Joseph Sealey at the 2022 U17 World Championships (photo courtesy of Kadir Caliskan)
This morning the top overall recruit in the Class of 2024, Joseph Sealey gave a verbal commitment to the Penn State Nittany Lions. Sealey's stock rose this spring after winning the UWW U17 World Team Trials at 71 kg in freestyle. To make the team, Sealey downed Oklahoma recruit KJ Evans, #49 overall in the Class of 2023, in two straight bouts (9-2, 15-7). Sealey took advantage of this opportunity and came home from Rome with a gold medal and a world title. At the U17 World Championships, Sealey outscored the competition 55-1 across five matches.
Sealey is currently ranked #3 at 160 lbs after a third-place finish at the Super 32. It was his second finish at the tournament. In 2021, Sealey was a finalist. Other notable tournament placements for Sealey include a sixth-place finish at the U17 WTT's in 2021. During the 2021-22 season, Sealey captured titles at the Beast of the East and the Powerade. He capped the year with a National Prep title at 152 lbs.
Sealey is now the second top-five wrestler from the Class of 2024 to commit to Cael Sanderson's team. He joins #4 Zack Ryder (Minisink Valley, NY), a teammate on the U17 world team. At Penn State, Sealey projects as a 165 or 174 lber. There's plenty of young talent committed or signed by the Nittany Lions in that area, but that's a great problem to have.
Originally from North Carolina, Sealey has competed for national power Wyoming Seminary (PA).
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