Eight Ohio Natives Commit to CSU in Spring Period

Eight Ohio Natives Commit to CSU in Spring Period

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland State University wrestling coaching staff announced that eight more student-athletes have committed to join the program for the 2017-18 academic year.

All eight incoming student-athletes in this announcement hail from Ohio, with seven of the eight residing in Northeast Ohio communities.

Six of the eight in this group will be true freshmen will a pair of transfers will join the program as well.

This group of eight will join the five student-athletes that signed National Letters of Intent (NLI's) in the early signing period, and all 13 will be at Cleveland State in the fall of 2017.

The eight recent commits to Cleveland State are: 

Cleveland State Wrestling Spring 2017 Recruiting Class
Name                          Hometown / High School (Previous School)
Brady Barnett             Milan, Ohio / Edison
Drew Fairbanks          Austintown, Ohio / Austintown Fitch
Mason Giordano        Canfield, Ohio / Canfield
John Kelbly                  Smithville, Ohio / Smithville
Alex Lieb                      Etna Township, Ohio / Watkins Memorial
Andrew Murphy         Dover, Ohio / Dover
Nico O'Dor                  Elyria, Ohio / Elyria (Kent State)
Caleb Stockmaster    Castalia, Ohio / Margaretta (Kent State)

Brady Barnett – Won Ohio state title at 138 pounds this past season … Won his first three state tournament matches via pins en route to title … Also helped Edison win the state dual team title in 2017, posting a major decision victory in the championship … Finished his Edison career with 212 wins, second in school history behind current Viking Evan Cheek … Went 59-5 in senior season and also won Sandusky Bay Conference title, sectional championship and district title … His 59 wins tied the single-season school record … Finished as state runner-up at 132 pounds in both sophomore and junior seasons … Went 53-4 in 2015-16 and 53-7 in 2014-15 … Also placed as a freshman at state tournament at 113 pounds. 

Drew Fairbanks – Placed at 138 pounds at the 2017 Ohio Division I state tournament by posting a 4-2 record at the event with one pin … Finished with a 53-7 mark in his final high school season … Won the Hoover District Tournament in his senior year … Became one of just seven wrestlers in last 50 years to win Eastern Ohio Wrestling League Tournament all four years … Won a sectional title his senior season to help Austintown Fitch win its first team sectional title in nine years … Named All-American Conference Red Tier First Team in 2017 … Qualified for state tournament as a junior and finished with 39 wins that season. 

Mason Giordano – Was the runner-up at 285 pounds at 2017 Ohio state tournament … Helped Canfield to a runner-up team finish at the individual tournament … Went 37-9 in his senior season … Placed at 2017 FloNationals event at 220 pounds … Qualified for the state tournament as a junior with both losses in the tournament coming in overtime tiebreaker periods … Named All-American Conference Red Tier First Team in 2017 … Only started wrestling midway through his sophomore season … Was also an all-state defensive lineman in football and earned three letters in the sport … Served as a team captain in both wrestling and football. 

John Kelbly – Placed at the 2017 Ohio state tournament at 195 pounds to finish his season with a 37-5 record … Helped the Smithies to a team sectional title in 2017 … Went 55-4 in his junior season, setting the single-season school record for wins, while placing at 195 pounds in state tournament … Also set school record with 41 pins in his junior season … Named a National High School Coaches Association Junior All-American after finishing third in 2016 … Racked up 42 wins in his sophomore season and placed at 182 pounds in state tournament … Was President of the National Honor Society. 

Alex Lieb – Won his Division I sectional this past season at 126 pounds but was unable to compete in district tournament due to injury … Also won sectional titles as a junior (126) and a sophomore (113) … Qualified for the Ohio state tournament in 2015 and finished with a 40-9 record … His father, Nick, was a two-time state placer for Watkins Memorial … His older brother, Andrew, wrestles at Lake Erie. 

Andrew Murphy – Placed at Division I Ohio state tournament at 145 pounds this past season by winning three matches … Finished 2016-17 with a 46-8 record … Also placed at the state tournament as a junior in the 126-pound weight class and posted 45 wins on the season … Qualified to the state tournament as a sophomore at 126 pounds … Won the North Canton Hoover district title this past season … Registered over 150 wins at Dover and over 85 pins, setting school records in both categories. 

Nico O'Dor – Saw limited action as a true freshman for Kent State this past season … Won four matches at Ohio Division I state tournament as a high school junior to place at 132 pounds … Finished his junior season with 43 wins … Won the Westlake sectional tournament his senior season at 152 pounds and posted 39 wins on the season. 

Caleb Stockmaster – Transferred from Kent State at the beginning of the 2017 calendar year … Went 6-6 last fall for Kent and was 5-2 when competing unattached in the spring semester at 184 pounds … Won 11 matches while competing as an unattached collegian in 2015-16 … Placed at the Ohio high school state tournament as a senior at 160 pounds and finished with a 49-4 record … Racked up 153 career victories with the Polar Bears … Also qualified for the state tournament as a junior at 152 pounds and won 47 matches that season … Has three years of eligibility remaining with CSU. 

The five future Vikings that signed with the program in the early signing period are all coming off successful senior seasons as they prepare to enter CSU in the fall. 

Georgio Poullas, a 2016 Ohio state champion (152 pounds) and 2016 Ironman champion (160 pounds), advanced to an Ohio state championship bout again in 2017 although he fell one match short of securing a second straight state title when he was defeated in overtime at 160 pounds. Nonetheless, Poullas continued to rack up impressive achievements, as he finished his senior high school season with a 43-1 mark. Poullas went 5-1 with two wins via fall to place third at FloNationals at 160 pounds and also took third at the NHSCA tournament at 170 pounds. He continues to be ranked among the top 10 high schoolers in the country by multiple national outlets at his weight class. 

Chase Archangelo became the 30th athlete in Delaware history to win three state championships when he won his third consecutive title in February. Archangelo claimed the title at 145 pounds, won three of his four matches at states via pin and finished 43-4 in his senior season. He was voted the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler Award winner at the conclusion of the state tournament. He also earned National High School Coaches Association All-America honors for a second straight season. 

Dimitri Williams bounced back strongly after being unable to compete at the state tournament as a junior due to injury. Williams advanced to the state championship match at 170 pounds with relative ease before dropping the championship in sudden-victory format. Nevertheless, he finished his final high school season with a 34-1 record. Williams became only the second athlete in school history to reach a state final with his performance. 

Jake Henderson won three matches at 152 pounds at the Ohio state tournament to place at the event for a second straight season. He went 46-7 in his senior season with both of his state tournament setbacks coming by a single point. Henderson also won the Batavia sectional, with all of his victories in the event being of the bonus-point variety. He was subsequently named a first team all-star by the Cincinnati Enquirer

Cody Moosman advanced to the Ohio Division I state tournament for a second consecutive season and defeated No. 4 ranked Jordan Rosselli of Olentangy Liberty in the opening round at 120 pounds. As a junior, he was a state semifinalist and placed sixth in the state at 120 pounds. He finished his senior season with 35 wins. Moosman also boasts a 4.0 grade point average in the classroom.