The Tigers’ recruiting class was ranked second in the nation by InterMat.com on Wednesday. Ohio State placed first.
Hickman’s K.C. Pescaglia leads a group of four in-state athletes including Dom Bradley (Blue Springs), Trever Collins (Nixa) and Brandon Wiest (O’Fallon).
Last year, Pescaglia became the 30th state champion and the fourth two-time state champion for Hickman. Despite a knee injury, Pescaglia had a perfect 37-0 season.
Bradley was ranked the No. 1 at 285 pounds in the nation last winter as the three-time Class 4 state champion.
Collins was ranked No. 11 in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News and won won the Super 32 title last season at 215 pounds.
Wiest is a three-time state runner-up and was a nominee for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Trophy. Wiest also holds a 3.9 grade-point average and is a three-time academic all-conference honoree.
Out-of-state recruits include Troy Dolan of Blairsville, Penn., Dorian Henderson of Columbus, Ga., Michael Schmitz of Stewartville, Minn., Max Shanaman of Blairstown, N.J., and Brandon Wright of Germantown, Tenn.
Dolan boasts a three-time PIAA Championship, while Henderson was recognized by the Georgia General Assembly in 2005 for being an “individual who has excelled as an athlete, an academic, and in the community,” as well as winning the Georgia state title for three consecutive years. His high school career ended with a 52-0 record.
Schmitz finished first at the Minnesota State Championships and Junior National Folkstyle Championships in 2006 while wrestling at 160 pounds.
Shanaman finished his high school career with a 140-14 record and is ranked fourth in the nation, according to Intermat.com.
Wright finished his senior season at 45-1, which earned him his second National High School All-America honor and fourth regional title.
Of Missouri’s new squad members, four are National High School Coaches Association All-Americans and six ranked in the top 150 in the nation.