June 22, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - University of Virginia head wrestling coach Lenny Bernstein has announced the addition of 17 student-athletes to the UVa wrestling program. The Cavaliers' 2005 recruiting class, ranked #22 in the nation by InterMat Wrestling's Top-25 recruiting class rankings, consists of 17 members to potentially fill eight different weight classes. The highly-touted recruiting class features 13 first-years, four transfers and wrestlers from five different states (Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey and Washington).
UVa's 2005 recruiting class is one of the most prolific classes ever signed by the Cavaliers. Five of Virginia's 17 top recruits come to UVa with very lofty credentials and highlight Bernstein and his assistant coaching staff's recruiting efforts. Here is a closer look at the Cavaliers' incoming class of wrestlers:
Name Weight High School State
Ross Gitomer 125 Blair Academy New Jersey
Brent Jones 197 Robinson Virginia
Trevor Bowers 141 Lake Catholic Ohio
Mikey Sewell 157 Inglemoor Washington
Eric Albright 133 Red Lion Pennsylvania
Nate Barbee 125 Stonewall Jackson Virginia
Zach Anderson 125 James River Virginia
Ben Johnson 133 Jackson Ohio
Peter Ferrara 133/141 Central Bucks West Pennsylvania
Nick Alparone 141 Hunterdon Central New Jersey
Chris Ianovale 141 The Haverford School Pennsylvania
Danny Artusio 149 James Wood Virginia
Jake Siegel 149 Oscar Smith Virginia
Kristian Parker 149 Hanover Virginia
Kyle Artusio 157 James Wood Virginia
Nick Buck 184 Christiansburg Virginia
Jason Fuller HWT Kempsville Virginia
Ross Gitomer, a 125-pounder from Blair Academy in New Jersey, placed second at the National High School Wrestling Championships. He is a National Prep School Champion and is ranked as a Top-5 recruit in every recruiting publication.
"Ross is a blue-chip recruit and a very well coached wrestler from the national powerhouse Blair Academy," said Bernstein. "He has tremendous upside as he was below the national radar when we signed him in the Fall. But since then, he placed second at The Beast of The East and Senior Nationals. We expect to red-shirt him his freshman year."
Brent Jones, a 197-pounder from Robinson High School in Virginia, placed third at the National High School Wrestling Championships and fourth at the Junior National Championships. He was a Virginia AAA State Champion, a four-time placer at the Virginia AAA States and was also ranked as a Top-5 recruit in every recruiting publication.
"Brent has been highly touted since his freshman year in high school," said Bernstein. "He is very powerful and has placed high in the Folkstyle, Freestyle and Greco-Roman national events. Brent is the total package as he will look to help the team at 197-pounds."
Trevor Bowers, a 141-pounder from Lake Catholic High School in Ohio, placed sixth at the National High School Wrestling Championships and was an Ohio State Champion.
"Trevor really impressed our coaching staff by winning the Ohio States back in March," said Bernstein. "But he impressed us even more with his sixth place finish at Senior Nationals in April. Trevor is an 'in your face' type wrestler and is a bit unorthodox, but he is hard to score on and knows how to win."
Mikey Sewell, a 157-pounder from Inglemoor High School in Washington, is a three-time Washington State Champion and was ranked as the #1 recruit in the state of Washington - regardless of weight class.
"Mikey is an ex-hockey player who is very powerful and wrestles extremely hard the entire match" said Bernstein. "He will be fun to watch as his style is bruising and athletic. Since he did not compete in the High School Nationals, he did not get ranked as high as he should, but I believe he is a Top-5 wrestler in the USA - just like Gitomer and Jones."
Eric Albright, a 133-pounder from Red Lion High School in Pennsylvania, placed fourth at the Pennsylvania State Championships and was ranked as a Top-20 recruit in the USA.
"Eric is a year-round wrestler who won the nationally ranked Powerade Tournament," said Bernstein. "He is very dangerous from many different positions. This usually separates the good college wrestlers from the great ones. If he makes some strength gains this summer, he can be very successful at 133-pounds this year."
Not to be overshadowed by their fellow newcomers, a dozen other UVa newcomers will look to make their mark on the mats next season. Here is a closer look at the rest of Virginia's 2005 recruiting class:
- Nate Barbee is a 125-pounder from Stonewall Jackson High School in Virginia. He placed sixth at the Junior National Championships and took third at the Virginia State Championships.
- Zach Anderson is a 125-pounder from James River High School in Virginia. He placed fourth at the Virginia State Championships.
- Ben Johnson is a 133-pounder from Jackson High School in Ohio. He placed second at the Division I Ohio State Championships.
- Peter Ferrara is a 133/141-pounder from Central Bucks West High School in Pennsylvania. He placed sixth at the Pennsylvania State Championships.
- Nick Alparone is a 141-pounder from Hunterdon Central High School in New Jersey. He placed fourth at the New Jersey State Championships.
- Chris Ianovale is a 141-pounder from The Haverford School in Pennsylvania. He is a three-time National Prep School placer and is a transfer from Georgetown University.
- Danny Artusio is a 149-pounder from James Wood High School in Virginia. He placed second at the 2004 Virginia AA State Championships and is a transfer from Lord Fairfax Community College.
- Jake Siegel is a 149-pounder from Oscar Smith High School in Virginia. He placed fourth at the Virginia AAA State Championships.
- Kristian Parker is a 149-pounder from Hanover High School in Virginia. He placed fourth at the 2004 Virginia AAA State Championships and is a transfer from East Carolina University.
- Kyle Artusio is a 157-pounder from James Wood High School in Virginia. He placed third at the 2004 Virginia AA State Championships and is a transfer from Lord Fairfax Community College
- Nick Buck is a 184-pounder from Christiansburg High School in Virginia. He is a Virginia AA State Champion and a four-time Virginia AA state placer.
- Jason Fuller is a heavyweight from Kempsville High School in Virginia. He is a football scholarship player who is a two-time Virginia AAA state placer.
Here is a look at InterMat Wrestling's Top 25 recruiting Classes which ranks Virginia's class #22 in the country:
InterMat Wrestling's Top 25 Recruiting Classes (www.intermatwrestle.com)
1. Iowa State
2. Virginia Tech
5. Penn State
6. Oklahoma State
8. Old Dominion
12. West Virginia
13. Northern Iowa
15. Central Michigan
18. Northern Illinois
21. Cal Poly
23. Kent State
24. Ohio University
25. North Carolina State
Honorable Mention: Buffalo, Cal-Davis, Clarion, Eastern Michigan, Edinboro, Harvard, Michigan State, North Dakota State, Purdue, Rider, The Citadel, West Point.
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