Davison (Mich.) standout wrestler Josh Barr saw his recruitment as at least a 10-15-year decision that will take him beyond college and into the fray for world and Olympic titles. With that block of time in mind, he said he prioritized people and relationships as he navigated the recruiting process and ultimately landed on Penn State, just as much for his future teammates and coaches as the Nittany Lions’ astounding run of success at the NCAA and senior world level.
Barr is now the centerpiece of the Lions’ 2023 recruiting class and a wrestler whose upside most certainly includes a realistic bid to continue the Lions’ run of NCAA champs. Long and lean with an attacking style, Barr also might offer flexibility in terms of where he falls in the Penn State lineup, likely at either 174 or 184 pounds. Coming off his second straight Fargo freestyle title, Barr is currently ranked No. 4 in MatScouts’ pound-for-pound national rankings and No. 1 at 170 pounds.