(photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
Last night, Penn State received a pair of verbal commitments from Wisconsin's Mirasola twins, Cole and Connor. Both are currently ranked in the top-20 in MatScouts' Class of 2024 Big Board. Connor comes in at #8, while Cole is at #19. Among weight class rankings Conor is third in the nation at 182 lbs and Cole is fourth at 195.
As far as national achievements go, Connor was a Junior freestyle national champion in Fargo last summer, a few months after making the finals for a second time at the UWW U17 World Team Trials in freestyle. Cole was fifth in Fargo and seventh at the WTT's.
Both Mirasola twins are Wisconsin DI state champions for West Bend West High School. Connor has won a pair of titles, while Cole grabbed his first in 2022. The two train out of Wisconsin's Askren Wrestling Academy, as well.
The Mirasola's are the fourth and fifth wrestlers from the Class of 2024 who have committed to Cael Sanderson's team. It is shaping up to be a monster class for Penn State as the other three recruits (#1 Joseph Sealey, #4 Zack Ryder, and #12 Mason Gibson) are all highly ranked themselves.
The two project as either 184 and 197 lbers down the road for Penn State. It's unclear exactly how this will work out once the Mirasola's matriculate to State College as Ryder looks like a 184 lber and top 2023 recruit #2 Josh Barr could start at 174, but move up to 184.