Lincoln - With four recruits ranked inside the top-100 nationally and a former NCAA qualifier set to join the program, the Nebraska wrestling team checked in at No. 6 on InterMat's top-25 recruiting classes for 2012. The Huskers have now been ranked inside the top six for four consecutive years and are the second-highest Big Ten squad on the list.
The four nationally ranked wrestlers include No. 17 Tim Dudley (Imro, S.C.), No. 52 Tim Lambert (Forest Hills Eastern, Mich.), No. 60 Ben Morgan (Forest Lake, Minn.) and No. 96 Shaun'Qae McMurtry (Lockport, Ill.). Dudley, who signed with NU in the spring signing period as the No. 2 195-pound wrestler in the nation, was one of the most sought-after recruits in the county after winning two NHSCA National Championships in his junior and senior seasons and projects at 184 pounds.
McMurtry, who also signed with NU in the spring, was a 2012 InterMat High School All-American, winning the South Carolina Class 3A 160-pound state championship after a 45-1 mark. McMurtry and Dudley were joined in the spring by Collin Jensen (Mobridge, S.D.), Skylar Wood (Platte County, Mo.), Jed Fenske (Sargent, Neb.) and Joe Zimmer (Rogersville, Mo.).
During the fall NU signed five recruits, including former Lehigh wrestler Frank Cagnina, who was a 2011 NCAA qualifier at 133 pounds. A Hillsdale, N.J., native, Cagnina went 20-6 in his first season with the Mountain Hawks and tallied nine major decisions. Cagnina wrestled last season at Iowa Central Community College before signing with NU. Joining Cagnina is Lambert and Morgan, who are both ranked inside the top 10 of their respective weight classes. Lambert was the No. 4 120-pound high school wrestler in the country, while Morgan checked in at No. 9 at 132 pounds.
Four-time state champion Eric Coufal joins Fenske as the two Nebraska natives in this year's class. The Howells native is joined by McCoy Newberg of Franklin, Tenn., to round out the fall signing class.
InterMat pegged Iowa with the No. 1 recruiting class, followed by Lehigh, Oklahoma, Cornell, and Oklahoma State. A total 10 teams from the Big Ten's 12 team league were represented in the top-25.
2012 InterMat Recruiting Class Rankings
5. Oklahoma State
9. Iowa State
12. Ohio State
13. North Carolina
15. Northern Iowa
16. Penn State
17. Cal Poly
22. Oregon State
23. Old Dominion
24. Virginia Tech