Wrestling Recruiting Class Ranked in the Top-25 Nationally

November 30, 2011
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Nov. 30, 2011

NORFOLK, Va. - The recent announcement of the Old Dominion University wrestling recruiting class has landed the Monarchs ranked in the top-25 of Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine (W.I.N.)'s recruiting rankings at No. 16.

Head Coach Steve Martin announced the addition of Jack Dechow, Kevin Beazley, Micah Barnes, Lenny Richardson and Joe Jessen that will be set to join the Monarchs in the fall of 2012.

Jack DeChow (184, Richmond, Illinois)
Martin on Dechow: "Jack fulfilled a big need at the upper weights for us, he's a big guy. He is very athletic but also a good football player. We're very excited to get him, he's a true athlete, if you're an athlete at those upper weights you can do very well."
• Two-time Illinois State runner-up
• Career record of 108-10
• Ranked No. 49 in TheOpenMat top-100 rankings and No. 80 by InterMat
• Ranked No. 6 in weight clas by InterMat and No. 8 by WIN-Magazine
• Took third place at the 2010 Cadet Freestyle National Championships
• Earned a sixth place finish at the 2011 Junior Freestyle Championships

 Kevin Beazley (174, Novi, Michigan)

Martin on Beazley:
"For this recruiting class, we needed guys at 197 and 285, and that's what he can give us. He proved himself on the national level, once he grows into his body I think he's going to be scary." 

• Career high school record of 142-21

• Sits at No. 71 in TheOpenMat.com rankings

• Ranked in the top-10 by both TheOpenMat.com (No. 7) and W.I.N. Magazine (No. 8)

• Two-time Flo National All-American, earning a fifth place in 2010 and second in 2011

• Three-time state qualifier, state runner-up as a junior

• Finished seventh at the 2011 Super 32 Challenge

Micah Barnes (165, Simley, Minnesota)

Martin on Barnes: "He is a tenacious worker, great athlete. On the mat he's physical, a nasty wrestler. We're very excited about his ability." 

• Two-time Minnesota state runner-up

• Ranked No. 93 by TheOpenMat.com

• Ranked No. 6 at his weight class by InterMat and at No. 9 by W.I.N Magazine

• Career record of 95-18

• Two-time section champion and three-time All-Conference honoree

• Earned All-American honors with a seventh place finish at Junior Freestyle Championships

Lenny Richardson (149, West Orange, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) 

Martin on Richardson:
"He's more of a folkstyle wrestler. He is an unbelievable athlete and another kid that will be scary in college. We feel very good about him." 

• Ranked No. 4 at 145 pound weight class by InterMat

• Won the 2011 NHSCA Junior National Championship

• Three-time New Jersey state qualifier

• Finished second at the 2011 Super 32 Challenge

Joe Jessen (197, Winchester, Virginia) 

Martin on Jessen:
"Joe's a kid we've had on our radar for a couple of years. He is a very hard worker, a fighter in the match. He'll probably be around 197 for us." 

• Two-time Virginia state qualifier, taking second as a sophomore and first as a junior

• Currently ranked No. 16 by TheOpenMat and No. 14 by USA Wrestling Magazine

• Took fifth at the 2011 Super 32 Challenge

• Took fourth at the NHSCA Junior Nationals and fifth at the Super 32 last year

W.I.N's Early Recruiting Rankings
1. Cornell                  
2. Iowa                  
3. Wisconsin                  
4. Michigan                  
5. Lehigh                  
6. Stanford                  
7. North Carolina                  
8. Illinois                  
9. Iowa State                  
10. Northwestern                  
11. Minnesota                  
12. Virginia                  
13. Harvard                  
14. Oklahoma                  
15. Ohio State                  
16. Old Dominion
17. Missouri                  
18. Oklahoma State                  
19. Columbia                  
20. Bucknell                  
21. Drexel                  
22. Eastern Michigan                  
23. Michigan State                  
24. Cal Poly                  
25 (tie). Northern Iowa                  
25 (tie) Virginia Tech

The full article can be found here.