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    Reviewing the 2022-23 Season for the Class of 2022's Top 50 Recruits

    Penn State's 2023 NCAA finalist Levi Haines (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)

    We're getting down to the final days of the Class of 2023 for recruiting purposes. Our recruiting rankings are looming and will be published soon. Before then, recruiting is the topic and recruiting content you shall get.

    Today we're looking at the Class of 2022 and how its top-50 wrestlers fared during their first year of collegiate competition. There was a wide variety of results from these true freshmen. Some competed and had success right away. Three Class of 2022 wrestlers earned All-American honors. Others competed primarily unattached and took their lumps. Some redshirted or grayshirted or went to a military prep school.

    Below we have the top-50 wrestlers in the Class of 2022, via MatScouts a year ago. Along with each wrestler is their 2022-23 record and how they fared at the NCAA Tournament (if they wrestled). Listed with them are key wins. Not all of the "key wins" are equal. For someone like Caleb Henson, who defeated multiple All-Americans, some wins over lower-ranked national qualifiers are not listed. For others, wins over wrestlers on this list or lower-ranked national qualifiers are included. Basically, it's a tool to help gauge where they belong in the mix for 2023-24, especially those that redshirted and did not compete in the postseason.

    1) Nick Feldman (PA) - Ohio State: 3-0 (Redshirt)

    Key Wins: Zachary Knighton-Ward (Hofstra)

    2) Daniel Cardenas (CO) - Stanford: 24-3; Pac-12 champion, Round of 12 Finisher

    Key Wins: Kaden Gfeller (Oklahoma State), Jason Kraisser (Iowa State)

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