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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio wrestling program has signed Carson Brewer (Avon, Ind.), Conor McCrone (Mentor, Ohio), Oscar Sanchez (Genoa, Ohio) and Jordan Slivka (Indianapolis, Ind.) to National Letters of Intent to its 2019-20 recruiting class, as announced by 22nd-year head coach Joel Greenlee today.
Brewer has compiled a career record of 69-7 at Avon High School and is currently the No. 1 ranked wrestler at 182 pounds in the state of Indiana by the IndianaMat.com. He has been ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation by Flowrestling. Brewer earned a third-place finish at the 2018 FloNationals and was undefeated in the 2018 National High School Coaches Association Duals. Brewer is a three-time AAU National Duals Gold All-American and has garnered Indiana High School Academic All-State Honorable Mention.
"I think Carson is one of those guys that loves to wrestle," said Greenlee. "He wrestles all offseason, he wrestles freestyle, he wrestles Greco, he wrestles in a bunch of national competitions. He was third place at FloNationals last year, which is a good and big national competition. He's a good student. We're excited to have him on board.
McCrone is a two-time Ohio High School Athletic Association state place winner at Lake Catholic High School, finishing fourth at 106 pounds in 2016 and fifth at 113 pounds in 2017.
"Conor is a guy who wants to be here," said Greenlee. "He's a two-time state place winner. I really think his best wrestling is yet to come. He's a guy that placed in the preseason nationals. He kind of projects as a 133-pounder, and I really think he's a guy that can come in and challenge for a starting spot."
Sanchez has compiled a career record of 126-9 at Genoa High School. After going 36-0 his freshman year, he followed it up with a 49-4 sophomore campaign in which he earned an OHSAA state title. Last year as a junior, he went 41-5 and finished second at the state championships.
"Oscar is a 125-pounder, and, I think, a lifetime 125-pounder, so that's important," said Greenlee. "He's a two-time state finalist up to this point. He's wrestled in national competitions his whole life and done well in them. We think he's super aggressive, and we expect big things out of him."
Slivka has gone 123-15 at Indianapolis Cathedral High School, serving as team captain and helping to lead the Fighting Irish to an Indiana High School Athletic Association state title as a junior in 2017-18. He earned a state title at 145 pounds last after taking fifth at 126 pounds as a sophomore. Slivka's freshman season culminated in a state championship at 113 pounds.
"Jordan wrestled on a state championship team last year and was a state champion," said Greenlee. "He beat a couple of nationally ranked wrestlers to win the state title. He is a fun guy to be around, super confident. He's really, really good on top, and I think that translates really well to college wrestling."
Ohio (2-2) wrapped up the first half of its 2018-19 schedule on Thursday (Dec. 20) with a 22-19 victory over Chattanooga in its home opener at the Convocation Center. The Bobcats will ring in 2019 by traveling to Chattanooga, Tenn., to participate in the Southern Scuffle Jan. 1-2.