Northwestern wrestling has emerged as one of the strongest programs in the NU athletic department, notching eight top 20 finishes in the past nine seasons. This run includes three individual national championships, multiple individual Big Ten championships and numerous All-Americans. Head coach Drew Pariano helped to sustain the momentum by signing a highly regarded recruiting class on Wednesday. The group includes three members who ranked No. 1 in the nation in their weight class, plus a state champion from Ohio.
Johnny Sebastian (Bergen Catholic High School, New Jersey): Amateur Wrestling News’ #1 ranked 182 pound HS wrestler in the nation
Sebastian was recruited by every major program in the nation. His Wednesday night commitment was such a big deal that it was covered live online by New Jersey media. You can see a recording of his commitment here. Sebastian, a two-time state champion in high school, chose NU over other Big Ten powers such as Minnesota, Penn State, Ohio State, and Michigan.
Stevan Micic (Hanover Central HS, Indiana) AWN’s #1 ranked HS wrestler in the US at 120 lbs.
Micic is a two-time state champion in Indiana, and has accumulated a 95-0 record during the past two seasons. He earned the 119 lb. FILA Cadet freestyle championship in May. Micic chose NU over Ohio State, Iowa, Harvard, and Illinois.