July 19, 2015 at 4:12 pm #20615
Pat Santoro and staff are quickly putting together a phenomenal Class for 2016
Most recently, Kyle Gentile has verbally committed to Lehigh. He is ranked #64 in the country by Flowrestling and his stock seems to be rising rapidly this summer.
PA is considered to be the biggest wrestling hotbed in the country. Lehigh now has the #2 Jordon Wood, #6 Chris Weiller, #16 John Jakobsen, #30 Kyle Gentile and #32 Joe Lobeck ranked kids in the state in addition to Nick Farro who beat 2X state champion De la Cruz in the state regionals last year.August 6, 2015 at 5:50 pm #20799
Hopefully, sometime soon we catch up with and surpass Cornell. Winning the EIWA Tournament would be a good start.August 10, 2015 at 11:50 am #20856
We will beat Cornell when we have a comparable number of clear top level wrestlers with final four potential in addition to the excellent balance that currently exists on the team. At the top, a few teams have stand out studs that are dominant wrestlers and rack up points during the tournaments. Lehigh has superb coaching, facilities, tradition, and support. We are now bringing in even more highly talented prospects, and enough of them will need to break through and perform at the highest level.August 10, 2015 at 5:00 pm #20859
in the recent past we have always had a couple of weak weights, not so any more, we can compete at every weight now and have good depth in case of injury, remains to be seen how many are AA potential but could be more than a few of themAugust 26, 2015 at 9:17 pm #21306
Wrestle offs just 63 days away. Some good competition now in the room should make everyone better. With at least half dozen kids who are truly capable of A/A status this year, and a couple who could win it all, we could make some loud noise in the Gaaarden in March so long as we stay healthy.September 28, 2015 at 8:50 pm #22164March 15, 2016 at 10:31 pm #26142
Karam, Jakobsen, won PA state titles this weekend,
Matt Parker’17( Scotty’s brother, was a runner up. Future looks bright!March 16, 2016 at 2:11 am #26143
In addition Lehigh will be getting 4 other 3rd place finishers
Aaron Burkett (106 AA) PA
Joe Lobeck (120 AAA)
Kyle Gentile (182 AAA)
Nick Farro (132) NJ
Perhaps Lehigh’s 2 top recruits did not wrestle due to injury
Jordan Wood (220) and Chris Weiler (170)
One publication ranked Lehigh’s class as #2 behind only Penn State.March 16, 2016 at 7:41 pm #26153
Jake Jacobson from Stroudsburg, PA., was the AAA state champ at 195, he’s headed to Lehigh. Great QB too!March 25, 2016 at 4:18 am #26249
Good news. We’re a bit thin at 197.April 3, 2016 at 4:04 am #26322
Any word on the kid from Wyoming Seminary who had committed to Northwestern but withdrew and is available. I heard he’s a stud but cannot recall the name. Supposedly friends with another kid who is a commit to LehighApril 3, 2016 at 5:07 am #26324
I think you are referring to Nick Reenan. He is good friends with Chris Weiler. Lehigh is on the radar but scholarship money will be hard to come by at this late stage. Anything is possible.May 5, 2016 at 3:59 am #26634
Anyone have a Flowrestling pro account? Apparently they ranked our class 4 in the nation, could someone with an account please share what they said? ThanksMay 5, 2016 at 11:34 am #26635
http://www.flowrestling.org/ranking/110 … s-rankings
4. Lehigh Mountain Hawks
5-Year Cycle: #15, NR, NR, #2, #9
#20-Jordan Wood, PA (285)
#30-Luke Karam, PA (133)
#36-Chris Weiler, PA (174/184)
#46-John Jakobsen, PA (197)
Others: Aaron Burkett, PA (125); Joe Lobeck, PA (125); Nick Farro, NJ (141); Kyle Gentile, PA (184/197)
On South Mountain: One of the steadiest programs in the country on an annual basis, Lehigh didn’t have it’s best season last year, but still walked away with three All Americans. Their roster is one of the deepest in the country – making it obvious that they are excellent at developing and retaining kids as well as on the recruiting trail where they always seem to find diamonds in the rough that become contributors or even stars (Robert Hamlin, Max Wessel, etc).
Why They’re Here: Four recruits in the Top 50 and every one of them have a real shot to start as a freshman. In that scenario – Karam would either have to beat out Darian Cruz or Scotty Parker or get bigger and go 141, which isn’t out of the realm of possibility with his frame. All in all, power programs such as Lehigh rarely get four starters out of a single class, and having four in the Top 50 is a rarity. Additionally, because he missed his senior season, I think Weiler flies under the radar. Go back and watch how darn good he was in winning Super 32 last fall.
Why They’re Not Higher: All four of their Top 50 recruits are very good. No doubt their floor is one of solid production. The value of this class rests with how high their ceilings turn out to be. Outside of Wood, who looks to be an above average recruit in a sea of average heavyweight prospects over the last four years, there isn’t a guy in the class that jumps out as a sure-fire high AA.
Needs for Next Year: While it’s not full of blue chippers, the Lehigh room is good and deep. The lightweights are taken care of and have Matty Parker committed for 2018. And there’s a major logjam from 57 on up. With the luxury that many teams don’t possess, watch for Lehigh to just go after the best available.
Flashback Stat: John Hughes is one of the best recruiters in the business. It’s largely because of him that Lehigh’s room is so deep. Guys like Ian Brown and Gordon Wolf had good years last year and Max Wessel was a surprisingly consistent treat that AA’d. But the last two years, have been bountiful. Last year was a large class of led by Jordan Kutler and a lot of depth. 2014 brought just Milonas and Parker. Now they’re back on track.May 5, 2016 at 4:22 pm #26636
Thanks Van! Randy will be back at 141, and I read that Karam will most likely redshirt this year! I bet we’ll see minotti at 57 Kutler at 49, Preisch at 65. What do you all think the rest of the lineup will look like?
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