FSU signee DJ Lundy won his third straight high school wrestling title on Saturday. Lundy, a linebacker signee for the 2020 class, won this year’s title in the 285 pound weight-class.
From Shannon Heaton’s report:
Lundy had won titles at 220 in 2018 and 2019 and was considered one of America’s top 220s in the 2019 offseason thanks to his performance at the NHSCA Junior Nationals in Virginia Beach.
Bumping back to 285, where he’d placed third as a freshman, Lundy showed no ill effects, dominating everyone as he has for pretty much the last three seasons. This weekend, he pinned three opponents in 2:48, including finals opponent Tanner Bivins of Wesleyan, who’d tangled with 2019 1A 285 champ Zion Blackshear of Turner in the final a year ago. Lundy needed just 1:20 to finish him off, his longest match of the tournament.
This was a step up in weight-class from his past two titles, which he won at the 220 pound level. For those that do not follow wrestling, if a participant weighs more than the designated weight-class, they are moved up to the next level. Lundy had previously participated in the 285 pound weight-class his freshman year, finishing third. He then lost the weight necessary to drop to the 220 pound bracket.
Lundy is listed at 244 pounds and his championship match was against a competitor with a size advantage. In the finals, the victory was over Tanner Bivins, a 2021 offensive line prospect with an offer from South Carolina, who is listed at 6’3, 290 per 247’s site. To compete, he would have had to had his weight below 285.
How can Lundy’s wrestling skills translate to the football field? Our own oline0175 weighs in:
The skills on the wrestling mat help develop footwork, leverage, and a workman’s attitude. These are traits that have made Lundy a better football player and will help make up for what he may lack in athleticism. If Lundy develops into an edge type player, those leverage skills will be useful against bigger, longer tackles.