|Penn State inks three top recruits|
By Pat Donghia Penn State Sports Information
State College, Pa. - Penn State Nittany Lion head wrestling coach Troy Sunderland and his outstanding staff are seeing the fruits of their recruiting labors pay off as a trio of the nation's best high school wrestlers have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Penn State on day one of the signing period.
Alphabetically, high school standouts Dave Rella (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio), Josh Rohler (Akron, Ohio) and Garrett Scott (Alexandria, Pa.) will attend Penn State in 2006-07 as members of one of the nation's top recruiting classes.
"We are extremely pleased to get commitments from wrestlers and young men of this caliber," Sunderland said. "All three are ranked number one in their weights in at least one poll, so getting wrestlers ranked that high across the board adds to the credibility of this class being considered one of the best incoming classes in the nation."
Rella, who projects at 165 for Penn State, is the defending Ohio State Champion heading into his senior season at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cleveland, Ohio. The 2005 Junior National Freestyle runner-up, he was a Junior National All-American. Rella was also runner-up at the FILA Junior National Freestyle Championships and is a two-time Powerade Champion and an Ironman Champion.
"Dave is the total package," Sunderland said. "He's a great wrestler and student and he is so personable that he'll fit right in with his teammates. His presence will help us sign even more of the nation's top high school wrestlers." Not only ranked No. 1 in his weight class, Intermat ranks him as the No. 8 overall high school recruit in the country.
Rohler, who projects at 157 at Penn State, is heading into his senior season at St. Vincent/St. Mary High School. The 2005 Ohio Division II third place finisher also placed third in the 2005 Beast of the East Championships. Rohler was the 2004 Ironman runner-up and an Ohio State runner-up in 2004. Rohler also is a two-time Cadet National All-American.
"Josh has tremendous flow and he's good in all three positions," Sunderland said. "His athletic ability is an outstanding plus for him and he's a welcome addition to the Penn State wrestling family." Not only ranked at the top in his weight, Rohler is ranked as the No. 15 overall high school recruit in the nation by Intermat.
Scott, who projects at 141 or 149 for the Nittany Lions, is a three-time defending Pennsylvania AA State Champion at Juniata Valley High School. He heads into his final season at JVHS looking to join an elite group of four-time champs. Scott was the 2005 FILA Junior National Freestyle eighth-place finisher and the 2004 Cadet National Greco runner-up. He won the Cadet Freestyle National title in 2002 and 2003 and was National Greco runner-up both those years as well.
"Garrett brings a natural style with him," Sunderland said. "He has great balance and flow and is seemingly never panicked. He's always cool under pressure. It's always very gratifying to get one of Pennsylvania's top high school wrestlers." In addition to his lofty weight class ranking, Scott is ranked No. 13 overall in the country by Intermat.
Penn State's incoming recruiting class, which is considered among the best in the nation by nearly every wrestling publication and outlet, follows closely on the heals of last year's 12-man recruiting class, which was ranked No. 5 by Intermat. Intermat is the official website and media outlet of the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA).