UTC wrestling coach Heath Eslinger announced the addition of five new Mocs to the 2010 recruiting class today.
Eslinger will welcome incoming freshmen Shawn Greevy (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Kevin Malone (Carrollton, Ohio), Blake Thomas (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Adam Wilson (Atlanta, Ga.) and sophomore transfer Prescott Garner (West Linn, Ore.) to the roster in the fall.
This group joins the four student-athletes the Mocs inked during the fall signing period, bringing the recruiting class to a total of nine.
Levi Clemons (Kissimmee, Fla.), Joe DeAngelo (Mebane, N.C.), Cole Hayes (Knoxville) and Trey Stavrum (Chattanooga) all signed with Chattanooga in the early period.
"Just like the group we signed in the fall, these five student-athletes fit into what we are trying to do academically, athletically and socially," stated Eslinger.
"There is a lot of potential in this nine-member class and with a commitment to doing things the right way, they can be very successful on the mat and in the classroom."
Thomas highlights the group after capping off a perfect 38-0 record during his senior season at Brentwood (Tenn.) High School and winning the D-I 125-pound state title. Wilson is a two-time state runner-up at Roswell High School and will look to compete at 133.
Greevy is also a state runner-up from Mechanicsburg, Pa., who will compete at 149 for the Mocs. Chattanooga beat out Ohio State and Kent State for the heavyweight services of Malone.
Garner is a 133-pound sophomore who is transferring from Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, Ore. He was an NCAA qualifier at Navy as a freshman in 2009 and redshirted last season at Clackamas CC.
Chattanooga has won six consecutive Southern Conference regular season titles and 24 of the 33 SoCon championships since 1978. Eslinger just completed his first season as head coach of his alma mater.
Prescott Garner - 133 - West Linn, Ore. (Clackamas CC)
Former NCAA qualifier at Navy who spent last season redshirting at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, Ore...posted a 29-16 record as a freshman at Navy in 2008-09...advanced to the NCAAs where he went 1-2 as a freshman...placed 5th at the EIWA Championships in 2009...2007 graduate of West Linn High School in West Linn, Ore...attended the Naval Academy Prep School in 2007-08...led West Linn to the 2007 state championship with a 58-2 record...individual state champion as a senior...third at the NWCA nationals in 2008...PERSONAL...Full name is Prescott Hardin Garner...son of Steve and Cindy Garner...born Nov. 19, 1988, in Mountain View, Calif...father wrestled at Princeton.
Shawn Greevy - 149 - Mechanicsburg, Pa. (Cumberland Valley HS)
2010 state runner-up at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg, Pa...wrestled for head coach Dave Heckard...two-time sectional champion...won the Top Hat Tournament and finished 6th in the Beast of the East...went 66-13 over his last two years...Honor Roll student as a junior and senior...PERSONAL...Full name is Shawn Michael Greevy...born August 5, 1991...son of Mike and Melissa Greevy...has an older Brother, Scott, and an older sister, Heather...plans to major in Environmental Science.
Kevin Malone - HWT - Carrollton, Ohio (Carrollton HS)
District champion and finished this in the state while competing for head coach Ken Posiak at Carrollton High School in Carrollton, Ohio...posted a 41-5 record as a senior...went 34-7 as a junior...finished 4th in the Top Gun Tournament...also played football and baseball in high school...earned honorable mention all-district honors in football...PERSONAL...Full name is Kevin Jaymes Malone...born August 13, 1991...son of Kevin and Marybeth Malone...has an older sister and two younger borthers...enjoys playing the guitar...plans to major in Physical Therapy or Exercise Science...also recruited by Ohio State and Kent State.
Blake Thomas - 125 - Brentwood, Tenn. (Brentwood HS)
2010 state champion with a perfect 38-0 record at Brentwood High School in Brentwood, Tenn., wrestling for head coach Joe Blair...three-time regional champion who was also a member of the Tennessee Dream Team as a senior...went 87-3 over his last two years...runner-up in the state tournament as a junior...will be one of 35 students chosen from over 200 applicants to the UTC honor program...member of the Spanish National Honor Society, International Thespian Society, Honor Roll and graduated with honors...PERSONAL...Full name is Blake Walker Thomas...born June 25, 1991...son of Phil and Kathy Thomas...has one older sister, Brandi...mother was a cheerleader at Memphis and sister was a cheerleader at Tennessee...plans to major in Biochemistry...was also recruited by Duke and Davidson.
Adam Wilson - 133 - Atlanta, Ga. - (Roswell HS)
Two-time state runner up for Roswell High School in Roswell, Ga...went 33-3 with 23 pins as a senior...team captain and Roswell MVP award winner in each of his last two years of high school...went 76-11 over his last two years...competed for Hornets' head coach Evan Goff...holds the school record for most wins and pins at Roswell...earned the Tom Zachary VIP award and earned honorable mention in the Laws of Life essay contest...PERSONAL...Full name is Adam Donald Wilson...born April 25, 1992...son of Sheila and Randy Wilson...has an older sister, Leah...plans to major in Pre-Law.
2010 Signing Class
Levi Clemons 174 Kissimmee, Fla. Osceola HS
Joe DeAngelo 125 Mebane, N.C. Southern Alamance HS
Prescott Garner 133 West Linn, Ore. Calackamas CC
Shawn Greevy 149 Mechanicsburg, Pa. Cumberland Valley
Cole Hayes 149 Knoxville, Tenn. Baylor School
Kevin Malone HWT Carrollton, Ohio Carrollton HS
Trey Stavrum 149 Chattanooga, Tenn. Baylor School
Blake Thomas 125 Brentwood, Tenn. Brentwood HS
Adam Wilson 133 Atlanta, Ga. Roswell HS