Indiana Tech Warrior head coach Mike Ester has released the recruiting class for the first season of Indiana Tech wrestling. The class is very impressive with many state placers from not only Indiana, but Michigan, Georgia and Florida. The first Warrior team will also benefit from transfers from Lincoln Junior College(Illinois), Darton Community College(Georgia), Muskegon Community College(Michigan), Trine University and Calumet College of St. Joe.
FR-Nico Hensley: Angola HS, IN
FR-Conner Hughes: Portage, MI (Northern HS) *MHSAA DII- SQ, 7th, SQ, 7th
FR-Kristopher McKinley: Ft. Wayne, IN (Northrop HS)
FR-Andre Sanders: Farmington Hills, MI (Harrison HS) *MHSAA DI- SQ, 7th
FR-Preston Wilson: Whiteland HS, IN
FR-Lucas Willms: Fremont HS, IN
FR-Brett Yarbrough: McDonough, GA (Henry Co, HS) *GHSAA DIII – 2nd, 1st.
The 125lbs weight class is highlighted by Georgia State Champion Brett Yarbrough, who also finished as a runner-up one time. Two Michigan standouts in Conner Hughes and Andre Sanders are also the front runners to start at this weight.
FR-Travis Barroquillo: Wolcotville, IN (Prarie Heights, HS) *IHSAA- 7th,SQ,3rd
FR-Jordan Bosma: Hesperia HS, MI *MHSAA D IV- 4th, 1st, 4th
S0-Jarrard Edwards: South Bend, IN (Washington, HS) *Transfer from Muskegon CC
FR-Montana Gipson: Indianapolis, IN (Avon, HS)
FR-Matt Simmons: Angola HS, IN
The 133lbs weight class also has a state champion in Jordan Bosma of Michigan. He will be pushed by the first ever Indiana Tech wrestler, Travis Barroquillo.
FR-T.J. Burnfield: Berne, IN (South Adams HS) *IHSAA SQ
SO-Adam Fahs: Portage, MI (Central HS) *Transfer from Trine U.
FR-Alex Gregory: South Bend, IN (Penn HS) *IHSAA- 4th, SQ, 4th
FR-Kyle King: Bluffton HS, IN
FR-Andrew Syndram: New Haven HS, IN
FR-Lukas Wygant: Huntington, IN (Huntington North HS)
At 141lbs the Warriors will have transfer Adam Fahs and Alex Gregory as the top contenders. Fahs is a former 4th place finisher in Michigan and Gregory has two 4th place finishes in Indiana to his credit.
JR-Kafuba Donzon: Albany, GA (Rockdale Co. HS) *Transfer from Darton CC
FR-Dyllan Derrickson: Portland, IN (Jay County HS)
FR-(149/157#) Josh Ehr: Geneva, IN (South Adams HS) *IHSAA SQ, SQ
FR-Tiandre Edwards: Indianapolis, IN (North Central HS)
FR-Drake Meska: Dunkirk, IN (Jay County HS) *IHSAA SQ
FR-Timothy Scott: Detroit, MI (Highland Park HS) *MHSAA DI SQ;
FR-(149/157#) Isaac Yoder: West Mentone, IN (Tippecanoe Valley HS) *IHSAA SQ
This weight class features four state qualifiers and one transfer. Kafuba Donzon will venture from Georgia to Fort Wayne after attending Darton CC and finishing last year with a 17-4 record. The state qualifiers include Josh Ehr, Drake Meska and Isaac Yoder from Indiana and Timothy Scott from Michigan.
JR-(157/165# James Bennett: Bowden, GA (Carrolltown, HS) *Transfer from Darton CC
FR-Quaylan Boone: Ft. Wayne, IN (Snider HS) *IHSAA SQ, 7TH
FR-Sean Johnson: Ft. Wayne, IN (North Side HS)
JR-Kyle Long: South Bend, IN (Washington HS) *Transfer from Trine U.
