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May 18, 2005
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Army Wrestling Team Announces Recruiting Class May 13,
Fifteen Grapplers from 10 Different States Constitute Incoming Group
POINT, N.Y. - Army head wrestling coach Chuck Barbee unveiled his 2005-06 recruiting
class on Monday. The 15-person group features six wrestlers who attended USMAPS
last year. Ten different states are represented in the collection, including
wrestling hotbeds Oklahoma, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Tyler
Howard is a three-time Oklahoma state champion. The Collinsville, Okla., native
compiled an impressive 144-4 record during his four years at Collinsville High
School. Howard forged a 39-1 mark as a sophomore en route to winning the state
crown. He then put together back-to-back 37-0 campaigns in taking home state
titles as a junior and senior. Howard went 13-10 wrestling at USMAPS last season.
Davey Mason won a pair of Oklahoma state titles himself. The Perry, Okla., product
authored a career mark of 139-13 at Perry High School before posting a solid
14-9 record at USMAPS last year. Mason won state championships as a junior and
senior. He was ranked third in the nation by Wrestling USA magazine at 112 pounds
as a senior. Mason was an all-state selection in 2004, when he was named the
"Outstanding Wrestler" by the Oklahoma Wrestling Coaches Association.
Johnathon Drew, Daniel Geib and Brian Rowan all hail from Pennsylvania. A native
of Sand Lake, Pa., Drew compiled a 112-32 record at Lakeview High School. He
qualified for the state championships twice in his career, placing fourth as
a senior. Geib is another one of Army's incoming grapplers who spent a year
at USMAPS. The Telford, Pa., product was 3-0 at the prep school last season
after posting a 128-18 mark as a four-year standout at Souderton Area High School.
Geib placed sixth at the state championships as a high school junior prior to
finishing runner-up as a senior. Ranked within the Top 25 by Wrestling USA during
his final two seasons, Geib captured the 2003 NWCA National High School Tournament
Rowan comes to West Point
fresh off a 26-6 campaign last season at USMAPS. The Langhorne, Pa., native
was a four-time sectional champ while competing at Neshaminy High School.
During his four-year career, Rowan piled up a record of 119-31 and placed
as high as seventh in Pennsylvania as a senior. Josh Ewing and Johnathon Mathias
are both products of the Buckeye State. The pair of Ohioans are coming off
successful seasons in prep schools. Ewing, who was 112-34 during his high
school career, went 29-1 last season at Western Reserve Academy. The Wooster,
Ohio, product had 64 wins by fall during his decorated career at Northwestern
High School, which included a runner-up finish at the state championships
as senior. Mathias authored a 15-8 record at USMAPS last season. The Columbus,
Ohio, native finished fourth in the state as a junior at Worthington Kilbourne
High School and improved to third in Ohio as a senior. Army head coach Chuck
Barbee has also tapped the state of Tennessee for a pair of wrestlers. William
Simpson and Whitt Dunning are the latest grapplers to be lured away from the
Volunteer State to the banks of the Hudson. Simpson is the younger brother
of Army wrestlers Phillip and Patrick Simpson. William Simpson placed in the
top-four positions at the state championships all four years, winning state
titles as a sophomore and senior while wrestling at Montgomery Bell Academy.
He accumulated a 167-22 record in high school before going 13-8 at USMAPS
last year. Dunning was a three-time Tennessee state champion, winning crowns
as a sophomore, junior and senior while wrestling at Father Ryan High School.
The Nashville, Tenn., native amassed a career record of 141-20, and was ranked
as high as 10th nationally by W.I.N. Magazine. Dunning placed fourth at 119
pounds at the 2005 NHSCA Senior National Championships to earn All-America
status. Frank Edmunds joins the Army team from Gloucester, Va. A three-time
state qualifier, Edmunds won a Virginia state title as a senior and finished
runner-up during his junior season. He racked up a flashy 152-17 record while
wrestling at Gloucester High School. Mitchell Stock comes to Army after authoring
a standout career at Principia Upper High School. The Town and Country, Mo.,
native forged a 95-20 career mark and finished state runner-up as a senior
this year. Voted the Most Valuable Wrestler at 189 pounds, Stock qualified
for a total of three state championships, placing fourth as a junior. A Charleston,
Maine, native, Caleb Pelletier arrives at West Point following a remarkable
career at Foxcroft Academy. Pelletier mowed down his high school competition,
going 122-25 during his four years. A three-time state champion, Pelletier
was an unblemished 40-0 as a senior. A two-time state champion from Norton,
Kan., Michael Sprigg enters the Academy as one of Army's top prospects at
heavyweight. Sprigg, who was ranked as high as 15th nationally by W.I.N. Magazine,
put up a record of 129-18 during his four years at Norton High School. Sprigg
finished fourth at heavyweight at the 2005 NHSCA Senior National Championships
to earn All-America status. Hailing from Frankfort, Ill., Drake Rossi set
a school record with 128 wins. A two-time USA Cadet All-American, Rossi also
holds the Lincoln Way East High School records for most career pins and takedowns.
Rossi was ranked as high as eighth in the nation by Wrestling USA. Aaron Carter,
a two-time state champion from Newberry, S.C., rounds out Army's 2005-06 recruiting
class. The native of the Palmetto State, Carter was a four-year star at Newberry
High School. Barbee is happy with the strength and depth of this year's recruiting
class. "I think this class is outstanding overall," remarked Barbee.
"We have brought in competitors who have excelled on the state and national
levels. We are very excited about what they will be able to bring to our team.
"The six guys that we are bringing in from the prep school are a very
strong and tenacious group of wrestlers. They won't be true freshmen when
they get here. Each guy will be a little bit more seasoned, and will have
a chance to make a mark on our program within a year or two. "I believe
that several of our incoming freshmen will challenge for starting spots, although
it will be difficult with the experienced wrestlers we are bringing back."
2005-06 Army Wrestling
Recruiting Class (Incoming Freshmen)
Way East H.S.
& Country, Mo.