Wrestling Announces 2012-13 Signing Class



Nov. 10, 2011

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Missouri wrestling program announced the addition of six future student-athletes that signed their National Letter of Intent on Wednesday. Joining the Missouri program starting in the 2012-13 season will be Tony Deangelo (Burlington, N.C.), Cody Hummer (Savannah, Mo.), Matt Manley (Perry, Okla.), Willie Miklus (Polk, Iowa), Austin Roper (Kirksville, Mo.) and Marc Schmidt (Centralia, Mo.)

"We're very excited about this year's recruiting class," said head coach Brian Smith. "These six guys bring in a hybrid of success both in the classroom and on the mat. These kids believe in TigerStyle wrestling. They understand the lifestyle and they want to live it competitively, academically and socially."

  Hometown: Burlington, N.C.
  High School: Southern Alamance High School
  Career Record: 138-9
  High School Coaches: Randy DeAngelo, Pete Martin, Tom Allen, Danny Pope

Noteworthy Accolades: NHSA Freshman All-American ... NHSCA Sophomore National Champion ... NHSCA Junior Nationals Finalist ... 2011 Super 32 Placer ... North Carolina State Champion.

Why Tony Chose Mizzou: "I chose Missouri because the coaching staff and team are all dedicated to being National Champions and they have everything I need to accomplish my goals on and off the mat."

Smith's Take: "Tony's father Randy and I were the same age growing up in Binghamton, N.Y., so our families have always been close and stayed in touch through the years. Tony is a highly-coveted recruit out of North Carolina, the third big-time recruit we've gotten from that state after Raymond Jordan and Nick Gregoris. Out of those three, Tony has the best accolades. Like the rest of the class, Tony goes above and beyond with his work in the classroom."


  Hometown: Savannah, Mo.
  High School: Savannah High School
  Career Record: 148-12
  High School Coaches: Gary Bergmann

Noteworthy Accolades: Two-time Missouri state champion at 103 and 119 pounds ... second two-time state champion in Savannah High School history ... three-time Midland Empire Conference Champion ... three-time Missouri Greco State Champion ... three-time Missouri Freestyle State finalist ... 2010 NHSCA All-American after finishing seventh at sophomore nationals ... six year member of Team Central/Greater Heights Wrestling Club ... 2010 All-American in Greco at Fargo Nationals ... took silver at the 2010 Greco Junior World Duals in California ... took silver in Greco and fifth in freestyle at Junior Pan American Games in 2011 in Brazil ... Academic All-State each year of high school ... 2010 NHSCA Academic All-American ... 2011 St. Joseph News Press Athlete of the Year ... member of DECA, FCA, National Honor Society and Young Life ... took first at state in Leadership Competition ... 3.70 grade point average ... Eagle Scout.

Why Cody Chose Mizzou: "Ever since I met Coach Smith at a youth wrestling camp in 2006, I knew I wanted to wrestle for his team. His TigerStyle wrestling embodies everything I want to be in a wrestler. Coach Smith and his staff have built MU Wrestling into one of the 'power house' programs in the country! I look forward to wearing the black and gold and representing the great state of Missouri."

Smith's Take: "Cody has been coming to our camps for almost seven years now so we've really got to see him grow as a wrestler over the years. His goal is to win his third state title this year and he's had great success on the national level. He's an outstanding student who has a bright future as a Tiger."


  Hometown: Perry, Okla.
  High School: Perry High School
  Career Record: 123-16
  High School Coaches: Ronnie Delk

Noteworthy Accolades: Finished third at 103 pounds at 2009 Class 3A Oklahoma State Championships as a freshman ... went on to finish first at state at 103 pounds as a sophomore and repeated as state champion at 112 pounds his junior year ... helped Perry High School to three straight team state championships and dual state championships ... aided the Oklahoma Junior National Dual Team to a National Runner-Up finish in 2011 ... four year member of the National Honor Society ... Student Rotarian ... 2010 Masonic Lodge Student of Today.

Why Matt Chose Mizzou: "I chose Mizzou because I want to be part of a competitive program on and off the mat. I look forward to joining a team that excels in the classroom as well as on the mat. I am excited to begin my college wrestling experience as a Tiger."

