MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Nov. 13, 2020) – West Virginia University wrestling coach Tim Flynn announced today that Jordan Titus, Garett Lautzenheiser and Davin Rhoads have signed National Letters of Intent to compete at WVU next fall.
“We are thrilled to sign these three studs,” third-year coach Tim Flynn said. “They are great wrestlers. They work hard, and they are good kids. They are everything we want in Mountaineers, and we can’t wait for them to arrive on campus.”
Titus comes to Morgantown from Center Moriches, New York, and is 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.
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 in December. He 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 also was chosen to compete at the prestigious Who’s Number One 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.
The son of Glenn and Darlene Titus, he intends to major in sport management at WVU. Of note, he also is a member of Center Moriches High’s soccer team.
“I chose WVU because I have big dreams, academically and athletically,” Titus said. “Under coach Flynn’s guidance, I know I will be able to achieve my dreams. I am excited for the new atmosphere, and I can’t wait to wrestle on the collegiate level.”
Ranked as high as No. 17 in the nation at 120 pounds by InterMat, Lautzenheiser joins the Mountaineers out of Louisville, Ohio. He won the 120-pound title at the 2019 Division II Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) State Wrestling Tournament. However, his opportunity to win back-to-back titles was wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic last spring.
Lautzenheiser, who is a three-year team captain for Louisville High, ended the 2019-20 season on a 42-match win streak. He has earned a spot on the podium every year at the DII Alliance District Tournament, winning back-to-back district titles his sophomore and junior year.
He also helped the Leopard wrestling program win its first state title in school history, as the squad took down St. Paris Graham High at the 2020 DII OHSAA Team Wrestling State Tournament last February.
Prior to the team state championships, he claimed first in his respective weight class to lead his team to victory at the 2020 Eastern Ohio Wrestling League Championships (EOWL) and was voted the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler for his efforts.
Additionally, Lautzenheiser was named the 2020 EOWL Wrestler of the Year, as well as the 2020 Best of Stark Male Athlete of the Year. He also was a three-time Best of Stark All-Star Preps First Team member (2018-20). Lautzenheiser currently boasts a 134-11 career record and holds the school record for most technical falls in a season at 15.
The son of Cyle and Shannen Lautzenheiser, he intends to major in business at WVU. Of note, Cyle was a three-year member of the Edinboro wrestling team under Bruce Baumgartner.
“I chose WVU because I wanted to be a part of growing a program with high caliber coaches who can help me achieve my goals,” Lautzenheiser said. “WVU is close to home, and I loved the atmosphere of the campus. On my visit, I felt like I was at home and that I could really see myself at WVU.”
Rhoads will join fellow teammate Lautzenheiser on the Mountaineer roster, as he also hails from Louisville, Ohio, and Louisville High. Rhoads, who ranked as high as No. 7 in the country at 132 pounds by FloWrestling, won his first state title at the 2019 Division II OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament after placing seventh in 2018.
The three-time team captain boasts an overall record of 132-26 heading into his senior season. Rhoads was selected to the all-county and all-league first team lists every year since his freshman campaign and was awarded the team’s Desire, Dedication and Determination Award three years in a row (2018-20).
Rhoads was crowned district champion in the 132-pound weight class at the 2020 DII Alliance District Tournament as predicted by cote pariuri sportive. He also went undefeated at the 2018 DII Northwest Sectional Tournament en route to his first sectional title as a freshman.
Additionally, Rhoads was named the team’s MVP in 2019 and earned all-county and all-league Wrestler of the Year honors in 2018. He also was a 2018 Greco National Champion.
The son of Anthony and Jen Rhoads, he intends to enroll in university studies at WVU.
“I chose WVU because I felt a connection to the school and wrestling program right away,” Rhoads said. “I’m looking forward to not only being a part of this program, but the family that comes along with it.”