App State Wrestling Welcomes 12 Freshmen for 2019-20 Season

Clifford Thurmon Myers Jr.
August 20, 2019
Financial News
August 20, 2019
App State Wrestling Welcomes 12 Freshmen for 2019-20 Season

 

BOONE, N.C. — With this week’s start of the fall semester, Appalachian State wrestling coach JohnMark Bentley officially announced the Class of 2019 recruits who are joining the Mountaineers for the 2019-20 season.
 
App State bolsters the roster as it moves forward from winning a fourth straight Southern Conference regular season championship in 2018-19. The Mountaineers’ 25-2 conference record in the last four seasons ranks fifth nationally.
 
The 12 wrestlers in the 2019 recruiting class combined for 12 individual state championships in their prep careers and arrive from six different states.
 
“Our incoming class has a lot of talent and promise as we try to continue the winning tradition for our program,” said Bentley, who is 97-66-1 in 10 seasons as App State’s head coach. “I’m excited to see these guys compete and battle for a spot to represent the Black and Gold.”
 
Class of 2019 recruits
Blake Baker (141 pounds, Hickory, N.C./St. Stephens)
Isaac Byers (149 pounds, Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville)
Sean Carter (125 pounds, North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon)
Julian Gorring (184/197 pounds, Erie, Pa./Fort LeBoeuf)
Giuseppi Inserra (157 pounds, Stafford, Va./North Stafford)
Tyler Kellison (133 pounds, Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy)
Brett Mordecai (165 pounds, Kearney, Mo./Kearney)
Kameron Miller (157/165 pounds, Gastonia, N.C./Forestview)
Caleb Smith (125/133 pounds, High Point, N.C./SW Guilford)
Carson Smith (125 pounds, Greensboro, N.C./SE Guilford)
Joshua Spurlin (133/141 pounds, Galax, Va./Galax)
Garrett Starks (157 pounds, Greenville, S.C./Woodmont)
 
Blake Baker (141 pounds, Hickory, N.C./St. Stephens)
Completed a 56-5 senior year at St. Stephens with a fourth-place finish in the 138-pound division of the 3-A state championships … Helped St. Stephens go 43-0 and win its first dual-team state championship in 2019 … Posted a career record of 225-22 … Three-time regional champion and four-time conference champ … Most Outstanding Wrestler for the 3-A West Regional after winning the title with a 14-11 victory in which he overcame an 11-8 deficit in the final 20 seconds … Placed third at the state championships as a junior at 132 pounds to complete a 59-3 season … Finished third in the state at 126 pounds as a sophomore, when he posted a 54-4 record … Also played lacrosse and football … Baker’s father wrestled at App State and is the head coach at St. Stephens. Baker’s mother was a cheerleader for the Mountaineers.
 
Isaac Byers (149 pounds, Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville)
Won back-to-back 4-A state championships as a junior (138 pounds) and senior (152 pounds) … Won the title and went 40-3 as a senior thanks to a takedown in the final five seconds of the championship match … Claimed a 1-0 decision in the state final to complete a 50-4 season as a junior … Three-time regional champion went 59-10 as a sophomore, when he placed fourth in the state … Coached by Ben Watson … Also participated in track … Uncle played Division I football.
 
Sean Carter (125 pounds, North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon)
Two-time all-state wrestler in New York (junior and senior years) … Went 37-2 and finished second in the state at 120 pounds as a senior … Went 41-8 and placed fourth in the state as a junior at 113 pounds after pulling off several notable upsets to win the title at the Suffolk County Division I wrestling championships … Posted 150 career wins at North Babylon High School … All-county in cross country as a junior and senior … Wrestled for the club teams VHW (coached by Vougar Oroudjov), The Barn (coached by Mike Patrovich) and Spartan Wrestling (coached by Rich Lugo).
 
Julian Gorring (184/197 pounds, Erie, Pa./Fort LeBoeuf)
As the top-ranked Class 2-A wrestler at 182 pounds in Pennsylvania, went 29-1 as a senior … Posted a career record of 135-32 at Fort LeBoeuf … State runner-up at 182 pounds as a junior and fourth place as a sophomore, when he placed second in the region … State qualifier and fourth-place regional finisher as a freshman … Wrestled for coach Jason Beer at Fort LeBoeuf … Member of the Bad Karma club team coached by Mark Steen … In 2019, finished first in both the Freestyle and Greco Roman categories for Junior Men at the Central Regional … First in that Freestyle tournament and second in the Greco Roman category in 2018 … Uncle, Scott, played football at baseball at Mercyhurst College and is in Mercyhurst’s Hall of Fame as a record-setting football player.
 
