Jude Swisher in Fargo (Photos/Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Friday Morning, the University of Pennsylvania wrestling team received a verbal from their fifth top-100 recruit from the Class of 2022. Jude Swisher (Bellefonte, PA), #95 among current seniors, will join a star-studded group of wrestlers headed to Philadelphia next year. Swisher is ranked ninth in the nation at 138 lbs in MatScouts most recent rankings.
Swisher is a two-time Pennsylvania AAA state placewinner. He was fourth as a sophomore and third during his junior season. His most recent trip to the podium came at 132 lbs. Over the summer, Swisher moved up to 138 lbs and took fifth in Fargo in Junior National freestyle. During his first two years of high school, Swisher captured regional championships, as well.
The commitment from Swisher gives the Quakers seven of the top 150 wrestlers on MatScouts' Big Board. He joins #23 Martin Cosgrove (Camden Catholic, NJ), #73 Evan Mougalian (Kinnelon, NJ), #75 Andrew Troczynski (Delbarton, NJ), and #77 Alex Almeyda (St. Joseph, NJ) as top-100 wrestlers that have given verbals to Roger Reina's team. Penn's incoming Class of 2021 was ranked 23rd in the nation by InterMat and this group is almost sure to surpass that mark.
Swisher became known nationally a few years ago as he broke on the scene along with Sam Herring and their Home Mat Advantage podcast. That led to the pair earning "Journalist of the Year" honors from WIN Magazine in 2020.
With such strong recruiting over the past three or four years, Penn doesn't have any glaring holes without young talent. 157, Swisher's projected weight, is no exception. The Quakers current projected starter at 157 lbs, Doug Zapf, is listed as a junior on Penn's updated roster.
For all of Penn recruits and other college commitments, check out InterMat's college commitment page.