Nov. 19, 2013
MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin wrestling team has signed six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, head coach Barry Davis announced today. Ryan Christensen (Woodinville, Wash.), Johnny Jimenez (St. Charles, Ill.), Luke Rowh (Hastings, Minn.), Jens Lantz (Ellsworth, Wis.), Jared Scharenbrock (Sun Prairie, Wis.) and Tyler Schmidt (Merrill, Wis.) will join the Badgers in the fall of 2014.
"We as a staff are very excited about the kids that committed to us already," said Davis. "We were six-for-six in kids that we wanted. There is a wide base of kids, what I mean by that is different weight classes, from Johnny Jimenez being at 125 and Tyler Schmidt at heavyweight.
"I think every kid knows how to wrestle, (how to) compete at a high level, understands the sport at a high level too and we couldn't be more excited about that."
Ryan Christensen (Woodinville, Wash.)
State, district and regional champion senior year ... state finalist, district and regional champion as a sophomore ... member of World of Wrestling World All-Star Team (2011) ... Washington Cadet Dual Team (5th in Greco/7th in Freestyle) ... Cadet national champion (170 lbs. 2012 Fargo) ... currently ranked No. 4 at 182 lbs. by InterMat
Johnny Jimenez (St. Charles, Ill.)
Three-time state, regional, sectional and conference champion ... as a junior, placed third at Ironman, first at Cheesehead, second at Dvorak ... named co-MVP and co-Captain ... 51-2 as a junior ... as a sophomore named co-MVP ... Fargo All American ... 23-1 record ... as a freshman placed fourth at Ironman, second at Cheesehead, first at Dvorak ... 41-4 record ... member of the Overtime Tour De Force Camp 2010-13
Luke Rowh (Hastings, Minn.)
Placed third and fifth at the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament ... Fargo Cadet All-American finishing 3rd ... Fila Cadet place winner
Jens Lantz (Ellsworth, Wis.)
Three-time state champion ... Fargo All-American ... School-boy, cadet and junior national team member ... multiple time folkstyle All-American
Jared Scharenbrock (Sun Prairie, Wis.)
Conference, regional, section and state champion with a perfect 46-0 record as a junior ... placed second at state as a sophomore with only loss in championship bout (49-1) ... conference and regional champion as a freshman ... member of Wisconsin National Team freshman, sophomore and junior Year ... took second at ASICS Folkstyle Nationals freshman year ... fourth at Fargo (Cadet Greco) in 2011 ... seventh at Cliff Keen Folkstyle Nationals junior year
Tyler Schmidt (Merrill, Wis.)
Folkstyle, Greco and Freestyle state champion as a junior ... Wisconsin Nationals runner up (Greco, 2013) ... member of Wisconsin National Greco/Freestyle Dual team as a sophomore ... folkstyle state qualifier freshman and sophomore years... currently ranked No. 18 at 222 lbs. by InterMat.com