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Simons Announces 03-04 Recruiting Class

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: July 16, 2003
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July 16, 2003

NORFOLK, VA - Old Dominion head coach Gray Simons announced on Wednesday that 17 incoming freshmen have signed letters of intent to wrestle for the Monarchs starting in 2003-04. Of the 17 newcomers, 13 are state place-winners with two state champions and six runner-ups. These incoming freshmen are part of the biggest recruiting class in the history of the Old Dominion wrestling program.

Leading the way is Andy Lacroix, a three-time state champion and two-time New England champion out of Salem High School in Salem, New Hampshire. Lacroix also ran cross country and placed fifth in the state pole vault competition. Lacroix is projected as a 125 pounder in college.

Justin Bradley was a 2003 state champion for Mardela High School in Sharptown, MD. As a junior he took 2nd while coming in 6th as a sophomore. Bradley was also an outstanding soccer player in high school and was a member of the baseball and golf teams. He is projected to wrestle at 125 pounds.

Jacob Forestiere is a four-time state qualifier who placed second, third and fourth in the state tournament. Forestiere comes from Tabb High School in Tabb, VA and plans to wrestle at 149 pounds for the Monarchs.

Brian Roznowski placed third in the state as a junior and finished as a runner-up this past year. He hails from York High School in Yorktown, VA where he was a standout soccer player. He is a projected at 141 pounds.

Ryan Early, a local product from Norfolk, VA, finished second in the state this past season. He wrestled for Lake Taylor High School and was an outstanding baseball player as well. Early hopes to wrestle at 141 pounds.

Rob Valentine, Jr. was a state runner-up from Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, VA this year at 189 pounds. Valentine was also an outstanding football and Lacrosse player at Mount Vernon. He hopes to wrestle at 197 pounds at ODU.

Jason Earnhardt will join teammate Jacob Forestiere at ODU. Earnhardt placed second for Tabb High School in 2003. Earnhardt, a Yorktown, VA native, is projected to wrestle at 133 pounds.

John Harris placed second in the state for Riverheads High School in Middlebrook, VA this past season. Harris plans to wrestle at 125 pounds in college.

Milton" PJ" Puriefoy placed third in the state tournament at 103 pounds for Abingdon High School in Abingdon, VA. Puriefoy is projected as a 125 pounder.

Michael Davis placed fourth in 2003 for Herndon High School in Herndon, VA. Davis hopes to wrestle at 125 pounds in college.

David Golt is another local student-athlete who comes to ODU from Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, VA. Golt placed fourth in the state tournament as a junior and hopes to wrestle at 157 pounds.

Tim Schluderberg hails from Ashburn, VA and wrestled for Broad Run High School where he placed sixth in the state tournament. Schluderberg hopes to wrestle at either at 197 pounds or as a heavyweight.

Donald Motley was a member of the Virginia Freestyle team last summer where he went 3-2 at the Junior Nationals in Fargo ND. Motley wrestled for Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake, VA. He is a projected 133 pounder at ODU.

Josh Howland is a district champion from Kempsville High School who placed third in the regional tournament. The Virginia Beach, VA recruit was coached by All-American Keith Lorance. Howland hopes to wrestle at 157 pounds.

Jack Downin was a fifth place finisher in the regional tournament for Herndon High School in Reston, VA. Downin is projected at 141 pounds in college.

Josh Puryear was a two-time district champion for I. C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, VA. Puryear plans to wrestle in the 141 pound weight class at ODU.

Jared Smith is another local recruit from Newport News, VA. He wrestled for Woodside High School and was voted the Most Valuable Player on the team his senior year. Smith hopes to wrestle at 125 pounds in college.

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