Wrestling Lands 13th-Best Recruiting Class In The Country

June 19, 2006

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - For the third straight year, the University of Maryland's recruiting class has been recognized as one of the best in the nation as head coach Pat Santoro's incoming class was ranked 13th in the nation by The Terps, who shared the ACC regular season title in 2006, had the highest-rated class in the league.

Joining the Terps in 2006-07 are Andrew Bradley, Patrick Gilmore, Mike Letts, Casey Marwine, Brad Nielson and Lou Ruland. Bradley, Letts are nationally ranked by described the class as, "ready to step into the lineup and win matches on the next level. The Terps will put a solid team on the mats next year, this class is some of the reason why."

Below are some of the accomplishments of the signees:
Andrew Bradley
St. Mark's, Del.
Three-time Delaware state champion ... third at Beast of the East ... ranked fourth on Intermat among all seniors at 152 ... defeated Bryn Holmes (ranked 5th on Intermat who also plans to attend Maryland to play lacrosse).

Patrick Gilmore
Council Rock South, Pa.
Finished fourth at Pennsylvania state championships (AAA)

Mike Letts
Octorara, Pa.
Two-time Pennsylvania state champ and Oustanding Wrestler ... pinned or teched every match to win the state title his senior year to cap off an undefeated season ... Beast of the East champion ... Dapper Dan team, ranked No. 2 in the country at 171.

Casey Marwine Linganore, Md.
Three-time Maryland state placer ... Maryland state runner-up ... All-Gazette second team selection in 2006.

Brad Nielson Walkersville, Md.
Two-time Maryland state place-winner ... Maryland State runner-up ... All-Met 2006 honorable mention.

Lou Ruland
Annapolis, Md.
Two-time National Prep placer ... three-time MIAA Placer, MIAA Champion ... four-time Maryland Independent state placer, career record 158-27 for St. Mary's High School.