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Wrestling: Huskers Snag Third Top-100 Recruit

Pennsylvania state champion Jacob Van Dee has committed to Nebraska for the Class of 2022

Nebraska Head Wrestling Coach Mark Manning
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Nebraska recently added to its 2022 recruiting class when it received a commitment from Jacob Van Dee.

The senior-to-be at Cathedral Prep in Hershey, Pa., Van Dee is fresh off winning a state title in PIAA Class AAA at 113 pounds. Pennsylvania is arguably the toughest wrestling state in the nation, so winning a title there says a lot. The year before, as a sophomore, Van Dee made it to the finals at 106 pounds but finished second.

Van Dee went 18-1 on the way to his state title and has a 92-20 career record.

As I mentioned here, Nebraska has a huge hole to fill in the 2022 class at 125 pounds, as senior Liam Cronin will graduate after this season, leaving just freshman Jeremiah Reno at the weight in 2022-23. Reno was a top-shelf recruit after going 179-0 in high school in Missouri and winning four state titles. He wrestled in 2021 in extra matches for Nebraska, going 1-2 in those matches. He’ll likely redshirt this season while Cronin finishes out his eligibility.

Van Dee fills that need nicely, as he’s currently ranked No. 93 on FloWrestling’s 2022 Big Board. He joins fellow Husker commits Harley Andrews (No. 23 overall, 285 pounds) and Antrell Taylor (No. 35, 160 pounds) to give Nebraska three of the best 100 wrestlers in the country.