Lions Land Top-Ranked Wrestling Recruit

The rich got richer Monday night, as Cael Sanderson secured another big-time prospect.

It's not practical for Cael Sanderson to 'Dominate the State' like James Franklin has set out to do. Wrestling recruiting doesn't quite work that way.

Yet, when it comes to who the Penn State head wrestling coach wants in his program, he rarely misses out. He sure didn't Monday night.

Penn State picked up its first class of 2015 wrestling verbal commitment in Pittsburgh Central Catholic 145-pounder Vincenzo Joseph. The 2014 Pennsylvania State Champion at 138-pounds projects as a 149-pounder in college.

He is FLO Wrestling's top-ranked wrestler at 145-pounds, which he is expected to wrestle at during his senior season. Wrestling recruits can first sign their Letter of Intent during the early signing period, which runs Nov. 12 to Nov 19. It was not immediately clear whether Joseph would sign during the early period or wait until the regular period, which begins April 15.

"Very proud to announce that I will be continuing my education and athletic pursuits at Penn State University," Joseph tweeted.

Joseph was a runner-up in the 2014 Fargo Freestyle event. According to FLO wrestling, he picked the Lions over Cornell, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, and Iowa.

The senior finished the 2013-2014 season 40-3 according to the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Four of those victories came via fall, two more by technical fall, and another six by major decision.


Fight On State Top Stories