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Being the second-largest high school in the state of Texas with around 5,000 students, Allen High School is no stranger to putting out star athletes — whether it's Heisman Trophy winner and #1 NFL draft pick Kyler Murray, Olympic gold medalist gymnast Carly Patterson, or the other double-digit draft picks in the big four professional sports. The Eagles are also known for their wrestling having won the last 10 Texas 6A state championships. On the mat, they've produced the likes of Oliver Pierce, Bo Nickal, Braeden Redlin, and most recently AJ Ferrari.
Another Allen Eagle who will soon be adding his name to that list and joining the DI ranks is Braxton Brown, who is currently ranked #34 on the Junior Big Board. Brown is a three-time Texas state champion and has been fourth at Super 32 the past two years. Brown finished the 2019-20 season ranked #6 at 113 and his only two blemishes on the season came to #2 Joey Cruz in matches that were each decided by two points.
Watch Brown pushed #6 on the Sophomore Big Board Joey Cruz.
Braxton Brown School List (listed in alphabetical order)
- Little Rock
- NC State
- Ohio State
Despite going into just their second year as a DI program, Little Rock and head coach Neil Erisman already have two top-100 commitments from the class of 2021 in #48 Matt Bianchi (141/149) and #75 Cougar Andersen (165). Could they add a third? If Brown did sign with the Trojans, he would be joining another former Allen wrestler, Braeden Redlin, who transferred to Little Rock from Ohio State after winning four Texas high school state titles, which Brown is currently on pace to do. Jayden Carson started last year for the Trojans going 12-11 and would be a junior when Brown would get on campus. The Trojans also signed Josh Sarpy in the class of 2020 who projects at 125 as well.
The last time Maryland qualified a wrestler for the NCAA Championships at 125? James Knox back in 2010. Brandon Cray has been the starter the past three seasons but has yet to punch his ticket to the big dance and will be gone after this season. The Terrapins currently have two other 125-pounders on the roster in Jarod Kosman and Zach Spence and signed Jackson Cockrell and Cole McCormick in the class of 2020 who project as 125-pounders.
Watch Brown beat Clarion commit and #100 on the Junior Big Board, Joey Fischer.
A year ago, three different wrestlers — Cameron Valdiviez, Dack Punke, and Cevion Severado — started dual meets for the Tigers. All three boasted winning records, but it was Valdiviez who got the nod at the MAC Championships but was unable to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Punke had qualified for the NCAA Championships the year prior. Missouri also has Noah Surtin on the roster who went 20-7 during his redshirt season. Valdiviez, Punke, and Severado would be redshirt seniors when Brown would arrive while Surtin would be a redshirt sophomore.
Brown is now the third 125-pound prospect that has listed the Wolfpack as one of their final schools. NC State currently has Jakob Camacho who will begin the 2020-21 season ranked fifth for the Wolfpack and is coming of an ACC title where he gave returning NCAA finalist Jack Mueller his lone loss of the season. Camacho will be just a redshirt sophomore next season. NC State also signed Anthony Noto in the class of 2020 who projects as a 125-pounder. If Brown ended up committing to NC State it would be the Wolfpack's fifth top-100 commit in the class of 2021 which would tie them with Cornell for the most top-100 commits.
Watch Brown take out #5 on the Sophomore Big Board Jordan Williams.
The Buckeyes currently have four 125-pounders on the roster led by Malik Heinselman. Despite qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive year, Heinselman struggled at times this season and finished with just an 18-15 record. Ohio State did not sign a 125-pounder in the class of 2020 and their only commit so far in the class of 2021 is Paddy Gallagher, who projects as a 165-pounder. One big thing to keep an eye on is if the nation's top-ranked recruit in the class of 2021, Richie Figueroa, stays committed to Arizona State. Ohio State is still in the mix for the three-time California state champion as well as Penn State.
The Cavaliers are certainly in need of a 125 with three-time All-American and NCAA finalist Jack Mueller graduating and moving on to the NYC RTC. In the class of 2020, the Cavaliers signed Josiah Encarnacion out of New York and also have Ben Kamali and Patrick McCormick on the roster who would both be redshirt juniors by the time Brown would get to Charlottesville.
Keep it locked on FloWrestling throughout the spring and summer as we continue to bring you the best recruiting news in the country such as school lists for the nation's top uncommitted wrestlers in the class of 2021 and breaking news when wrestlers make their college decisions.