Lakeland Wrestling Nets 15 Recruits
Athletics - posted on 9/21/2005
Lakeland College has welcomed head coach Peter Rogers' most talented recruiting class to campus, a group of 15 highly-rated recruits that have the Muskies looking forward to the 2005-06 wrestling season.
The class includes: David Copp (119; Oostburg/Oostburg), Chris Klister (119; DePere/Wrightstown), Casey Klister (125; DePere/Wrightstown), Cody Klopp (145; Wrightstown/Wrightstown), Holland Dayo (135; Greenleaf/Wrightstown), Mitch Nooyen (140; DePere/Wrightstown), Jake Figi (145; River Falls/River Falls), Jonas Flok (145; Egg Harbor/Sturgeon Bay), Chad Jankus (130; Glenbeulah/Elkhart Lake), Marlon Frausto (119; San Diego Cal./East Lake), Zach Ison (215; Antigo/Antigo), Everett Wood (189; Manistique Mich./Manistique), Calvin O'Neal (174; Sterling Heights Mich./Pontiac Central), J.D. Sylvanus (160; Johnsburg Ill./Johnsburg), Bill Lynch (152; Greenleaf/Wrightstown).
Topping the list is two-time Wisconsin State Champion Chris Klister. He won the state championship in his junior and senior years at Wrightstown, wrestling at 112 and as a senior at 119 pounds. The four-year state qualifier is expected to wrestle at 141 for the Muskies this season. He's joined on the mat at Lakeland by his twin brother, Casey Klister (133), who is also a state champion.
"The thing that I like about (Chris and Casey), coming from a program that won state this year, they're going to be wrestlers that don't know how to lose," Rogers said. "I think coming in, with that kind of attitude, expecting to win all the time, will rub off on the people around them and make them better college wrestlers as well."
Chris and Casey will be joined by four other Wrightstown High teammates: Klopp, Dayo, Nooyen and Lynch. All of the Wrightstown recruits come with impressive credentials, including 16 state meet trips and 12 top-four finishes between all five recruits.
"I couldn't ask for a better situation, especially having them come from such a great program," Rogers said about the Wrightstown class. "The transition for them will be easy, and they're outgoing guys to begin with, so it will help those around them too."
The class as a whole is highly rated, including 14 of the 16 wrestlers qualifying at least once for their respective state tournaments, including O'Neal, a junior college transfer that qualified for the NJCAA Nationals. The class boasts 18 top-five finishes and 31 state meet appearances.
"This is the most talented class I've ever brought in," said Rogers. "I think these guys have the right attitude and if everything carries over and they keep their goals in mind, there's no reason why they can't be a great team."
Lakeland opens its season up on Nov. 12 when they host the Lakeland Duals. The Saturday event is scheduled for a 9 a.m. start.
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