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Wrestling Recruiting: 2019 Standout Jace Luchau One to Know for OSU Fans

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We’re deep in the wrestling offseason and except for junior worlds even freestyle is over, but right now is the hottest part of recruiting season. Kids are coming out with their top lists, scheduling visits, meeting with coaches, all of it.

He hasn’t released an official school list or made a commitment yet, but California star Jace Luchau has gathered some interest from the Cowboy staff and it looks like the feeling is mutual.

Jace Luchau, a senior out of Selma, California, is the No. 2 ranked high school wrestler in the country at 152 pounds according to Flowrestling. He was a double junior All-American at Fargo placing in both Greco and freestyle.

Beyond the tweet on the mailer, here are a few others from him. Somewhat cryptic, but if his Twitter is the definitive indicator it looks like he may be a lock. He posted this Cowboy emoji recently.

Luchau also posted this recently in reference to a Flo article projecting him to be OSU-bound.

Is he a good size fit?

This is the biggest question to ask with all prospects, and the answer here for Luchau is a definitive yes. He’s projected as a college 157, where opportunity abounds.

Here’s the Cowboys current situation at that weight. They return starter Jonce Blaylock, who is a senior, have transfer Andrew Shomers coming in as a junior, and have sophomore Wyatt Sheets on the roster, who hasn’t seen the mat much to this point in his college career, in part due to injuries that are concerning.

OSU also has a few incoming freshman in Jalin Harper, Colt Denney and Gavin Stika who are all fringe 157 candidates, meaning I think they’ll be bigger than 157. I think they’ll probably be 165s, but they could possibly cut down.

As a current high school senior, Jace would come in as a freshman during Shomers senior season, likely redshirt, then battle it out with Sheets and possibly one of the trio of incoming freshman for the starting spot, but again all indications are each of those guys will be 165+.

The “Cali-Cowboy” connection

The Cowboys have done some big things with California recruits. Eric Guererro, Jamil Kelly, and Mark Munoz were all out of California, and one of the top recruits in last years class was Anthony Montalvo out of Clovis. The connection there is positive. I’d also add that one of the top lightweights in the country is also from Selma, World silver medalist Richard Figueroa. If they both made their way to Stillwater it would be absolutely massive.

Of note the Cowboys are also in the top 5 for one other projected 157 Brevin Balmaceda.

Luchau, Figueroa, and Balmaceda will all be wrestling at Flo’s “Who’s #1?” in October.

 

 

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