Despite not having any West Virginia in-state prep prospects featured in the latest set of Trackwrestling high school rankings, which were released late Tuesday night, there is still cause for excitement among the WVU wrestling faithful. Jordan Titus, who has already signed his National Letter of Intent to compete at WVU next fall, is ranked No. 7 nationally at 126 pounds.
🚨 Future Mountaineer incoming ✍️
New York → West Virginia
— WVU Wrestling (@WVUWrestling) November 11, 2020
Titus comes to Morgantown from Center Moriches, New York, and was ranked No. 1 in FloWrestling’s Preseason Top-20 Poll. He spent the majority of his junior year at 120 pounds, but bumped up to 126 for the postseason and won his second consecutive title at the 2020 New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) DII State Championships last February.
Since athletes can begin competing in high school athletics starting in middle school in the Empire State, Titus has appeared in the state finals every year since eighth grade. He won his first state title as a sophomore at a 120 pounds and became the first state champion in Center Moriches High history. With one more year of high school remaining, he is slated to wrestle at 133 pounds for WVU in 2022.
Prior to winning his second state championship, Titus claimed the 120-pound title at the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) Nationals held in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in May 2019. He followed up that performance with a fourth-place finish at the 2019 Super 32 Challenge in October, landing on the podium and collecting All-America honors for his efforts. Titus then became the first wrestler from New York to be crowned the Walsh Jesuit Ironman Champion last December then also won the 2020 Eastern States Classic a month later.
Additionally, Titus earned a runner-up finish at 126 pounds at the 2020 NHSCA Nationals last May. He was chosen to compete at the prestigious “Who’s #1” event in Austin, Texas, last month.
The four-time county champion was named to the 2020 Newsday All-Long Island First Team and received recognition on The Open Mat’s High School All-Junior First Team list. He also was voted last year’s Wrestler of the Year by the Suffolk County Coaches. Titus, who trains with former NCAA champion and current MMA fighter Gregor Gillespie, currently boasts a high school record of 168-7, with only one loss coming from Section 11.
Titus put himself in the national spotlight early on, when he went 4-0 at the 2017 FloNationals event to win the 100-pound title in the eighth-grade-and-under division. He is a FloNationals All-American, as well as a Fargo All-American.
Titus is one of three signees to commit to WVU in November 2020. He will be joined by lightweights, and Louisville High School teammates, Garett Lautzenheiser and Davin Rhoads.