Wrestling Lands Four Top Recruits for 2013

November 20, 2012
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Nov. 20, 2012

The Old Dominion University wrestling team and head coach Steve Martin announced the addition of Brandon Jeske, Austin Eads, Jake Velarde, and Jordan Marshall on Tuesday. All four guys have signed letters of intent to wrestle for ODU next season.

"All of these kids are hard workers and have a long list of credentials. They are all good kids on and off the mat," commented Martin. "Overall, I thought we had a very solid recruiting class. Among these four kids, three are ranked in the Top 100 (by InterMat) for all wrestlers in all weight classes in the country. We are very excited that these guys have chosen to attend Old Dominion University."

Meet the newest members of Monarch Nation:

Brandon Jeske (Virginia Beach, Virginia)

No. 17 overall/No. 2 at 132 by InterMat
No. 3 at 132 by WIN magazine and The Open Mat (AWN)
-2011    Walsh Ironman-Folkstyle (126)-Fourth Place
-2011    Beast of the East-Folkstyle (126)-Second Place
-2011    Super 32 Challenge-Folkstyle (132)-Sixth Place
-2011    Junior Nationals-Freestyle (130)-Second Place
-2011    Virginia State Wrestling Tournament-Folkstyle (130)-Champion
-2010    Walsh Ironman-Folkstyle (130)-Second Place
-2010    Beast of the East-Folkstyle (130)-Third Place
-2010    Super 32 Challenge-Folkstyle (130)-Second Place
-2010    Cadet Nationals-Freestyle (130)-Champion
-2010    Cadet Nationals-Greco-Roman (130)-Third Place
-2010    FILA Cadet Nationals-Freestyle (127)-Champion
-2010    National Prep Championships-Folkstyle (119)-Second Place
-2009    Beast of the East-Folkstyle (119)-Second Place
-2009    Super 32 Challenge-Folkstyle (112)-Second Place
-2009    FILA Cadet Nationals-Greco-Roman (110)-Champion
-2009    Tulsa Nationals-Folkstyle (108)-Champion
-2008    Super 32 Challenge-Folkstyle (103)-Seventh Place
-2008    Tulsa Nationals-Folkstyle (89)-Fifth Place

Austin Eads (Lee's Summit, Missouri)

No. 63 overall/No. 11 at 152 by InterMat
No. 11 Open Mat (AWN)
No. 19 at 145 by WIN magazine
-Cadet All American Freestyle 6th place 2010
-USA Wrestling Folk style Nationals 5th place 2012
 -Junior All American Freestyle 2nd place 2012
-Missouri National team member 2009,2010,2011,2012 Freestyle and Greco
-Missouri State Champion Junior Freestyle 152lb 2012
-Missouri State Champion Greco 152lb 2011, State Champion Greco 2010 135lb
-3 time State place winner, 4th in 2010, 2nd in 2011, 3rd in 2012
-3 time Academic All State, 2010, 2011, 2012
-Kansas City Star All Metro, First Team 2012
-Career Record 144-14 school record is 148
-School record 38 Pins in a season, 2012
-School record 102 pins, previous 61
-School record team point's season 293, 2012, career 743
-School record 55 wins in a season 2012
-Freshman 41-8
-Sophomore 48-4
-Junior 55-2

Jake Velarde (Hansville, Washington)

No. 87 overall/No. 20 at 147 pounds by InterMat
No. 13 @ 138 by WIN magazine
-2012    Junior Nationals    Greco-Roman    138    Eighth Place
-2011    Junior Nationals    Greco-Roman    130    Second Place
-2010    Cadet Nationals    Greco-Roman    119    Third Place
-2010    FILA Cadet Nationals    Greco-Roman    119    Champion
-Has won three state titles
-Velarde took seventh in Greco-Roman in 2012-has achieved All-American status three times
-H.S. career record is 116-4

Jordan Marshall (Bradford, Ohio)

-Freshman Year: State Qualifier, 24-5
-Sophomore Year: 3rd at State, 24-3 Ohio Freestyle State Runner-Up, Disney Dual All-American
-Junior Year: State Champion 23-0, Ohio Freestyle State Runner-Up

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