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Virginia Tech Wrestling has landed another top recruit for the Class of 2021 with the verbal commitment of Cooper Flynn on Tuesday.
I’m blessed to announce that I am committing to Virginia Tech to continue my academic and athletic career. Thank you to everyone that has played a role in this journey of my life! Go Hokies🦃 pic.twitter.com/NjVdfBcB3I— Cooper Flynn (@Flynn1Cooper) August 4, 2020
Based on FloWrestling’s rankings, Flynn is ranked as the 21st best wrestler in the Class of 2021. He became the second top 25 wrestler in the Class of 2021 to join the Hokies after Trey Kibe flipped his original commitment from Penn State to Virginia Tech in June.
In early May, Flynn gave a list of eleven schools that he was looking at, including Virginia Tech and other ACC schools with North Carolina and Virginia. Luckily for the Hokies, Flynn was only able to make a trip to Virginia Tech prior to the NCAA dead period that was put in place in March in response to COVID-19.
Despite being born in Seymour, Tennessee, Flynn attended McDonogh High School located in Maryland where he made an instant impact at the 120 division, winning NHSCA grade level nationals as a freshman and sophomore.
After falling short at National Preps in his first two seasons, Flynn finally found his breakthrough during junior year with securing the title and posting a 47-2 record to land fourth in the FloWrestling 120 rankings.
For his senior season, Flynn will move up to the 126 division where he will be ranked as the third-best wrestler based on FloWrestling rankings. There were five Hokie wrestlers in the 125 class last season with only Korbin Myers graduating from last year’s squad.
Flynn is projected to wrestle at either 125 or 133 at the collegiate level with his growth to 126 seeming to point to 133 as a more likely possibility as he continues to grow.
After landing back-to-back elite classes in the 2019 and 2020 cycles, Virginia Tech looks to be on its way for another great recruiting class to come to Blacksburg in 2021.