|Wrestling Coach Russell Announces First Recruiting Class|
George Mason men’s wrestling head coach Joe Russell has announced his first recruiting class. Joining the Patriots roster are nine incoming freshman and one transfer.
“Tommy and I are excited about our first recruiting class,” stated Russell. “We believe these student-athletes will be successful on and off the mat. If they give their best effort, have a great attitude and make good life decisions, this class can have a huge impact on George Mason University.”
The 10 student-athletes joining the 2012-13 roster will be Jake Kettler (Ramsey, MN/Anoka HS), Sahid Kargbo (Alexandria, VA/Hayfield HS), Matt Meadows (Medina, OH/ Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy), Ryan Forrest (Reston, VA/South Lakes HS), David Chenevey (Clifton, VA/Centreville HS), Robert Dooley (Vienna, VA/Madison HS), Luke Ludke (Clayton, NC/Clayton HS), Nikolas Weiser (Avino, Italy), Albert O’Bryant III (Macon, GA/Cushing Academy), Logan Ritchie (Stafford,VA/Brooke Point HS).
Sophomore Jake Kettler, a transfer from the University of Minnesota, earned a 14-7 record as a freshman at the University of Minnesota as a back-up to NCAA Champion Tony Nelson. He was the 2009 Heavyweight Minnesota State High School Champion out of Anoka High School. He also was a 2012 USA Olympic Final Trials Qualifier.
Two incoming freshman have signed a National Letters of Intent (NLI), Sahid Kargbo and Matt Meadows. Kargbo wrestled at nearby Hayfield HS and finished 3rd in the 2012 AAA State Tournament. He also finished 3rd in the 2012 Jr. National Greco-Roman Championship and is a 2011 FILA Cadet Greco-Roman All-American. His expected weight class is 141. Meadows is the 2012 Ohio State High School Champion and three-time Ohio State placer from Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. He is a nationally ranked high school wrestler and finished 2nd in 2011 Flo-Nationals at 220 pounds. He is expected to wrestle at 197 pounds.
Eight wrestlers have signed Acceptance of Admissions, including four from Virginia. Robert Dooley was a top wrestler in his weight class in the state of Virginia from Madison High School, finishing fifth in 2011 and runner-up in the 2012 AAA State Championship. Ryan Forrest from South Lakes has two top three finishes, including a second and third place at 160. David Chenevey placed sixth in the AAA Virginia State tournament and wrestler at nearby Centreville High School. Logan Ritchie from Brooke Point, VA will wrestle at 125.
The Patriots recruiting went outside the Virginia borders as well. A native of Clayton, NC, Luke Ludke, is a four-time NC state placer, finishing 9th, 2nd, 5th, 4th respectively in his four years at Clayton High School. He is the winningest wrestler in school history and is expected to wrestle at the 133 weight class. Albert O’Bryant III is from Macon, Georgia and a graduate of Cushing Academy. He is expected to wrestle at 174 pounds for the Green and Gold.
The Patriots also welcome Nikolas Weiser from Avino, Italy. He finished first in the 2011 DODDS European Championships and 2nd in the 2012 DODDS European Championships He is expected to wrestle at 141 pounds.