CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University wrestling coach Scott Legacy announced Thursday that 22 wrestlers have committed to the program for the upcoming 2019-20 campaign.
Alexander comes to Castleton from Overbrook High School in Pine Hill, N.J. He finished his senior year with a 38-4 mark and was the Region 8 Champion before placing eighth in the New Jersey State Championships.
Angers, a native of Tolland, Conn., was a two-time Connecticut State Champion for Class M and was a three-time finalist in the Connecticut Open, including a first-place finish at the 2019 iteration of the event. Angers also placed third at the New England Championships twice, finishing his career with a 163-17 mark after going 41-1 as a senior.
Bacote, hailing from Springfield, Mass., was the 2019 Western Mass Champion, and was a Division 1 State Finalist for Springfield Central. He earned the Massachusetts All-State Championship, finishing his career with an 85-15 record after posting a 46-8 mark as a senior.
Brown, a native of Bethlehem, Penn., wrestled for Liberty High and was a Pennsylvania State qualifier, a multiple-time PIAA District XI Northeast and Regional placewinner and lost in the blood round of the 2019 AAA State Tournament.
Cameron, a local product by way of Rutland High School, will join the Spartans in the fall after going 36-5 his senior year for the Raiders. He finished third overall at the Vermont State Championships as a junior and fifth overall as a senior, and was a 2018 New England qualifier.
Cimino comes to Castleton from The Morgan School in Clinton, Conn., after going 20-1 as a senior and 62-20 in his career for the Huskies. He finished second at the Divisional Tournament in 2018 after a sixth-place finish in 2017, and was also a member of the Connecticut National Team.
Duers comes across state lines from Lake George, N.Y., after posting 163 wins—35 of which came as a senior—for Lake George High. He was a four-time state qualifier, a four-time section finalist, the 2018 Section 2 Champion and a two-time Fargo Qualifier. He was also the 2015-16 MyHouse Nationals Folkstyle Champion.
Eversole hails from Corinth, N.Y., where he posted a 32-5 record for Corinth High as a senior and a 108-47 record overall. He finished fifth in Section 2 in 2017, before registering a third-place finish at the Section 2 Championships in 2019.
Fea, a native of Goshen, N.Y., posted a 97-15 mark at Goshen Central in his career, earning third and fourth-place finishes at his Sectional Championships in his career.
Finch, a native of Troy, N.Y., joins the Spartans after posting a 39-4 record this season and a 92-36 record overall in his career for Lansingburgh High. He was a two-time Secont 2 Class CC Champion, and placed third at the 2019 Section 2 Championships. He was also a New York State Freestyle and Greco Team member.
Garand comes to Castleton from Southborough, Mass., where he went 49-9 as a senior to complete his career with 112 wins. He was a 2019 Section Champion for Algonquin Regional High School, and placed third in the Massachusetts State Championships and fifth in the Massachusetts All-State Championships.
Johnson, a native of Blossvale, N.Y., finished his senior campaign with a 38-7 record, giving him a 138-49 mark in his career with 69 total pins. He was a three-time NYWAY State Champion, a four-year scholar athlete and registered third and fourth-place finishes at the Section 3 Championships in his career. He was also a two-time second-place finisher at the New York State Freestyle State Championships.
Laing, a native of Ravena, N.Y., posted a 38-4 record as a senior and 116-44 mark overall for Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High. He was a two-time First Team Colonial Council All-Star, a two-time Class CC Finalist and a three-time Class CC Place Finisher. He was also a two-time place finisher at Section 2 Championships and was the 2019 Section 2 Champion in addition to qualifying for the New York State Championships.
Minski comes to Castleton from Griswold, Conn., where he went 40-8 as a senior for the Golden Eagles of Ellis Tech. He finished second in the Regional Championships and fourth in the Connecticut Open. He also registered a sixth-place finish at the New England Championships.
Pallaria, a native of Danville, N.H., joins the Spartans from Timberlane Regional High School, where he amassed 122 wins in his career with 45 victories as a senior. He was a two-time New England qualifier, a Division 1 finalist and was the New Hampshire All-State Champion for his weight class.
Roeger, also a native of Danville, N.H., and a graduate of Timberlane Regional, collected 98 wins in his high school career, 30 of which came as a senior. He was a two-time state finalist and was the Division 1 and All-State Champion. Roeger, in addition to Pallaria, helped guide the Owls to a state championship as a team in 2019.
Santos, a native of Trenton, N.J., posted a 26-12 mark as a senior and was the District 22 Champion for the Notre Dame School. He also competed at the Virgina Beach National Duals.
Sawyer comes to Castleton from Hoosick, N.Y., where he went 96-30 in his career after posting a 39-1 mark as a senior. He was a two-time Section 2 Champion, and placed third in the New York State Championships in 2019.
Strout completed his career at Oyster River High with 155 wins after going 45-5 his senior year. The Barrington, N.H., native was a three-time New Hampshire Divisional Champion and a two-time All-State champ. He also qualified for the OW State Tournament Series four times, and was a two-time finalist at the New England Championships. He was also named a High School All-American as a freshman for Oyster River.
Tarbania, a native of Holland Patent, N.Y., racked up a 27-5 record as a senior for Holland Patent Central. He placed first in Class C, and was fifth in Section 3 Division 2 while earning a CSC All-Star nod.
Valentino joins the Spartans after going 185-18 at North Andover High in North Andover, Mass. He was a three-time Sectional Champion, three-time Division 2 State Champion, two-time state finalist and was the Massachusetts All-State Champion in addition to placing three times at the New England Championships.
York, a native of Day, N.Y., joins the Spartans from Hadley-Luzerne High School, where he went 44-1 as a senior to cap his career with 144 wins. He was a four-time Section 2 place finisher, and earned the 2019 Section 2 State Title while finishing third overall in New York State.