WEST POINT, N.Y. Army head coach Chuck Barbee recently announced the members of the Class of 2013 that will join the Black Knight wrestling squad for the upcoming season. The tenth-year coach will welcome a strong contingent from the U.S Military Academy Prep School (USMAPS) into the fold, along with a solid direct-admit lot for the 2009-10 season.
“I am extremely excited about the group of guys we have coming in this year,” said Barbee. “My coaching staff and I really worked hard to educate these guys on what a world class opportunity West Point can provide and I really believe that this may be the best recruiting class we have had in my years here at Army.
“It is never easy breaking into the starting line-up as a freshman, but there are a host of competitors in this class that will challenge to do exactly that. I think over the next four years, we will see quite a few of these young men make their mark on the Army Wrestling Program.”
Steven West (Birmingham, Ala./Oak Mountain H.S.), Eric Gobin (Maineville, Ohio/Archbishop Mueller) and Alan Lutterman headline the list of names that will call West Point home after spending a year at USMAPS. West was a three-time Alabama state champion and a NHSCA All-America in 2008 who finished his high school career with a 184-14 record. He capped his prep year by winning a National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NWCA) Championship at 133 pounds while at USMAPS. Gobin was a NCWA runner-up at 165 a year ago after placing at the Ohio state high school championships for three years. A high school state place-winner from North Dakota, Lutterman spent a year enlisted in the Army before attending the prep school where he finished fourth at the NCWA Championships as a heavyweight last season.
Tennessee State Champion Patrick Marchettii (Nashville, Tenn./Father Ryan H.S.) will wrestle at 165 at West Point after winning back-to-back high school state titles following a pair of third-place finishes to cap his freshman and sophomore campaigns. Ranked eighth in the Southeast by flowrestling.com, he was also recognized with Honorable Mention honors nationally by Wrestling Magazine.
Former Minnesota State Champion Kevin O’Brien (Becker, Minn./Becker H.S.) could also make an immediate impact at 165 after compiling a 171-30 record over the last four years. A 2008 Minnesota Junior National Dual Team member and a 2008 Central Junior Regional Greco Roman champion, he was ranked 16th in Win Magazine’s preseason rankings, while Wrestling Magazine gave him a ranking of 23rd nationally following the season.
Three talented newcomers are currently penciled in at 141 pounds for the Black Knights. Joey Walters (Pleasant Unity, Pa./Greater Latrobe H.S.) finished runner up at the Pennsylvania State Championships as a senior and was a member of the prestigious Dapper Dan PA Team during the season. Jordan Thome (Troy, Ohio/Troy Christian Academy), who is the younger brother of current Black Knight and rising junior Casey Thome, finished runner-up at the Ohio State Championships and totaled a high school record of 154-38, while three-time Nebraska State Champion Quintin Cottle (Fort Calhoun, Neb./Omaha Skutt Catholic) will start his collegiate career after prepping for a season at Wyoming Seminary.
Daniel Young (Bloomington, Ind./Culver Military Academy), who was crowned Indiana State Champion in 2009 following a third-place effort the season before, is slated to compete at 149 pounds for Army, while two-time Arizona State Champion and NHSCA All-American Ryan Renkey (Brandon, Fla./Brandon H.S.), who also won a state title after moving to Florida a year ago, will be in the mix at 125 pounds. Two-time Missouri State Champion and four-time state place-winner Collin Wittmeyer (Platte City, Mo./Platte County H.S.) will challenge for the top slot at 174 pounds.
Army Wrestling Class of 2013 (projected weight classes listed below)
Ryan Renkey (Brandon, Fla/Brandon) ... 2009 Florida State Champion ... two-time Arizona State Champion ... NHSCA All-American in 2008.
Chance Davidson (Litchfield, Ill./Litchfield) ... finished fourth at Illinois State Championship in 2009
Joseph Sterr (Downers Grove, Ill./North H.S.) ... Wrestled at USMAPS in 2008-09
Nathan Nguyen (Saratoga, Calif./Saratoga H.S.) ... 2009 California State qualifier.
