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Where were All-Americans ranked in high school?

Cornell freshman All-American Vito Arujau was ranked No. 3 in the Class of 2017 (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

One of the big keys for team success at the NCAA tournament is having a talented roster that can then perform at peak levels during the event. A tool available to assess the raw talent of the wrestlers is to see where they were ranked as high school prospects.

Below is a look at where the NCAA Division I All-Americans were ranked during their senior year in the season-end graduating class rankings.

It is also of interest to note that seven of the NCAA champions were top ten overall recruits in their graduating class, as were five of the second-place finishers. In terms of the seven All-Americans for Penn State, five of the seven were top ten recruits, while a sixth was 15th in the Class of 2018.

Note: WC = ranked in weight class rankings but not graduating class class. NR = not ranked in either weight class rankings or graduating class or rankings.

125:
1. Spencer Lee (Iowa) -- No. 1 in Class of 2017
2. Jack Mueller (Virginia) -- No. 25 in Class of 2016
3. Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern) -- No. 60 in Class of 2016
4. Vito Arujau (Cornell) -- No. 3 in Class of 2017
5. Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma State) -- No. 25 in Class of 2015
6. Patrick Glory (Princeton) -- No. 13 in Class of 2018
7. Rayvon Foley (Michigan State) -- NR in Class of 2017
8. Ronnie Bresser (Oregon State) -- No. 76 in Class of 2013

133:
1. Nick Suriano (Rutgers) -- No. 2 in Class of 2016
2. Daton Fix (Oklahoma State) -- No. 4 in Class of 2017
3. Stevan Micic (Michigan) -- No. 19 in Class of 2014
4. Luke Pletcher (Ohio State) -- No. 8 in Class of 2016
5. Austin DeSanto (Iowa) -- No. 14 in Class of 2017
6. John Erneste (Missouri) -- NR in Class of 2014
7. Ethan Lizak (Minnesota) -- No. 73 in Class of 2014
8. Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State) -- No. 15 in Class of 2018

141:
1. Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) -- No. 2 in Class of 2017
2. Joey McKenna (Ohio State) -- No. 8 in Class of 2014
3. Jaydin Eierman (Missouri) -- No. 52 in Class of 2015
4. Dominick Demas (Oklahoma) -- No. 44 in Class of 2017
5. Nick Lee (Penn State) -- No. 5 in Class of 2017
6. Mitch McKee (Minnesota) -- No. 20 in Class of 2016
7. Kyle Shoop (Lock Haven) -- NR in Class of 2015
8. Chad Red (Nebraska) -- No. 5 in Class of 2016

149:
1. Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) -- No. 7 in Class of 2013
2. Micah Jordan (Ohio State) -- No. 6 in Class of 2014
3. Austin O'Connor (North Carolina) -- No. 15 in Class of 2017
4. Mitch Finesilver (Duke) -- NR in Class of 2014
5. Matthew Kolodzik (Princeton) -- No. 9 Class of 2015
6. Brock Mauller (Missouri) -- No. 63 in Class of 2018
7. Jarrett Degen (Iowa State) -- No. 86 in Class of 2016
8. Patricio Lugo (Iowa) -- No. 75 in Class of 2015

157:
1. Jason Nolf (Penn State) -- No. 7 in Class of 2014
2. Tyler Berger (Nebraska) -- No. 29 in Class of 2014
3. Alec Pantaleo (Michigan) -- NR in Class of 2014
4. Hayden Hidlay (North Carolina State) -- No. 13 in Class of 2016
5. Kaleb Young (Iowa) -- No. 26 in Class of 2016
6. Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) -- No. 95 in Class of 2016
7. Christian Pagdilao (Arizona State) -- No. 67 in Class of 2013
8. Larry Early (Old Dominion) -- No. 42 in Class of 2015

165:
1. Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech) -- No. 46 in Class of 2017
2. Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State) -- No. 7 in Class of 2015
3. Chance Marsteller (Lock Haven) -- No. 2 in Class of 2014
4. Evan Wick (Wisconsin) -- No. 39 in Class of 2016
5. Isaiah White (Nebraska) -- No. 4 in Class of 2016
6. Josh Shields (Arizona State) -- No. 29 in Class of 2015
7. Alex Marinelli (Iowa) -- No. 3 in Class of 2016
8. Bryce Steiert (Northern Iowa) -- No. 27 in Class of 2015

174:
1. Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) -- No. 3 in Class of 2015
2. Mark Hall (Penn State) -- No. 1 in Class of 2016
3. Myles Amine (Michigan) -- No. 40 in Class of 2015
4. Daniel Lewis (Missouri) -- No. 34 in Class of 2014
5. David McFadden (Virginia Tech) -- No. 12 in Class of 2015
6. Michael Labriola (Nebraska) -- No. 9 in Class of 2017
7. Jordan Kutler (Lehigh) -- No. 21 in Class of 2015
8. Devin Skatzka (Minnesota) -- No. 84 in Class of 2015

1184:
1. Drew Foster (Northern Iowa) -- NR in Class of 2014
2. Max Dean (Cornell) -- No. 63 in Class of 2016
3. Myles Martin (Ohio State) -- No. 4 in Class of 2015
4. Ryan Preisch (Lehigh) -- NR in Class of 2014
5. Emery Parker (Illinois) -- NR in Class of 2014
6. Chip Ness (North Carolina) -- No. 65 in Class of 2014
7. Dakota Geer (Oklahoma State) -- No. 30 in Class of 2016
8. Zack Zavatsky (Virginia Tech) -- No. 48 in Class of 2014

197:
1. Bo Nickal (Penn State) -- No. 5 in Class of 2014
2. Kollin Moore (Ohio State) -- No. 32 in Class of 2015
3. Preston Weigel (Oklahoma State) -- WC in Class of 2014
4. Patrick Brucki (Princeton) -- No. 28 in Class of 2017
5. Josh Hokit (Fresno State) -- No. 41 in Class of 2016
6. Willie Miklus (Iowa State) -- No. 27 in Class of 2012
7. Jacob Warner (Iowa) -- No. 7 in Class of 2017
8. Ben Honis (Cornell) -- NR in Class of 2014

285:
1. Anthony Cassar (Penn State) -- WC in Class of 2014
2. Derek White (Oklahoma State) -- No. 70 in Class of 2014
3. Gable Steveson (Minnesota) -- No. 1 in Class of 2018
4. Jordan Wood (Lehigh) -- No. 10 in Class of 2016
5. Amar Dhesi (Oregon State) -- from Canada in Class of 2013
6. Yousef Hemida (Maryland) -- WC in Class of 2015
7. Matt Stencel (Central Michigan) -- No. 16 in Class of 2016
8. Trent Hillger (Wisconsin) -- No. 17 in Class of 2017

All-Americans by high school graduating class:
2012 = 1
2013 = 4
2014 = 21
2015 = 17
2016 = 19
2017 = 14
2018 = 4

All-Americans by final grade rank:
Top 10 = 25 (of the 80 total)
Top 20 = 35
Top 30 = 45
Top 50 = 54
Top 100 = 67
Not in Top 100 = 13 (3 were ranked in weight class, 9 not ranked at all, 1 was from Canada)

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Jbsteel (1) about 5 months ago
What is WC?
sfcpldc (1) about 5 months ago
WC - Wrestling Champion - Example: Anthony Cassar won the NJ District 18 Wrestling Championship at 195 lbs in 2014.
palanc (1) about 5 months ago
I think it means they were ranked in their weight class but not in the Top 100 of their class