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Gannon Announces Recruiting Class

Postby Allen Brown » Wed Jul 22, 2015 12:49 pm

Dan Teliski, Assistant Director of Athletics for Media Relations

Gannon Wrestling Program Announces 2015 Recruiting Class; Welcomes 17 New Student-Athletes

ERIE, Pa. - Gannon head wrestling coach Don Henry has announced the addition of 17 student-athletes to the program. All 17 have agreed to continue their academic and athletic careers at Gannon in the fall of 2015.

The 2015 recruiting class includes Ejijah Bell (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin), Donny Didion (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North), Carl Gorg (Tioga, Pa./Williamson), Ryan Kaminski (North Canton, Ohio/Green), George McGuire (Waterford, Pa./Fort LeBoeuf), Thomas McNeill (Sicklerville, N.J./Winslow Township), Zachary Nealis (Vineland, N.J./Vineland), Teagan O'Sullivan (Union City, Pa./ Cathedral Prep), Darnell Parker (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva), Nicholas Pollara (Brick, N.J./Brick Township), Trey Romance (Phoenixville, Pa./Phoenixville), Travis Schmeling (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe), Isaiah Slappy (Pittsburgh, Pa./Taylor Allderdice), Casey Vollmer (Port Allegany, Pa./Port Allegany), Luke Walter (Mercer, Pa./.Grove City), Anthony Williamson (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) and Tyler Workman (Parma, Ohio/Parma).

"This year's class has quantity and quality," said Henry. "We have 17 quality recruits from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. Most should make an immediate impact in the wrestling room and contend for starting spots right away."

Gannon finished 7-5 in dual competition last season, producing its eighth consecutive winning season. The Golden Knights placed fifth at the NCAA Division II Super Regional One and 40th at the NCAA Division II National Championships. The squad qualified three wrestlers for the national championships for the first time since 2012.

Henry's program has been one steep in tradition. The program has produced 22 All-Americans who have achieved all-america status a combined 32 times. He has coached 22 regional champions, along with 74 All-Academic wrestlers and 69 national qualifiers. Gannon recorded the 18th-highest team grade point average in NCAA Division II last year, representing its 10th top-20 finish since 2000-01.

A complete bio for each incoming student-athlete can be found below.

2015 Wrestling Recruiting Class
Alphabetical Order

Elijah Bell
Reisterstown, Md. | Franklin High School
Expected major: Business
Wrestled for head coach Vincent Crocker at Franklin (Md.) High School
Was a Maryland state placer
Advanced to the Maryland freestyle finals
Won the MSWL championship
Was a four-time team MVP
Produced a 105-21 career record
Helped Franklin win the district championships
Is the son of Pam and Ray

Donny Didion
Westerville, Ohio | Westerville High School
Expected major: Chemistry
Wrestled for head coach David Grant at Westerville (Ohio) High School
Was a four-time Scholar Athlete
Earned four varsity letters, starting every year
Was a four-time all-conference honoree
Qualified for the district championships three times
Won the 2013 Watkins Memorial Invitational Championship
Named a 2015 OCC Scholar-Athlete
Produced a 91-45 career record
Helped Westerville win back-to-back conference championships and consecutive Upper Arlington sectional titles as a junior and senior
Was part of Westerville teams that finished runner-up at the 2014 Hilliard Darby District Championships and sixth at the 2015 edition
Named to the honor roll every year
Graduated with honors
Was a member of the National Honor Society and German Honor Society
Named Outstanding Chemistry Student
Received the AP Award of Excellence
Is the son of Julie and Don
Has one brother

Carl Gorg
Tioga, Pa. | Williamson High School
Expected major: Pre-Pharmacy
Wrestled for head coaches Kevin Mowrey, Mark Everett, Chris Collum, Jesse Simcox, Brett Smalley and Keith Jones at Williamson (Pa.) High School
Named 2015 District IV Male Athlete of the Year
Selected 2014-15 Tioga Publishing Winter Season Male Athlete of the Year
Listed in the 2014-15 Tioga Publishing Outstanding Athlete Winter Season
Earned 2015 Tioga County Sports Hall of Fame Senior Male Athlete Recognition
Was a four-time all-district selection
Named to the All-Regional Team three times
Secured all-america honors as an individual and team at the 2012 AAU Disney National Duals
Captured the 2014 Red Jacket Invitational Outstanding Wrestler Award
Produced a 108-30 career record
Helped Williamson win back-to-back NTL championships
Graduated with honors
Named to the PWCA All-State Academic Team twice
Was a two-time District IV All-Academic team selection
Received the Presidential Academic Fitness Award four times
Was an Eric Thompson Memorial Scholarship recipient
Is the son of Angela and Jody
Has two brothers

Ryan Kaminski
North Canton, Ohio | Green High School
Expected major: Physical Therapy
Wrestled for head coach Chris Kriebel at Green (Ohio) High School
Qualified for the state championships
Captured the league championship
Finished runner-up at the Tournament of Champions
Named a Scholar-Athlete
Is the son of Tammy, Alexis and Shawn
Has one brother

