Minneapolis - The University of Minnesota wrestling recruiting class has gained high marks from national wrestling outlets.
All encompassing wrestling site InterMat has the Golden Gophers ranked No. 4 currently, behind No. 1 Iowa, No. 2 Penn State, and No. 3 Northwestern. Iowa State breaks up the run of Big Ten schools at the top, and rounds out the top-five.
Minnesota boasts five top-100 recruits, led by No. 26 Dylan Ness (Bloomington, Minn.) the younger brother of NCAA champion and Hodge Trophy winner Jayson Ness. Also ranked in the top-100 is No. 32 Nick Dardanes (Oak River, Ill) and brother Chris ranked No. 69, as well as No. 63 Tyler Lehman (Fargo, N.D.) and No. 71 Scott Schiller (Fargo, N.D.).
When analyzing the class as whole, InterMat noted, "After hauling in the nation's second-ranked recruiting class last year, head coach J Robinson brings in another high quantity and quality group of wrestlers. The five Top-100 recruits is one more than last year, while the six weight class ranked recruits is one less than last year's total of seven. Two pairs of high school teammates are among the Gopher recruits this year."
The Gopher recruits have also been tabbed No. 5 in the country by TheOpenMat.com. The TOM top-five includes No. 1 Iowa, No. 2 Northwestern, No. 3 Penn State, and No. 4 Cornell.
In the TOM mat rankings, Ness and Nick Dardanes are each ranked third at their respective weight, while four of the Gophers recruits are ranked in the top-six.
Last season, the 2009 Minnesota wrestling recruiting class was ranked No. 1 by W.I.N. Magazine and D1CollegeWrestling.net, and earned No. 2 billing from InterMat.
The Gophers are coming off a seventh place finished at the NCAA Championships and will return three All-Americans next season.
InterMat's Top 25 recruiting classes for 2010.
2. Penn State
5. Iowa State
9. Arizona State
12. Ohio State
13. Virginia Tech
16. Old Dominion
18. Boise State
21. Oklahoma State
23. Michigan State
TheOpenMat's Top 25 recruiting classes for 2010.
3. Penn State
6. Iowa State
7. Arizona State
8. Ohio State
13. Oklahoma State
15. Virginia Tech
19. Northern Iowa
23. Michigan State
25. Boise State