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West Virginia Signs Pennsylvania State Champion Wrestler Ty Watters



Fresh off a strong showing to open the season, the West Virginia wrestling program has something else to be happy about, and it’s not something they did on the mat.

Head coach Tim Flynn has announced that the Mountaineers have signed Ty Watters to a National Letter of Intent. Flynn’s resume speaks for itself and deviates what his arrival in Morgantown could mean for the future of the program.

“I think Ty is everything that we are looking for,” coach Flynn explained. “He’s a great kid, great wrestler, and we really enjoy his personality. Any time that we can sign a top-three guy at his weight in the country is a big thing for our program.”

Watters, a 2023 class recruit out of West Allegheny Pennsylvania, is entering is senior season after an historic junior campaign. He posted a 35-3 record, winning 26 matches by fall. Watters became West Allegheny High School’s first-ever individual state champion. In the championship match, he defeated defending 2021 PIAA state champion and current NCAA wrestler Finn Solomon (N.C. State) by a 7-4 decision to capture the title at 145 pounds.

Waters has been successful all through his high school career, starting out by going 20-3 and qualifying for the state tournament as a freshman at 106 pounds.

He now owns a 59-8 overall high school record and is ranked No. 3 in the country at 152 pounds. National outlets like FloWrestling have him as the No. 53 overall wrestler in all of the 2023 class.

To emphasize that Watters record is not just indicative of his competition, he recently finished second in the 152-pound weight class at the 2022 Super 32, which is regarded as the toughest high school Folkstyle tournament in the country. He was also a finalist at the 2021 Powerade Tournament.

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Mike Asti is an experienced media personality and journalist with a vast résumé and skillset, most notably with TribLIVE Radio, WPXI and 93.7 The Fan. Asti now serves as the Managing Editor of WV Sports Now, manages and serves as the lead host for Pittsburgh Sports Live and contributes to Steelers Now, Pittsburgh Sports Now and Nittany Sports Now. He also contributes to West Virginia's Metro News among other outlets.


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