NCAA Prospect Rankings
McHenry Stands Atop The 125 Prospect Rankings
One day as we were arguing about the Big Board and how high or low some recruits should be, we realized that prospect rankings by projected college weight are just as valuable.
In accordance, we are rolling out one prospect ranking a day for the next 10 weekdays, starting of course with 125. This could be the most difficult weight to project, partially because almost no one holds 125 for four years anymore, but also because it features more freshmen and sophomores than any other weight. For example, David Taylor was 112 as a junior and ended up as a 165 at Penn State.
At the top is Kurt McHenry, our No. 1 overall junior. The two-time Cadet world champ is the easiest to project as a lifer at 125. He is out of Cadet eligibility and will be wrestling 113 this year for St. Paul’s in Maryland. I feel comfortable saying he is at the top when Darian Cruz weighed less than 120lb as a true freshman and went on to win an NCAA title.
Right below is Patrick Glory, which is in part because he likely won’t finish his career at 125. An undefeated state title run in New Jersey, after winning Super 32 before the season, shows his credentials. His ability to improve himself in freestyle shows his dedication. Lastly, his ability to outscramble Gavin Teasdale at WNO shows his ability.
The No. 3 spot is where I think arguments can start being made. You have Alex Thomsen, who doesn’t wrestle a difficult folkstyle schedule and who has shown a penchant to lose to guys ranked lower than him. There is also WNO winner Patrick McKee, who is a gambler and has sometimes shown himself to be better in freestyle than folkstyle. But Thomsen teched McKee in freestyle, so we have Thomsen ahead for now.
Then you have non-seniors in Adam Busiello and Julian Tagg. Busiello’s two Super 32 titles are near impossible to ignore, but he’s also taken losses at things like NHSCA Duals. Tagg was one of two sophomores on the Cadet world team, and the main knock on him right now is a willingness to open up offensively.
Someone like Jakob Camacho has a pretty fair argument to be mad at seeing himself below Glory, Thomsen, and Busiello, all of whom he’s beaten. But Camacho also has lost to Brody Teske, who nearly everyone in Iowa considers to be their state’s second-best prospect behind Thomsen.
There are eight prospects on this list who have yet to commit. Richard Figueroa II is the most intriguing freshman prospect; he just dethroned reigning California state champ Jonathan Prata this past weekend.
Cam Amine has an incredible motor and has a whole family of guys helping to groom him for Big Ten competition. He is the leader amongst a group of tightly packed juniors representing four of the five wrestlers between 9 and 13, a group that hasn't had anyone really separate himself as a member of the Class of 2019.
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