Recruiting class picks up another accolade
Hokies' class ranked fourth in the country by InterMat
July 14, 2007

BLACKBURG - Head wrestling coach Kevin Dresser and the rest of his Virginia Tech staff have been once again honored for their hard work on the recruiting trail as InterMat has ranked the Hokies' incoming class as the fourth-best in the country.

Virginia Tech picked up seven seniors ranked in InterMat's Senior Top 12 at each weight class, including InterMat's overall No. 1-ranked recruit in the nation, Cody Gardner of Christiansburg, Va.

From the site: "Aggressive recruiting was coach Kevin Dresser's quick fix after inheriting a program that was surrounded by drama upon his hiring. While a few wrestlers took their year and are looking to transfer (or already have), Dresser and staff got busy, aggressive and found success. Seven ranked seniors from the InterMat Top 12 are in the group - most of any program - including Senior National champion Chris Diaz of Delaware, who had initially committed to Indiana. Oh, not to mention there's the distinction that the Hokies will have the services of the nation's top recruit for the Class of 2007, Gardner from nearby Christiansburg. No corner of the country was foreign, as Dresser picked up wrestlers from Colorado, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Delaware as well as within Virginia. This team will be young for years to come, but the Hokies will be throwing many of these guys right into the fire, and many will be ready to compete - and succeed - immediately."

Ohio State checks in with the No. 1 class with Missouri at No. 2, Penn State third and Minnesota fifth.

Oklahoma State follows at No. 6 with Michigan stepping in at No. 7. Virginia (8), Northern Iowa (9) and Kent State (10) round out the top 10.

The remainder of the top 20 is as follows: Oklahoma (11), Oregon State (12), Lehigh (13), Edinboro (14), Cornell (15), Old Dominion (16), Lock Haven (17), Nebraska (18), Hofstra (19) and Harvard (20).

InterMat ranks the top 30 recruiting classes, with the last ten as follows: Penn (21), Michigan State (22), Eastern Michigan (23), Columbia (24), Indiana (25), Iowa State (26), Iowa (27), Bucknell (28), George Mason (29) and Northwestern (30).

Gardner, from Christiansburg High School, was recently named the Timesland Wrestler of the Year by The Roanoke Times. Gardner concluded his career as a four-time state champion in Virginia and the most decorated wrestler in Timesland history. The projected heavyweight completed a second straight undefeated season and ran his winning streak to 120 matches with a pin in the VHSL Group AA final. Gardner won 25 individual tournaments during his career and claimed titles in the Walsh Ironman in Stow, Ohio; the Beast of the East in Newark, Del., the Powerade Invitational in Canonsburg, Pa.; and the Big Blue Invitational in Christiansburg. Gardner helped lead Christiansburg to its sixth consecutive Group AA team title.

Tech's No. 4 ranking by InterMat follows a No. 3 national ranking by W.I.N. Magazine earlier this summer.