Giuseppi Inserra (157 pounds, Stafford, Va./North Stafford)
5-A state champion in Virginia at 152 pounds as a senior to finish with a 159-23 career record and 103 pins … Second place in the state at 152 pounds as a junior and third place as a sophomore … Capped a 41-2 senior season with a 6-2 decision in the state final … Three-time district and regional champion … Outstanding Wrestler at the Cavalier Classic in 2019 … Placed second at the Virginia Beach Nationals in November 2017 … VACW Freshman States champion in 2016 and Sophomore States champion in 2017 … Was a national judo champion earlier in his athletic career.
 
Tyler Kellison (133 pounds, Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy)
Second at the New York State Championships with a runner-up finish at 126 pounds … Went 36-5 as a senior at Christian Brothers Academy, 47-4 as a junior and 31-6 as a sophomore … Placed third at 126 pounds at the state championships during as a junior … Two-time Division I Section 3 champion (junior and season seasons) … Coached by Paul LeBlanc at Christian Brothers.
 
Brett Mordecai (165 pounds, Kearney, Mo./Kearney)
Known as “Chopper,” was the 3-A state champion at 170 pounds as a senior thanks to a 5-4 decision against a previously unbeaten opponent … Went 35-5 as a senior … ­­Helped lead Kearney High School to a state championship during his junior season … Placed second in the state at 195 pounds during a 47-6 season as a junior … Earned four letters in wrestling and three in football while receiving all-conference recognition in both … Named one of the Kansas City Star’s Boys Scholar-Athletes of the Year for 2019 with a GPA above 4.0 and a top-15 ranking in his class of 270 … Two-time academic all-state … Coached in high school by Jake Hill.
 
Kameron Miller (157/165 pounds, Gastonia, N.C./Forestview)
Placed second in the N.C. state 3-A championships at 160 pounds as a senior to complete a 49-2 season … Two-time placer at the state championships and three-time state qualifier … West Regional champion as a senior … Posted a 44-6 record and won twice at the state championships as a junior … First-place finishes in 2019 at the Powerade State Games and AAU State Championships … Father, Ronny, was a two-time state champion at Ashbrook High School.
 
Caleb Smith (125/133 pounds, High Point, N.C./SW Guilford)
3-A state champion at 126 pounds as a Southwest Guilford senior to finish his career with a 186-21 record and 73 pins … Went 48-2 as a senior, winning a 7-2 decision in the state final … Four-time state qualifier and three-time state placer … Third place at the Virginia Beach Nationals to earn All-America status … Named to the N.C. All-Star Team that wrestled against a team of South Carolina All-Stars in 2019 … Four-time all-conference selection … Three-time Most Outstanding Wrestler for SW Guilford and two-time Guilford County Wrestler of the Year … Wrestled for the School of Hardknocks club team coached by Bobby Lloyd and Mike Dalton.
 
Carson Smith (125 pounds, Greensboro, N.C./SE Guilford)
Three-time state champion in the 3-A classification with back-to-back titles at 120 pounds as a senior and junior … Won the state title at 113 pounds as a sophomore after reaching the state final at 113 as a freshman … Went 186-16 in his career with only five losses over his final three seasons … Capped a 50-1 season as a senior with a pin in the state final and went 40-0 as a sophomore … Won 24 tournament titles in his high school career and was named Outstanding Wrestler at the 2018 state championships … First wrestler in SE Guilford history to win three individual state titles … Helped the Falcons win team state titles as a freshman and sophomore … Four-time all-conference and four-time all-state … Three-time regional champion … Coached in high school by Jed Cox.

Joshua Spurlin (133/141 pounds, Galax, Va./Galax)
Four-time Virginia state champion at Galax … Won the Class 1 state title at 138 pounds as a senior after being a state champion at 132 pounds as a junior and sophomore … State champ at 126 pounds as a freshman … Posted a 34-1 record as a senior … Also won the Granite Bear championship and placed second in Agie Skeens as a senior … Younger brother of App State football player Caleb Spurlin, who won three state titles as a high school wrestler. Both wrestled for their father, Kevin, at Galax.

Garrett Starks (157 pounds, Greenville, S.C./Woodmont)
Went 54-8 with 33 pins as a senior and finished second in the 5-A classification of the South Carolina state championships at 152 pounds … Broke the old school record when he picked up his 160th career win early in his senior year at Woodmont … Placed fifth at the National High School Coaches Association national tournament in 2019 … Four-time state qualifier … Third in the state championships as a 145-pound junior and fourth at 138 pounds as a sophomore … Four-time county champion … A repeat winner of the Most Outstanding Wrestler (lower weights) at the Greenville County championships … Also had first-place finishes in 2018-19 at the Southern Throne Duals, the Dixie Nationals American Crown and the Holy Angels Invitational.