Wrestling Pulls in Top-10 Early Signing Class

December 09, 2010
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

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
Rank School

1 Wisconsin
2 Ohio State
3 Oklahoma State
4 Penn State
5 North Carolina
6 Virginia Tech
7 Nebraska
8 Minnesota
9 Virginia 10 Old Dominion
11 NC State
12 Cornell
13 Central Michigan
14 Lehigh
15 Penn
16 Purdue
17 Utah Valley
18 Stanford
19 Iowa State
20 Arizona State
21 Indiana
22 Binghamton
23 Chattanooga
24 Cal Poly
25 Northern Iowa

Nicholson Continues Climb Up Rankings
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.

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.