VMI signee Dyson Dunham (photo courtesy of Jason Dunham)
Our final conference preview is here. We're wrapping up by focusing on the SoCon recruits that are set to scrap in Fargo. The SoCon is a league on the rise with teams like Appalachian State and Campbell, who have managed to find their way into the national rankings over the past few years. Both schools have recruited well and continue to do so. After those two, the rest of the league has seemingly raised their recruiting efforts, as well, which bodes well for the future.
Speaking of the future, below are some future stars of the SoCon. They have registered to compete in Fargo. Keep track of them and note their past accomplishments before they take the mat.
Carson Floyd, North Carolina (285)
Kaden Keiser, South Dakota (145)
Ethan Shell, North Carolina (138)
There is a trio of future Mountaineers ready to compete in Fargo, two of which happen to be in-state products. Carson Floyd has the most national-level credentials of the group as he was an NHSCA Senior National runner-up and also finished seventh at the Super 32. The other local product is Ethan Shell, a four-time North Carolina finalist and three-time champion. The Appalachian State staff went all the way to South Dakota to sign Kaden Keiser who won state titles in each year of high school.
Mike Kinzel - Ohio (182) - Class of 2023
Campbell is off to an excellent start with their Class of 2023, receiving verbals from a pair of top-100 recruits from Ohio. A third wrestler from Ohio has committed, Mike Kinzel, and he'll compete in Fargo. Kinzel was a DII eighth-place finisher in 2022 and a state qualifier last year.
Jeremy Paradice - Georgia (160)
One of the best SoCon recruits in Fargo is Jeremy Paradice, who won a pair of Georgia state titles and made three finals appearances. Paradice also placed at NHSCA's grade level tournament three times, with a high placement coming as a senior when he was third. The only time he did not place at the event was in 2020 when it was canceled.
Christian Rutherford, Rhode Island (160)
Davidson when all the way up to New England to find Christian Rutherford who was a Rhode Island state finalist as a senior. Rutherford was also a match away from placing at the New England Championships.
Dyson Dunham, Virginia (132)
Austin Zehring, Virginia (126)
VMI has inked a pair of in-state products that will compete in the FargoDome. Two-time National Prep placer (5th, 6th) Dyson Dunham leads the way. Dunham finished the folkstyle portion of his high school career with a third-place finish at NHSCA SR's. Austin Zehring was a two-time 6A state placewinner, taking sixth in each of his final two years of high school.