The defending national champion Minnesota Golden Gopher wrestling program announced its fall signing class today, a group that includes six of the nation’s top recruits. Jake Deitchler, Atticus Disney, Ryland Geiger, Mario Mason, Matt Mincey and Cody Yohn have all signed National Letters of Intent and will wrestle for the Gophers beginning in the fall of 2008.
Jake Deitchler, a native of Anoka, Minn. is a two-time Minnesota state champion and is the nation’s top recruit in his weight class according to Amateur Wrestling News. The 2007 NHSCA Junior National Champion at 145 pounds, Deitchler represented the United States at the 2007 Junior World Championships in Beijing along with current Gopher Brandon Sitch. Deitchler also was named the Junior Greco-Roman “Wrestler of the Year” for 2007. Currently ranked 10th overall amongst recruits nationwide by RevWrestling, Deitchler is expected to wrestle at 157 pounds for the Golden Gophers.
Heavyweight Atticus Disney is another highly-touted recruit that has committed to Minnesota and hails from Topeka, Kan. This two-time state high school champ was a double champion at this year’s FILA Cadet Nationals, winning both the Freestyle and Greco-Roman events. Disney was also the runner-up at the ’07 NHSCA Junior Nationals and earned Junior National All-American status. He enters his final prep season as a top-five heavyweight recruit nationally according to Amateur Wrestling News.
Ryland Geiger is the 2007 Oregon state high school champion hails from Scappoose, Ore. Expected to compete at 197 pounds when he reaches Minnesota next fall, Geiger was a NHSCA Junior National Champion this past year and was also the ’07 Junior National Greco-Roman Champion. He was a double champion (Freestyle and Greco-Roman) at the 2006 Cadet Nationals. Geiger is a top-50 national recruit according to Intermat.
Mario Mason currently attends renowned Blair Academy in Blair, N.J., home to one of the finest prep wrestling programs in the country. A two-time National Prep Champion, Mason is currently the nation’s number one high school wrestler in the RevWrestling power rankings. This 2007 USA Wrestling Junior National Champion was also a NHSCA Junior National Champion this past year and figures to wrestle at 149 pounds when he arrives in Minnesota next season.
Matt Mincey is another homegrown Minnesota recruit and attends Apple Valley High School, winners of back-to-back state wrestling championships and 15 overall since 1983. Mincey was a two-time state individual champion at 125 pounds and also took third at the 2007 NHSCA Junior Nationals. Intermat has ranked Mincey as the 34th-best recruit in the nation, and he is expected to compete at 133 pounds for the Gophers.
Cody Yohn is the younger sibling of current Gopher freshman Sonny Yohn (184 pounds) and boasts a list of accomplishments that rivals those of his brother. Cody Yohn hails from Alamosa, Col. and is a two-time Colorado state champion, pairing up with his brother to lead the Mean Moose to back-to-back team titles as well. Yohn is a top-15 national recruit (RevWrestling) and ranks first in his weight class (Amateur Wrestling News). He will compete at 174 pounds for Minnesota next year. Yohn also finished second in the freestyle competition at the 2007 Junior National Championships and was a 2006 Cadet Freestyle All-American.
“We’re very excited about this recruiting class,” said Minnesota head coach J Robinson. “We believe this group will help us continue the standard of excellence we’ve established here at Minnesota, and will allow us to remain one of the nation’s top programs for years to come.”