Providence, RI - The Brown University wrestling program is pleased to announce its class of 2014, consisting of 10 distinguished young men: Giuseppi Lanzi (Amsterdam HS, NY), C.J. Howard (Pittsford HS, NY), Billy Watterson (John Jay HS, NY), Dan Cataldi (Great Neck South HS, NY), Pat Labuz (Hazelton HS, PA), Jared Kay (Hazelton HS, PA), Brandon Vorrius (Middletown North HS, NJ), Sterling Hecox (Harlem HS, IL), Vinny Moita (De La Salle HS, CA), and Dan Flowers (Dexter HS, MI).
Four of Brown's ten recruits come from New York, a mainstay at the top of the national high school rankings. Leading the group is State Champion, Giuseppi Lanzi, finished the season ranked 14th nationally in the 152-pound weight class. Lanzi is a two-time State Place Winner, placing 3rd in 2009 and 1st in 2010 and was voted the Most Outstanding Wrestler in Division 1 at the New York State Championships this past year. Lanzi finished his career as a three-time Section 2 Champion with 247 career wins. He also just recently represented the NYS team in the Dapper Dan Classic. Billy Watterson, of John Jay, has amassed a school record of 155 wins over his four-year high school career and placed 3rd at the State Tournament this past year. Watterson is also a four-time All League Award Winner as well as a two-time Sectional Finalist. Pittsford Senior, C.J. Howard, has collected an impressive 176 career wins and qualified for the State Tournament three times, placing 6th in 2010. Howard was also selected to be a member of the 2010 NYS Team competing at the Dapper Dan Classic. Rounding out the four New York recruits is Long Islander, Dan Cataldi. The Great Neck South wrestler was a Nassau County Tournament Champion this past year and was also voted the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.
High school teammates Jared Kay and Pat Labuz, of Hazelton PA, will also make the trip to Brown University this fall. Kay accumulated 140 wins over his high school career. He was a two-time District Champion, two-time State Qualifier and a two-time Place Winner at the Pennsylvania State Championships 7th in 2009, 3rd in 2010. His teammate, Labuz, was a four-time District Champion, two-time Regional Champion, three-time State Qualifier and two-time NHSCA All-American. This past season Labuz placed 6th at the State Tournament after reaching the semi-finals, having to default due to an injury. Labuz finished his career at Hazelton with 138 wins.
California native, Vinny Moita, placed 3rd at the California State Championships in 2009 and earned All-American status at the Junior Nationals. Vinny was also a finalist at the prestigious Tournament of Champions this year held in Reno, Nevada. He has an impressive Greco-Roman and Freestyle background, winning state championships in both styles. New Jersey Shore wrestler, Brandon Vorrius, holds a notable 112 career wins in the Garden State. This past season he placed 7th in the State Championships and holds the school record in most pins, total season wins, total career wins, and total team points. Brandon was a 3x District Champion as well as a 2x Region Champion. Coming from Michigan, Dan Flowers is a three-time State Tournament qualifier placing 2nd in 2009. He has a total of 174 career wins. Flowers has also been a three-time Conference Champion as well as a two-time District Champion. Finishing the list of impressive student-athletes arriving to Brown University in the fall is Illinois wrestler, Sterling Hecox. He is a four-time State Qualifier, placing 4th in 2009 and 2nd in 2010. This past season he knocked off the nation's number one 189 pounder in his team's regional tournament and finished the season ranked 13th nationally. Sterling finished his career with 147 wins for Harlem HS.
"We are pleased to announce the Class of 2014 Brown University Wrestling Recruits," said assistant coach John Clark. "These bright, talented young men will be a great addition to the team."