The Iowa State Cyclones continue to load up on talent in the 2016 recruiting class, this time by adding the #10 overall recruit in the 2016 class – Sammy Colbray of Hermiston, Oregon. In addition to being a top ten prospect according to InterMat, he is also the #1 overall 195 pound wrestler and he is expected to wrestle at 197 in college.
Colbray comes in with a monster resume being a three-time Oregon state champion, a NHSCA Junior Folkstyle national champion, a 2015 Junior Freestyle runner-up, and in 2014 he finished runner-up in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman.
This will continue to build the depth in the upper weights for the Cyclones, which is an area that head coach Kevin Jackson has excelled at creating national contenders at. Most recently Kyven Gadson won the 197 field in St. Louis and scored the most points in the entire NCAA tournament (including more than four-time NCAA champion Logan Stieber). The Cyclones currently boast freshman Marcus Harrington at 197 pounds, though he is yet to step on the mat this season for Iowa State.
Colbray joins a solid class which includes #59 Kanen Storr (Michigan), #60 Gannon Gremmel (Dubuque Hempstead, Iowa), and #72 Ian Parker (Michigan) as top 100 recruits. With four top 100 recruits on board, this might be one of the most impressive hauls in coach Jackson’s career. Obviously these men have yet to wrestle a Division I match, but the rankings alone reflect that this class might be as talented as the class Jackson landed back in 2010 which featured Gadson, two-time AA Mike Moreno, and eventual NAIA standouts Ryak Finch and Joey Cozart.
We will work to hear from Colbray himself later today.