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On 2/26/2019 at 2:07 PM, jchapman said:

Others might know more, but he was a big-time recruit out of the state of Illinois and then had some type of issue with college and ended up enrolling at a D3 school near his home.

 

He enrolled at Elmhurst but never wrestled for them. 

I remember him moving to Illinois for his freshman year of high school with a ton of fanfare.  I was at the first tournament of the year he was wrestling in where he faced the previous year's state champ in the finals. With such smooth technique he completely destroyed the state champ. That state champ was Eddie Klimara who would go on to AA for Oklahoma State.

Edit: Just found this story on everything. http://www.bloodround.com/blog/2014/11/3/ben-whitford-emerges

Edited by Relentless125

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On 2/26/2019 at 5:04 PM, NJDan said:

Who is Ben Whitford and what happened to him?

Whitford dumpstered other state champs and nationally ranked kids all throughout his high school career.  Didn't quite go undefeated, but he had wins over the likes of Gulibon, Grey, Hall, Retherford, and a bunch of other guys that were superstars at the time.  Some guys he would just absolutely run through.  

There are a million of his HS matches on flo.  

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On 2/26/2019 at 5:24 PM, PSUMike said:

He was like the #4 overall recruit coming out of HS in 2013.

Rank         Name    Hometown    State    Weight     School
    1.       Bo Jordan      St. Paris     OH      165    Ohio State
    2.       Adam Coon      Fowlerville     MI      285     Michigan
    3.    Zain Retherford       Benton     PA      141    Penn State
    4.     Ben Whitford      St. John's     MI      149     Michigan
    5.     Isaiah Martinez       Lemoore     CA      165       Illinois
    6.      Joey Dance    Christiansburg     VA      125   Virginia Tech
    7.       J'Den Cox       Hickman     MO      285      Missouri
    8.    Anthony Ashnault   South Plainfield     NJ      141      Rutgers
    9.       Brooks Black        Dover     PA      285       Illinois
   10.   Nathan Tomasello        Parma     OH      125     Ohio State

One of these is not like the others.  Who?

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13 minutes ago, Sstern said:

One of these is not like the others.  Who?

Well you can look at it many ways.

Whitford is the only one to never wrestle division 1. 

Ashnault is the only one still competing in college.

Zain is the only one with 3 consecutive titles. 

Cox is the only world champ. 

IMar is the only 2x champ. 

Tomasello the only 1x champ. 

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2 hours ago, WillieBoy said:

He was not "like" the #4 recruit. According to the chart he was the #4 recruit.

Depends on the source though. Flo or Intermat might have had him ranked differently. 

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