I'm posting a topic that I'm not qualified to really speak to. Iowa has a reputation for taking non-top recruits and making them into NCAA champs. In the past I didn't follow HS wrestling closely enough to know how the NCAA stars had done in HS. I believe that I read that the Brands were only like #4,5 or so in HS national rankings and obviously had great college careers. I do know that Dake was "only" #4 (wouldn't any of us have died to be only ranked #4 in HS?) his Sr year in HS and as a true freshman won the NCAA title! I saw that Ramos was only #4 coming out of HS and he's not doing too badly! I don't know what McDonough was.
Do you know of any wrestlers that became NCAA champs that weren't ranked in top 10 coming out of HS? I'm sure there must be a number of them. Do you know of teams that had a number of NCAA champs/finalists among wrestlers that weren't, say, top 3 in HS?