Head Coach Kerry McCoy released this year's recruting class today. Not many local names on it, but one interesting transfer. Maryland returns 9 of its 10 starters, so mat time will be at a premium for the first year or so for this year's class.
The class features two National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) Junior National Wrestling Championships All-Americans, four state champions and 12 state medalists.
"I am really excited about the incoming class," said McCoy. "Going into last season, we had a good incoming recruiting class and some solid returnees. Some opportunities came about during the season and we were looking to add depth with this class. Not only were we able to add depth, but we were able to get some really good quality wrestlers who will challenge for starting positions right away."
The transfer is Carl Buchholz from Rutgers. Given that he's a 285 lber and UMd already has rising junior Spencer Myers, it's a bit puzzling why Buchholz would transfer for wrestling reasons. A sixth place finish at the Nittany Lion Open doesn't quite compare with Meyers' NCAA accomplishments in his two years, including earning All-American status as a freshman.
The list of recruits follows after the jump, taken from the UMd release.
Name (Projected Weight Class | High School | Hometown) - Listed Alphabetically
Tommy Bostany (125/133 | Spain Park | Birmingham, Ala.)
Prep: Four-time Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) medalist...two-time AHSAA finalist
Shyheim Brown (141/149 | Central Dauphin | Harrisburg, Pa.)
Prep: Tallied 178 career victories at Central Dauphin High School...2012 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) AAA state finalist...three-time PIAA AAA state medalist...four-time Beast of the East medalist and 2011 finalist...three-time Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament medalist...two-time Super 32 medalist
Carl Buchholz (285 | Great Valley | Malvern, Pa.)
Before Maryland: Won 26 matches in two seasons at Rutgers. Placed fifth at the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic in 2010 and placed sixth at the Nittany Lion Open
Prep: Tallied 152 career wins at Great Valley High School...two-time PIAA AAA state medalist including a third-place finish in 2009...two-time PIAA AAA Southeast Region champion...three-time PIAA AAA District 1 champion
Robert DeGeorge (133 | Pequannock Township | Pompton Plains, N.J.)
Prep: Over four years at Pequannock Township High School, won a school record 139 matches...two-time New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) state tournament qualifier...four-time NJSIAA District 4 champion and named most outstanding wrestler three times...2012 NJSIAA Region 1 and Morris County champion
Dylan Devine (197 | DeMatha Catholic | Severn, Md.)
Prep: 2012 Maryland Independent Schools state tournament champion and FloNationals champion....finalist at National Preps...Beast of the East medalist
Seth Ehlo (149/157 | Central Bucks West | Doylestown, Pa.)
Prep: 2010 PIAA AAA state medalist...two-time PIAA AAA Section Two champion...2012 PIAA AAA District 1 champion
Derek Evanovich (149 | Peters Township | Venetla, Pa.)
Prep: Winningest wrestler in Peters Township High School history with 124 victories...2012 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) champion and 2011 medalist...Ohio Tournament of Champions finalist...Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament medalist
Logan Jackson (184 | Stafford | Fredericksburg, Va.)
Prep: Compiled 157 career victories at Stafford High School...2012 Virginia High School League (VHSL) AAA state champion and 2011 medalist
Christopher Jastrzebski (184 | Central Bucks West | Doylestown, Pa.)
Prep: Tallied 92 career wins at Central Bucks West High School including 62 victories by fall...2012 PIAA AAA state medalist...FloNationals All-American...2011 NHSCA Junior National Wrestling Championships All-American
Tyler Manion (157 | Pittsburgh Central Catholic | McDonald, Pa.)
Prep: Two-time PIAA AAA state medalist...2011 NHSCA Junior National Wrestling Championships All-American...WPIAL champion in 2011
Kurt Meske (165 | Central Columbia | Bloomsburg, Pa.)
Prep: Totaled 117 career victories at Central Columbia High School...medalist at the 2012 PIAA AA state tournament...FloNationals All-American...Pennsylvania Amateur Wrestling Federation (PAWF) state freestyle finalist
Tito Onyekweli (149/157 | DeMatha Catholic | Laurel, Md.)
Prep: Three-time Maryland Independent Schools state tournament medalist...three-time National Preps medalist...won the silver medal at the 2011 AAU Junior Olympics
Billy Rappo (125 | Council Rock South | Holland, Pa.)
Prep: Two-time PIAA AAA state champion and three-time medalist...FILA Cadet National Freestyle finalist
Troy Smith (165 | George W. Hewlett | Woodmere, N.Y.)
Prep: Holds school record for most career wins at George W. Hewlett High School...four-time all-conference...as a senior reach the county finals...named to the All-Long Island team his junior year and named to the all-state freestyle team
Cody Stageberg (125 | Frank Cox | Virginia Beach, Va.)
Prep: Won the 2011 Virginia AAA state championship at 112 pounds...Beast of the East and Walsh Ironman medalist