Nov. 28, 2012
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh wrestling team has signed five future student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, head coach Rande Stottlemyer announced Wednesday. The class of Edgar Bright Jr., Mikey Racciato, Ryan Solomon, Cody Wiercloch and Nick Zanetta has been regarded as one of the elite signing classes in the nation by several wrestling publications.
"We're fortunate we got some really good kids committed to our program," said associate head coach Jason Peters. "These kids and their families felt comfortable with what we do here at Pitt and where we are heading as a program. Kids feel like they can come here and become All-Americans or National Champions and that's good for Pitt Wrestling but hard work is what will decide how this finishes."
Edgar Bright Jr.
Cleveland, Ohio/St. Edward
High School: Has a 96-15 record at St. Edward, including a 34-5 mark as a junior...Two-time state runner-up...Finished sixth in the state as a freshman...Has helped lead St. Edward to a pair of Ohio State Championships (2011 and 2012)...2011 Cadet freestyle runner-up and runner up at the Walsh Ironman.
Pen Argyl, Pa./Pen Argyl
High School: A two-time PIAA state champion who enters his senior season with a 143-8 career record at Pen Argyl ...Holds his school's record for career wins and wins in a season, going 49-1 as a junior...Also a key member of the Green Knights' football team.
Cody WierclochMuse, Pa./Canon-McMillanHigh School:
High School: A 2012 PIAA state champion at 195 pounds...Finished as the PIAA runner-up at 215-pounds as a sophomore...Placed sixth at states as a freshman...Won the national title, going 12-0, in Greco at Junior Nationals in 2012...Finished third in the freestyle bracket at Junior Nationals in 2012 with a 7-1 record to earn All-America honors...Also earned multiple All-America honors in Fargo the prior two summers...A silver medalist at the AAU Scholastic Duals.
A two-time PIAA state champion who has a 123-4 career record...Went undefeated (46-0) en route to a state crown as a junior...Helped lead Canon-McMillian to the team title at the PIAA team and individual tournaments in 2012...Finished as runner-up at states as a sophomore...A two-time PowerADE Champion.
Pittsburgh, Pa./Keystone Oaks
High School: Finished his junior season as the PIAA Class AA state runner-up... Has a career record of 97-21, including a 41-4 record as a junior...Placed eighth at FloNationals...Brother Anthony currently wrestles for the Panthers.
"While I'm excited about these guys joining our program, I don't want to get too caught up in the hype or the ranks. I want to get them here and get them to work and on the path to success not only on the mat but off it as well," Peters said. "Anytime you sign winners, and these guys are winners, they've been in and won a lot of finals and semifinals, that helps the transition (from high school to college wrestling) provided they stay true to the work."
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