Top 100 rising seniors O'Malley, Byelick make choices

A pair of top 100 Class of 2018 wrestlers made their collegiate commitments known on Monday. Three-time state placer Michael O'Malley (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.) became the third top 100 wrestler to commit to Drexel in this class, while two-time state champion Erich Byelick (Lake Highland Prep, Fla.) did the same for Northwestern.

No. 58 Michael O'Malley joins No. 56 Antonio Mininno (Gateway-Woodbury, N.J.) and No. 71 Anthony Walters (Bishop McCort, Pa.) in the Dragons' class, while No. 79 Erich Byelick joins No. 29 Ryan Karoly (Malvern Prep, Pa.) and No. 31 Jack Jessen (Willowbrook, Ill.) in the Wildcats' class.

A projected 174/184, O'Malley was the Outstanding Wrestler of the Pan-Am Cadet Championships in freestyle last month. He'll join older brother Sean, who starts at Drexel this fall, on the Dragons' wrestling team. Also a projected 174/184, Byelick was champion at the NHSCA Junior Nationals this spring and a Super 32 Challenge placer last fall.


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