George McGuire
Waterford, Pa. | Fort LeBoeuf High School
Expected major: Entrepreneurship
Wrestled for head coach Tim Simon at Fort LeBoeuf (Pa.) High School
Qualified for the state championships twice, earning fourth-place and eighth-place finishes
Was a three-time district champion
Won the sectional championship three times
Captured the Northwest Regional title
Produced the most career victories in Fort LeBoeuf history, finishing 146-37
Helped Fort LeBoeuf finish second at the state championships once and third twice
Was part of a Fort LeBoeuf team that won the district 10 championship
Served on the student council
Was a National Honor Society member
Is the co-founder and president of Fort LeBoeuf's recycling program
Named to the Principal's List
Is the son of Traci and Steven
Has three brothers and one sister

Thomas McNeill
Sicklerville, N.J. | Winslow Township High School
Expected major: Business
Wrestled for head coach Bruce Stowell at Winslow Township (N.J) High School
Won the district championships at 160 pounds as a senior
Named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the district championships during his senior campaign
Produced a 91-28 career record
Is the son of Jennifer and Rob
Has one brother

Zachary Nealis
Vineland, N.J. | Vineland High School
Expected major: Accounting
Wrestled for head coach Dave Homiak at Vineland (N.J.) High School
Was a four-time district runner-up
Finished second at the regional championship
Qualified for the state championships
Served as a team captain
Is the son of Nancy and Rob
Has three sisters and two brothers

Teagan O'Sullivan
Union City, Pa. | Cathedral Prep High School
Expected major: Mechanical Engineering
Wrestled for head coach Mike Hahesy at Cathedral Prep (Pa.) High School
Is the son of Becky and Tim
Has one brother

Darnell Parker
Geneva, N.Y. | Geneva High School
Expected major: Undecided Health Science
Wrestled for head coach Gene Wild at Geneva (N.Y.) High School
Won the Wayne Wrestling League championship
Earned all-league first-team accolades
Named team MVP
Served as a team captain
Received the three-sport award and the Mark Salvatore Pitifer Award
Earned the Molly Lyndenberg Scholarship
Named to the Advanced Regents Honor Roll
Is the son of Charita and Pablo
Has one brother

Nicholas Pollara
Brick, N.J. | Brick High School
Expected major: Engineering
Wrestled for head coach Matt Opacity at Brick (N.J.) High School
Won the district championship and finished runner-up one time each
Helped Brick win back-to-back sectional championships
Named Student of the Month
Is the son of Diane and Joseph
Has one brother

Trey Romance
Phoenixville, Pa. | Phoenixville High School
Expected major: Business Marketing
Wrestled for head coach Alec Brown at Phoenixville (Pa.) High School
Was a two-time district qualifier
Earned all-academic honors
Is the son of Simone and Bobby
Has three brothers

Travis Schmeling
Latrobe, Pa. | Greater Latrobe High School
Expected major: Occupational Therapy
Wrestled for head coach Tad Harbert at Greater Latrobe (Pa.) High School
Was a three-time WCCA placewinner
Qualified for the regional championships three times
Placed eighth at the King of the Mountain Tournament
Produced a 70-43 career record
Helped Greater Latrobe place second at the 2014 PIAA Triple-A State Championships
Was part of Greater Latrobe teams that were ranked among the nation's top 40 as a junior and senior
Named to the honor roll
Is the son of Rosanne and Matt
Has two brothers

Isaiah Slappy
Pittsburgh, Pa. | Taylor Allderdice High School
Expected major: Entrepreneurship
Wrestled for head coach Mike Shaw at Taylor Allderdice (Pa.) High School
Advanced to the district finals three times, winning back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014
Was a three-time PIAA regional qualifier
Produced a 65-33 career record
Was a two-sport athlete, participating with the 2012-13 football team
Helped Taylor Allderdice win four consecutive (2012-15) PIAA District 8 Championships
Is the son of Latricia and John

Casey Vollmer
Port Allegany, Pa. | Port Allegany High School
Expected major: Biomedical Engineering
Wrestled for head coach Bradley Greenman at Port Allegany (Pa.) High School
Was a four-year letterwinner
Named 2014 Most Outstanding Wrestler
Was a two-year team captain
Named 2012 Rookie of the Year
Qualified for the state championships as a senior
Produced a 104-32 career record
Helped Port Allegeny win the Allegany Mountain League Championship as a sophomore and senior
Was part of a Port Allegany team that finished third at the district championships as a sophomore
Named to the honor roll
Was a member of the National Honor Society
Is the son of Amy and Aaron
Has one brother

Luke Walter
Mercer, Pa. | Grove City High School
Expected major: Undecided Healthcare
Wrestled for head coach Marty Ruley at Grove City (Pa.) High School
Was a two-time sectional champion
Qualified for the district championships four times and regional championships three times
Was a two-time regional placewinner
Qualified for the state championships
Was a two-time all-star first-team selection
Served as a team captain for two seasons
Produced a 123-40 career record
Landed a spot to the high honor roll every year
Named a National Society of High School Scholar
Is the son of Beverly and Ralph
Has three sisters

Anthony Williamson
Moorestown, N.J. | Moorestown High School
Expected major: Undecided
Wrestled for head coach Marc Cuniglio at Moorestown (N.J.) High School
Was a three-time district placewinner, capturing second place twice and third place once
Placed twice at the regional championships, finishing second and fourth
Qualified for the state championships
Produced a 99-36 career record
Helped Moorestown win the district championship in 2012
Is the son of Lilly and John
Has one sister

Tyler Workman
Parma, Ohio | Parma High School
Expected major: Special Education
Wrestled for head coach Pat Semary at Parma (Ohio) High School
Qualified for the state championships
Was a four-time all-conference selection
Helped Parma with four consecutive conference championships
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