UChicago wrestling introduces 11 recruits set to join in 2017-18

UChicago wrestling introduces 11 recruits set to join in 2017-18

CHICAGO – University of Chicago Head Wrestling Coach Leo Kocher announced the incoming freshman class of 11 student-athletes who will join the Maroons for the 2017-18 season.

"This group has earned 20 state or national medals and can cover all 10 college weight classes, giving our program some much needed depth," Kocher said. "Three of these wrestlers made the national rankings of top high school seniors in their weight class, but the rest have demonstrated that they have the ability to be competitive collegiate wrestlers from the get-go as well."

The Maroons finished 2016-17 with a 6-4 dual meet record and a second-place finish in the University Athletic Association (UAA). Steve Bonsall capped his successful freshman campaign by qualifying for the NCAA Division III Championships and achieving All-American honors by placing eighth at 157 pounds. Freshman Grant Morrison and sophomore Duncan Payne were UAA Champions at 141 pounds and 285 pounds, respectively. Morrison was also named UAA Rookie of the Year.

 

  Gage Bayless
  • Hometown: Greenville, Pa.
  • High School: Reynolds
  • High School Weight Class: 126 pounds
  • Senior Year Highlights: 3rd place at 126 pounds in Pennsylvania AA class.
  • Coach Kocher: "Gage really turned it on at the state tournament his senior year and put together an excellent run. He along with high school teammate and incoming Maroon recruit Chaise Hauck wrestled for the best AA high school in PA."

Ryan Boncamper
  • Hometown: Miami, Fla.
  • High School: Miami Killian
  • High School Weight Class: 113 pounds
  • Senior Year Highlights: 3rd place at 113 pounds in Florida 3A class.
  • Coach Kocher: "Ryan is a two-time state placer who competes with intensity. He will shore up the 125 weight class for us."
  Will Britain
  • Hometown: Milton, Ga.
  • High School: Cambridge
  • High School Weight Class: 160 pounds
  • Senior Year Highlights: State champion at 160 pounds in Georgia 5A class.
  • Coach Kocher: "Will reached the state championship match four times in his high school career - it takes raw athletic talent to pull off that feat. In four years of high school, he won 203 matches."
  Jason Crary
  • Hometown: Munster, Ind.
  • High School: Munster
  • High School Weight Class: 145 pounds
  • Senior Year Highlights: 2nd place at 145 pounds in Indiana.
  • Coach Kocher: "Jason is a three-time state placer and has multiple wins over nationally-ranked opponents in his high school career."

Alec Gleason
  • Hometown: East Brunswick, N.J.
  • High School: East Brunswick
  • High School Weight Class: 126 pounds
  • Senior Year Highlights: 5th place at 126 pounds in New Jersey.
  • Coach Kocher: "Alec ended up the second-best high school senior in his weight class in New Jersey - a very tough state in which to place."

Will Hare
  • Hometown: Birchrunville, Pa.
  • High School: The Hill School
  • High School Weight Class: 285 pounds
  • Senior Year Highlights: 6th place at 285 pounds at National Preps.
  • Coach Kocher: "Will is a two-time prep All-American who can generate relentless offensive pressure with his non-stop action. That trait will serve him well in college wrestling."

Chaise Hauck
  • Hometown: Greenville, Pa.
  • High School: Reynolds
  • High School Weight Class: 145 pounds
  • Senior Year Highlights: 8th place at 145 pounds in Pennsylvania AA class.
  • Coach Kocher: "Chaise is a two-time state placer. He placed as a senior despite wrestling a weight class above normal in order to strengthen his team's lineup."

Quinton Mincy
  • Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • High School: Walnut Hills
  • High School Weight Class: 220 pounds
  • Senior Year Highlights: 7th place at 220 pounds in Ohio Division I class.
  • Coach Kocher: "Quinton is another wrestler who showed he can compete well against nationally-elite high school competitors."

Dominick Reo
  • Hometown: Paw Paw, Mich.
  • High School: Paw Paw
  • High School Weight Class: 171 pounds
  • Senior Year Highlights: 5th place at 171 pounds in Michigan Division 3 class.
  • Coach Kocher: "Dominick is a two-time state placer who has proven to be very competitive with nationally-ranked wrestlers."

Aiden Reynolds
  • Hometown: Greenwich, Conn.
  • High School: Brunswick School
  • High School Weight Class: 182 pounds
  • Senior Year Highlights: 1st place at 182 pounds in Western New England Independent Schools ... National prep qualifier.
  • Coach Kocher: "Aiden was a dominant wrestler in New England last season. Physically, he should hold his own against the more powerful wrestlers in NCAA Division III."

Vito Smolyak
  • Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • High School: Poly Prep Country Day
  • High School Weight Class: 152 pounds
  • Senior Year Highlights: Greco All-American at USAW Cadet Nationals.
  • Coach Kocher: "Vito had his senior season cut short with a shoulder injury. He is one of two All-Americans in this group."