Little bit under the radar, but apparently #66 on Willie's 2022 big board, Kaleb Larkin committed to ASU. Beat Josh Saunders at Jr nationals a couple weeks back. Another guy in the 149/157 range. I would expect one of him or Kilic to man the 157 spot for the foreseeable future.
Chlebove, Vasquez, Ramos, Parco, Kilic, Larkin. six high level recruits for likely three weights. Only one I see as a guarantee at this point is Parco. Interested to see how it plays out!
Crooks entered the transfer portal yesterday evening, and Belshay has been in it since October I believe. Either way, this lineup is definitely a 2022 trophy contender. This is even with the addition of Cornell.
I guess I'll try my hand at this...
125 - Courtney - Was the #9 seed at NCAAs, and unless McGee plans on cutting down (Which doesn't seem likely), I don't see him being pushed for the spot... until 2021-2022 ;)
133 - McGee - Transfer, has had prior success on the national scene and should be viewed as the clear front runner for the spot.
HM - Belton - Don't expect him to overtake McGee, but looked solid at junior nationals a couple weeks back. Solid depth guy, which ASU has lacked in recent years.
141- Chlebove - Despite being a top 10ish recruit in the class of the 2019 class, I'm not quite sold on him. Very limited redshirt season, and didn't impress too much at juniors. If Vasquez could make the cut, I would not be surprised to see him push Chlebove for the spot.
149 - Vasquez - Due to a lack of competition throughout the backend of his high school career, Vasquez has become a bit underrated. I think he edges out Lipari for the job, and immediately competes on the national scene and is a top 20ish level guy right away.
157 - Crooks - This is a guy that I think will benefit a ton from moving up. Took 5th at U23s, which supports the idea that he's much more talented than his collegiate results suggest. I wouldn't be surprised if he qualified for NCAAs come march.
165 - Teemer - I ultimately think Jacori ends up moving up to 165. He looked alright at U23s at 76 KG, but was unable to put together more than a few high level sequences. In my opinion Teemer will be a measuring stick for this new coaching staff. Teemer is far too talented not to be a shoe in All-American the next four years. If Molinaro, Perry, etc. can break through to him and get him to wrestle 7 minutes, skies the limit.
174 - Valencia - Valencia could probably make 165, but I don't see him ending up there. Other than that, it's pretty self explanatory. Anthony is as talented as they come, but will need to improve drastically on bottom, and develop another offensive attack if he truly wants to contend for a national title.
184 - Belshay/Munoz - This is one of the few weights that I think we there will be a true competition at. Belshay has proven he can compete at a high level, and Munoz had a really nice redshirt season at 174. I wouldn't rule out Coleman, but he hasn't had any competition on the collegiate level yet.
197 - Norfleet - If healthy, I expect Norfleet to make a ton of noise this season. When he competed last season, he looked great. He was a guy that I think was really primed to make a splash last year at NCAAs
285 - Schultz - I think we're all really excited to see what Cohl can do against the likes of Gable, Parris, Kerkvliet, etc. He didn't wrestle much folkstyle last season, so I honestly have no idea where he'll fit in, in regards to the national picture.
Overall, this young team has a ton of potential, and should be really fun to watch. I'm really hoping the coaching staff can get these guys to max out on that potential, and get some hardware at NCAAs. I wouldn't be shocked to see this group finish with as many as 5-6 AAs this season, or as little as 2. Only time will tell!
It's been confirmed he is indeed entering the portal. I'd venture to say Rutgers is the clear frontrunner, but I wouldn't count out Virginia Tech. Rivera has a close relationship with Brewer, and they could use an upgrade at 141 while Hillegas redshirts.
I'd say Figs is a step below that group. Fix, Lee, and Yianni all had an unprecedented level of success internationally prior to competing collegiately. He's definitely in the next tier which I'd put guys like Sasso and Brooks in.
Because you had to RSVP in a form by the time of the event. The event is over so the form used to sign up With (this link) no longer exists. After you RSVP they send you an invite by email. That’s how the ones I have been in on work. Also it did address season ticket holders. Not sure if that was who it was limited too or not. Hopefully the video will be on YouTube. In the meantime here is a different recent zoom interview with Jones