Austin Gomez (Left) and Nathan Traxler (Proper) (Gomez Picture/Cam Kramer; CamKramerPhoto.Smugmug.com/Traxler Picture/Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
A few large title transfers made their locations public Tuesday evening which occurs to be the primary time since March 2020 that recruiting restrictions have been lifted. Each, Austin Gomez and Nathan Traxler, have competed within the NCAA Spherical of 12 throughout their spectacular careers. They now have new houses.
The previous Iowa State Cyclone, Gomez, will head to the Large Ten and wrestle for Chris Bono’s Wisconsin squad. Nearly six months in the past, Gomez introduced that he was retiring from the game after a number of accidents. Inside the final month and a half, Gomez has hinted at a return. Austin was a nationwide qualifier in 2019 as a redshirt freshman. That yr he was seeded thirteenth on the 133 lb weight class after taking third within the Large 12. In Pittsburgh on the nationwide match, Gomez reached the quarterfinals earlier than dropping a 1-0 resolution to Micky Phillipi (Pittsburgh). In his subsequent match, Gomez was eradicated by Austin DeSanto (Iowa). Throughout twin competitors, he downed DeSanto 14-9, in some of the thrilling bouts of the yr. Gomez in all probability slots in at 141 lbs for the Badgers. That might turn out to be useful as their returning starter, Dom Dentino was 0-10 in 2021.
The primary main switch out of Stanford is Traxler who will enter Virginia Tech as a graduate pupil. Traxler is a four-time NCAA qualifier for the Cardinal. He spent the primary three years of his profession at 197 lbs, earlier than going as much as 285 in 2021. It might make sense for the Hokies if he competed at 197 in 2021-22. Virginia Tech has a pair of nationwide qualifiers (Hunter Catka and John Borst) at 285 and didn’t qualify at 197 final season. Traxler went 78-28 for Stanford and made three Pac-12 finals (successful in 2019). He’s a two-time NCAA Spherical of 12 finisher, doing so in each 2019 and 2021. On this yr’s match, Traxler fell within the first spherical to returning AA Jordan Wooden (Lehigh), then proceeded to select up three wins earlier than dropping to convention foe Cohlton Schultz (Arizona State) within the bloodround.