CONCORDIA, Kansas— The Cloud County Community College wrestling team has finalized its 24-man recruiting class in preparation for the program's inaugural season, which is set to get underway October 31st with the Black and Gold intersquad scrimmage.
Cloud County's recruiting class highlights feature six individual high school state champions, 11 team state titles, 15 multiple time state place winners, 14 individual state final appearances, and over 50 combined state tournament appearances.
Representatives of the 2017 recruiting class are spread out across six different states and over 10 different counties in the state of Kansas alone.
"We're excited about our guys. The goal was to recruit character, work ethic, and people who love the sport. We felt like we did that," said Cloud County head coach, Chris Freije. "Any time you have a group of individuals with the same focus and mental make-up who love to compete in all areas, whether it's academics, athletics, or even just to be the first one to tie their shoes, it creates an environment that's conducive to developing leaders and attaining goals."
"Our staff feels like we've got a group of guys who love to compete, and are looking to succeed beyond athletics and that's exciting for us. It's a long road with a lot of mile markers still in front of us, but there's a lot of energy here and everyone involved is ready and more than eager."
2017 Cloud County Recruiting Class
Jorge Vega (Louisville, KY): two-time State Champion, three-time state place winner (top-3 all three times)
Tanner McGivney (Abilene, KS): two-time state place winner
Miguel Dubs (Seward, NE): state place winner
Bryce Gfeller (Rossville, KS): two-time State Champion, three-time finalist, four-time state place winner
Tyren Castonguay (Grand Junction, CO): state place winner
Alec Castillo (Garden City, KS): three-time state place winner
Austin Eldredge (McPherson, KS): State Champion, two-time state place winner
Logan Erdman (Walton, KY): State Champion, two-time finalist, three-time state place winner (finished top-3 three times)
Tylor Garcia (Dodge City, KS): three-time state place winner, two-time finalist (finished top-3 three times)
Ryan Delforge (Wichita, KS): two-time state place winner
Chance Henderson (Manhattan, KS): state qualifier
Cameron Young (Florissant, MO): state place winner
Devin Haas (Cheney, KS): two-time state place winner (finished top-three two times)
Noah Aziere (Sedalia, MO): state qualifier
Jacob Stryker (Marysville, KS): state finalist
Josh Puncochar (Grand Island, NE): state qualifier
Hosteen Smith (Phoenix, AZ): two-time state place winner
Zach Bowen (Haysville, KS): state finalist, two-time state place winner (finished top-3 two times)
Danny Thompson (Omaha, NE): state place winner
Zeb Bloom (Clay Center, KS): state place winner
Corey Atkins (Goddard, KS): two-time state place winner
Benny Hernandez (Garden City, KS): state finalist, two-time state place winner (finished top-three two times)
Sam Christy (Spring Hill, KS): state finalist, two-time state place winner
Chase Holle (Wichita, KS): state place winner