The Kent State University wrestling team recently announced the upcoming arrival of nine new members for the 2012-13 season. Six of the nine incoming freshmen are Ohio natives, including two-time state champion Mimmo Lytle (Swanton, Ohio).
“We went out and found kids that could help or team as soon as possible,” Head Coach Jim Andrassy said.
A heavyweight, Lytle was rated the No. 83 senior in the nation by Division 1 College Wrestling.com. He went 83-1 over his final two seasons and was named Ohio’s Most Outstanding Wrestler in Division III as a senior. Lytle was ranked among the Top 10 heavyweights in the nation by InterMat.
“On paper, Mimmo is probably our best recruit,” Andrassy said. “He’s big, athletic, aggressive, and really has the desire to improve.”
Also among the more nationally-touted in the group is 2012 Pennsylvania state champion Mack McGuire (Upper St. Clair, Pa.). The No. 152 senior according to D1CW, McGuire is expected to compete at 125 or 133. As a junior, McGuire finished second at Pennsylvania state tournament, competing at 119 pounds, before moving up to 132 as a senior.
“Mack’s a smart wrestler who’s good in all positions,” Andrassy said. “He reminds me a lot of Tyler Small and we’re really excited about him.”
Also bringing speed and athletic ability to the lower weights is Cade Mansfield (Ayersville, Ohio). Expected to compete at 125, Mansfield won a 120-pound, Division III state title in convincing fashion this past March, capping off a perfect 44-0 season.
With Small likely to take a redshirt this season, the door opens for a starting spot at 141 pounds in Kent State’s lineup. Luke Kern (Delta, Ohio), who won a 2012 state championship, looks to take advantage of the opening. Kern went 44-1 as a senior.
Two-time Maryland state champion Alex Rice (Chesapeake, Md.) could also compete for a spot at 141. Wrestling USA ranked Rice among the Top 30 at his weight class. He won 140 career matches, including a 27-0 mark in his senior season. As a junior, he notched 23 pins and 10 technical falls. Winning state titles at 135 and 145, Rice may also compete at 149.
Another Maryland native in the 141-149 range, Collin Harrell (Annapolis, Md.) is second on Broadneck High School’s career win list with 113. Harrell advanced to the semifinals of Maryland’s state tournament in both his sophomore and junior seasons, before suffering an injury as a senior.
Looking to compete for a spot at 165 will be Kyle Bryant (Piqua, Ohio). Bryant placed third at 152 pounds as a senior in the 2011 state tournament, before spending some time away from the mat. As a junior, he placed fifth at the state tournament.
Competing at 174 will be Brandon Taylor (Gallipolis, Ohio) and Trevor White (Orrville, Ohio). Wresting for Gallia Academy, Taylor placed third at the Division II state tournament in the 170-pound bracket. White finished fifth at the Division III state tournament at 170 pounds.
The Golden Flashes won an outright Mid-American Conference regular season title in 2012 and were ranked No. 13 in the final NWCA Coaches poll.
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Updated on May 9, 2013, 5:17am