DURHAM, N.C.-Duke University wrestling head coach Clar Anderson has announced the addition of eight student-athletes to the Blue Devils wrestling program. Duke welcomes in a group of talented wrestlers with outstanding wrestling and academic credentials. The incoming class features student-athletes from seven different states and across seven different weight classes.
"I am really excited about the group that we are bringing in," Anderson said. "I think that we have identified some really talented student athletes that have the ability to make an immediate impact, and if they are the best wrestlers we have at that weight, they will wrestle."
Included in the class are Trey Adamson, Michael Chapman, Marcus Cain, Andrew DeHart, Conner Hartmann, Randy Roden, Dylan Ryan and Brendan Walsh.
6-0 - 180
Bishop Lynch High School
A four-year letterwinner for Cameron Plocus at Bishop Lynch ... Four-time Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) State Champion ... Captured All-American honors all four years ... Three-time prep state champion ... Wrestled in four different weight classes, compiling a 170-18 scholastic record ... Went a career-best 61-7 at 160 pounds as a junior and won both the TAPPS and Prep state championships ... Also competed at 135, 152 and 171 pounds during his scholastic career ... Captured Clinch Gear Prep Slam Champion his senior season ... A two-time freestyle all-american ... four-time freestyle all-american and two-time greco roman state title holder ... brothers Dak Adamson and Riley Adamson both are members of the Duke wrestling team.
Anderson on Trey Adamson
"We are very excited about another Adamson brother joining our team. The Adamsons have proven themselves winners and Trey perhaps the most. We have great expectations of him and know that he will transition well to college wrestling."
5-11 - 220
Peachtree Ridge High School
A four-year letterwinner for Danny Sinnott at Peachtree Ridge High School ... Earned All-America recognition after placing fifth at NHSCA Senior Nationals in 2011 ... Compiled a 154-35 career scholastic record ... Went unbeaten at 51-0 as a senior and won the Georgia State title at 215 pounds ... Three-time state qualifier and three-time Gwinnett County champion ... Won the regional title as a senior and took home runner-up honors in 2009 and 2010 ... Earned all-county second team recognition as a sophomore and junior ... Named to the all-county first team his senior season ... Selected as the Gwinnett Takedown Association Wrestler of the Year in 2011 ... Also voted to the Georgia Wrestling Coaches Association Dream Team his senior year ... Captured five tournament titles as a senior ... wrestleed with the The Wrestling Academy coached by Dustin Kawa.
Anderson on Michael Chapman
"Michael has really turned it on his senior year which culminated in earning All-America honors at the NHSCA nationals. He is very athletic and shows a great aptitude for skills acquisition. We have high hopes for him stepping in right away and being competitive."
5-11 - 152
Parkland High School
Northfield Mount Hermon (Post Graduate)
A three-year letterwinner at Parkland High School for Maurice Atwood ... Also lettered in his postgraduate year for Rob Buyea for Northfield Mount Hermon ... Compiled a 182-15 scholastic record at Parkland and finished his high school career with a 213-18 overall mark ... Helped lead Parkland to state dual championships and state tournament titles in each of his three seasons as a letterwinner ... Team has won 216 consecutive matches in five years, ranking as the third longest streak in history across the nation ... Two-time state qualifier ... Captured the state title his senior season at Parkland at 140 pounds ... Finished 2010 with a 58-1 overall record ... Registered 40 pins in his 58 wins as a senior ... Won a career-best 65 matches his junior season ... Took first at the regional tournament as a junior and senior ... Captured top honors at the King of the Mat Invitational twice and was third as a sophomore ... Finished fifth at the state tournament as a junior ... At Northfield Mount Hermon, posted a 31-2 record at 152 pounds ... Took first place at the Class A Tournament ... Won the New England Championships and captured the top spot at the 2011 prep national championships to win a national title ... Northfield Mt. Hermon ranked sixth national among prep schools.
Anderson on Marcus Cain
"I met Marcus a couple of years ago and was very impressed with his story. He started wrestling in ninth grade and yet placed in the Super 32, a national tournament, his junior year. He went to Northfield Mount Hermon for a post graduate year to better prepare himself academically and athletically for college. While there, according to his coach, he shined and exceeded their very high expectations. We are very excited to start working with Marcus and know that he have a big impact upon Duke University."
5-11 - 165
Covington High School
A four-year letterwinner for Tom Barbee at Covington High School ... Earned all-conference and academic all-conference recognition all four seasons ... Selected to the All-GMVWA team his junior and senior years ... Compiled a 185-18 career record and placed among the top six all four years ... Posted a career-best 52-4 overall record as a junior and earned runner-up honors at the state championships ... Took third overall at 145 pounds as a senior and fourth as a sophomore ... Never lost more than seven matches in a single season ... Helped team to 11th-place finish at state tournament his senior season ... Finished among the top 12 at NHSCA Junior Nationals ... Was a member of Team Ohio at the Disney Duals in 2009 ... Also earned three letters in baseball as a center fielder ... Was a member of the National Honor Society.
Anderson on Andrew DeHart
"Andrew is a phenomenal student athlete. He placed four times in the Ohio state high school wrestling championship and graduated valedictorian of his class. He loves to compete and learn both on and off the mat. We are very excited that he chose Duke over Princeton to continue his academic and athletic career."
