Bodacious Bearcat: #11 Recruit, Tyler Beckwith, Binghamton Bound

Less than 72 hours after concluding his 2009 campaign by earning double All-American honors at the Asics/Vaughan Junior National Tournament, the #11 recruit in the class of 2010, Tyler Beckwith, officially announced that he is off of the market, verbally committing to the State University of New York-Binghamton….He becomes the first rising senior to align himself with Coach Pat Popolizio’s quickly emerging Bearcat program.

After placing 5th and 2nd respectively in the first two years of his varsity career, Beckwith broke though this past season, winning the first of what many expect will be a pair of NYS DII crowns. He did so without surrendering a single offensive point…Equally impressive is the fact that by virtue of his 7-0 shutout of Vinny Gallo in the state finals, the soon-to-be senior at Greene High School (Section IV) distinguished himself as the “ultimate” 171-pound NYS Champion, having previously scored a 10-1 major decision over DI winner Jesse Villella at the Windsor Christmas Tournament…To top it all off, it is important to note that Beckwith also recorded a regular season victory over Chris Nocchi, the wrestler who would go on to claim the 189-pound DII title.

With regard to his accomplishments nationally, Beckwith has been every bit as good if not better….Already a three-time (Freshmen-Junior) NHSCA National Champion, if the future Bearcat is able to complete the sweep next year, he will become the first wrestler in history to win a national title at every grade level of his scholastic career (an honor that he may have to share with New Mexico’s Louis Trujillo, also a three-time NHSCA champion entering his senior season)….Win or lose in 2010, it can be argued that Beckwith will be the most acclaimed folkstyle wrestler to commit to Binghamton since Josh Patterson in 2006…Patterson, a two-time NYS Champion, was the first wrestler in Empire State history to win both the NHSCA Junior (In the first year the tournament was contested at this grade level) and Senior National titles…Patterson became the SUNY school’s first DI All-American in 2009, finishing 7th in the 184-pound weight class.

Competing as a representative of the nationally recognized and respected Shamrock Wrestling Club, Beckwith has also enjoyed his fair share of success in the international styles….In addition to his aforementioned double All-American performance last week in Fargo (2nd in Greco; 8th in Freestyle), which was highlighted by a GR victory over defending National Champion, Ethen Lofthouse of Utah (committed to the University of Iowa; Went on to win the 2009 Junior National FS title), Beckwith was a double champion at the 2008 FILA Cadet National tournament…He joined Blair Academy’s Max Huntley as the only wrestlers that year to pull of this feat…By committing to Binghamton, Beckwith will be able to continue working with Shamrock coach, Scott Green, an assistant on the BU staff for the past few seasons…Green was recently named the USA Wrestling FILA Junior/University Person of the Year.

Ranked 8th in the country by InterMat at the end of the high school season, Beckwith will carry a 126-7 into his senior season…Prior to this afternoon’s announcement, InterMat listed Virginia Tech as the only other school high on Beckwith’s short list.

With three of New York’s five top-100 recruits having already verbally committed to colleges/universities (#11 Tyler Beckwith-Binghamton; #42 Nick Arujau-Hofstra; #68 Stephen Dutton-Lehigh), only Beckwith’s high school teammate #54 Nick Wilcox (2009 Junior Greco All-American) and #71 Angelo Malvestuto of Niagara-Wheatfield High School (a 2007 NHSCA Freshmen National Champion/the 2009 NSHCA Junior National Runner-up to Beckwith) remain up for grabs.

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