Two years ago, Minnesota landed the top recruiting class in the nation, according to most wrestling publications. That group, which included 133-pounder Mack Reiter, 149-pounder C.P. Schlatter, 157-pounder Mitch Kuhlman, 184-pounder Roger Kish and 197-pounder Matt Koz, will make their debut this year for the maroon and gold. All five, now entering their redshirt freshman year, are expected to garner spots in the Gophers' 10-man starting lineup. Schlatter however, the mostly highly touted of the group, is out until January after suffering a knee injury wrestling in the Junior Pan Am Games last summer. He tore an ACL, but is back on the mat and expects to compete second semester.
But the focus for the Gophers this weekend is
enticing a number of the nation's top wrestlers to
come to Minnesota and continue their wrestling
careers. Among the group visiting Minnesota are local
standouts Jayson Ness of Bloomington Kennedy, Steve
Larson of Apple Valley and Nate Matousek of
Glencoe-Silver Lake. Among the outstate recruits
coming are Dustin Schlatter of Massilon Perry High of
Ohio, and Troy Nickerson of Chenango Folks, New York.
Schlatter, the younger brother of C.P., is considered
the top recruit in the nation, while Nickerson is
considered a top-five recruit and the No. 1 wrestler
in the nation at 119.
"Everyone thinks because Schlatter's brother is a
Gopher that he is a lock to go to Minnesota," said
Matt Krumrie, recruiting analyst for
Thewrestlingmall.com. "While Minnesota appears to be
the favorite, Dustin has indicated he still isn't sure
what the future holds. This is a big weekend. There
are some real talented kids coming in this weekend,
some real studs. If they can sign the guys they want,
this class could rival that of a few years ago."
Ness has narrowed his choices to Minnesota,
Northwestern, Navy and North Dakota State. He has a
3.95 GPA and is looking to go to a school with a
strong engineering program.
Larson is also being recruited by Minnesota in
football and is having a hard time making a decision,
said his father, Steve. Larson is ranked as the No. 2
senior heavyweight in the nation by Wrestling USA
"He's really having a hard time making a choice," Steve Larson said. "He wants to play football, but he wants
to wrestle. He likes both so much."
Apple Valley head coach Jim Jackson said Larson – who
did not start wrestling until eighth grade - could
either be a 197-pounder or heavyweight in college.
Regardless, whichever sport he plays and whatever
school he chooses, that team will get a quality
"Steve Larson is a tremendous person, with great
leadership skills and is an extremely hard worker,"
Matousek is a two-time state champion who also has
shown interest in Iowa, Penn State, Lehigh and
Schlatter has already visited Cal Poly and Nebraska
and after Minnesota this weekend he will visit
Nickerson, who has a 3.85 GPA, was also considering
Cornell, Iowa, Michigan, Harvard and Northwestern.
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