MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Eleven wrestling newcomers arrived on campus this month as part of WVU’s Summer Bridge program. Trevor Brown, Jake Staklinski, Cade Moisey, Hunter DeLong, Adam Frisco and Kyle Marshall committed to the program this spring, joining fall signees Nick Kiussis, Luke Sorboro, Brenden McRill, Noah Adams and Sean Mullican.
The Summer Bridge program allows student-athletes to arrive on campus early, take classes and get acclimated to college life prior to the fall semester.
Coach Sammie Henson’s most recent recruiting class ranks in the top 20 according to a pair of notable wrestling publications. The newcomers rank as the No. 17 class in the nation according to The Open Mat and No. 23 via InterMat.
“We’re excited to have these fine young men on campus,” Henson said. “I expect them to have a great impact on our program, on the mat and in the classroom. I look forward to seeing their transitions into being collegiate student-athletes.”
Brown comes to Morgantown from Memphis, Tennessee, where he wrestled for Christian Brothers High and Wave Wrestling Club. He is a 2017 Tennessee state champion and a two-time state runner-up who capped his career as a four-time state medalist. Brown is a two-time West Regional Champion as well as a two-time runner-up at the event. He finished fourth at 2017 Prep Nationals and earned a trio of appearances on Commercial Appeal’s All-Metro team. The son of Terrence and Treina, Brown chose WVU over Missouri and intends to major in petroleum and natural gas engineering. He is projected to compete at 141 pounds.
Hailing from Englishtown, New Jersey, Staklinski competed for Manalapan High as well as Triumph Wrestling Club. He was a District 21 champion, and a Region 6 runner-up. Staklinski earned all-district and all-shore team honors, posting a 35-8 record as a senior. The son of Richard and Dawn, Staklinski chose WVU over Virginia Tech and intends to major in mechanical engineering. He is slated to compete at 149 pounds for WVU.
A native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, DeLong joins the Mountaineers after competing for Shawn Smith at Parkersburg South and for Tim Amos with the Junior Patriots. DeLong was a 2017 West Virginia state champion and a four-time OVAC Champion. He was the 2016 state runner-up and 2017 regional champion, earning NHSCA All-America honors. In addition, DeLong was a three-time junior state champion, a two-time Tulsa Nationals runner-up and a Tulsa Kickoff champion. His father, Chris, played football at Wake Forest while his mother, Paula, played volleyball at Marshall. DeLong intends to major in occupational therapy at WVU. He is projected to compete at 174 pounds.
From Morgantown, West Virginia, Frisco competed for Ken Maisel at University High and Greg White at Next Level. He was a two-time state medalist and Region 1 runner-up as a senior in 2017. In addition to serving as a team captain for three seasons, Frisco posted a career record of 125-27 after going 35-8 in his final campaign. The son of Miguel and Patsy, he intends to major in accounting at WVU, where he will compete at 165 pounds.
Marshall joins the Mountaineers out of San Clemente High in San Clemente, California. He was a four-time all-county honoree and two-time CIF state qualifier. Marshall is a four-time Southern Section Masters Meet qualifier who was twice named to the all-state team. He claimed five tournament titles in his senior year, as well as SCL and CIF championships. The son of Mike and Dawn, Marshall is undecided on a major and will compete at 184 pounds.
Moisey comes to Morgantown by way of Northampton, Pennsylvania, and Northampton High. He won the 2016 Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic at 170 pounds, and finished seventh in 2016 at Beast of the East. Moisey claimed third at Escape the Rock in 2016 and went on to pick up his 100th career win in January of 2017. The son of Kelly and Scott, Moisey’s older brother, Zeke, a redshirt junior for the Mountaineers, was a 2015 NCAA All-American and NCAA runner-up. The younger Moisey is slated to compete at 174 pounds.
The six newcomers join five previous signees, as Adams, Kiussis, McRill, Mullican and Sorboro committed to the Mountaineers in November.
Adams concluded his prep career as a three-time state champion for Independence High. He won the 2017 Robert Dutton Award, presented by the West Virginia Sports Writer’s Association to the state’s best prep wrestler. Adams, who ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation at 220 pounds, is a six-time All-American who won a pair of gold medals at the 2016 Cadet Pan American Games in Limu, Peru, earning the Golden Boot Award as the Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Kiussis capped his high school career as the 2017 Ohio High School Athletic Association State Champion at 160 pounds for Brunswick High. He was previously a three-time state runner-up as well as a sectional and district champion. Kiussis was named the Brunswick Post’s 2016-17 Wrestler of the Year after previously earning all-county honors. He ended his senior season ranked at No. 10 at 160 pounds according to InterMat.
McRill won his second consecutive Michigan High School Athletic Association state championship for Davison High in 2017, finishing his senior season ranked at No. 17 by InterMat. He previously won titles at the Saginaw Valley Championship and Genesee County Championship, as well as the Brecksville Holiday Tournament.
Mullican ranked at No. 2 in the state of Maryland as a senior for Middletown High. He claimed his second state title at 285 pounds in 2017, helping Middletown to its second straight team state championship. Mullican is a first-team all-area honoree who a 2015 Mat Madness title and was the 2016 Frederick County tournament runner-up at 220 pounds.
Wrestling for Rootstown High, Sorboro finished third at 160 pounds at the 2017 Division III (OH) State Wrestling Tournament, matching his 2016 finish at 170 pounds. Sorboro capped his prep career as an All-American, as well as an all-state and all-county honoree. He was previously named a Record-Courier Varsity All-Star.