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|InterMat announces Division I Recruiting Class Rankings|
By Jason Bryant InterMat
InterMat has released its Division I Recruiting Class Rankings for 2007 and Ohio State tops the list, followed by Missouri, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Minnesota rounding out the top five.
Ohio State's recruitment of the wrestling programs in Ohio was crucial as it was a solid year in terms of depth among seniors in Ohio. Tom Ryan's first full recruiting class was aggressive and did well at addressing needs and building for the future. Missouri scoured the country and picked up some top-notch talent. Coach Brian Smith's momentum is high after the Tigers finished third in the nation at the NCAA Division I championships -- the highest in school history.
Penn State has another top three class, their second in as many years. Virginia Tech, like Ohio State, has a new coaching staff in place and the Hokies picked up seven seniors ranked in InterMat's Senior Top 12, including InterMat's #1 ranked recruit in the nation, Cody Gardner of Christiansburg, Va.
Minnesota loaded up again, most notably Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award winner Zach Sanders, a five-time Minnesota state champion.
Oklahoma State, Michigan, Virginia, Northern Iowa and Kent State round out the Top 10. Minnesota, Oklahoma State and Penn State have Top 10 classes for the second year in a row.
For the Full Listing with team-by-team breakdowns, http://www.intermatwrestle.com/pr/recruitranks07.aspx
1. Ohio State
3. Penn State
4. Virginia Tech
6. Oklahoma State
9. Northern Iowa
10. Kent State
12. Oregon State
16. Old Dominion
17. Lock Haven
22. Michigan State
23. Eastern Michigan
26. Iowa State
29. George Mason
Notable Non-Division I Recruiting Classes
Division II: Ashland, Findlay, Newberry, Pitt-Johnstown, St. Cloud State, Upper Iowa, West Liberty
Division III: North Central, Olivet, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, UW-Oshkosh
NAIA: Campbellsville, King College (Tenn.), Lindenwood, Missouri Valley, Oklahoma City
NJCAA: Neosho CC, North Iowa Area CC, Northwest (Wyo.) College, St. Louis-Meramec CC.