Boiling Springs, N.C.
- The Gardner-Webb athletics department, in conjunction with the
Gardner-Webb wrestling team, is pleased to announce the signing of seven
student-athletes - Tyler Ziegler (Cincinnati, Ohio), Ryan Mosley (Stone
Mountain, Ga.), Austin Trott (Kingsland, Ga.), Kyle Ash (Tulsa, Okla.), Hunter
Gamble (Stockbridge, Ga.), Gray Jones (Kingsland, Ga.) and Boyce Cornwell, Jr.
(Conyers, Ga.) - to National Letters of Intent to continue both their academic
and athletic careers at GWU.
"We are extremely excited about the group we have coming in
this fall," stated new head coach Daniel Elliott. "On paper this is one of the
best classes we have had sign here at GWU. We have signed some of the best kids
out of the Southeast, as well as, some quality student-athletes from the
Midwest and some of the best high school programs in the country as four of our
signees are from top-40 nationally ranked high school teams."
Ziegler, who comes to GWU from Moeller High School in
Cincinnati, Ohio, which finished the season ranked 18th in the nation overall
among the team rankings, posted a 40-13 overall record and finished sixth in
the state at 126 pounds last year as a senior. Ziegler, who recorded an overall
career record of 85-37 on the mat at Moeller High School, is a two-time
First-Team All-GCL selection and an Academic All-Ohio honoree. Last year during his senior season,
Ziegler, who served as the Team Captain, was a District Champion. He was named to the First-Team
All-District Team, was tabbed as a SWOWCA All-Star, and was awarded the Crusader
Award which is given to the individual who best displays the qualities of the
wrestler and individual which the program aspires to produce: honesty, loyalty,
respect, unselfishness and class.
Off the mat, Ziegler is a member of the National Spanish Honor
Society and a four-year member on the honor roll.
Mosely, a 141-pound grappler from Shiloh High School in
Stone Mountain, Ga., posted a perfect 59-0 record during his senior campaign
last season. The all-time record holder for wins at Shiloh H.S. with a career
record of 198-18 completed a perfect season last year by winning the Class
AAAAA 138-pound state championship.
Mosely was also the Area 8-AAAAA Champion, the Sectional Champion, the
Gwinnett County Coaches Wrestler of the Year and the Gwinnett Daily Post Wrestler of the Year. The four-time Team MVP,
placed third in the state at 130-pounds and was an Area 8-AAAAA Champion in
both his junior and sophomore seasons to earn him All-Gwinnett County
recognition both years.
The four-year Five Star General Award Winner also lettered
in football and baseball where he was the starting quarterback for two years
and both a catcher and pitcher on the baseball team for three years.
Trott, who came in at the end of the season ranked #14 in
the nation among high school wrestlers at 152-pounds by InterMat Wrestling and was named as an InterMat All-American, comes to GWU from Camden County High School
in Kingsland, Ga., which finished the season ranked 40th in the nation among
all high school teams. In his senior season, Trott went 47-1 overall at
152-pounds and was a NHSCA Senior Nationals Runner-Up as well as a Georgia
State Champion. As a junior, Trott
went 52-0, was a Georgia State Champion and took fifth-place at the NHSCA
Junior Nationals event. The three-time Team Captain was a Georgia State
Champion as a sophomore and both a Georgia State Runner-Up and a Fargo
Greco-Roman All-American during his freshman season. Over his four-year high
school career, Trott, who was a four-time State Finalist and a three-time State
Champion, posted a record of 193-8 in which he competed at 103-pounds,
130-pounds, 140-pounds and 152-pounds.
Ash, who hails from Tulsa Union High School in Tulsa,
Oklahoma, posted a record of 42-6 last year during his senior season. Ash, who
is a state champion, a two-time state placer and a two-time Geary Champion, won
the Outstanding Senior Award last season and helped to lead his team to a
top-20 national ranking by InterMat
Wrestling. The Cadet All-American and Junior All-American in Fargo posted a
career record of 158-24 over his four years at Union High. He is a four-time state placer who took
second-place at the Reno Tournament of Champions in 2011 and fourth-place in
2010. Ash twice posted the most falls on his team and won both the Outstanding
Junior and Outstanding Freshman Awards. DIcollegewrestling.net
ranked the senior grappler the 97th overall recruit in the class of 2012.
Gamble, another grappler from the state of Georgia, comes to
GWU from Union Grove High School in Stockbridge, Ga. The three-time state finalist posted an overall career
record of 194-28 during his four seasons at Union Grove. Last year as a senior,
Gamble went 49-1 overall and won the AAAA State Championship at 160-pounds. The
two-time Team MVP and two-time Wolverine Award winner, was a AAAA State
Runner-Up his junior season and a AAAAA State Runner-Up as a sophomore. The
2012 NWCA Dream Team selection was also a recipient of the 2012 Coca-Cola
Scholar Athlete Award.
Jones, a high school teammate of Trott at the nationally
ranked Camden County High School in Kingsland, Ga., is a two-time state
champion and a state duals champion. Jones, who went 40-2 during his senior
season at 182-pounds, won the Georgia State Championship in both his senior and
junior seasons, after finishing as a state qualifier his sophomore year. Jones, who recorded 40 wins or more in
each of his three years on the varsity team, also lettered in football for one
year at Camden County.
In the classroom, Jones graduated 13th overall in his class,
was on the A-Honor Roll all four years and has already accumulated college credits
from the College of Coastal Georgia.
Cornwell, Jr., a 197-pound grappler from Heritage High
School in Conyers, Ga., posted a record of 44-3 last year as a senior at
195-pounds. Last season, he was a
State Champion, a East Sectional Champion, an Area Champion and a Flonationals
All-American. Cornwell, Jr., who
was also named to the GWCA Dream Team in 2012, is a three-time Team MVP and
Team Captain. The two-time All-Area Honorable Mention, placed sixth at the
state championships at 215-pounds and won the Area Championship, earning
First-Team All-Area recognition as a junior.
Cornwell, Jr., who posted 117 wins overall during his
four-year career at Heritage H.S., is a National Honor Society member and ranks
in the top-10 percent of his senior class academically.
"We are looking forward to working with and helping to
develop these athletes both in the classroom and on the mat," continued Coach
Elliott. "While we are ecstatic about this class already, we still have some
loose ends to tie up with recruiting and hope to add some more kids to this