Appalachian State Wrestling Completes 2011-12 Signing Class
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Appalachian State University wrestling head coach JohnMark Bentley has announced the remaining additions to his 2011-12 signing class with the addition of Brett Brown (Tuscaloosa County High School/Northport, Ala.), Joe Cummings (Nyack High School/Valley Cottage, N.Y.), Colin Hedash (Northern Lehigh High School/Slatington, Pa.), Zack Strickland (Muncy Jr./Sr. High School/Muncy, Pa.) and Paul Weiss (Saint Thomas Aquinas High School/Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). The student-athletes will join the rest of the team in the fall.
Brett Brown ? Northport, Ala. ? Tuscaloosa County
Brown joins the Appalachian State squad after earning four letters at Tuscaloosa County High School under the direction of head coach Jamie Griffin. During the 2008-09 campaign, Brown was tabbed Most Improved Wrestler and in 2009-10 season was named Most Outstanding Wrestler. In his junior season, Brown garnered the Most Outstanding honor in both wrestling and football. And in his senior year, he has served as the captain for both squads.
The three-year letterwinner in football was named to the second-team all-state and all-West Alabama as a defensive tackle.
Brown did his club wrestling at the West Alabama Wrestling Club for Patrick Griffin.
Joe Cummings ? Valley Cottage, N.Y. ? Nyack
Cummings comes to ASU after picking up four letters at Nyack High School under the watchful eye of Frank Pregiato. Cummings was named all-league and all-section during his sophomore and junior years and was awarded all-county as a senior. The two-time sectional champion and state championship qualifier was named the 2010-11 Nyak Winter Season Outstanding Athlete and served as team captain the past two seasons en route to picking up MVP accolades. In his four seasons of competition, Cummings achieved triple-digit wins.
Cummings participated in club wrestling at the Apex Wrestling School.
Colin Hedash ? Slatington, Pa. ? Northern Lehigh
A four-time letterwinner, Hedash joins Appalachian after compiling three 30-plus win seasons at Northern Lehigh High School. Hedash was named to the Times-News first-team all-area three straight seasons and capped off his junior and senior seasons by being named the Most Valuable Wrestler for his squad.
Hedash compiled a career record of 122-26 and placed fourth, fifth and sixth, while grabbing District XI runner-up and a Southeast Regional championship his sophomore year and placing third his junior season. During his senior campaign, he swept the District XI championship and Southeast Regional championship before getting injured in the semifinals at the state championship.
Hedash wrestled at Matrix Wrestling Club under Bill and James Allen.
Zack Strickland ? Muncy, Pa. ? Muncy Jr./Sr.
Strickland comes to the Mountaineers after lettering four years in wrestling, two years in football and one in soccer at Muncy Jr./Sr. High School. Strickland, who amassed a career 137-17 record, garnered Pa. Heartland Athletic Conference All-Star recognition, in addition to being named a Mid-Penn. Conference All-Star.
Strickland is the 2011 PIAA AA state champion at 152 pounds and also was named a NHSCA Senior All-American in the same weight class.
Strickland currently wrestles for Team Diesel under the direction of Rick Baublitz and Jeff Sweigard, where he earned the 2010 Disney Duals championship and will defend his title at the 2011 Disney Duals June 24-28. The squad earned NHSCA Championships in 2002-04, 2006 and 2008, while picking up Disney Dual Championships in 2002, 2009 and 2010.
Paul Weiss ? Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ? Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
Weiss joins the Apps after a three-year career at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School under head coach Robert Wimberley. Weiss pieced together an impressive 124-15 slate, including going 50-0 his senior year, notching 38 of those wins by pins.
Weiss won the 3A state championship at 189 his senior year, placed fifth in the 2A championship at 171 pounds his junior year and was a state qualifier during his sophomore campaign in the 2A ranks at 152 pounds.
Weiss was named first-team all-county in 2009 by the Sun Sentinel, while earning first-team all-county honors by the Miami Herald during his 2009 and 2010 seasons. Both newspapers also recognized him as its Wrestler of the Year in 2010.
In November, Bentley signed Alexander Morales, Joseph Morrison, Chad Mullins and Nathan Mullins.
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