Anthony Artalona has committed to Penn.
Will Lewan gives a verbal to Michigan
No. 73 Ryan Thomas
will be going from Ohio to Minnesota and joining the Gophers.**8/7 UPDATE**
Drexel continues to make moves as No. 78 Michael O'Malley
has committed to wrestle for coach Matt Azevedo and staff.**8/3 UPDATE**
No. 47 Anthony Walters
commits to Drexel, giving the Dragons a signature upperweight.**8/1 UPDATE**
No. 68 Quinn Kinner
becomes the fourth NC State commit on this list, and joins his older brother Trace.
It has been quite some time since our Class of 2018 big board was released. In that time, our cadet and junior world teams have been determined, and we are gearing up for Fargo.
The big mover is FloNats champ Mason Parris, up to No. 2 now. The question for the Indiana heavyweight though is whether he will wrestle or play football in college.
Besides Parris, Arizona State commit Jacori Teemer had an impressive spring, capped off with back-to-back techs over Sammy Sasso in the cadet trials finals; both are Top-10 prospects.
Barring any major de-commitments, Penn State has locked up the top recruiting class for this group of rising seniors. They have four of the top seven, five of the top 11 and six of the top 13 prospects in the country who have given verbals to Happy Valley.
There are still seven blue chippers in the Top-20 who have yet to commit, all of whom are likely to wait until the fall before they announce their college decision. This includes Sammy Sasso, Joey Silva, Trent Hidlay, David Carr, Aaron Brooks and Brayton Lee.
Upperweights like Jack Jessen and Joel Shapiro continue to impress, and there are a number of talented lightweights who are still feeling out their options after high school.
We would be remiss to not mention the current best high school wrestler in the country in Gable Steveson. He will be looking for his junior world title this August and enters his senior year as the pound-for-pound king in grades 9-12.
For the second year in a row, we had an Illinois prep make the Cadet world team in both styles. Will Lewan has the potential to shoot up these rankings at the cadet world championships if he can earn himself a medal. The Montini middleweight has been rock solid for years and seems ready to compete right away at the Division 1 level.