Wrestling head coach John Mark Bentley announced last week that nine wrestlers from all across the country had signed their LOI’s and would be at Appalachian State in the fall.
Scott finished his career at Ashe County High School with a record of 129 wins against only 17 defeats. Scott won the Mountain Valley Conference Tournament all four years at ACHS, and was named MVAC Wrestler of the Year last season. Scott also won a 2A state championship at 140 pounds in 2009 before moving up to 145 for this season.
There are also eight other athletes joining Scott as freshman next year at App. Dominic Parisi from Jay M. Robinson High School outside of Charlotte has won three state titles and is also a four-time conference and regional wrestling champ. Parisi will be coming to ASU to wrestle in the 125-pound division. Chris Johnson, a two-time state champ and four-time state finalist from Orange County High School, will compete in the 133-pound class. Dominick Vetell finished second in his weight class while attending Trinity High School. Vetell will wrestle at either 157 or 165. The final incoming recruit from North Carolina is Brandon Lietz from J.H. Rose High School in Greenville, NC. Lietz won his first state title this past season, and was also named team MVP twice.
The Mountaineers will have four new wrestlers coming in from other parts of the country. Russell Benner was chosen as an All-State wrestler in New Jersey three times in the 149-pound division. Marc Tyson, a 285-pounder from Monroe Township, N.J. earned All-State honors as a senior and was also a regional champ. New York native Jacob Burke will be competing 157 pounds. Burke earned All-State honors as well as being named a National High School Coaches Association All-American. The final incoming recruit of the 2010 class is Acton Pifer from Lasiter, Ga. Pifer won a state title this past year, and was also chosen as an NHSCA All-American.