Two Top 25 Recruits Verbal
(Photo by Rob Preston)
We are only two days into the month of August, but already we are off to a HOT start as two of the nation’s top 25 wrestlers from the class of 2016 have given their verbals commitments. The commitments of Luke Pletcher and Nathan Traxler mean that 14 of the top 25 wrestlers have already given their verbal, and only half of the top ten remain uncommitted.
Ohio State’s head coach Tom Ryan landed a big one with the addition of the #8 ranked Luke Pletcher (Greater Latrobe, PA). Pletcher is a two-time Super 32 champion and selected the Buckeyes over Pitt, Penn State, and Virginia Tech. He will project at 141 pounds most likely for Ohio State, but according to our interview earlier this summer, he is not ruling out 133 pounds. Pletcher made his announcement on Twitter yesterday:
Excited to announce that I'll be continuing my academic and athletic career at The Ohio state university. Go bucks pic.twitter.com/CvRV09d72F
— luke pletcher (@LukePletcher) August 2, 2015
In addition to Pletcher, Stanford has picked up a new addition as well when the #21 ranked Nathan Traxler (Marmion Academy, IL) gave his verbal earlier this morning. Traxler is a two-time Junior All-American taking fifth at the most recent Fargo national championship at 182 pounds. He projects at either 184 or 197 pounds. Like Pletcher, Traxler made his commitment known via social media:
— Nathan Traxler (@nathantraxler4) August 2, 2015