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Cael declares Nickal Drink Night

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Iowa fans think gingers have no souls. Via www.allenwrestling.com

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Cael just landed a top national recruit.

Dallas wrestler Bo Nickal, the nation’s second-best redhead behind Chance Marsteller, is the newest Penn Stater. He’s so good, we’ll forgive him if he’s a Cowboys fan. Seriously.

Nickal’s credentials:

  • Ranked #2 in the nation at 170 lb, behind only Marsteller.
  • Ranked #6 in the nation pound-for-pound.
  • 2x TX state champ, 4x finalist (he wrestled varsity in New Mexico as an 8th grader).
  • 140-7 career record.
  • 2012 Cadet Triple Crown winner.
  • 2x freestyle national champ.
  • 2x Preseason Nationals champ.
  • 2013 freestyle World Team member.

Style-wise, Nickal is very physical, very in-your-face, very few steps back. Lots of feet-to-back pins. Avoid upper-body ties with him, or else. In short: like a cross between Andrew Alton and Quentin Wright, only aggressive.

His commitment came as somewhat of a surprise. Oklahoma was long considered the favorite – only 3 hrs from his home, and a HS teammate is a Sooner. But this summer Bo received David Taylor’s Unicorn Tour of campus. Who could resist the Unicorn Tour? Not you or me.

Nickal projects at 174/184 for the Lions.

To recap the recruiting class so far (pound-for-pound rankings):

  • #1 Chance Marsteller, undefeated 3x PA champ, #1 at 170
  • #5 Nick Nevills, 2x CA champ, #1 at 285
  • #6 Bo Nickal, 2x TX champ, #2 at 170
  • #11 Jason Nolf, 2x PA champ, #2 at 138

Four of the top 11 wrestlers in the country at any weight. This is the stuff dynasties are made of ... if only Cael could coach!

Video: Nickal pins #1 JR Myles Martin (himself a potential 2015 PSU recruit): http://www.flowrestling.org/speaker/9635-Bo-Nickal/video/711647-463-Nickal-Martin-172853

UPDATE: interview with BWI's Tim Owen.

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