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Virginia Wrestling Announces 2017 Recruiting Class

May 12, 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia wrestling head coach Steve Garland announced 10 wrestlers who will be joining the program for the 2017-18 academic year when he released the 2017 recruiting class on Friday (May 12).

The recruiting class features four Top 100 recruits and six state champions. Virginia’s recruiting class has also been ranked among the nation’s best, ranking 10th by The Open Mat and FloWrestling, and coming as the 12th-ranked class by InterMat.

“I am so happy to finally be able to announce our full class,” Garland said. “I have been working really hard to finalize this group and make sure we finished up the spring by rounding out an already great group. I think this is one of the deepest classes we have every brought in. Last year’s group was an amazing group of kids and we tried to use them as my model of who to recruit for this cycle. I love this group. I really do. They will fit in really nicely here and add to a culture that we believe is already pretty strong”

The class features four wrestlers from Pennsylvania in Brian Courtney (Sayre, Pa.), Cam Coy (Jeannette, Pa.), Brian Kennerly (Drexel Hill, Pa.) and Drew Peck (Chambersburg, Pa.), and two Virginians in Michael Battista (Ashburn, Va.) and Sam Book (Fairfax, Va.). Also part of the class are Jake Keating (Naperville, Ill.), Scott Kiyono (Poway, Calif.), Jack Miller (Westfield, N.J.) and Quinn Miller (Lilburn, Ga.).

Virginia is coming off a season that saw the Cavaliers match the program’s second-best finish in NCAA history, placing 15th at the NCAA Championships as two wrestlers advanced to the semifinals in the same season for the first time for Virginia. A pair of wrestlers earned All-America honors, including returning 125-pounder and rising sophomore Jack Mueller (Dallas, Texas). 




Michael Battista – Ashburn, Va. – Broad Run High School (projected weight 174)
Two-time Virginia state champion
NHSCA Senior Nationals runner-up
Member of Prestige Worldwide Wrestling Team finished top 8 at National Duals

Sam Book – Fairfax, Va. – J.W. Robinson High School (projected weight 125)
2016 Virginia state champion
Three-time place winner in Virginia state championships
Team captain at J.W. Robinson
Member of Prestige Worldwide Wrestling Team finished top 8 at National Duals

Brian Courtney – Sayre, Pa. – Athens Area High School (projected weight 133/141)
No. 8 wrestler at 132 pounds by InterMat
No. 40 ranked wrestler overall by FloWrestling
Two-time Pennsylvania state champion
Flo Nationals Champion
NHSCA runner-up

Cam Coy –Jeannette, Pa. – Penn Trafford High School (projected weight 149/157)
Top-ranked wrestler at 152 pounds by InterMat
No. 13 ranked wrestler overall by FloWrestling
Three-time Pennsylvania state champion
Dapper Dan winner

Jake Keating – Naperville, Ill. – Naperville Central High School (projected weight 157)
Place winner at Illinois state championships
Illinois Freestyle National Team member

Brian Kennerly – Drexel Hill, Pa. – Upper Darby High School (projected weight 197/HWT)
No. 81 overall ranked wrestler by FloWrestling
No. 11 ranked wrestler at 220 pounds by InterMat
Pennsylvania state champion
Super 32 champion
Flo Nationals runner-up

Scott Kiyono – Poway, Calif. – Poway High School (projected weight 133)
Two-time place winner at California state championships
Three-time state qualifier in California
Helped lead Poway to a top-10 national ranking

Jack Miller – Westfield, N.J. – Westfield High School (projected weight 184/197)
Place winner at New Jersey state championships
Son of Tom Miller, who also wrestled at UVA

Quinn Miller – Lilburn, Ga. – Archer High School (projected weight HWT)
No. 6 ranked wrestler at 220 pounds by InterMat
No. 71 ranked wrestler overall by FloWrestling
Georgia state champion
Dapper Dan winner
NHSCA Junior Nationals runner-up

Drew Peck – Chambersburg, Pa. – Chambersburg High School (projected weight 184)
Two-time P.O. Wrestler of the Year
No. 8 ranked wrestler at 182 pounds by WIN Magazine
Three-time place winner at NHSCA Nationals
• Two-time place winner at Super 32


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