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Let’s recap the state championship and all-star matches over the last month for Virginia Tech’s wrestling signees and commits.
Class of 2016 Signees
Note: Click here for the hokiesports.com signing announcement from last November
Kyle Norstrem: Norstrem capped off his senior season by winning his 5th FL state title at 126 lbs . Norstrem was invited to 2 all-star events, first competing at the Dream Team Classic for Team USA, then at the Pittsburgh classic (Formerly Dapper Dan) for Team USA. At Dream Team, he dropped a 6-5 decision to Adam Hedin (signed with St. Cloud State University) on a last-second reversal, and at Dapper Dan he faced nationally ranked Luke Karam (signed with Lehigh), losing 3-0.
Joey Prata: Prata wrestled at National preps this year, finishing in 2nd place nationally at 120 lbs after losing a tight 3-1 decision to a nationally ranked top 20 wrestler, Jack Davis.
Brent Moore: Moore took home his second OHSAA state title this year, winning a 12-1 major decision at 138 lbs. Moore was subsequently invited to attend the Cliff Keen Dream Team classic on Team USA, this year selecting Team Minnesota as an opponent. Minnesota sent Mitch McKee, setting up a top 10 matchup of 138 lb wrestlers. Moore dropped a 10-2 major decision, concluding his senior folkstyle season.
Jarrett Degen: Degen became a 4x Montana state champ last month winning Montana’s 145 lb bracket with 4 consecutive pins of 0:11, 0:20, 1:40, and 1:42. He had planned to attend FloNationals recently, but the snowstorm over the Rockies prevented him from making the flights. His weight was listed at 132, with a +5 lb allowance, meaning presently he stands as a more viable option next season at 141 than 157, depending on where Chishko goes.
TJ Allen: Allen finished his season in bittersweet 2nd place at the VHSL 4A state final at 182 lbs, losing 12-6 in the championship match. His opponent, John Borst is also another wrestler the Hokies have an eye on, and with the familiarity between the two, don’t put too much stock in the result. The Northern Virginia Daily had a good article on the result.
Other 2016 Recruits
Anthony “Shan” Helm (committed to VT): The man with the giant red afro, Anthony “Shan” Helm has been reported to have committed to the Hokies on Feb 21st in the Richmond Times-Dispatch: Three-peat for Matoaca Wrestling.
Helm is a 3x state champ at 285 in VA, with a wrestling club pedigree from Prestige Worldwide Wrestling, an up-and-coming wrestling club that multiple Hokie recruits have been a part of (most recently B.C. LaPrade). Helm fills out Tech’s heavyweight wrestling depth, which must replace both Brandon Taylor and Dan Garwood. Helm won his 3rd state championship in dominant fashion, pinning his opponent from Bethel in 1:14.
Here’s a video of Helm at Beast of the East this December against a Blair Academy opponent, winning a 4-2 OT decision with some nice defense.
Class of 2017 Recruits
Unfortunately there’s no good news here. On March 7th Noah Adams made the decision to flip his commitment from the Hokies to the West Virginia Mountaineers. While it’s tough to see the Eers get him, we can only wish Noah the best in his collegiate career.