Junior National freestyle runner-up Anthony Cassioppi (Hononegah, Ill.) verbally committed to Northwestern University late on Tuesday afternoon for the Class of 2018. The No. 35 overall junior nationally placed third at state as a sophomore at 285 pounds, and has been on fire since then. Going in order of events, he won by styles at the UWW Cadet Nationals, he was undefeated at the AAU Scholastic Duals, he was undefeated in freestyle at the Junior National Duals, and was also third place in Junior Greco-Roman prior to the Junior freestyle runner-up finish.
Cassioppi was also third in both styles competing at the Cadet level at 285 pounds during the summer of 2015. In addition, he plays both ways on the varsity of his high school football team, and is a high-level boxer and kickboxer for his age group. He projects to compete at 285 pounds in college.