ODU Wrestling's Early Recruiting Class Ranked Highest in Virginia and CAA

December 11, 2007
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Dec. 11, 2007

NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion wrestling program pulled in the 14th best early recruiting class according to W.I.N. Magazine, good for the highest Virginia program and best class for the CAA as well. Coach Steve Martin welcomes top prospects Craig Wilson (Farmington, Mo.) and Joe Budi (Kaukauna, Wisc.), as well as local products Jared King (Chesapeake, Va.) and Chase Ennis (Yorktown, Va.).

According to the W.I.N. rankings, ODU outrecruited Virginia Tech and UVA, and was the only CAA school ranked in the Top 25. The Monarch coaching staff also outrecruited the nationally ranked Missouri, Tennessee-Chattanooga and Indiana programs.

Wilson ranks number two in the country at 140 lbs in the high school rankings and projects to be a national contender at the next level. He has just three career losses in high school as a two-time Missouri state champion. The 2008-09 freshman chose ODU over Missouri, Nebraska, Northern Iowa and 2007 National Champion Minnesota.

Budi is expected to contribute immediately for Coach Martin and the Monarchs, ranked 9th in the country in the high school polls at 189 lbs. A Wisconsin state champion, Budi also chose Old Dominion over Minnesota, Nebraska and Pennsylvania.

King and Ennis will join the Monarchs from local areas heavily recruited in the state of Virginia. King wrestles for Great Bridge High School and is ranked 10th in the nation by Wrestling USA. He is a two-time state runner-up and chose Old Dominion over Virginia Tech. Ennis wrestles at Grafton High School in Yorktown and was also a Virginia state runner-up. He was being recruited by Princeton and UT Chattanooga.

The full recruiting class article can be found at www.win-magazine.com.

2007 Early Recruiting Class Rankings
1. Minnesota
2. Wisconsin
3. Northwestern
4. Illinois
5. Ohio State
6. Oklahoma State
7. Iowa
8. Central Michigan
9. Michigan
10. Rutgers
11. Kent State
12. Iowa State
13. Boise State
14. Old Dominion
15. Virginia Tech
16. Missouri
17. Oregon State
18. Michigan State
19. Virginia
20. Northern Illinois
21. Tennessee-Chattanooga
22. Indiana
23. Lehigh
24. Bloomsburg
25. Buffalo