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Three nationally-ranked grapplers headline Boro wrestling’s 2015 recruiting class

Edinboro has three nationally-ranked wrestlers as part of its 2015 recruiting class (Graphic/Ashley Olinger).
Edinboro has three nationally-ranked wrestlers as part of its 2015 recruiting class (Graphic/Ashley Olinger).

Story first appeared in the Edinboro University Spectator, which was distributed on campus and around the town of Edinboro.

Edinboro had 37 All-Americans in its last 18 seasons, all of whom were coached by Tim Flynn.

Flynn hopes he has a few from this year’s recruits that eventually will join the group.

The PSAC and EWL coach of the year announced six recruits late last year with another two committing over the last several weeks.

Nate Hagan, Fritz Hoehn, Korbin Myers, Tyler Vath, Andrew Shomers and Connor McGill were announced as the early recruits for the Fighting Scots.

“I’m happy with our early recruits,” Flynn said in a release from the university’s sports information department. “We definitely covered some areas we needed to fill with the senior class we have graduating. The lighter weights are pretty solid. We brought in several guys at 133 [and] 141 pounds that all fit what we want.”

Additionally, Pat Lugo committed on Feb. 27 and Dylan Reynolds committed on March 26.

Hagan hails from Toledo Central Catholic in Ohio and was a two-time state place-winner, earning his first state title at 132 lbs. last year.

Hoehn represents North Andover High School in Massachusetts. He is a three-time state runner-up and had a 142-16 career record as he helped North Andover to three straight state team titles.

Myers is a soon-to-be graduate of Boiling Springs High School in Pennsylvania. and is the 85th ranked recruit in the nation. He is a three-time PIAA place-winner, who claimed his first state crown a year ago. He entered his senior season with a 137-8 career record. He faced off against fellow Boro recruit Vath and defeated him 2-0.

Vath hails from nearby Saegertown High School where he was a three-time PIAA state place winner and a three-time Northwest Regional champion. He took a 125-18 career record into his senior season.

Shomers wrestled for Lewiston-Porter High School in New York. The multiple time state qualifier had a career record of 153-30.

McDill will be heading east to the Boro as he is coming from Utica Eisenhower High School in Michigan. He went 41-9 his junior season.

Lugo is from South Dade High School in Florida and is the 79th ranked recruit in this year’s class.

Reynolds is also from Saegertown High School and finished his senior season as an undefeated state champion. Additionally, Reynolds is the 13th ranked wrestler at 195 lbs. in the nation.

Talent is something Edinboro has and wants, but that is not all Flynn and his staff looks for in a recruit.

“I think what we look at the most from any recruit or any people coming back, whether it is Austin [Matthews] or Sean Russell, we are looking for enthusiasm,” he said in a phone interview late last month. “We want these kids to be excited to do better than the last group of kids that went through. We look at their attitude. We want them to think, ‘We want to leave as the best team.’ If you have the right attitude, you never know what you can achieve.”

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