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    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?

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    I don't even think Daniel Dennis was a state champion at any point in his HS career and he was seconds away from an NCAA title. I couldn't imagine that he would have been ranked highly at all. But I'm sure a true Iowa fan would know for sure.

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    If that's true--Dennis would be one more example of the Iowa program making NCAA champs out of less than blue-chip recruit material. I believe Jessie Whitmer would have been in that boat as well. I think he only had one crack at his title (his senior year).

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    Josh Glenn 2007 NCAA champion at 197 from American University....not anywhere near a top ten recruit coming out of Johnson City HS

    Mike Cannon deserves mention even though he was not a national champion or runner-up.
    Three time All-American at three different weights, 3rd at 184 as a senior. Likely would have been national champion had he
    not run into that freight train named Kirk Smith. Lightly recruited out of Chopticon HS...doubtful he was in the top 50.

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    PS: Hopefully further down the road we can add Kendric Maple OU to this list. I don't know his HS story or ranking, but I do know only
    two schools recruited him seriously. Kudos to Jack Spates.

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    Not sure what Johnny Thompson was coming out of high school, he was third at Senior Nationals. OSU only began recruiting him after whiffing on Foley Dowd. Chris Pendleton wasn't a top recruit either.

    We will see how Blake Rosholt ends up, I would say he has already done better than being teched in his last high school match (by Chris Perry) would have led you to believe.

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    Kevin Steinhaus was very lightly recruited his senior year of high school.

    Phil Davis is a great example from a PSU perspective.
    RIP Jacob Schlottke - 1984-2011

    "If Cornell finishes ahead of Iowa with five all americans I'll jump into the Des Moines River after finals." -Herkey#1 8/16/12

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    Id say that anyone who is recruited to a top program should by default be considered the equivalent of "highly ranked." To consider Steinhaus, maple, or anyone recruited to Iowa to not be a great high school wrestler is is kinda ludicrous.
    To me it would be more impressive for someone from a smaller school, surrounded with less talent in the room to make the podium.

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    If you want to restrict it to guys who went to non-major programs, Dustin Kilgore was only 4th at his weight class when he was coming out of high school.
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