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Kent State Bringing in Strong Early Signing Class

Postby Allen Brown » Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:31 pm

Flashes Bringing In Strong Early Signing Class

Six high school seniors signed national letters of intent to join Kent State University and its wrestling team for the 2016-17 academic year. The six recruits are the most commitments the program has received during a fall signing period.

The Golden Flashes will reload in the upper weights with the additions of Jack Harris (Urbana, Ohio) and Dylan Barreiro (Derry, N.H.).

Expected to compete at 184 or 197, Harris is a two-time state finalist and three-time state place-winner for Urbana High School. He placed fourth at the Super 32 Challenge in 2015 and is a three-time Fargo All-American in freestyle. This year, he is ranked No. 66 in InterMat's Top 100 Seniors, looking to add to his 132 career victories.

"Jack's one of our highest rated recruits," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said. "He's a Top 10 guy at his weight class. He's dynamic and reminds you of Ian Miller in that respect. He's been very successful in freestyle. We think he can be an impact wrestler his first year."

A two-time state champion and three-time state place-winner at Pinkerton Academy, Barreiro is expected to compete at either 174 or 184. He was ranked No. 10 at 170 pounds in Wrestling USA Magazine's nation's best juniors of 2014-15. Last season, Barreiro went 54-0 and won a National High School Coaches Association championship.

"Dylan's the first New England area recruit we've had since I've been here," Andrassy said. "We got to see him at high school nationals last year where he really impressed us. He's a big, athletic strong kid. He's also on a partial academic scholarship."

Kent State's lightweights will get a boost from Ethan McCoy (Latrobe, Pa.) and Seth Beard (Napoleon, Ohio).

Last year, McCoy placed third at the PIAA state tournament for Greater Latrobe High School. At the end of his freshman year, he made the National Prep finals at 106 pounds.

"Ethan is also a Top 10 national recruit," Andrassy said. "He'll have the ability to compete for a starting spot right away at 125. He reminds you of a Nic Bedelyon. He can hit a funky move from any position. But he also has a lot of traditional skills. He's very physical and competitive."

Beard enters his senior year on pace to break Napoleon High School's program record for career victories. A three-time state place-winner, Beard has finished as high as second at the state tournament. He is also second in career takedowns at Napoleon and fifth in pins.

"Seth's a strong academic kid," Andrassy said. "He'll likely stay at 125 for his career. He doesn't come with the national recognition that some of other recruits do…maybe because he comes from a smaller school. But his results speak for themselves."

Joining Beard from Northwest Ohio is Collin Adkins (Bellevue, Ohio). Competing at 138 pounds for Bellevue High School, Adkins placed sixth at last year's state tournament. He enters his senior season with 49 career victories.

"Collin's father wrestled at Ohio when I wrestled here," Andrassy said. "He really liked our university and we had his major. He'll probably be a 141-pounder and will give us some depth with Chance Driscoll. He's guy we think can develop over the years."

The Flashes will also welcome Nick Monico (Meadville, Pa.), a three-time PIAA state place-winner at Saegertown High School. Already with over 100 career wins, Monico was ranked No. 17 in his weight class by FloWrestling.

"Usually with Pennsylvania kids, you get guys that are able to wrestle well in all positions," Andrassy said of Monico. "Nick will have the ability to start right away at 149 for us. He's well taught. He's also on a partial academic scholarship.

"Matt Hill's done a great job," Andrassy said of recruiting. "We have a large senior class this year, which allows us to invest a lot into this next group coming in. They're a hardworking, tough group. And we feel like every single wrestler in this group can fit into what we've been doing and develop in our system."

The Golden Flashes expect to announce additions to the recruiting class this offseason.

Kent State's current squad returns to action Saturday at the Navy Classic.
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