Dec. 18, 2012
MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin wrestling team has signed five wrestlers to National Letters of Intent for the 2013-14 season, including a pair of nationally ranked wrestlers.
"It's a great group of kids both in and out of the room," head coach Barry Davis said of next year's incoming class. "They are kids that know the sport very well and kids that want to be successful academically and athletically and when you have that combination, that's always a good recruiting year."
The Badger wrestling class of 2013 is composed of five wrestlers from four different weight classes and five different high schools across both Wisconsin and Illinois. Next year's class features a No. 5 and a No. 18-ranked wrestler in InterMat's High School rankings.
Andrew Crone (Hartland, Wis.) - 126 lbs.
Davis on Crone: "He's a great kid. He comes from a solid program. He goes to a great high school as well as a great club. I'd call him a mat rat. He wants to be successful on the mat. He has high goals, high expectations and he is highly motivated."
No. 18 Seth Liegel (Spring Green, Wis.) - 152 lbs.
Davis on Liegel: "His parents went here; his brother goes here, so I think he knows UW really well. He's a great athlete. He's a great football player as well as a great wrestler. I think he'll excel here."
No. 5 Ricky Robertson (Orland, Ill.) - 182 lbs.
Davis on Robertson: "When you watch him wrestle, I think he's got a lot of growth to do. He's very athletic and has some things that you can't teach. I think he'll get better as he's in our room with the competition and the coaching we have. He has great upside and wants to excel academically. Discipline wise, he's good, but there is room for growth. I like that and we're all excited to have him here."
Jacob Stilling (Elkhorn, Wis.) - 170 lbs.
Davis on Stilling: "Another Wisconsin kid that really loves the sport of wrestling. He has high goals and high expectations for himself. He comes from a very disciplined family, a family that knows how to work."
Justin Weber (Lincolnshire, Ill.) - 152 lbs.
Davis on Weber: "His brother goes here. He had a chance to go to other schools, like his brother, but he chose Wisconsin because of, one, his brother. I think he's seen the way we run our program, the way we run our business here. I think he really likes the staff. I think he feels comfortable here at the UW. It's a great place to excel academically and athletically. I think he's a kid that will get better as he's in our room daily. It's always nice to have family around too. Every young kid goes through tough times in workouts and trying to figure things out. It'll be nice to have a bigger brother here to help guide him through things like that and have someone to lean on."