Big Ten wrestling recruiting grades, Part II

The Big Ten is arguably the toughest conference in all of college wrestling. With most teams recently completing their recruiting classes, has now listed all the recruits at each school, breaking down the big names and grading each team on their success - or failure. Where do the Gophers rate? Read more in Part II of this two-part series.

Big Ten wrestling teams have wrapped up their spring recruiting.

Yesterday we highlighted Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State. Today we look at the rest of the Big Ten, including Minnesota.

After one of the best recruiting classes in the country last season, Minnesota had a relatively quiet recruiting class this year, although Travis Lang (Bismarck, N.D.) and Nick Davis (Gainesville, Fla.) will have a good chance to see action in the future. Those two and all Gophers freshmen will likely redshirt next season.

Here is a look at who signed where and what to expect from each recruiting class.


125 - Travis Lang (Bismark, ND); 133/141 - Tyler Safratowich (Park Rapids, MN); 174 - Nick Davis (Gainesville, FL); 184/197 - Graydon Anderson (Hudson, WI);

An eighth-place finish at the national tournament, and a stud class last year hurt the Gophers this recruiting season. Lang is a four-time state champ and will add depth and compete at lower weights. Word is he is a career 125-pounder, which could be a huge boost for him and the Gophers to have someone as talented as Lang for four years at a weight that is tough to fill. Anderson and Safratowich are not as big as names as other recent recruits, but once J Robinson and Marty Morgan get these guys into the program, anything can happen.

Grade: C


125 - Jordan Brown (Solon, OH); 149/157 - Greg Hagle (Blair Academy, NJ); 149/157 - Brandon Lozdoski (Machesney Park, IL); 184/197 - Mike Tamillow (Fenton HS, IL); 285 - Dustin Fox (Galion, OH);

The Wildcats did well in the big wrestling states – Ohio and New Jersey – but can it lead to success on the mat?

Grade: C+

Ohio State

125 - Chris Hamed (Woodridge HS, OH); 125 - Levi Wyant (Triad HS, OH); 125/133 - Eric Wanner (Olentangy HS, OH); 141 - Jeff Jaggers (St. Peter Chanel, OH); 149 - Jason Johnstone (Massillon Perry, OH); 149/157 - Matt Fleming (West Jefferson HS, OH); 157 - Steve Sommer (Iowa Central CC); 165 - Andy Lowther (Walsh Jesuit HS, OH); 165 - Keegan Mueller (Highland Park, TX); 165/174 - Brian Baldridge (Northmor HS, OH); 165/174 - Charlie Clark (Blair Academy, NJ); 174/184 - Jason Hackett (Arizona State); 184 - Blake Mauer (Evansville, IN); 285 - Kirk Nail (Hilliard Davidson HS, OH);

The Buckeyes finished third in the nation last season – which was a big boost to their recruiting efforts. The Buckeyes also lose four of their five All-Americans from that team, meaning there is competition at a lot of weights. Keegan Mueller, Blake Maurer and Jeff Jaggers were wanted by everybody, and picked the Buckeyes. Charlie Clark has the bloodlines – his brother Mitch was a national champ at OSU, and John was an All-American this past spring.

Grade: A

Penn State

125/133 - Jake Strayer (South Fork, PA); 157/165 - Neil Bretz (Carlisle, PA); 165 - Mark Friend (Libertyville, IL); 174 - Phil Bomberger (Juniata, PA);

As good a state as Pennsylvania is in wrestling, the Nittany Lions are battling the elements – namely the 14 other Division I programs in the state. The jury is still out on just how good this class can be.

Grade: C-


141 - Andrew Patacsil (Ft. Laderdale, FL); 149 - Mark Powell (Washington, PA); 157 - Colton Salazar (Heber City, UT); 165/174 - Jake Muphy (Chicago, IL);

The Heber City area has produced some talent – such as Iowa State's Cael Sanderson, former Nebraska All-American Justin Ruiz and two-time national runner-up Ryan Lewis (Minnesota), so expectations are high for Colton Salazar.

Grade: C


125 - Josh Crass (Medford, WI); 133 - Jordan Crass (Medford, WI); 149 - Zach Tanelli (Millburn, NJ); 149/157 - Craig Henning (Chippewa Falls, WI); 157 - Seth Garvin (Homewood, AL); 197 - Dallas Herbst (Winneconne, WI); 285 - Kyle Massey (Centennial, MN);

Barry Davis and the crew in Madison are ecstatic – there is some real talent in this group. Garvin is considered by many to be the best wrestler to ever come out of Alabama, but can that translate into success in the rugged Big Ten? Massey will likely be the heavyweight for the next four years (he will likely redshirt this coming year though), and the Crass brothers bring excitement – and lots of local fans who are eager to follow their careers.

Grade: A

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