2x Super 32 champion Christian Carroll (Photo/Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
Tonight, just as Buffalo and Wisconsin were getting ready to compete on day one of the 2021-22 season, one of the top recruits in the Class of 2023 flipped his commitment. Christian Carroll (New Prairie, IN) announced on social media that he was committing to the admissions process at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously he had given a verbal to the University of Illinois.
Over the past couple of years, Roger Reina's team has become a major player on the recruiting trail. The 2021 class was ranked 23rd in the nation and featured three top-100 prospects. The Class of 2022 already has five top-100 recruits with the highest being #23 Martin Cosgrove (Camden Catholic, NJ). Carroll, ranked #3 overall in the Class of 2023, is the first current junior to give the Quakers a verbal.
Just over a week ago, Carroll won the Super 32 for a second consecutive year. This title came at 220 lbs, while his 2020 belt was down a weight at 195. Over the summer, Carroll crushed the field in Fargo and captured a stop sign at 220 lbs in Junior freestyle. He was then invited to Who's #1 where he lost a tight bout to top heavyweight Nick Feldman (Malvern Prep, PA).
In an unusual circumstance, Carroll is still seeking his first Indiana state title. He missed the tournament his freshman year with an injury and last year he was deemed ineligible due to transfer rules.