Smith's Take: "Matt came to one of camps this summer with his high school, which is the most historic high school program in the state of Oklahoma. He's a great student who is also going for his third state championship. His aggressive style fits into what we do at Missouri."


  Hometown: Polk, Iowa
  High School: Southeast Polk High School
  Career Record: 105-12
  High School Coaches: Jason Christenson, Jessman Smith

Noteworthy Accolades: State runner up at 119 pounds as a freshman ... state runner up at 145 pounds as a sophomore ... Iowa state champion at 171 pounds as a junior ... 2011 Folkstyle Nationals runner-up at 171 pounds ... eighth place at 189 pounds at Junior Freestyle Nationals.

Why Willie Chose Mizzou: "I chose the University of Missouri because I liked the school, campus, coaching staff and guys on the team. I liked the emphasis that was placed on education and the academic support that is available. The wrestlers all work really hard in practice and that is how I grew up in wrestling, with a hard work ethic. Coach Smith, Coach Pell and Coach Mester treated me great throughout the entire recruiting process. I feel that Mizzou is the best place I can go to win an NCAA wrestling title."

Smith's Take: "Willie's a top-100 recruit nationally wrestling for a nationally ranked program in Southeast Polk. He was a huge steal for us from the state of Iowa. When you can get a kid away from the Iowa schools, it's always a good thing and it shows just how well-respected Mizzou is nationally. Willie and his family really bought into what TigerStyle is all about."


  Hometown: Kirksville, Mo.
  High School: Kirksville High School
  Career Record: 138-4
  High School Coaches: Kevin Powell

Noteworthy Accolades: Took second at state as a freshman at 103 pounds, finishing with a record of 38-3 ... went 51-1 at 119 pounds the following year while capturing a state title ... was a perfect 49-0 last year at 125 pounds, claiming his second straight state championship ... Missouri Wrestling Association Academic All-American all three years of high school ... helped Kirksville to a state title his freshman year ... finished eighth at 119 pounds as a freshman at Cadet Folkstyle Nationals ... took second at the event the following year ... finished fourth at 125 pounds at Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals and sixth at Cadet Freestyle Nationals as a sophomore ... his junior year he took third at Junior Folkstyle Nationals and fifth at Junior Greco-Roman Nationals at 130 pounds ... is the son of former Mizzou All-American and head coach Wes Roper.

Why They Chose Mizzou: "Mizzou's Wrestling Program has a system in place that not only emphasizes great wrestling, but also great character."

Smith's Take: "Austin actually committed to us when he was 10 after I told him he better come to Mizzou when he grows up. He committed to me right there. His father, Wes, was the first alumni I ever talked to after getting this job, and he's always been so supportive of me and the program. We love the attitude that Austin brings in. He's wanted to wear the black and gold for a long time. The in-state kids want to stay here and be apart of Mizzou wrestling, and Austin is a perfect representative of that."


  Hometown: Centralia, Mo.
  High School: Centralia High School
  Career Record: 90-16
  High School Coaches: Mike Adkisson, Bryan Schmidt, Josh Wisdom, Luke Gramke, Tyler Gramke

Noteworthy Accolades: Finished fourth in state as a freshman, second in state as a sophomore and won the championship as a junior ... 2008 Brute National Champion ... fifth at Tulsa Nationals in 2007 ... high school team finished third at state in 2010 and 2011 ... President of Stuco ... Vice President of National Honor Society ... Centralia FFA Officer ... All-State Defensive Back in football ... team captain for the football team ... brother of redshirt freshman Mike Schmidt

Why Marc Chose Mizzou: "I chose Mizzou because my brother goes there, it is close to home and it's got a great wrestling program."

Smith's Take: "Marc's another local product who always wanted to go to Mizzou. He was a state champion last year and with him being so close we've gotten to see a lot of him. His brother Mike is a redshirt freshman on the team and we've had a lot of success with siblings on our roster in the past. He brings great academics and a ton of ability into the program, and we love having kids that grow up wanting to be Tigers."



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