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    NCAA Champions by Recruiting Class (Since 2001)

    We’ve done a lot of talking about recruiting lately, most of it is related to the incoming freshmen from the Class of 2023. Today we’re looking back in time. Year-by-year to see which recruiting classes have produced the most national champions, going back to 2001. As you can guess, the extra year of eligibility has resulted in star wrestlers staying in college longer than in the past, resulting in the dearth of champions from the most recent graduating classes. 

    2001

    Ben Cherrington (Boise State)

    Joe Dubuque (Indiana)

    Nate Gallick (Iowa State)

    Travis Lee (Cornell)

    Troy Letters (Lehigh)

    Steve Mocco (Iowa/Oklahoma State)

    Jake Rosholt (Oklahoma State)

    Shane Webster (Oregon)
     

    2002

    Ben Askren (Missouri)

    Zack Esposito (Oklahoma State)

    Johny Hendricks (Oklahoma State)

    Cole Konrad (Minnesota)

    Derek Moore (UC Davis)

    Trent Paulson (Iowa State)

    Matt Valenti (Penn)

    Teyon Ware (Oklahoma)
     

    2003

    Phil Davis (Penn State)

    Keith Gavin (Pittsburgh)

    Josh Glenn (American)

    Jake Herbert (Northwestern)

    Mark Perry (Iowa)
     

    2004

    Paul Donahoe (Nebraska/Edinboro)

    Dustin Fox (Northwestern)

    J Jaggers (Ohio State)

    Jarrod King (Oklahoma/Edinboro)

    Jordan Leen (Cornell)

    Steve Luke (Michigan)

    Coleman Scott (Oklahoma State)
     

    2005

    Max Askren (Missouri)

    Jay Borschel (Virginia Tech/Iowa)

    Mark Ellis (Missouri)

    Angel Escobedo (Indiana)

    Gregor Gillespie (Edinboro)

    Franklin Gomez (Michigan State)

    Brent Metcalf (Virginia Tech/Iowa)

    Jayson Ness (Minnesota)

    Troy Nickerson (Cornell)

    Mike Pucillo (Ohio State)

    Dustin Schlatter (Minnesota)

    Jake Varner (Iowa State)

    David Zabriskie (Iowa State)
     

    2006

    Jordan Burroughs (Nebraska)

    Darrion Caldwell (NC State)

    Bubba Jenkins (Penn State/Arizona State)

    JP O’Connor (Harvard)

    Jon Reader (Iowa State)

    Anthony Robles (Arizona State)
     

    2007

    Dustin Kilgore (Kent State)

    Frank Molinaro (Penn State)

    Zach Rey (Lehigh)

    Kellen Russell (Michigan)

    Cam Simaz (Cornell)
     

    2008

    Steve Bosak (Cornell)

    Matt Brown (Iowa State/Penn State)

    Andrew Howe (Wisconsin/Oklahoma)

    Matt McDonough (Iowa)

    Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma State)

    Quentin Wright (Penn State)
     

    2009

    Kyle Dake (Cornell)

    Kendric Maple (Oklahoma)

    Tony Nelson (Minnesota)

    Chris Perry (Oklahoma State)

    Tony Ramos (Iowa)

    Ed Ruth (Penn State)

    Derek St. John (Iowa)

    David Taylor (Penn State)
     

    2010

    Jesse Delgado (Cal Poly/Illinois)

    Kyven Gadson (Iowa State)

    Drake Houdashelt (Missouri)

    Logan Stieber (Ohio State)

     

    2011

    Cody Brewer (Oklahoma)

    Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State)

    Nahshon Garrett (Cornell)

    Nick Gwiazdowski (Binghamton/NC State)

    Nico Megaludis (Penn State)

     

    2012

    Cory Clark (Iowa)

    Gabe Dean (Cornell)

    Jason Tsirtsis (Northwestern/Arizona State)

     

    2013

    Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers)

    J’den Cox (Missouri)

    Darian Cruz (Lehigh)

    Dean Heil (Oklahoma State)

    Mike Macchiavello (NC State)

    Isaiah Martinez (Illinois)

    Zain Retherford (Penn State)

    Nate Tomasello (Ohio State)

     

    2014

    Anthony Cassar (Penn State)

    Drew Foster (Northern Iowa)

    Seth Gross (Iowa/South Dakota State/Wisconsin)

    Bo Nickal (Penn State)

    Jason Nolf (Penn State)

    Kyle Snyder (Ohio State)

     

    2015

    Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State)

    Myles Martin (Ohio State)

    Zahid Valencia (Arizona State)

     

    2016

    Ryan Deakin (Northwestern)

    Max Dean (Cornell/Penn State)

    Mark Hall (Penn State)

    Nick Suriano (Penn State/Rutgers/Michigan)

     

    2017 

    Vito Arujau (Cornell)

    Nino Bonaccorsi (Pittsburgh)

    Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell)

    Nick Lee (Penn State)

    Spencer Lee (Iowa)

    Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech)

    Austin O’Connor (North Carolina)
     

    2018

    Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State)

    Aaron Brooks (Penn State)

    David Carr (Iowa State)

    Patrick Glory (Princeton)

    Shane Griffith (Stanford)

    Mason Parris (Michigan)

    Gable Steveson (Minnesota)
     

    2019

    Andrew Alirez (Northern Colorado)

    Carter Starocci (Penn State)
     

    2020

    AJ Ferrari (Oklahoma State)

    Keegan O’Toole (Missouri)

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