On Wednesday, InterMat broke the news that the #99 recruit in the land, Blair Academy’s Jesse Shanaman, had given a verbal commitment to Cornell University Head Coach, Rob Koll and his staff…In doing so, Shanaman become the second Bucs wrestler in the past week and a half to formally announce his collegiate plans. On October 4th, 2009 National Prep Champion, Max Huntley (who will wrestle on the Blair College team in 2010) revealed that he would continue his wrestling career at Missouri under the tutelage of Brian Smith….Remaining uncommitted from Jeff Buxton’s returning National Championship team are a pair of top-15 recruits in the persons of #3 Chris Villalonga (also rumored to be heavily considering Cornell) and #12 Mike Evans (a 2010 transfer who is believed to be down to a short list consisting of the University of Iowa and the aforementioned University of Missouri).
A two-time National Prep tournament placewinner (6th as a junior in 2009; 5th as a sophomore in 2008) heading into his senior season, Shanaman has been instrumental in helping Blair Academy to maintain their stranglehold on the Prep National title (looking to win their 30th straight team title in 2010)…This rich team tradition is one that is able to share with older brother, Max, who won three consecutive individual National Prep titles for Coach Buxton from 2005-2007.
By committing to the EIWA perennial powerhouse Big Red, Jesse became the third of Mike and Karen Shanaman’s children to earn the right to compete on the DI level. He joins previously mentioned Max who spent a few years wrestling for Coach Smith’s Tigers before electing to pursue other avenues and oldest brother Zach, a two-time NCAA qualifier/2008 EIWA runner-up for the University of Pennsylvania. If not for a serious injury, the eldest Shanaman would have been a strong contender to make All-American last season.
Eighth in the nation in Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine’s (W.I.N) preseason rankings at 160-pounds, Shanaman will join an already head turning 2010 class that features the #4 ranked recruit Marshall Peppelman (2x PIAA AAA State Champion/3x State Finalist) and Matt Cunningham (2x PIAA AA State placewinner/2009 State runner-up).
Coming from a scholastic program that has done nothing but win during his time matriculating in Blairstown, one would have to hope that the “champion” mentality that Shanaman will bring to Ithaca will be contagious and will spread through the wrestling room like a wildfire…If rumor proves to be fact, Peppelman, Cunningham, and Shanaman will not be alone in leading the next group of Koll charges to the pinnacle of the promised land, the NCAA title.