For college wrestling fans, the offseason brings on anticipation of the 2011-2012 season and beyond… especially right now, having just wrapped up the 2011 National Cadet and Junior Championships in Fargo, and with high school wrestlers revealing their verbal commitments for college.
Five years ago, a great group of high school wrestlers set off for college. How did that Class of 2006 do in their post-secondary mat careers?
Earl Smith of D1CollegeWrestling.net (D1CW) wondered about that… and put together a “Recruiting Rewind” feature, analyzing the college performance of the top 100 high school wrestlers from the Class of 2006.
Let’s start at the top: The No. 1 high school mat star of 2006 was David Craig of Brandon High School in Florida, who was a four-time state champ, and a Junior National freestyle and Greco-Roman titlewinner. So, where did Craig — who wrestled at 184 pounds at Lehigh University — rank as a college matman? D1CW has Craig ranked No. 41, based on a formula based on placement at the NCAA and conference championships.
Now, let’s take things from the other direction. D1CW has Jordan Burroughs, two-time NCAA champ for the University of Nebraska, ranked as the No. 1 college wrestler in 2011, based on his performance at the NCAAs and Big 12 tournament (he was a three-time conference champ). Where did Burroughs rank as a high school wrestler back in 2006? No. 94.
Earl Smith has put together a fascinating feature that shows how some high school superstars don’t quite live up to that advance billing in college, while others greatly exceeded expectations in their collegiate careers. The article will definitely get you to wondering what we’ll be saying about the high school Class of 2011 once they’ve completed college.
Want to know more? Check out D1CollegeWresting.net’s “Recruiting Rewind” feature for the high school Class of 2006 (most who’ve just completed their college wrestling eligibility)… as well as a separate ranking for the Class of 2005. And, check out an August 2006 InterMat question-and-answer session with David Craig as he was about to start at Lehigh.
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