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Wrestling Reels in Another Top Recruiting Class
November 23, 2009

Nov. 23, 2009

 

NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma wrestling coach Jack Spates recently signed nine high school seniors to National Letters of Intent, including four ranked in the top 12 nationally in their respective weight classes by Intermat and five from the state of Oklahoma.

“This is the second straight year we have put together an extremely strong class,” Spates said. “I have every expectation that this is going to be a top 10 class. They are the right young men for this program. We are also extremely pleased to have five Oklahoma wrestlers on board.”

Leading ranked recruits is Kyle Colling from Yorkshire, N.Y., ranked No. 4 nationally among 215 pounders. Colling's accomplishments include a New York state title and champion at High School Nationals.

Jenks, Okla., product Justin Deangelis,  a two-time state champion and Junior National All-American, is seventh in the 145 pound division and Stilwell, Kan., native Parker Madl is 11th at 171 pounds. Madl is a Kansas state champion and a Junior National All-American.

Ronnie Balfour, an Oklahoma state champion and Junior National All-American, from Tulsa, Okla., rounds out the group ranked No. 12 among 160 pounders.

Other Oklahomans joining the roster next season are Dustin Reed from Choctaw, Pawhuska native Dax Perrier and Quincy Mondaine from Muskogee.  All three have earned runner-up finishes at the Oklahoma state championships.

The class is completed with the signings of Sean Datte from Las Flores, Calif., and Chase Gordon of Oveido, Fla.  Gordon joins the Sooners a a Florida state champion and Junior Nationals runner-up.

“All in all, it is a really strong recruiting class,” Spates said. “These young men have great character and are great students with a great passion for wrestling. It is going to be a great class that will assist us in recapturing our national prominence.”

  Coach Jack Spates on 2009 Recruiting Class

On Ronnie Balfour (Tulsa, Okla., Union HS)
“He really flew under the radar until this last year. Ronnie is a kid who has really come into his own the last year and was a runner-up at Junior Nationals after almost defeating one of the premier wrestlers in the finals this summer. At the Junior National Duals, he beat one of the top wrestlers in the country. He has a great future and is ready to make a big mark on this program.”

Balfour in the Rankings
No. 12
by Intermat
No. 9 by Amateur Wrestling News

Projected College Weight:
  165 pounds


On Kyle Colling (Yorkshire, N.Y., Pioneer HS)
"Kyle is a great kid and a behemoth. He is from a small community in upstate New York and we are confident he is going to make a big mark here at Oklahoma. He is bordering 6-6 and we are trying to keep him from (Oklahoma basketball coach) Jeff Capel. He is a New York state champion and a champion at High School Nationals last year. He goes about 225 pounds now, but we easily envision him being a 260 to 270 pounder in a couple of years."

Colling in the Rankings
No. 4
by Intermat
No. 7 by Amateur Wrestling News

Projected College Weight:
  Heavyweight


On Sean Datte (Las Flores, Calif., Tesoro HS)
“He is really coming into his own recently. He is looking to earn his first California state championship this year. He has known and worked with Sammie Henson for years, so Sammie is well acquainted with his character and work ethic and we are excited to welcome him on campus.”

Projected College Weight:  184 Pounds


On Justin Deangelis (Jenks, Okla., Jenks HS)
“He is a great young man with a great pedigree. His dad was a former Sooner and national runner-up. Justin is pursuing his third state title and has proven to be a force at the national level. He has an outstanding work ethic and never breathes. He is going to be a great one for us.”

Deangelis in the Rankings
No. 7 by Intermat
No. 9 by Amateur Wrestling News

Projected College Weight:
  149/157 Pounds

 


 On Chase Gordon (Oveido, Fla., Oviedo HS)
"
Chase is a young man from Florida. He is a great student who eats, sleeps and lives the sport. He has a tremendous work ethic and attitude and will have a great future at Oklahoma. He is from one of the premier programs in the country out of Florida. In addition to winning the Florida state title, he earned All-American status at Junior Nationals. He has the success and determination to make big things happen here at Oklahoma."

Projected College Weight:  141/149 Pounds


On Parker Madl (Stilwell, Kan., Blue Valley HS)
“Parker is in line with a great group of Kansas student-athletes in last year’s recruiting class that have already made a big impact on this program. He was a two-time Kansas runner-up his freshman and sophomore years and won the championship this past year. He also earned All-American status at Junior Nationals. He is another kid who is really coming into his own and is as tough as nails."

Madl in the Rankings
No. 11 by Intermat

Projected College Weight:  165/174 Pounds


On Quincy Mondaine (Muskogee, Okla., Muskogee HS)
"Quincy is an Oklahoma runner-up and is a rare big guy who hasn’t played football, despite the best efforts of the Muskogee football staff. We were really impressed with his ability and knew we wanted him to be a Sooner. He loves the sport and is another good student whose best years on the mat are ahead of him."

Projected College Weight:  197 Pounds


On Dax Perrier (Pawhuksa, Okla., Pawhuska HS)
"Dax is a two-time Oklahoma state runner-up and lost to two premier wrestlers both years. Dax is eager for this to be his year. He is a prolific worker who has big dreams and the determination to make those reality. He started out as a lightweight but is still growing and could end up being as big as a 174-pounder.”

Projected College Weight:  165/174 Pounds


On Dustin Reed (Choctaw, Okla., Choctaw HS)
"
Dustin is just an excellent student from great family and has great passion for the sport. He came a hair away from beating a three-time champion in the state finals last year to place second. He has only gotten better and just loves the sport. We are really excited for Dustin to join the Sooner family."

Projected College Weight:  133 Pounds

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