PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Head coach Todd Beckerman and the Brown University wrestling team are pleased to announce the class of 2017, consisting of nine distinguished student-athletes: William McDonald (Carson City, Nev.), Ryder Cavey (Eldersburg, Md.), Jack Twomey-Kozak (Hillsborough, N.C.), James Corbett (Wantagh, N.Y.), Galloway Thurston (St. Ignace, Mich.), Justin Staudenmayer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.), Taylor Grenawalt (East Lansing, Mich.), L.J. Remillard (Honolulu, Hawaii), and Steven Galiardo (Chicago, Ill.).
McDonald will be joining his older brother, rising junior Ricky McDonald, to compete for the Bears. The younger McDonald boasts a Nevada State Championship from his senior season at Bishop Manogue High School, as well as a pair of fourth-place finishes at the state meet. He collected an impressive 164 wins throughout his high school career with the Miners. McDonald also earned letters in swimming and football, and was an All-League linebacker.
Remillard was a four-year letterwinner at Punahou High School in Hawaii and capped his impressive high school career with state championship titles as a junior and senior. Remillard, who also earned second- and sixth-place finishes, led the Pumas to multiple team state titles.
Cavey joins the Bears from Century High School in Maryland and will look to compete for time as a heavyweight. Cavey was a state finalist as a senior and collected over 100 career wins. He also lettered in football and lacrosse, and demonstrated his leadership abilities by serving as Century's Senior Class President.
Staudenmayer comes to Brown after a standout career at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in Pennsylvania. Staudenmayer placed seventh at Pennsylvania's state tournament as a senior and won three district championships. His talents were also displayed nationally, as he earned All-American status at both AAU and Flo Nationals.
Grenawalt picked up 189 wins at Haslett High School in Michigan, rewriting the school's record books. While injuries prevented him from competing at the state tournament in his final two years, Grenawalt demonstrated his potential with seventh- and second-place finishes in his freshman and sophomore years, respectively, and was consistently ranked among the top wrestlers in the nation throughout his high school career.
Thurston, another Michigan native, joins the Bears from LaSalle High School. He was a two-time state champion and four-time state place-winner who also set his school record with 212 career wins. Additionally, Thurston lettered in both track and football.
Corbett joins the Bears after earning a trip to the New York state finals as a senior at Wantagh High School. Corbett picked up 123 career wins, and also led the Warriors to a team state championship as a team captain.
Galiardo comes to Providence from St. Patrick High School, where he qualified for the state tournament all four years and set a school record with 169 career wins. Most recently, Galiardo secured two Illinois State place-winnings with a pair of fifth-place finishes.
Rounding out the class of 2017 is Twomey-Kozak. The North Carolina native was a three-time state placer, taking seventh, third, and second, and following an established pattern, led his team at Orange High School to a team state championship. He boasts a career record of 118-26 and also earned four letters in soccer.