Edinboro Wrestling scores 6 nationally-ranked recruits

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 at 2:20 PM

Recruiting nationally-ranked wrestlers is never a bad thing.

Recruiting six of them from the top 20?

A great way to build for the future and add depth to your program.

That is exactly what Edinboro Wrestling Head Coach Matt Hill did with his 2020 incoming class, along with the addition of numerous other highly regarded athletes.

“We sold them on the small town feel with a big-time wrestling program, and the past success we have had,” said Hill.

The highest ranked wrestler on the list of recruits comes in Latrobe, Pennsylvania native Gabriel Willochell. Willochell was as high as seventh in national rankings by FloWrestling and is a 3-time PIAA-AAA state place winner. He was also a 2019 Powerade Tournament champion.

Max Millin, of Massillon, Ohio, is another top-10 recruit. Millin competed in the heavyweight division in high school and was ranked as high as ninth in the country by FloWrestling. He was also a runner-up at the prestigious Iron Man tournament in 2019.  

Other nationally-ranked recruits include Ryan Burgos (Hilton, New York), Ethan Ducca (Chardon, Ohio), Jacob Lagoa (Ashtabula, Ohio) and Beau Dillon (Salem, New Hampshire). 

Another thing the Edinboro wrestling program has always prided itself on is recruiting local and in-state talent.  

That was again the case in 2020, as two local District 10 wrestlers will make Edinboro their new home: Eisenhower High School’s Logan Jaquay, a two-time PIAA-AA place winner, and Sharon High School’s Sully Allen, a PIAA-AA place winner.  

Jaquay decided Edinboro was the perfect fit because of “the opportunity to continue my wrestling career at the Division 1 level while being close to home.”  

He continued, hitting on what he’s looking forward to at EU, “The tradition is huge, so to get better I need to wrestle as much as possible with the experienced guys.” 

The COVID-19 pandemic certainly reduces training opportunities, but Jaquay is staying active.

“You have to motivate yourself to go outside for a run and do some pushups or pullups,” he said.  

Hill is excited to try and get back to normal and is most looking forward to “the day we can have a normal/semi-normal practice in our wrestling room at McComb Fieldhouse.”  

“Edinboro is a special place and when you enter McComb Fieldhouse, kids want to be a part of what we are trying to accomplish here,” said Hill.  

Steven McGarvie is a staff writer for The Spectator. He can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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