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Wheeling Jesuit Announces Early Signing Class

PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:47 pm
by Allen Brown
11/24/15-

WHEELING, W.Va. – In little more than two years, the Wheeling Jesuit wrestling program has not only made great strides, but it is already making a mark on the NCAA Division II scene. The Cardinals continued its astounding growth with the signing of five in the national early signing period led by three-time Ohio State Champion Tyler Warner.

Warner of Dennison, Ohio, headlines the five future Wheeling Jesuit grapplers along with Greg Brusco (Delaware, Ohio), Buckhannon's Brandon Tenney, Dakotah Goff of Steubenville and Logan Adkins (Barboursville, W.Va.).

"The magnitude of signing Tyler Warner and, for us to sign a group like this in the early signing period, speaks volumes to where our program has come and where we're heading," said Cardinals head coach Sean Doyle. "When you have individuals with the credentials of these young men commit, to your program, it's reassuring that we're doing a lot of things right on-and-off the mat.

The WJU coach continued about the group, "They each come from wonderful families that fully support them and have raised them to understand the importance of success in all areas of their lives. Our program has been built on the understanding that it's critical that we do things right in all areas of our life and with that will result in the success on the mat. These individuals will take us to another level and help us work towards that goal of winning a national title."

Warner joins his older brother, Dustin, who became the WJU wrestling program's first All-American when he finished fifth at 125 last season, as a Cardinal. Tyler has already posted one of the most prolific scholastic careers in the region donning a Claymont High singlet. He has won the Ohio State title in each of the past three seasons and a three-time Super 32 All-American and Ironman Champion. In those three seasons, Warner holds a 127-3 overall record.

"The signing of Tyler is hard to put into words because of the impact that it has not only in the region, but at the national level," explained Doyle. "Tyler is and has been one of the best wrestlers in the country for quite some time. He's coming to Wheeling Jesuit with sites set on not only individual national titles, but bringing home a team championship as well. The 133/141-pound wrestler consistently talked about winning a team national championship and that speaks volumes about what he intends to bring to the program!"

Tyler is the son of James and Chasity Warner from Dennison, Ohio. He will start his WJU career as an undecided major.

Brusco of Delaware High has compiled an impressive 122-24 three-year high school mat record. He was an All-OCC Division 1 First Team honoree last season.

"Greg Brusco is an individual that we identified as a 'must have' immediately after watching him compete a few times. Greg wrestles with a toughness and tenacity that will translate to a lot of success at the next level. We don't expect that it will take Greg long to make an impact," added Doyle.

Greg is the son of Scott and Marty Brusco and he plans to be an education major at WJU.

Buckhannon's Brandon Tenney is the third future WJU wrestler to sign his letter of intent. The future 138-pounder claimed the 2014 West Virginia state championship and garnered fourth place last year. He earned All-Big 10 Conference First Team honors each of the past two years and Second Team acclaim as a freshman. For the Buccaneers, Brandon holds a 123-15 career record and was a 2015 AAU Junior Olympic Silver Medalist.

"Brandon is not only a West Virginia State Champion and very good wrestler, but brings an attitude and passion to the program that is hard to find. In building the Cardinal Culture, our top priority is in finding individuals that parallel what we're trying to accomplish in all walks of life, and Brandon certainly does that," Doyle pointed out. "He's tough, has a relentless work ethic and attitude and won't settle for anything short of becoming great."

Brandon is the son of JP and Kristie Tenney and he intends to be a part of WJU's athletic training major.

Dakotah Goff of nearby Steubenville, Ohio, adds another high-quality early WJU signee. He earned FloNational All-American, Nuway National Runner-up and Nuway Summer Nationals third place status. Dakotah also is a three-time Ohio Valley Athletic Conference placers, including a championship one championship and a runner-up placing. The Big Red wrestler captured two Ohio Sectional titles and one district title along with qualifying for the state championships.

"The signing of Dakotah was really exciting for our program. Dakotah is from the Ohio Valley and from a program, in Steubenville, that continues to produce great wrestlers," said the WJU head coach. "Dakotah's best years are in front of him and he's made huge strides in the past 12 months. Becoming and All-American by placing at the FloNationals this off-season showed this and this upcoming season should be a fun one to watch. We are anticipating big things for Dakotah in a Cardinal singlet."

Dakotah is the son of Tommie and Janel Goff. He plans to be an athletic training/physical therapy major on the Wheeling campus.

Completing the five signees, Logan Adkins of Barboursville, W.Va., will bring his mat prowess to the Cardinals. The Cabell Midland High product wrestled his way to third place at the 2015 West Virginia State Championships and earned All-State honors. Logan, an Academic All-State athlete, added a third-place state finish as a sophomore.

"Logan is a three-time qualifier, two-time placer and a runner-up last season. He continues to get better, improve and become better at everything he does. His sights are set on finishing off his career with a state championship before coming to Wheeling, and we're eager to watch him pursue that this season. Logan has done a wonderful job of prioritizing his goals on and off the mat and will be a tremendous addition to our program for all of those reasons," explained Doyle.

Logan is the son of Dewain and Kristyn Adkins. He will study as a WJU Pre-Med major.