CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The incoming Virginia wrestling recruiting class has been ranked as the eighth best nationally by WIN Magazine.
The class consists of nine student-athletes: Tyler Askey (Newnan, Ga.), Greg Bacci (Devon, Pa.), TJ Miller (Medford, N.J.), Emilio Martinez (Platteville, Colo.), Drew Hull (Gasport, N.Y.), Andrew Atkinson (Lynchburg, Va.), Addison Knepshield (Ford City, Pa.), Richie Robertson (Maple Heights, Ohio), Will Rupp (Alexandria, Va.) and Alex Uhre (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). UVa also has added a transfer from Penn State, heavyweight Collin Campbell (Roxboro, N.C.).
"Once again I am really excited about what my staff and I were able to do with this class," Virginia head coach Steve Garland said. "My assistants always work hard on this front, and this class is evidence of their labor. This high recruiting ranking most importantly honors a group of kids that have worked really hard and deserve this type of praise. We are looking forward to working with this group and helping them through the next phase of their life."
Askey (165/174 pounds) was a four-time Georgia state champion. He also was a high school national champion and took second at the Flowrestling nationals.
Bacci (165) was a national Prep All-American multiple times.
Miller (149) was a New Jersey State Champion and four-time state place winner (3rd, 1st, 3rd, 3rd). He also was a Beast of the East champion.
Martinez (125/133) was a two-time Colorado state champion. He also won a high school national championship as a sophomore.
Hull (157) was a New York state champion and also took second as a junior.
Hailing from nearby Liberty Christian Academy, Atkinson (141/149) was a three-time prep national All-American who also took third place at the Super 32. He also was a Virginia state champion.
Knepshield (184) was a national prep All-American, taking third this year. He also was an NHSCA Senior National All American at Blair Academy, which was the No. 1-ranked team in America this year.
Robertson (174/184) was a two-time Ohio state placewinner, taking second and third.
Rupp (197) was a Virginia state champion in 2013, winning the 220-pound title.
Uhre (125) was a Florida State Champion while at St. Thomas Aquinas High School.
Campbell (HWT) Multiple State Champion in high school, top 5 nationally ranked HWT coming out of Roxboro, NC