Sept. 18, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army head wrestling coach Joe Heskett announced his 15-man recruiting class on Wednesday. The Class of 2017 will join the program for the 2013-14 campaign.
The group includes Russell Parsons (149), the nation's second ranked recruit coming out of high school at 152 pounds, and High School National Champion Mark Marchetti (141).
Parsons, a Blair Academy product, exited high school ranked in the top 25 pound for pound, won the Powerade, Beast of the East, Ironman and Prep Nationals, and secured a perfect record as a senior. Parsons was also an All-American at Junior Nationals, which took place in Fargo, N.D.
Marchetti stormed through his senior season at Father Ryan High School in Tennessee, capping it off with a perfect record and a national title at High School Nationals. Marchetti was only the second wrestler from Tennessee to win High School Nationals, the other being a national champion who competed for Cornell.
The class maintains it strength in large part to the national experience that each wrestler brings to the Army wrestling room. On top of the accomplishments that Parsons and Marchetti bring in, the Black Knights welcome four other Junior National All-Americans. Arizona State champion ranked top 20 in the nation, Samson Imonode (174), a Foley (Minn.) High School standout, ranked 26th in the nation as a high school senior, Tristan Manderfeld (133), three-time New Jersey state place winner, Conner Melde (149), and California state place winner Mason Kumashiro (197), who earned a top 25 ranking in the nation from the United States Wrestling Association and secured All-American status in Fargo.
Other nationally ranked high school wrestlers in the Class of 2017 include Blair Academy graduate, David Farr (heavyweight). Farr spent a year developing at the United States Military Academy Prep school along with other members of the class including Imonode, Melde, Austin Marsico, and Tony Risaliti. Farr left high school placing in all of the major tournaments in which his school entered and earned a top 25 national ranking. Two-time Pennsylvania state place winner Risaliti (165) and Marisco (125) round out the prep school class.
State champions Dalton Shoop (184) and Christian Doyle (125) add more depth and experience to the 2013-14 class. Shoop was a two-time Colorado State Champion and Doyle was a Texas State Champion, as well as a Prep National All-American. Nick Frank (133) is a three-time Maryland State place winner who finished his high school career ranked 18th in the country by USWA. Trevor Smith (197) was a two-time California State place winner, while Logan Everett (133) earned a spot on the Pennsylvania State podium. Rounding out the class is two-time Minnesota State place winner Lincoln Mallinger (141).
In all, the Class of 2017 boasts two national champions, five Fargo All-Americans, and seven athletes ranked in the top 26 exiting high school.
"This is a very talented and credentialed group of young men," Heskett said. "As a staff, we have and will continue to tirelessly work to turn our program into a nationally recognized program. This type of change does not happen overnight. The young men in this class clearly understand the expectations of building a winning culture at the highest level of the sport. This is exciting primarily because our culture and belief, and what is being built, will change the landscape of Army wrestling. Not only are we diligently working to get multiple individuals on the NCAA podium this year and years to come, but we have a great urgency to beat Navy and begin to shift the series for a long term run of victory in our favor. The wrestling room is filled with youth, but it is also filled with talent."
The Army wrestling team will begin the 2013-14 season on Nov. 2, when the Black Knights face Franklin & Marshall in Harrisburg, Pa. The dual match is scheduled for 2 p.m.