Early Thursday morning, the nationally recognized amateur wrestling website, InterMat, released its top-100 recruits list for the class of 2010. Included on this list were a quintet of student-athletes who call New York State home….With the rising senior class already being hailed as one of the deepest and talent rich in the past decade, inclusion on this list is a distinction that needs no further explanation….While the number of honorees from the Empire State are down from last year’s eye popping statistic of 10, the five individuals who did the list are 100 percent deserving and have earned the praise that will accompany their selection…Making this laundry list of the nation’s elite were Tyler Beckwith and Nick Wilcox of Greene High School, Nick Arujau (Syosset High School), Stephen Dutton (Rocky Point High School), and Angelo Malvestuto, the pride and joy of Niagara-Wheatfield High School.
Headlining the group of NYers making the cut was #11 Tyler Beckwith. Beckwith, a three-time NHSCA grade level National champion has been nothing if not consistent throughout his scholastic career. In three trips to the NYS DII tournament, the Greene High School standout has placed every single year. As a freshman, he finished 5th. He improved upon that performance the following year, advancing all the way to the state finals before settling for second. Last season, as a junior, Beckwith earned his first crown in impressive fashion, going unscored upon in winning all four of his matches by a margin or seven points or more (including a pin in the first round)…Beckwith has been nearly as impressive competing in the international styles. In 2007 he was double Cadet All-American, finishing seventh in freestyle and eighth in greco. In 2008, he put forth a true breakout performance, winning both styles at the 2008 FILA Cadet National tournament….If Beckwith is able to win the NHSCA Senior national title next season, he will become the first wrestler in history to accomplish this feat (New Mexico’s Louis Trujillo is also positioned to pull off the clean sweep in 2010).
Following Beckwith as a fellow top-50 recruit is the first of a pair of Long Island boys done good, #42 Nick Arujau…The son of former Olympic bronze medalist/2x World Champion Vougar Oroujov, winning is a characteristic that is in the blood of the soon to be Syosset High School senior. Already a three-time Nassau County Champion and a two-time NYS Champion (three time NYS finalist), Arujau has proven that he is capable of doing it on the national stage as well, finishing 3rd at the 2008 NHSCA Sophomore National tournament, as well as 7th at the 2008 Asics Cadet National Freestyle tournament in Fargo, ND….A winner of 85 consecutive matches, Arujau has already given a verbal commitment to Hofstra University.
Joining his Greene High School teammate on the list is the #54 recruit in the land, Nick Wilcox…Wilcox first announced his presence as an elite competitor in 2006 when he upset Ian Paddock in the semifinals of the NYS DII tournament (held at Nassau Coliseum). Wilcox would go on to win the state crown that season…Paddock would get his revenge the following season, as the Ohio State bound wrestler defeated Wilcox in the state finals…After not competing in the State tournament as a sophomore, Wilcox returned to Albany better than ever this past season, earning the second state title of his career….Much like the names preceding him, Wilcox too has demonstrated an affinity for the international styles, finishing eighth at the 2008 Junior National Greco tournament under the Fargodome.
Making the prestigious list in the #68 spot is the second of LIs native sons, Stephen Dutton. A first time State Champion for Rocky Point High School in 2009, Dutton has always been considered among the best that the Empire State has to offer. A state runner-up as a freshman in 2007, Dutton quickly demonstrated how deep his talents run when he captured the NHSCA Freshmen National title while attending Hauppauge High School…In 2008, it would be more heartbreak for Dutton who was knocked out of title contention in the early rounds when he was pinned off of his own move while holding a huge lead. Rebounding from the loss, Dutton would blitz the field over the course of the next day and a half, finishing 3rd while outscoring his opponents 63-1 in the consolation bracket….Another All-American finish would await Dutton in Virginia Beach, as he finished fourth at the 2008 NHSCA Sophomore National tournament…As a junior in 2009, Dutton was about as spectacular as can be, as he practically cruised to the Federation crown, going 4-0 and outscoring his foes by a tally of 44-3. He would build off of his state title performance, finishing as the runner-up at the 2009 NHSCA Junior National tournament….In a spotlight piece featuring him during the season, Newsday listed Ohio State and Wisconsin as institutions high on Dutton’s short list. However, much could have changed in the time frame that has elapsed.
Occupying the final spot among New Yorkers was Niagara-Wheatfield’s #71 ranked recruit, Angelo Malvestuto…While still searching for the the state crown that has thus far elluded him the past three years, Malvestuto has had the type of scholastic career that many of his peers would trade for in a second. He is a three-time NYS place-winner (3rd in 2008 and 2009; 4th in 2007) who has seemed to save his best wrestling for the national stage. A three-time NHSCA All-American, Malvestuto has experienced every step on the podium during his time in Virginia Beach. As a freshman he won the NHSCA National title. Sophomore year would be the lowest of his placements, as he took home a more than respective third place finish…Last season marked his return to the national finals, as he dropped a very close decision to Beckwith in an All Empire State affair for all of the marbles.
New York State wrestlers not chosen for the list but worth keeping an eye on include—Justis Flamio (Mahopac), Vinny DeGravio (Wayne), Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central), Andrew Lenzi (Fordham Prep), Anthony Volpe (Rocky Point), Andy Rodriguez (Central Islip), Nick Terdick (Glenn), Matt Loew (Wantagh), Randy Colling (Pionner), as well as countless others.
2010 InterMat Top-100 Recruit (Top 10):
01. Logan Stieber (Monroeville; OH)—Verbal to Ohio State
02. Andrew Alton (Central Mountain; PA)—Verbal to Penn State
03. Chris Villalonga (Blair Academy; NJ)
04. Marshall Peppelman (Central Dauphin; PA)
05. Dylan Alton (Central Mountain; PA)—Verbal to Penn State
06. Jamie Clark (St. Edwards; OH)—Verbal to Iowa State
07. Anthony Baldosaro (Eastern Regional; NJ)
08. Lee Munster (Fox Lake Grant; IL)
09. Josh Kindig (Blue Mountain; PA)
10. Nick Moore (Iowa City West; IA)
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