Nov. 20, 2003
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern's wrestling team has signed Greg Hagel (Linwood, N.J./Blair Academy) and Dustin Fox (Galion, Ohio/Galion) to National Letters of Intent, head coach Tim Cysewski announced today.
Hagel is part of a high school team that has won the national championship and has been ranked by USA Today as the No. 1 high school wrestling program, public or private. So far in his prep career, Hagel has compiled a 103-25 record, including 40-8 in his junior season. He also has been selected as team captain for the third straight year.
Hagel recently took fourth place in both the Beast of the East Invitational and the prestigious Ironman wrestling tournament. He is currently ranked by Intermat.com and Wrestling USA as sixth in the nation at 152 lbs., but Hagel will most likely compete at 149 or 157 lbs. for NU.
"We expect Greg to make an immediate impact with the team," said Cysewski. "As he did for his high school team, Greg will provide great leadership for the Wildcats some day."
Fox posted a perfect 46-0 record last season en route to winning the sectional and district championships, as well as the Ohio Division II state title at heavyweight. He also has won several other titles, besting others at the 2003 Junior National Greco Championships and the Northern Ohio League Championships.
Fox, who is ranked third in the country at heavyweight, led his high school squad with 138 takedowns last year and earned MVP status. He also is a National Honor Society member and an Academic All-Ohio.
"Dustin is a highly touted recruit, and he will add a lot of talent and depth to our team," said Cysewski. "His outstanding work ethic, both in wrestling and in academics, will make him a perfect fit for our program."
Hagel and Fox are part of another highly regarded recruiting class that Cysewski expects to have for 2004-05. Last year, Intermat.com ranked the Wildcats' incoming wrestlers as the seventh-best class in the nation.