PHILADELPHIA Head coach Zeke Jones announced the eight members of the Penn wrestling recruiting class of 2012 this week.
“As a program, we are very excited about this group of young men who have chosen to join the Penn wrestling community,”Jonessaid. “We have been able to attract several of the nation’s best wrestlers who have made a commitment to better themselves on the mats and in the classroom.”
The following eight wrestlers have been accepted to Penn and will join the wrestling team in the fall of 2008.
Cory Beaver, who wrestled at 171 pounds for the last two seasons at Littlestown High School, was the 2007 PIAA State Champion at that weight the first state champion in his high school’s history. In 2008, he was 37-1 and a state qualifier again. Off the mats, Beaver is active in the Boy Scouts of America as well as the Peer Leadership program at his high school that mentors elementary and junior high students. A National Honor Society member, he served as president of Littlestown’s chapter this past year.
Joining Beaver in the Class of 2012 is Bryan Bourne. The 2008 New York State Champion at 160 pounds, Bourne captained the 2007 and 2008 New York State Team Champions at Spencerport High School. In 2007, Bourne won the Empire State Games title at 178 pounds. In 2006, he won the NHSCA National Junior Championship and the Cadet Freestyle National Championship at 160 pounds. His state championship in 2008 marked his fourth time on the awards stand at the state meet. His previous high finish was second in 2007 to go with a third-place finish in 2006 and fifth in 2004. InterMat Wrestling had Bourne included in its list of the Top 40 Recruits in America.
Zack Ellis is the third member of the Class of ’12. The Brighton High School product from Rochester, N.Y. twice captained his team to Division 3 championships (2007 and 2008). In addition to his team success, Ellis was a three-time Section champion at three different weight classes. In his senior season, he won 40 matches at 119 pounds en route to a Sectional Championship. He was a three-time All-County selection. An AP Scholar with Honors, Ellis was named as a recipient of the Scholar-Athlete award by his school all four years.
Thomas Polacek has also decided to join the Quakers this coming season. Polacek, who goes by the name T.J., graduated from Westmont Hilltop High School this spring and is a native of Johnstown, Pa. While at Johnstown, he lettered all four years. He was a two-time District 6 champion, winning the title in 2006 and 2007. He was a county All-Star all four years he competed in high school. From 2006 until his graduation in 2008, Polacek earned a spot on the Pennsylvania All-Academic Team for wrestling. His junior and senior campaigns were each successful enough to earn him a place on the All-Pennsylvania Wrestling Team. A National Honor Society member, Polacek served as Executive President of his school’s chapter.
Mark Rappo will join his older brother Rick at Penn in the fall. Mark is coming off an undefeated senior season at Council Rock South High School that saw him win all 50 of his matches and claim the Pennsylvania State Championship at 103 pounds. He finished the season ranked #1 at 103 pounds by Amateur Wrestling News and InterMat Wrestling. In addition to his state title in 2008, he went 52-1 in his junior season with the only loss coming in the state finals. A National Honor Society member, Rappo was named Academic All-America in 2007 and 2008. Mark just finished first at the FILA Jr. World Team Trials at 50 Kg. (110 pounds) and will be representing the United States at the FILA Jr. World Team Championships in Ankara, Turkey this upcoming August.
Mitchell Stromsdorfer will head east from Missouri to compete for the Quakers next season. A graduate of John Burroughs High School who hails from Wildwood, Mo., went undefeated at 171 pounds matching fellow recruit Rappo with a 50-0 record his senior season to earn the state championship. The first-place finish in 2008 matches his state crown at 152 pounds in 2006. He was the runner-up at 160 pounds in 2007.
Dan White, a graduate of The Peddie School in New Jersey, is a three-time National Prep Champion in the lower weight classes, in addition to three State Prep crowns. He also owns a championship at the Beast of the East high school tournament widely considered the toughest high school tournament in the country. He was the 20th-ranked recruit in the country this past year.He was a resident athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. with the nation’s elite wrestlers as they train for international competitions. Dan is a two-time All-America at the USA Wrestling Junior National Freestyle Championships finishing third twice. He also placed fifth in the 2008 FILA Junior National Championships.
Adam Zamos is the eighth member of the Class of 2012. He hails from Chalfont, Pa. and is a 2008 graduate of The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. A four-time letterwinner, he won the 2008 NJISAA State Championship at 189 pounds and was named the NJISAA’s Outstanding Wrestler. He advanced to the National Prep Championships where he was runner-up. He was twice named first-team All-Prep by The Trentonian (2007-08). He also was named first-team All-Prep by The Trentonian (2008) and The Trenton Times (2006). He received Lawrenceville’s Griswold House Award presented to the athlete who contributed most in varsity athletics.
These eight men will join the 24 wrestlers who return from Penn’s 2007-08 team that finished in second place at the EIWA Championships. Included in that group are eight NCAA Championships qualifiers and two grapplers who reached the NCAA Round of 12 in 2008.