April 27, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio Wrestling Team announced its 2012 recruiting class on Friday. The class consists of six wrestlers and five of the six wrestlers carry a national rank. Among the six newcomers, the group has combined for seven state titles and 18 state placements.
"This isn't the biggest class but could be the most impressive recruiting class we've put together since I've been at Ohio based on the elite talent of the wrestlers in it" said Ohio head coach Joel Greenlee. "We are very excited to add this class to our current roster, we are a young team with a tremendous amount of talent right now. With the class we brought in last year and the leadership we have from guys like sophomore All-American Jeremy Johnson the ability and culture is here to take Ohio wrestling to the next level, not only in the MAC, but on the national level as well."
Field High School
Projects to compete at the 149 pound weight class... He was a state runner-up as a junior... Finished his senior campaign by finishing Third at the State Championship as a junior and seventh as a sophomore... Won the prestigious Flonationals postseason tournament this year... Fox has had great national success being a USA Cadet National runner-up in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman... Ranked No. 13 by USA Wrestling at 145 pounds and No. 15 in Tom's Final High School Rankings.
Goshen High School
Ranked as the No. 35 recruit in the nation by Intermat and No. 6 in the site's senior class rankings at 182 pounds... He projects to wrestle at 184 pounds for the Green and White... Captured state championships as a junior and senior, both years Gresham was able to defeat another national ranked opponent for the title... In addition to his state titles Gresham placed third as a sophomore and eight as a freshman... Gresham is also a three-time Super 32 place-winner.
Nelsonville-York High School
Captured the 2012 Division III State Champion at 126 pounds... Placed fifth as a freshman at the State Championship... McLaughlin finished his prep career with a 171-24 record... He was also a Three-time Disney Dual Bronze medalist and a two-time Junior Olympics Copper medalist... In addition to his wrestling prowess McLaughlin is an exceptional student maintaining a 3.8 grade-point-average in his high school career... He projects to wrestle at 125 pounds for the Green and White.
South St. Paul, Minn.
South St. Paul High School
Finished his impressive high school career by winning his third straight Minnesota state title... Finished his final two seasons without a loss... He is ranked as the No. 81 recruit in the nation and is listed as the No. 17 prospect at the 132 pound weight class by Intermat... Won the 2010 USA Wrestling Pre-Season national championship at 135 pounds... Captured the 2011 USA Wrestling Junior Folkstyle National Championship at 130 pounds.
Montini Catholic High School
Ranked No. 12 at the 120 pounds by Wrestling USA... Has never placed lower than third in any of his four trips to the Illiniois State Wrestling Tournament, he won a state championship as a sophomore and finished runner-up this season... Place second a year ago and placed third during his freshman season competing for Montini Catholic High School... Earned Junior National All-America and NHSCA All-America honors. He projects to wrestle at 125 pounds for the Green and White.
Wadsworth High School
Finished in the top three at the state tournament in each of his four years of varsity competition... This season he was third after falling to a fellow nationally ranked wrestler in the state semi-finals, he was runner-up in both his junior and sophomore seasons and took third as a freshman... Captured the Cadet Freestyle National champion, the 2011 Flonationals Champion, a Northeast Ohio Junior Regional Champion... Four-time Ironman place-winner. He is projected to wrestle at 133 or 141 pounds... Preseason Top 50 recruit by Intermat and No. 12 by USA Wrestling at 132 pounds... Owns an impressive 3.5 grade-point-average in his high school career... He is also the brother of current Bobcat Brad Squire.