Fargo champion TJ Stewart (Photo/Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
This morning, the highest ranked uncommitted senior, #10 TJ Stewart (Blair Academy, NJ), announced that he had given a verbal commitment to stay in-state and attend Virginia Tech. Stewart has had an excellent last year, grabbing a win at Who's #1, just a few months after capturing a Junior National freestyle title at 182 lbs in Fargo. Stewart enters his senior year ranked #1 in the nation at 182 lbs. He is a Virginia native that attend prep-powerhouse Blair Academy in New Jersey.
Stewart is the second top-20 recruit to verbal to the Hokies in 2022. He joins #16 Caleb Henson (Woodland, GA) as recruits this fall for Virginia Tech. Stewart slots in well for the Hokies in the future. Their starter at 184 will be Hunter Bolen, who is a senior, but has another year of eligibility remaining after this season. If Bolen were to return in 2022-23, he could finish up while Stewart redshirts.
Despite his numerous national-level accolades, Stewart is seeking his first National Prep title in 2022. He was previously third as a freshman and eighth as a sophomore. That eighth-place finish occurred as he cut down to 160 to help create the best lineup for Blair. Last year, at the National Prep Open, he fell in the 182 lb finals to Jack Wehmeyer (Malvern Prep, PA). Wehmeyer was the opponent he would defeat at Who's #1.
In addition to his Fargo title this summer, Stewart also was a 16U national champion in freestyle in 2019, while taking eighth in Greco that same year. He also was an NHSCA Freshman National champion at 170 lbs in 2019.