Wrestling Inks Nine
June 18, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C.-- NC State head wrestling coach Pat Popolizio has announced the addition of nine wrestlers to the Wolfpack program.
"I think this class was extremely important and I think we (coaching staff) did a great job," said Popolizio. "The guys that we have brought in are going to be the future, as far as reestablishing the program and getting things going in the right direction."
Following are thumbnail bios of NC State's wrestling signees:
Nassau Community College
At Nassau: Finished third at the NJCAA Nationals, while claiming All-America honors ... NJCAA Regional Champion ... Placed second at the New York State Collegiate Championships ... Earned a second place finish at the College of New Jersey Open ... Finished third at the Wilkes Open ... Turned in a 29-5 record at the 165- pound weight class ... Grey shirted the 2010- 11 season
Prep: Went 37-2 as a senior ... Placed eighth at FloNationals to claim All- America honors
Mount Pleasant, N.C.
Prep: Named National Prep All-American after a fifth place finish in 2010 ... Four- time State Place winner (2nd in 2012 & 2011, 3rd in 2010 at PA State Championships and 3rd in 2009 at NC State Championships) ... Top ten finish at the 2011 Ironman Tournament and Beast of the East ... Wrestled at Wyoming Seminary
As a freshman at Binghamton: Finished 8th at the 2012 NCAA championships to claim All-America Honors ... Compiled a record of 30-9, including five wins at the NCAA championships ... Won the 2012 CAA Conference Tournament at heavyweight ... Named 2012 CAA Rookie of the Year ... Won the 2011 Binghamton Open after posting a 4-0 mark ... Named 2012 NWCA Academic All- American
Prep: Ranked as the top heavyweight recruit in the nation ... Top- ranked wrestler in the state of New York, recieved the Dave Schultz ... Ranked as the 19th overall recruit in the nation (any weight) ... Two- time New York State Champion ... Posted a 50-0 record in his senior season and no opponent finished the match; 43 pins and seven forfeits ... Won the Junior Wade Schalles Award, given to the wrestler with the most pins in the country ... Two- time team captain ... Career record of 199- 24 ... Wrestled at Duanesburg High School ... Honor Roll student
South Plainfield High School
South Plainfield, N.J.
Prep: Runner- up at the 2012 New Jersey State Championships in the 138- pound weight class ... Turned in a 43- 1 record as a senior ... Fourth place finisher at the 2011 New Jersey State Championships
TC Roberson High School
Prep: Runner- up at the 2012 North Carolina State Championships ... Compiled a 59- 5 record as a senior, including 34 pins ... Started his senior year 22- 0 ... Wrestled at Roberson High School
TC Roberson High School
Prep: Finished sixth at the North Carolina State Championships ... Went 35- 8 as a senior with 26 pins ... Wrestled at Roberson High School
Fairport High School
Prep: Won the 2012 New York State Championships ... Turned in a 40-1 record his senior year, with 25 pins ... Wrestled at Fairport High School
Fox Lane High School
Fox Lane, N.Y.
Prep: Finished sixth at FloNationals to be named an All- American ... Placed second at the 2011 & 2012 New York State Championships ... Earned a fifth place finish at the 2009 New York State Championships ... Wrestled at Fox Lane High School