The Kent State University wrestling program recently announced the addition of transfer Nate Skonieczny, a native of Stow who began his collegiate career at Iowa. A two-time state champion at Walsh Jesuit, Skonieczny is one of the most highly touted wrestlers the program has ever welcomed.
Expected to compete at 141 pounds, Skonieczny will be limited to open tournaments this year and will have three years of eligibility remaining, beginning in the 2014-15 season.
"We're excited about getting another top recruit in the country in a lineup area where we've got a lot of good wrestlers," KSU coach Jim Andrassy said. "Just having him in the room for practices is going to help us this year. We recruited him pretty hard in high school. After going to Iowa, he decided he wanted to come home."
Among the nation's highest rated recruits by various wrestling media outlets coming out of high school, Skonieczny was a state runner-up as a freshman, placed third as a sophomore and won back-to-back titles in his junior and senior seasons. He won a school-record 181 matches during his high school career.
Nate's older brother Chase Skonieczny was in the Flashes' lineup for two seasons, while his twin brother Nic wrestles for Findlay.
Kent State finished 24th at the 2013 NCAA Championships, its fourth Top 25 finish in the last five seasons.