Wrestling Pulls in Top-10 Early Signing Class
By ODU Athletics
Dec. 9, 2010
NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion University secured its seventh-consecutive top-20 recruiting class under head coach Steve Martin by ranking 10th in WIN-Magazine's annual early recruiting class ranking, the magazine released Wednesday.
The Monarchs signed five recruits to National Letters of Intent, with four of the five ranked in InterMat's top-100.
Pete Baldwin, Brandon Choate, Robert F. Deutsch Jr., Chris Mecate and Taylor Moeder will all join the Monarchs in the fall of 2011.
It is the fifth time in seven years that Martin has pulled off a top-10 recruiting class.
"We are excited to be able to nail down another top ten recruiting class. This class is a special one as we were able to get four Top 100 recruits which is a first for our program. To put it in perspective these are the best one hundred wrestlers in the nation at all weights classes," Martin said. "To be able to nail down four student-athletes from this group is very difficult because of the competition level from the Big Ten and Big 12 Conferences. High caliber kids like this equate to Championships. This will be a fun group to watch."
Pete Baldwin (157/165 Kissimmee, Fla./Osceola)
On pace to break national high school record for pins and wins in a career.
Baldwin is ranked No. 32 overall in the nation by InterMat
Has a career record of 271-20 (197 pins) while his high school record is 166-6 and is a three-time state finalist
Runner-up at the 2010 Flo Nationals
Three-time USA Wrestling SE Region Junior Champion in Freestyle and Greco-Roman
2009 Powerade runner-up and 2010 Super 32 place-winner
Brandon Choate (133/141 Orwigsburg, Pa./Blue Mountain)
Has won three-straight Schuylkill League Tournament titles and has a career record of 115-23
Three-straight third place finishes at the District XI Tournament
Took third place in the Pennsylvania State Championships last year and seventh as a sophomore
Earned a seventh place finish at the NHSCA Sophomore Nationals
Robert F. Deutsch Jr. (125/133 Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional)
Deutsch is ranked No. 52 overall by InterMat and is the fourth ranked 119-pounder by InterMat
Has a high school record of 113-12, earning a first, second and third place finish at the New Jersey State Tournament
Three-time place-winner at the Beast of the East, taking fifth in 2007, sixth in 08 and third in 09
Earned a seventh place finish at the 2007 ASICS/Vaughan Cadet Junior Freestyle Nationals and second in 2008
Chris Mecate (141/149 Highland, Calif./Redlands East Valley)
Mecate is ranked No. 46 overall by InterMat and ninth at 141-pounds by TheOpenMat.com
He is ranked 11th by InterMat at the 135-pound weight class
Won the Super 32 Tournament, 5 Counties, MLK King of the Mat, El Cajon Invitational, Masters Championships last year as a junior
Took fifth place in states last year and sixth as a freshman
Named the 2009-10 Wrestler of the Year by The San Bernardino County Sun
Taylor Moeder (149 Shawnee, Kan./St. James)
Moeder is ranked No. 81 overall by InterMat and has a career record of 120-9
He is ranked ninth at 145-pounds by InterMat and eighth at 141-pounds by TheOpenMat.com
Has won two-straight Kansas state titles, going 40-1 last year as a junior and took third as a freshman
Was a double All-American at the ASICS/Vaughan Junior Nationals, placing first in Greco-Roman and fourth in Freestyle
Took fourth at the NHSCA Junior Nationals
WIN-Magazine's Early Recruiting Season Rankings
Nicholson Continues Climb Up Rankings Fellow senior Kyle Hutter is also in the rankings, as he is as high as No. 11 in the polls. Hutter is a two-time NCAA qualifier and is 12-2 on the year.
2 Ohio State
3 Oklahoma State
4 Penn State
5 North Carolina
6 Virginia Tech
11 NC State
13 Central Michigan
17 Utah Valley
19 Iowa State
20 Arizona State
24 Cal Poly
25 Northern Iowa
ODU senior James Nicholson has reached his highest ranking of the season, ranking fourth at 125-pounds. The three-time CAA champ is 9-0 on the year and won CAA Wrestler of the Month for November.
Nicholson Continues Climb Up Rankings
Fellow senior Kyle Hutter is also in the rankings, as he is as high as No. 11 in the polls. Hutter is a two-time NCAA qualifier and is 12-2 on the year.