Three-time Pennsylvania state champion Rune Lawrence (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
Sunday afternoon, West Virginia received a huge verbal from three-time Pennsylvania state champion Rune Lawrence (Frazier, PA). Lawrence announced his commitment via social media.
Lawrence is currently ranked #21 overall in the Class of 2024 and #3 at 220 lbs in MatScout's post-Vegas rankings from last week. He is the highest-ranked recruit to commit to West Virginia during the Tim Flynn-era. The last time WVU had a recruit ranked in the top-25 of their respective class sign was in 2015 when they had #23 Keegan Moore and #25 Austin Myers. Last year, they came close with Brody Conley, who was ranked #27 in the Class of 2022.
In addition to his in-state dominance, Lawrence has some good national-level credentials. He has finished in the top four at the last two Super 32's (3rd and 4th). At the beginning of the 2022-23 high school season, Lawrence was third at 190 lbs at the Walsh Ironman.
Lawrence is the second wrestler from the Class of 2024 to commit to the Mountaineers. He joins West Allegheny state runner-up #60 Shawn Taylor to represent the groundwork for a formidable recruiting class for Coach Flynn and staff.
At the next level, Lawrence likely projects as a heavyweight for WVU. That could definitely be a need once Lawrence reaches Morgantown, as current starter Michael Wolfgram has two years of eligibility remaining, if he chooses to use them.