Gavin Nelson on the 2021 Cadet World Staff Trials (Photograph/Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
The Minnesota wrestling program has taken the early lead within the 2023 recruiting arms race.
Earlier this month, the Gophers landed the providers of Cody Chittum, the nation’s top-ranked 145-pounder and the No. 2-ranked prospect within the 2023 class. On Wednesday, they added one other giant – actually – recruit to their haul.
Gavin Nelson, out of nationally-renowned Simley Excessive College, introduced his dedication to the Gophers on Tuesday. Nelson’s addition offers Minnesota two top-five recruits within the 2023 class.
Nelson is taken into account the No. 5 total 2023 prospect, in accordance with MatScouts, and the third-ranked 220-pounder nationally. He’s a 2021 Minnesota state champ, and can characterize the USA on the Cadet World Championships subsequent month at 92 kilograms (202 kilos).
Over the past two months, Nelson has showcased his top-tier wrestling expertise at a few of the nation’s hardest competitions.
In April, Nelson stormed to first-place on the Cadet World Staff Trials in freestyle. He went 5-0 and outscored his opponents 53-1. He notched a 10-0 win over Max Ramberg, a top-200 2022 recruit, within the quarterfinals; a 13-1 win over McCrae Hagarty, a top-100 2023 recruit, within the semifinals, then swept PJ Casale, a top-50 2022 recruit, within the finals, by scores of 10-0 and 10-0, to make the Cadet world crew.
Then, simply final weekend, Nelson repped Minnesota Blue on the Junior Nationwide Duals. He went a mixed 13-0 over the four-day competitors – 6-0 with 6 technical falls in Greco, 7-0 with 6 technical falls in freestyle – to assist Minnesota Blue to a third-place crew end in each types.
Nelson’s dedication is the most recent in what’s been fast-rising recruiting momentum for Minnesota. The Gophers’ 2021 class ranked seventh nationally by MatScouts, highlighted by 5 top-100 recruits. The 2022 haul options two extra top-100 recruits, in #22 Troy Spratley and #63 Hunter Lyden.
Now Nelson and Chittum have turn into the centerpiece guys in Minnesota’s 2023 haul, which is shaping as much as be maybe the most effective within the nation by the point these juniors-to-be formally signal.