week.
The 12-man incoming Rutgers class was ranked higher than a number of perennial powerhouses including: Ohio State, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Purdue, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Pittsburgh.
The class, which includes 10 New Jersey standouts, and one each from both Maryland and North Carolina, features nine state place-winners, five nationally ranked wrestlers, three high school All-Americans and two state champions.
Nationally ranked wrestlers Keith Dobish (Lodi, NJ), DJ Russo (Netcong, NJ), Ryan Fikslin (Roxbury, NJ), Spencer Kent (Paramus, NJ) and Ryan Fullam (Emerson, NJ) headline the group set to continue their education at the State University of New Jersey in the fall of 2006. Joining Sacchi’s signees whom earned national rankings are two state place-winners out of New Jersey in Chris Norrell (Phillipsburg, NJ) and McPaul Ogbonna (Hanover, NJ). Rounding out the New Jersey contingent are state qualifiers Ryan Rotelli (Lodi, NJ), Edwin Acevedo (Passaic, NJ) and Lee Tisler (Branchville, NJ).
In addition to a cast of New Jersey standouts, the Scarlet Knights have successfully added a national preparatory school All-American Reginald Parker (Upper Marlboro, MD) and two-time North Carolina state third-place finisher Danny Pedone (Charlotte, NC).
Head coach John Sacchi has high hopes for the future of his program
“Assistant coach Joe Ryan deserves a tremendous amount of credit for this class and for keeping some of New Jersey’s best talent home,” Sacchi said. “Our expectations for the future are very high and we are very excited.”
Statistics For Class Of 2010 Recruits
-Nine State Place-winners (Seven New Jersey)
-Five Nationally Ranked Wrestlers
-Three High School All-Americans
-Two State Champions
-One High School National Champion
-One State Runner-Up
-One National Preparatory High School All-American
Rank, School (InterMat Rank of recruits, Top Transfer)
1. Lehigh (1-2-2-4-5-TT)
2. Oklahoma State (1-2-4-7-8-8-10)
3. Penn State (1-2-2-3)
4. Boise State (1-1)
5. Oklahoma (4-6-9-9)
6. Minnesota (6-6-7-11)
7. Arizona State (5-7-7-8)
8. Cornell (1-4-9-11)
9. Nebraska (2-3-5-11)
10. Old Dominion (6-8-9-10-11, TT)
11. Iowa (4-5-8)
12. Michigan (5-11)
13. Maryland (2-4-10)
14. Missouri (4-5, TT)
15. Fresno State (9)
16. N.C. State (2-7)
17. Northern Iowa (11-11)
18. Indiana (9-10)
19. Bucknell (6)
20. North Carolina (3-7, TT)
21. Lock Haven (6)
22. Virginia (2-7)
23. Liberty (10, TT, TT)
24. Rutgers (5-5)
25. Ohio State (2-3)
26. Edinboro (7-10)
27. Harvard (1-4)
28. Delaware State (10, 1*)
29. Purdue (4-6-11)
30. Wisconsin (1-4)
*- indicates HS rank from 2004-05 season.
Honorable Mention (alphabetical) Bloomsburg, Cal Poly, Central Michigan, Columbia, Illinois, Iowa State, Northern Illinois, North Dakota State, Oregon, Penn, Rider, Virginia Tech.