West Virginia wrestling snags commitment from hometown heavyweight state champion

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Earlier this week, WVU wrestling snagged a commitment from one of the top talents in the state of West Virginia -- and they didn't even have to leave town to find him.

Brock Kehler, a senior at University High School in Morgantown, has announced he will be joining the Mountaineers after he wraps up his high school career this season. As a junior, Kehler competed in the 285-pound weight class and captured his third consecutive state championship.

He'll enter his senior season with a career record of 141-1 as he looks to achieve the rare feat of becoming a four-time state champion. If he can do, he'll join former WVU football center and current Pittsburgh Steeler Zach Frazier, former WVU wrestler Peyton Hall, and future teammate at WVU Blake Boyers as one of just 11 wrestlers to do so in the state over the past decade.

“Coach [Tim] Flynn and his staff are great coaches that care for their wrestlers,” Brock told The Dominion Post about his commitment. “They train hard every day and treat you as a person, not just a wrestler. They’ve done a great job recruiting for the future, and I think that will show next season and beyond.”

Kehler spent plenty of time during his recruitment process getting acclimated with the coaching staff and program culture at WVU, and in the end, it impressed him enough to turn down other Division 1 offers and stay in his hometown for the next phase of his career.

“I’ve gotten to know the coaches at WVU for a long time, and the team already has that family feel to it,” he said. “I took my time with the recruiting process to really enjoy the experience with all the amazing schools and programs I was able to visit.”

Of course, the proximity to home certainly didn't hurt WVU's chances to land Kehler. Not only will he get the opportunity to continue to represent his hometown and compete in front of those who have known him for years, but he also gets to reunite with a former teammate in current WVU sophomore Dom Parker.

“I love having family and friends being close and being able to come watch me wrestle,” Kehler said. “It’s always been a goal of mine to wrestle at the college level, and watching that unfold is so exciting to watch.”