BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech head wrestling coach Kevin Dresser announced Thursday his 2014 signing class, a small one comprised of four top-tier talents from three different states. Soloman Chishko and Zack Zavatsky are both ranked nationally in the top-100 while Taylor Misuna and Jake Spengler are state champions in their home state.
Chishko, a projected 149-pounder, hails from Jeanette, Pa., and attends prep powerhouse Canon-McMillan High. He is the No. 12 overall recruit in the country, as ranked by InterMat and is ranked second nationally at 145 pounds by both Amateur Wrestling News and FloWrestling. After missing much of his junior season to injury, he returned late to go 11-0 and claim his first Pennsylvania state title. He went 44-2 as a sophomore and 46-5 as a freshman, placing third both years. He won the 2011 POWERade folkstyle tournament at 145 pounds after taking second place at that same tournament in 2010. He finished second at the 2012 Super 32 Challenge after placing third in 2010 and eighth in 2009.
Zavatsky, a projected 184-pounder, hails from Latrobe, Pa., and attends Greater Latrobe High. He is the No. 71 overall recruit in the country, as ranked by InterMat and is ranked eighth nationally at 182 pounds by FloWrestling and 11th by Amateur Wrestling News. He went 42-2 as a junior, placing third at the Pennsylvania state meet, and went 41-5 as a sophomore in placing eighth. He also went 41-11 as a freshman, but failed to place at the state meet. Zavatsky has won the always-tough WPIAL AAA region twice and took second as a freshman. This year, he won the Super 32 Challenge to propel him up the national rankings.
Misuna, a projected 165-pounder, hails from Chesapeake, Va., and attends Grassfield High. Misuna is ranked as the No. 20 160-pounder in the country by InterMat. He won a Virginia Group AAA state title as a junior after placing second as a sophomore despite still recovering from a torn MCL he suffered during that season. Misuna is a two-time Virginia state Cadet champion as well, once in freestyle and once in Greco-Roman. He went 39-9 as a freshman, placing eighth in the state at 125 pounds, then went 24-4 as a sophomore, placing second at 138 pounds before winning the 152-pound title last year with a 51-4 mark.
Spengler, a projected 157-pounder, is from Orlando, Fla., and attends Lake Highland Prep. He is a two-time state champion at the Class 1A FHSAA level and also placed third twice. He went 48-2 as a junior en route to his second state crown.
“Obviously, this year’s class is small in numbers, however the talent is there,” Dresser said. “Chishko and Zavatsky are already national players and we feel Misuna and Spengler have the potential to be very good. All four guys have great athletic ability and are very good at wrestling, and especially scrambling. Being a good scrambler is such a valuable tool to having coming to Division I wrestling.”
The four will enroll at Virginia Tech for the 2014 academic year.
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