GREENWOOD – Wrestling USA Magazine has ranked the incoming class of Lander University wrestlers as the No. 8 class of all non-Division I schools in the nation.
This marks the second top-10 ranking for Lander's wrestling recruiting class. In June, The Open Mat rated the Bearcats' first class as the No. 9 group in all of Division II.
Wrestling USA Magazine's rankings include all NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA, and junior colleges nationwide. Rankings are based on the final national high school rankings from the year before and also include transfers that are committed.
"We are excited for this group of young student-athletes we have here at Lander," said LaHaye. "Obviously, being in the first year of our program, we are very young, but there is a lot of potential in this group of young people and I am very enthusiastic to work with and help this group develop over their collegiate careers."
Lander's class features 23 incoming freshmen and four transfers. Head coach R.C. LaHaye brought in wrestlers from eight different states to complete the inaugural class, which will participate in Lander's first wrestling season in 2019-20. The incoming Bearcats won 28 combined high school state titles and garnered 10 high school All-American honors. Three incoming freshman were named the Dave Schulz Excellence Award winners, based on excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship and community service, in their respective states.
Lander owns the highest-ranked class in the Southeast Region and is the highest-ranked new program.
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