STATE COLLEGE, Pa.; July 8,
2007 -- Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling coach Troy
Sunderland and his coaching staff have once again
notched the No. 3 ranked recruiting class in the country according to Intermat,
the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s official website. The 2007 class
follows last year’s No. 3 ranking as well, giving the Nittany Lion staff two
straight top-three classes.
Led by five high school All-Americans,
Penn State is ranked just behind No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2
Missouri, making the Lions the second-ranked Big Ten school on the list and the
only Pennsylvania program in the top 12. Virginia
Tech and defending national champion Minnesota round out the top
Oklahoma State follows at No. 6 with Michigan stepping in at
No. 7 as one of four Big Ten schools in the top ten. Virginia (8), Northern Iowa (9) and Kent State (10) round out the top ten.
The remainder of the top 20 is as follows:
Oklahoma (11), Oregon State
(12), Lehigh (13), Edinboro (14), Cornell (15), Old Dominion (16), Lock Haven
(18), Hofstra (19) and Harvard (20).
Intermat ranks the top 30 recruiting
classes, with the last ten as follows: Penn (21), Michigan State (22), Eastern Michigan (23), Columbia (24), Indiana
(25), Iowa State (26), Iowa (27), Bucknell (28), George Mason (29)
and Northwestern (30).
leads the six Pennsylvania schools on the list and is one of
eight Big Ten schools listed among the top 30. The Nittany Lions open up their
2007-08 season with wrestle-offs on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 1 p.m. Penn State’s regular season begins in Rec Hall
when the Maryland Terrapins come to town on Sunday, Nov. 1, for a 1 p.m.