Appalachian State University wrestling head coach JohnMark Bentley announced the signing of eight new recruits on Friday. These newcomers have signed National Letters of Intent and join three early-signing commitments as members of the 2012-13 squad. Cody Boswell - Burlington, N.C. - Southern Alamance - 165: Boswell won the 2012 North Carolina Class
4-A championship at 160 pounds. He is a four-time all-conference honoree and two-time regional champion. Boswell finished his high-school career with a 126-38 record after going 38-2 in his senior year. Dylan Cottrell - Spencer, W.Va. - Roane County - 149/157: Cottrell is a four-time West Virginia Class AA/A state champion as well as a four-time conference and regional champion. In 2012, he finished as runner-up at the NHSCA Senior Nationals. He was named the 2012 Most Outstanding Wrestler for Class AA/A and received the 2012 Robert Dutton Award, presented annually to the best W.Va. wrestler by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. A four-time all-American, Cottrell went 43-1 in his senior season and posted a career mark of 182-4. Cottrell was also an all-state football player, playing downs as quarterback, running back, wide receiver, cornerback, punt/kick returner and punter.
Denzel Dejournette - Winston-Salem, N.C. - R.J. Reynolds - 285: Dejournette is a two-time all-state honoree and a two-time North Carolina state placewinner, including a runner-up performance in 2012. He was named his team's most-improved wrestler in back-to-back seasons, and off the mat, he excelled on the gridiron as an all-conference defensive lineman.
Zach Kechter - Virginia Beach, Va. - Salem - 141: Kechter is a two-time NHSCA all-American, three-time all-state honoree, three-time all-region selection and four-time all-district wrestler. He was named team MVP in three different seasons and capped off his career with a 160-20 record, setting a school record for career victories.
Andre Nie - Greensboro, N.C. - Dudley - 125: Nie is a four-time North Carolina state qualifier and three-time state placewinner. He was named the News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.) All-Area Wrestler of the Year after going 44-3 in his senior year and winning the Class 4-A state championship at 126 pounds. Nie also won the Midwest Regional championship and is a three-time NHSCA Senior Nationals qualifier. Vito Pasone III - Wilkes-Barre, Pa. - Wilkes-Barre - 125: Pasone, a 2012 NHSCA Senior Nationals champion, is a three-time all-American, four-time district champion and a 2012 regional champion. He posted a career record of 147-15 and is a three-time regional and two-time Pennsylvania state placewinner, including his second-place finish in 2012. Pasone was also a member of the Keystone Brawlers, which took runner-up honors at the Scholastic Duals at Disney.
Tyler Radford - Marion, N.C. - Marion - 197:Radford is a 2012 North Carolina 4A state champion and a two-time all-conference honoree. He posted a high-school record of 134-22, including an unbeaten 54-0 as a senior. Radford won the '12 state title by defeating fellow recruit Dejournette, 18-13, in the finals of the 220-pound class. He also played one season on the football team, earning all-conference honors while being named team defensive MVP.
Brian Sergi - Pacheco, Calif. - College Park - 133: Sergi captured the 2012 California Interscholastic Federation championship at 138 pounds and is a three-time North Coast Section champion. He posted a team mark for most wins (43) during his senior season and was named the team's light-weight MVP in his junior and senior seasons. Sergi is also a two-time Junior Greco-Roman Nationals all-American.
Photo Courtesy: JohnMark Bentley, ASU Athletics