Ashland University head wrestling coach Josh Hutchens hasn't simply added to his convocation of Eagles for the 2015-16 season.
He's added an entire convocation of freshman Eagles in and of itself.
Thirteen wrestlers have been brought into the fold to prepare for the new season, and Hutchens' enthusiasm for the newcomers is evident.
"I am very excited about this group of incoming freshmen," he said. "The first thing you notice is that it is a large group. We like to carry a big roster, because it enables diversity and competition in the room. Having a lot of training partners is good, but having the right training partners is more important. We are very particular in the type of person we recruit. They are made aware immediately that we are expecting them to excel in the classroom, as well as on the mat. That is why it is impressive that so many have chosen to be part of that philosophy.
"In addition to its size, this group is decorated with athletic and academic accomplishments. Several of these guys are expected to compete for a starting position right away, and many will have an immediate impact in the practice room and on team GPA."
Daylonn Dudgeon, Xenia – Dudgeon boasted an 82-45 record in high school, and recorded 56 pins…As a senior, he was 34-10 with 25 pins, and was an alternate for the state tournament…He earned second-team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference South Division honors two years in a row…Dudgeon earned four varsity wrestling letters and one varsity football letter at Xenia.
Lawrence Dudgeon Jr., Xenia – In his prep career, Dudgeon was 85-32 with 45 pins and 286 takedowns…He is a state-tournament qualifier who had a third-place district finish on his ledger…Dudgeon earned varsity letters in football, wrestling and track.
Jerry Fenner, Birch Run (Michigan) – Fenner finished his high school career with an eye-popping record of 211-18, to go with 808 career takedowns and 240 takedowns in one season…He won a state title in 2013, and is a four-time district and regional champion and a four-time all-state selection…Also a scoring threat in soccer, Fenner scored a school-record six goals in one game…He earned 11 varsity letters in soccer, wrestling and track and field.
Maxwell Kuchenrither, Avon – Kuchenrither was a three-time district qualifier, a four-time Lorain County all-star and a three-time West Shore Conference champion…He was a two-year captain at Avon, earning four varsity letters.
Chandler Minnard, Bloom-Carroll – Minnard sported high school won-lost records that jump off the page – 48-5 as a freshman, 52-6 as a sophomore, 50-5 as a junior and 31-5 as a senior (181-21 overall)…He was a three-time state placer and two-time district champion…Minnard earned four varsity letters at Bloom-Carroll.
Dan Morell, Brecksville – Morell had a 37-14 varsity record at Brecksville, helping the team to the 2015 Division I state dual meet championship…He was 22-9 with 13 pins as a senior…He earned two varsity letters each in wrestling and golf.
Jared Pack, Centerburg – Pack set the school record for single-season wins at 48…He is Centerburg's only two-time state qualifier…He earned first-team all-area and was a two-time All-Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference selection…Pack was an academic All-Ohio choice as a senior…He earned 10 varsity letters in cross country (four), wrestling (four) and track (two).
Christian Price, Granville – Price set school records for career wins (166) and single-season victories (54)…He also set school marks for takedowns in a career and a season…Price was a two-time state qualifier, finishing eighth as a senior…He won two Licking County League titles, and earned four varsity wrestling letters at Granville.
Bret Romanzak, Jefferson Forest (Virginia) – Romanzak had a career prep record of 173-26 (school record for career wins), including a 53-2 mark as a senior…He was a four-time state placer, and won a state title…He also was part of back-to-back conference-championship teams…Romanzak earned four varsity wrestling letters and two varsity cross country letters.
David Sheldon, Milford – Sheldon was 29-14 and was an alternate district qualifier as a senior…He earned second-team All-Eastern Cincinnati Conference as a senior and honorable mention All-ECC as a junior…Sheldon earned three varsity wrestling letters and one varsity football letter at Milford.
Dylan Shockey, Woodgrove (Virginia) – Shockey was 100-17 in his final two prep seasons (51-6 as a senior and 49-11 as a junior)…He set the school record for most takedowns in a season as a junior…Shockey won two district/conference championships…He was a two-time all-area selection, and earned four varsity wrestling letters.
Alex Smith, St. Mary Central Catholic – Smith won 155 career matches in high school (155-21 record)…He was a three-time state qualifier and a two-time state placer (fifth place)…He was part of a Sandusky River League championship as a senior…Smith earned four varsity letters at SMCC.
Colton Ullman, Loudonville – Ullman set the Redbirds' career and single-season record for near-falls…He was part of a team which finished seventh at the state tournament (2013)…Individually, Ullman qualified for the state tournament four times and placed three times…He earned four varsity wrestling letters and one varsity letter each in golf and football.
"We have a great group of guys returning from last year that includes nine starters, six national qualifiers and three All-Americans," Hutchens said. "The addition of this recruiting class will strengthen both our dual-meet competitiveness and our team placement at the national tournament.
"I am anxious to get these guys into the room to see what they can bring to the team, as well as to begin their quests to reach their own individual goals."