Steven West (Birmingham, Ala./Oak Mountain (USMAPS))...three-time Alabama State champ ... NCWA Champion while attending the USMAPS ... NHSCA ALL-American in 2008
Connor Hanafee (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) ... Finished sixth at New York State Championships in 2009 ... Western Regional Freestyle Championships ... third-place winner in 2009.
Stephen Heino (Wilmington, Ill./Wilmington H.S.) ... Illinois State Runner-up in 2008
Tyler Sinisgalli (East Northport, N.Y./John H. Glenn H.S.) ... New York State Section 11 Runner-up in 2009 ... career Record 126-13
Joey Walters (Pleasant Unity, Pa./Greater Latrobe Sr. H.S.) ... Pennsylvania State Runner-up in 2009 ... member of the prestigious Dapper Dan Pa. Team in 2009
Jordan Thome (Troy, Ohio/Troy Christian Academy) ... Ohio State Runner-up in 2008 ... record 154-38 ... older brother Casey, will be a junior on the Army squad this coming season.
Quintin Cottle (Fort Calhoun, Neb./Omaha Skutt Catholic H.S. (Wyoming Seminary) ... three-time Nebraska State Champion ...wrestled at Wyoming Seminary in 2008-09.
John Barnes (Westfield, N.J./Westfield H.S.) ... New Jersey State qualifier ... placed in the top 12 ... career record is 96-34.
Daniel Young (Bloomington, Ind./Culver Military Academy) ... Indiana State Champ in 2009 ... third place in 2008 ... brother currently wrestles at Indiana University.
Dillon Horn (Irving, Texas/Coppell Senior H.S.) ... Texas State Runner-up in 2008 ... competed at the USMAPS in 2009, qualifying for the NCWA National Championships.
Tyler Sutherland (Liberal, Kansas/Liberal H.S.) ... Kansas State Runner-up 2009 ... fourth in 2008 ... career record 106-37.
Joe Clegg (Owens Crossroads, Ala./Huntsville H.S.) ... 2009 Alabama State place-winner.
Patrick Marchettii (Nashville, Tenn./Father Ryan H.S.) ... two-time Tennessee State Champion ... placed third as both a freshman and sophomore ... ranked eighth in the Southeast by flowrestling.com ... named Honorable mention nationally by Wrestling USA Magazine ... three-time Tennessee Dream Team member ... three-time All Mid-State team member.
Eric Gobin (Maineville, Ohio/Archbishop Mueller) ... three-time Ohio State place-winner ... took third as a senior ... NCWA runner-up while competing for the USMAPS squad in 2009.
Kevin O’Brien (Becker, Minn./Becker H.S.) ... placed first as a junior and second as a senior in Minnesota State Tournament ... career record of 171-30 ...preseason national ranking of 16 by Win Magazine ... Wrestling USA Magazine ranked him 23rd nationally ... 2008 Minnesota Junior National Dual Team Member ... 2008 Central Junior Regional Greco Roman Champion
Collin Wittmeyer (Platte City, Mo./Platte County H.S.) ... two-time Missouri State Champion ...placed fourth as a freshman and third as a sophomore ... honorable mention national ranking by WIN Magazine ... all-times win leader at Platte County H.S.
Thomas O’Connor (Roseburg, Ore./Glide H.S.) ... placed fourth twice at Oregon State Championships ... qualified for the NCWA National Championships while competing for the USMAPS in 2009.
Robert Doyle (Stewartstown, Pa./Red Lion Area H.S.) ... two-time Pennsylvania State Qualifier ... compiled a career record 69-40 ...finished fourth at Pennsylvania Freestyle State Championships.
Casey Hedash (Slatington, Pa./Northern Lehigh H.S.) ... Pennsylvania State Place-winner ... competed at the USMAPS last season.
Alex Bach (Minnestoa Lake, Minn./Maple River H.S.) ... placed second at 2009 Minnesota State Championships after a fourth-place effort in 2008 ... two-time Minnesota Juniors freestyle state place-winner.
Alan Lutterman (North Dakota) ... North Dakota State Place winner in 2006 ... enlisted in the Army in 2007-08 ... wrestled at USMAPS last season, finishing fourth at NCWA Championships.
Christian Botero (Triangle, Va./Forrest Park H.S.) ... Virginia State Championships qualifier ... career record of 76-24.