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  • Photo: Sam Janicki

    Photo: Sam Janicki

    College Choices for Walsh Ironman Placewinners

    Ohio State recruit Nick Feldman (left) and Iowa recruit Kolby Franklin (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)

    Friday and Saturday the Walsh Ironman took place in Akron, Ohio. The Ironman marks the unofficial kickoff to the high school wrestling season. It has become commonly known as the toughest in-season high school tournament. Dozens of ranked wrestlers marked most of the 14 weight classes. As always, plenty of upsets occurred and stars were made. Below is a list of colleges that already have commitments from wrestlers that placed in the top-eight at the Ironman.

    Army West Point

    Braden Basile (Tampa Jesuit, FL) -- 3rd at 132 lbs


    Murphy Menke (Ponderosa, CO) -- 4th at 157 lbs

    Logan Shephard (Massillon Perry, OH) -- 2nd at 215 lbs


    Dom Baker (New Kent, VA) -- 3rd at 165 lbs


    Nate Burnett (Elyria, OH) -- 4th at 138 lbs


    Richard Fedalen (McDonogh, MD) -- 2nd at 150 lbs


    Dante Frinzi (Bethlehem Catholic, PA) -- 6th at 126 lbs


    Kannon Webster (Washington, IL) -- 2nd at 126 lbs (Class of 2023)


    Tyler Lillard (Aurora, OH) -- 4th at 165 lbs


    Kolby Franklin (Wyoming Seminary, PA) -- 2nd at 285 lbs

    Iowa State

    Connor Euton (Westerville North, OH) -- 5th at 157 lbs

    Little Rock

    Brendon Abdon (Lake Gibson, FL) -- 7th at 157 lbs

    Kyle Dutton (Liberty, MO) -- 2nd at 144 lbs

    Stephen Little (Union County, KY) -- 5th at 190 lbs

    Brennan Van Hoecke (Palmetto Ridge, FL) -- 3rd at 138 lbs


    Kal Miller (Park Hill, MO) -- 4th at 144 lbs


    Billy Smith (Sandusky Perkins, OH) -- 6th at 113 lbs


    Rylan Rogers (Coeur d'Alene, ID) -- 2nd at 190 lbs


    Ryan Boersma (Mt. Carmel, IL) -- 5th at 285 lbs


    Nick Vafiadis (New Kent, VA) -- 6th at 157 lbs

    Danny Wask (Blair Academy, NJ) -- 4th at 175 lbs

    NC State

    Dylan Fishback (Aurora, OH) -- 1st at 190 lbs

    North Carolina

    Nasir Bailey (Rich Township, IL) -- 1st at 132 lbs (Class of 2023)

    Danny Nini (Lake Highland Prep, FL) -- 3rd at 144 lbs

    Northern Colorado

    Andrew Donahue (Olentangy Liberty, OH) -- 8th at 190 lbs


    Derek Raike (Point Pleasant, WV) -- 3rd at 150 lbs

    Ohio State

    Gavin Brown (Legacy Christian Academy, OH) -- 8th at 150 lbs

    Nick Feldman (Malvern Prep, PA) -- 1st at 285 lbs

    Luke Geog (St. Edward, OH) -- 3rd at 175 lbs

    Brendan McCrone (Lake Catholic, OH) -- 7th at 120 lbs

    Seth Shumate (Dublin Coffman, OH) -- 4th at 190 lbs

    Rocco Welsh (Waynesburg, PA) -- 1st at 165 lbs


    Christian Forbes (Broken Arrow, OK) -- 6th at 106 lbs

    Oregon State

    Gabe Whisenhunt (Crescent Valley, OR) -- 5th at 126 lbs


    Evan Bennett (St. Edward, OH) -- 6th at 165 lbs


    Christopher Martino (Bishop Kelly, ID) -- 6th at 132 lbs


    Joey Blaze (Perrysburg, OH) -- 5th Place at 144 lbs (Class of 2023)


    Daniel Cardenas (Pomona, CO) -- 1st at 150 lbs

    Jack Darrah (Wyoming Seminary, PA) -- 3rd at 215 lbs

    Wyatt Richter (St. Edward, OH) -- 8th at 113 lbs


    Peyton Fenton (Elyria, OH) --6th at 120 lbs

    Virginia Tech

    Mac Church (Waynesburg, PA) -- 2nd at 132 lbs (Class of 2023)

    Tom Crook (Tampa Jesuit, FL) -- 7th at 138 lbs

    TJ Stewart (Blair Academy, NJ) -- 1st at 215 lbs

    West Virginia

    Brody Conley (Tiffin Columbian, OH) -- 1st at 175 lbs


    James Rowley (Crescent Valley, OR) -- 2nd at 175 lbs


    Logan Ours (Beaver Local, OH) -- 2nd at 157 lbs

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