The CSU-Pueblo Wrestling Program got an early start to the recruiting year Wednesday when it landed two of Colorado's top high school recruits, Jacob Snider (Ponderosa HS, Parker, Colo.) and Matt Addington (Florence HS, Florence, Colo.).
Snider, who is entering his senior season at Ponderosa, has already won three 5A state titles and is seeking to become just the 16th wrestler to claim four Colorado state high school wrestling titles. Snider went 36-2 as a junior en route to becoming the 5A 140-pound champ, never losing to a wrestler from Colorado. He helped lead Ponderosa, arguably the top high school wrestling program in the state, to its seventh team championship in 2009. This preseason, Snider is ranked as the eighth-best 145-pounder in the nation according to Wrestling USA Magazine.
Addington, also entering his senior season at Florence, is currently holding a 77-match winning streak. A two-time state champion, he won the 3A 140-pound title as a sophomore before bumping up to 152 as a junior and going 48-0, the state's best individual record last season over all classifications. Addington is also nationally-ranked by Wrestling USA Magazine at his new weight of 160 pounds, coming in at 30th nationally.
Both Snider and Addington figure to be the foundation of the CSU-Pueblo wrestling program's planned ascension to national prominence, CSU-Pueblo head wrestling coach Dax Charles said.
"We're excited because we feel we landed the top two recruits in the state," Charles said. "We are rebuilding a strong wrestling tradition at CSU-Pueblo and Jake and Matt will help us reach our goal of winning the RMAC Championship and ultimately a national championship."
Both Snider and Addington will begin their education at CSU-Pueblo in the fall of 2010.