Who do you think went on to be a NCAA champ, a top notch wrestler who won state tournaments 2 out of his 4 years of his high school career or a wrestler who won georgia state tournaments 3 of 4 of his high school career? Well, Gabe Dean, NCAA champ in 2015 and 2016, was wrestler one. Gabe Dean is now one of the best wrestlers on the collegiate level and has won numerous titles throughout his four years wrestling under coach Rob Koll at cornell in Ithaca, NY. The other wrestler was Andrew Solomon, You probably don't know him. That's because he never wrestled outside of high school. He did not have what it takes to be recruited by a college team.
Characters Play in Recruitment
It is no doubt that talent is needed to make your way into a division one wrestling team, but if you really want it you need perfect character. James Leath an experienced scout, coach, and accomplished writer wrote in his article “Talent Gets You Noticed, Character Gets You Recruited” he says that unless you are doing your best to improve, not only yourself, but your team as well. Leath tells us of an experience he had with a scout who came to the weight room when he was coaching. He stood in the corner and watched as an amazing linebacker was squatting. James told what the scout would've noted. “One thing I noticed was during every set he had a spotter... After all three sets, sadly, I watched our recruit sit down and pull out his phone instead of returning the favor of spotting his teammates,” Leath told him to put his phone away and he did, but after his 2nd set he took it out again. The recruiter than said “We look for guys who can be trusted to do the things after being told once.” This showed that talent is not nearly as important to a college scout as how they contribute to their team and themselves