Wednesday was a fruitful day for the Wisconsin wrestling team.
Five recruits inked National Letters of Intent, formally committing to the Badgers as part of the early signing period.
Three of them are ranked nationally by FloWrestling.
Jared Krattiger is arguably the cornerstone of the early signees.
The Waterford, Wis. product boasts a career record of 145-4 and has placed at the state tournament on three occasions, finishing third twice and fifth once.
Krattiger is currently ranked No.6 in the nation at 182 pounds, which is the highest ranking among the state’s six nationally-ranked high school seniors.
Tyler Dow of Stoughton is another big-time in-state commit for UW. He’s ranked No.7 in the country at 160.
Dow has the most wins of any active high school wrestler in the state of Wisconsin (146 against 21 losses). He was a state champion at 160 pounds a year ago and is a two-time state finalist.
Jeremy Schoenherr of Stratford (Wis.) added his name to the list of marquee pick-up for the Badgers. He’s currently the No.14 prep wrestler in the nation at 138 pounds.
This year, Schoenherr, who is 103-3 in his high school folkstyle career, is vying for the chance to become Wisconsin’s 15th, four-time state champion.
Drew Scharenbrock (Sun Prairie, Wis.) also committed to UW today. He captured his first state championship last season and had a 48-2 record. The three-time state qualifier is the younger brother of Badgers’ 157-pounder Jared Scharenbrock.
Joey Sanchez wraps up Wisconsin’s early haul. He comes with a host of All-American accolades (NHSCA Junior, Disney Duals, Tournament of Champions, Scholastic Duals).
Sanchez is a product of St. Paris Graham High School in Urbana, Ohio — the same program that produced Badgers great, four-time collegiate All-American Isaac Jordan as well as current UW wrestler Eli Stickley.
Rankings shift after Opening Weekend
Wisconsin received good news and bad news when InterMat released its updated rankings earlier this week.
On a positive note, redshirt freshman Evan Wick broke into the rankings at 165 pounds. He currently sits at No.20 after placing third at last weekend’s Michigan State Open.
Both Ricky Robertson (184) and Hunter Ritter (197) held steady, Robertson at No.11 and Ritter at No.17.
However, a trio of Badgers fell out of the rankings.
Ryan Christensen, who was previously No.15 at 174, lost that designation after taking sixth at the MSU Open.
Meanwhile, Andrew Crone (157) who was ranked No.18 dropped out after a fifth-place finish in East Lansing.
Johnny Jimenez went from No.18 at 125 to unranked on the heels of his 0-2 showing at MSU.