FR-Reece Lefever: Ft. Wayne, IN (Carroll HS) *IHSAA SQ, 3RD
At 157lbs the Warriors will have two transfers and two former Indiana state placers in the mix. James Bennett will be coming from Darton CC where he had a 13-9 record last year. Kyle Long will be getting back on the mat after taking last year off, as a sophomore he was 34-9 for the Trine Thunder. Former Snider wrestler Quaylan Boone will be rejoining his high school coach after graduating in 2004. Last, but not least Reece Lefever who finished 3rd in Indiana this past season will look to be in the mix for the starting spot.
FR-Adam Bonner: Rockford, MI (Greenville, HS) *MHSAA D2- 8TH, 2ND, 2ND
FR-Dominic Diaz: Davison HS, MI
(165/174#) Ladarious Jackson: New Port Richey, FL (Gulf HS) *FHSAA DIII- SQ, 1ST, 1ST
FR-Conner Lefever: Ft. Wayne, IN (Carroll HS) *IHSAA 8TH, 4TH
JR/SO-(165/174)Caleb Norville: Mishawaka HS, IN *Transfer from Trine U.
SO-Dalton Sparks: Peru HS, IN *Transfer from Trine U.
This could be one of the most competitive weights in the Tech room with a two-time state champ, two-time state runner-up, two-time state placer and two transfers in the mix. Ladarious Jackson of Florida was a two-time state champion and also comes to Indiana with a very inspiring story(click here for information). Add to the mix Adam Bonner of Michigan who has finished second to 2012 top recruit Taylor Massa the past two years. The Warriors will also have the benefit of two Trine transfers in Dalton Sparks and Caleb Norville. Conner Lefever will make the short drive from Huntertown to round out this weight class.
FR-Jeff Enrietto: Ft. Wayne, IN (Carroll HS) *IHSAA SQ
JR-Kelvin Jordan: Albany, GA (Bibb Co. HS) *Transfer from Darton CC
FR-Michael Smith: Indianapolis, IN (North Central HS) *IHSAA SQ, SQ, 5TH
This weight class looks small compared to the others, but a couple of the 165lbers could make their way to this list. Kelvin Jordan is yet another transfer from Darton CC, he finished with a 5-7 record last year. Indiana state placer Michael Smith will be battling for the top spot here along with state qualifier Jeff Enrietto.
SO-Dustin Boyd: Mishawaka HS, IN *Transfer Calumet College St. Joe
FR-Jedidiah Bressman: Powell, OH (Worthington Kilbourne HS)
FR- (184/197) Jeremy Haskett: Indianapolis, IN (Lawerence North HS) *IHSAA SQ
FR- (184/197) Jarrad Labelle: Davison HS, MI *MHSAA DI-SQ, 4TH SQ
Fr- Tanner Martin: Ft. Wayne, IN (Snider HS) *IHSAA SQ
FR- Joshua Morgan: Maconaqua HS, IN
This weight looks to be extremely competitive with three state qualifiers and a transfer in the mix. Dustin Boyd will be coming over from Calumet College of St. Joe. Jarrad Labelle will be heading south from Michigan powerhouse Davidson after finishing in 4th place there. Also in the mix will be former Snider wrestler Tanner Martin and Jeremy Haskett of Lawrence North.
FR-Brandon Bisping: Cedar Lake, IN (Hanover Central HS)
FR-Ashton Brierly: Columbus IN (Columbus East HS)
FR-Carlos Harbin: Detroit, MI (Highland Park HS) *MHSAA DI-SQ
FR-Moe Talamantes: Ft. Wayne, IN (Northrop HS)
Just like 174lbs, this weight could feature a few of the 184lbers. Leading the way here is Carlos Harbin who was a state qualifier in Michigan’s big school division.
FR-Nick Cooper: Huntington, IN (Huntington North HS) *IHSAA SQ
JR-Andre Dunn: Kewanee, HS *Transfer from Lincoln CC
Only two heavyweights will be on the roster this year, but they will be tough ones to handle. Nick Cooper qualified for state as a junior, but did not get to step on the mat as a senior due to a football injury. Andre Dunn will don the orange and black after compiling a 27-11 record at Lincoln CC last year.