NC State Wrestling Inks Three In Fall Signing Period
Dec. 16, 2002
RALEIGH, N.C. - Quality, not quantity, was the rule for NC State wrestling coach Bob Guzzo when it came to recruiting this fall. With a young but veteran team due to return almost intact next year, Guzzo signed just three wrestlers to grants-in-aid this fall, but this three-man class has a chance to make an immediate and lasting impact on the Wolfpack program.
Guzzo's three signees are Ryan Maurer, a junior college national champion; Allan Herrera, a two-time state champion from Florida; and Zach Garren, the talented younger brother of Scott Garren, one of the Wolfpack's current stars. All three were heavily recruited.
"George Cintron is the only senior on our team this year, so we have pretty much our entire team back next year," Guzzo says. "That enabled us to focus on specific needs and add some depth with this recruiting class. We're really pleased with the three outstanding young men we were able to sign."
Maurer, a two-time state high school champion from New York, won the 2002 NJCAA junior college national championship as a freshman 149-pounder at Nassau (N.Y.) Community College, and is ranked No. 1 nationally in the preseason. Wrestling for Floyd High School of Mastic Point, N.Y., Floyd won the 1999 New York state championship as a sophomore at 135, and then moved up to 140 as a junior in 2000 and won the state title at that weight. Maurer is projected to wrestle somewhere in the 149-165 range at NC State.
Herrera is a two-time 3A state champion from Goleman High School in Miami, Fla., and begins the 2002-03 season ranked No. 12 nationally at 160 pounds by both Wrestling USA and by W.I.N. Magazine. In April 2002, he won the Southeast Junior Regional Championshihp in Greco-Roman wrestling at 171 pounds. He is favored to win his third state championship in 2003, and Goleman is preseason ranked No. 8 in the South Florida 3A rankings in large part because of Herrera, who projects to wrestle at 174/184 collegiately.
Garren, the younger brother of current Wolfpack standout Scott Garren, finished fourth in the state of New Jersey at 171 pounds as a junior in 2002, is regarded as one of the top wrestlers in the state of New Jersey heading into his season season, and is preseason ranked No. 20 nationally by Wrestling USA. A standout three-sport athlete who also plays football and baseball, Garren probably will wrestle at 184 or 197 for the Wolfpack.