BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Campbell wrestling head coach Cary Kolat has announced his 2017 recruiting class. This group is highlighted by nationally ranked prospects and All-Americans, combining for 21 state titles and 50 state medals.
The recruiting class consists of 23 wrestlers hailing from 15 different states: Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
"We are very excited about this group of recruits coming in," Kolat said. "Several of these guys will come in looking to make an impact on our lineup right away. This large class also provides an excellent quality of depth in our room. I believe our staff recruited the right type of kids, who fit the culture and vision we have, and they will continue to propel our program in the right direction."
Campbell is coming off a season that saw a record five Camel wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships and the first All-American in program history, Nathan Kraisser. Campbell also claimed 10 dual victories and won the first Southern Conference Championship in program history.
2017 Recruiting Class Breakdown
Paxton Rosen – Edmond, OK. Projected: 125lbs.
A two-time Oklahoma State Champion, three-time finalist, and a four-time top-4 placer, Rosen compiled a 138-17 career record for Edmond North High School. Rosen ranks No. 7 nationally at 120lbs (InterMat) and is the No. 73 overall recruit (InterMat) in the 2017 class. He was a USA Wrestling Freestyle All-American, two-time Ironman Placer, and was selected to the 2017 Wrestling USA High School All-American Honorable Mention Team.
Zach Barnes – Des Moines, IA. Projected: 141/149lbs.
A 2017 Iowa State Champion, three-time State Placer, and four-time State Qualifier, Barnes compiled a 153-15 career record for Southeast Polk High School. Barnes ranks No. 20 nationally at 145lbs (TheOpenMat) and is No. 12 nationally among seniors at 145lbs (Wrestling USA). He won a 2017 USA Wrestling Folkstyle National Title, was a USA Wrestling Freestyle All-American, three-time USA Wrestling Folkstyle All-American, and was selected to the 2017 Wrestling USA High School All-American Honorable Mention Team.
Korbin Meink – Omaha, NE. Projected: 125/133lbs.
In 2017, Meink became the 27th four-time State Champion in Nebraska wrestling history. Competing for Omaha Skutt Catholic, he compiled a 165-10 career record. Meink also won three Freestyle & Greco-Roman State Championships, was a USA Wrestling Folkstyle All-American, and was selected to the 2017 Wrestling USA High School All-American Team. He ranks No. 12 nationally among seniors at 126lbs (Wrestling USA).
Clayton Currier – Colstrip, MT. Projected: 133/141lbs.
In 2017, Currier become the 30th four-time State Champion in Montana wrestling history. Competing for Colstrip High School, Currier amassed a 199-14 career record and 134 falls. He followed up his fourth State title by winning a 2017 NHSCA Senior National Title and was selected to the 2017 Wrestling USA High School All-American Team. He ranks No. 14 nationally among seniors at 138lbs (Wrestling USA).
Chris Kober – Havertown, PA. Projected: 197lbs.
A 2017 PAISAA State Champion and four-time Placer, Kober completed a 147-37 career for The Haveford School. He was a two-time National Preps Placer, placing third in 2017 and seventh in 2016. Kober also placed seventh at the Beast of the East and was the NHSCA Senior National Runner-up in 2017. He ranks No. 28 nationally among seniors at 220lbs (Wrestling USA).
Laith Alsous – Lewiston, NY. Projected: 285lbs.
A 2017 New York State Champion and two-time State Placer, Alsous completed an 89-18 career for Lewiston-Porter High School. Alsous was also a two-time NHSCA All-American, finishing fourth in 2017 and sixth in 2016. He ranks No. 26 nationally among seniors at 285lbs (Wrestling USA).
Jonathan Andreatta – Walsenburg, CO. Projected: 125/133lbs .
A three-time Colorado State Champion and four-time State Finalist, Andreatta compiled a 148–5 career record for John Mall High School. He was also an NHSCA Senior All-American, placing fourth in 2017.
Hunter Reed – Bradenton, FL. Projected: 141/149lbs.
A two-time Florida State Finalist and three-time top-3 Placer, Reed compiled a 217-11 career record for Lakewood Ranch High School. Reed was also an NHSCA Junior All-American, placing 8th in 2016.
Chris Derosa – Billerica, MA. Projected: 125lbs.
A two-time Massachusetts All-State Champion and three-time finalist for Billerica Memorial High School, while also finishing third in the New England Tournament. He compiled a 191-13 career record.
Patrick Burton – Leland, NC. Projected: 157lbs.
A 2017 North Carolina State Champion, two-time State Finalist, three-time State Placer, and four-time State Qualifier, Burton compiled a 159-26 career record for North Brunswick High School.
TJ Watson – Leland, NC. Projected: 184lbs.
A 2017 North Carolina State Champion, two-time State Finalist, and four-time State Qualifier, Watson compiled a 149-22 career record for North Brunswick High School.
Chandler Butler – Carrollton, GA. Projected: 285lbs.
A 2016 State Champion and two-time State Placer, Butler compiled a 90-17 career record for Mt. Zion High School. An injury prevented Butler from competing and defending his state title in the 2017 season.
Luke Funck – Jonestown, PA. Projected: 184lbs.
Funck garnered 106 pins in route to a 168-35 career record for North Lebanon High School. A three-time Pennsylvania State Qualifier, Funck finished fourth in 2016. Entering the State Tournament ranked No. 1 in the state in 2017, he was injured in the first round and was unable to complete the tournament.
Marquis Cobbs – Roanoke, VA. Projected: 285lbs.
A 2017 Virginia State Finalist and two-time State Placer, Cobbs compiled a 141-45 career record for Cave Spring High School. Cobbs also placed eighth at the 2016 Powerade Tournament.
Diavantae Reddick – Chapel Hill, NC. Projected: 149lbs.
A 2017 North Carolina State Finalist and two-time State Placer, Reddick compiled a 133-28 career record for Ben L. Smith High School.
Kyle Nesbit – Bonita Springs, FL. Projected: 125/133lbs.
A 2017 Florida State Finalist and two-time State Placer, Nesbit finished with a 133-47 career record for Estero High School.
Thomas Dull – Terre Haute, IN. Projected: 174lbs.
A 2016 and 2017 Indiana State Placer, Dull compiled a 123-18 career record for Terre Haute North High School.
Colin Gussman – Sugar Grove, IL. Projected: 197lbs.
A 2017 Illinois State Placer and two-time State Qualifier, Gussman compiled a 126-28 career record for Kaneland High School. Gussman was also a FloNationals All-American, placing eighth in 2017.
AJ Warner – Fairborn, OH. Projected 133/141lbs.
A 2017 Ohio State Placer and two-time State Qualifier for Fairborn High School, Warner compiled a 127-19 career record.
Trae Hood – Syracuse, OH. Projected: 184/197lbs.
A 2017 Ohio State Qualifier, Hood began wrestling as a sophomore and compiled a 85-25 career record for Meigs High School.
Ryan DeLoach – Bethlehem, PA. Projected: 184lbs.
A 2017 Pennsylvania State Qualifier, DeLoach compiled a 76-37 career record for Freedom High School.
Noah Jacobs – Durham, NC. Projected 133/141lbs.
A 2017 North Carolina State Qualifier for Riverside High School, Jacobs compiled a 149-53 career record.
Bobby Pryhocki – Lake Villa, IL. Projected: 149/157lbs.
A 2016 Illinois State Qualifier, Pryhocki compiled an 80-33 career record for Mundlein High School. He also placed third at the Illinois State Freestyle Tournament.