Port Orchard, Wash.
South Kitsap High School
A three-year letterwinner for Chad Nass at South Kitsap High School ... Went 113-15 during his scholastic career ... Compiled a perfect 38-0 record as a senior ... Lost just three matches his final two seasons ... Placed sixth at the Senior National Wrestling Championships in 2011to earn all-america honors ... Captured the 4A Washington State Mat Classic XXIII title at 189 pounds in 2011 ... The Greco Roman Junior Division State Champion at 189 pounds ... Awarded the Coach Maguire Award-highest honor for South Kitsap wrestling - as a senior ... A finalist in the 4A Washington State Mat Classic XXII in 2010 ... Washington State Freestyle Champion as a sophomore and won the freestyle cadet state title ... Advanced to the Pacific Coast Tournament finals as a junior and won the CK Matman Tournament title that same year ... Also won the 4A Region III title in 2010 ... Named the 2009-10 Narrows League Male Scholar Athlete of the Year as a junior ... Garnered both Mr. Pin and Mr. Takedown awards as a senior ... Also competed with Washington State National Wrestling Team as a sophomore and junior ... A four-year member of the South Kitsap Freestyle Wrestling Club ... A member of the ORCAS Washington Senior Duals Team his senior season ... Two-time Academic All-State Wrestling Team champion.
Anderson on Conner Hartmann
"Conner will be a great addition to our team. He is very focused and driven. His passion is to win a national title and excel in the classroom is second to none. He is very disciplined in every aspect of his life, which will serve him well here at Duke. I have very high expectations for Conner. He will be an asset for the wrestling team and the overall University on and off the wrestling mat."
Randy Keith Roden
5-10 - 175
Rome High School
A four-year letterwinner at Rome High School ... Put together consecutive 44-0 records as a junior and senior ... Compiled a 146-19 scholastic record ... Competed at 171 pounds in final three seasons ... Earned all-america recognition in 2011 ... Three-time regional champion ... Two-time Georgia state champion ... Took fifth as a sophomore ... Garnered the West Sectional title in 2011 ... Ranked 20th nationally by WIN Magazine in 2011 ... Registered a career-high 50 wins as a sophomore ... Was a member of the National Honor Society.
Anderson on Randy Roden
"Randy is a very special student-athlete who will transition well to the demands of college. Randy gets it done academically and athletically. He is very athletic and physical and is ready to compete at the college level. I believe Randy will acclimate quickly to the demands of college wrestling and contribute to our success. Randy will be joining his high school training partner Immanuel Kerr-Brown. I am told that Randy comports himself on and off the mat like Immanuel and if this is true I know that we will have the very finest student-athletes from the state of Georgia."
5-10 - 195
Phillips Exeter Academy
A four-year letterwinner at Phillips Exeter Academy ... Compiled a 113-36 scholastic career record at 189 pounds ... Posted a career-best 39-4 record en route to New Hampshire State Championship as a senior ... Led the team in takedowns and pins ... Team Captain as a senior and his postgraduate year ... Earned runner-up honors at New Hampshire State Tournament as a junior ... Registered the most pins on the team as a junior ... A two-time national qualifier ... New Hampshire Division I Champion his senior season ... Voted the team's Most Valuable Wrestler final two seasons ... Went 24-6 in his postgraduate year with four of the losses coming to the eventual prep national champion ... Class A and New England runner-up in his postgraduate year ... Advanced to the round of 12 at the national tournament in 2011 ... Competed with Smiitys Wrestling Barn A team ... Helped guide squad to second place at 2010 New England Spring Duals ... Team captured Framingham Duals title and was considered the top team in New England ... Also was a three-year letterwinner in football ... Named first team all-state in 2008 and 2009 ... Was a member of National Honor Society.
Anderson on Dylan Ryan
"Dylan has proven himself a competitor and student of excellent caliber in high school and we expect no less of him here at Duke. He will be a great addition to our upper weights. I know that he has the tools and desire to make the transition to college wrestling. We are very excited about Dylan joining the Duke Blue Devil Wrestling team."
Garnet Valley, Pa.
6-3 - 240
Garnet Valley High School
A four-year letterwinner for Rocco Fantazzi at Garnet Valley High School ... Compiled a 101-31 career record ... A two-time All-Central League first team selection ... Voted to the All-Delco first team as a senior and second team in junior season ... A two-time Section VI and District I South winner ... Took fourth a junior nationals as a junior ... Brought home top honors at Junior Olympics in 2010 ... Finished third in the region as a senior and fifth as a junior ... Earned a third-place finish at prestigious Beast of the East tournament in 2011 ... Finished fourth at Escape the Rock tournament as a junior ... Posted a career-best record of 41-4 as a senior ... Went 74-10 in his final two seasons, wrestling at 285 pounds ... Garnered third place in Section VI tournament as a sophomore ... Also earned three letters in football ... Named first team All-Delco and second team all-Southeast State ... Named to the All-State Academic Wrestling squad.
Anderson on Brendan Walsh
"Brendan has proven himself at the national level by placing third at the Beast of the East wrestling tournament. We believe that he has a huge upside and that he will work hard to fill out his big frame. We know that he will be able to transition to college wrestling and we are excited to get him on campus and begin to help him fulfill his dream of being a national champion."