CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Queens University of Charlotte wrestling team announces the addition of 10 signees to the program’s inaugural class. Milton Jackson, Drake Cable, Nate Gainey, Jake Marin, Logan Stlotzfus, Steve Hamilton, Devin Hayes, Melvin Rubio, Alessandro Araujo, and Stephon Haliburton join a class that now totals 18 newcomers from nine different states. The entire roster can be viewed here.
Jackson, a local product from Charlotte, attended Mallard Creek High School where he was a two-sport athlete in both wrestling and cross-country. On the mat, Jackson compiled 138 career wins earning him the Century Club Award that his given to athletes who eclipse the 100 win mark while garnering all-conference accolades on two occasions. Additionally, Jackson was a state qualifier, finished fourth in Regionals and was the champion at the Clash at the Creek.
Cable was a three-sport standout student-athlete participating in wrestling, track and field, and soccer at Robbinsville High School in Robbinsville, N.C. He took third-place in back-to-back years at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 1A Individual State Tournament on the mat and took fifth in the NCHSAA 1A Regionals for the high jump while graduating with honors.
Gainey is a freshman from Arundel High School in Ordenton, Md. where he served as the captain of his varsity team for four years. Gainey took home first place in his county, region and state competitions in both his junior and senior seasons. He was also twice named an Amateur Athletic Association (AAU) All-American.
Marin wrestles heavyweight and is from Crawfordville, Fla. where at Wakulla High School he wrestled and played football. In 2017, his senior season, Marin was a Florida State Champion and Regional Champion on the mat. In his high school career, Marin twice qualified for the Florida state tournament, twice made the regional finals, and twice won his district’s championship. Marin was also named the All Big Bend Wrestler of the Year.
Stlotzfus joins Queens from Middletown, Penn. where he attended Middletown Area High School. Stlotzfus was a three-time regional qualifier in AAA, his high school’s classification. He was also a three-time district qualifier and a three-time first team all-star in the Mid-Penn Conference.
Hamilton is from Florence, Ky. At Fort Mill High School, Hamilton won an upper state championship and finished fourth in the state championships.
Hayes hails from San Diego, Calif. where he attended Mira Mesa High School and was a member of both the wrestling and football teams. Hayes was a California state qualifier in wrestling.
Rubio comes from Enka High School in Candler, N.C. on the heels of an NCHSAA runner-up finish in his senior season. Rubio was also named an NCHSAA All-American and ran for his school’s cross-country team.
Araujo is a transfer from Georgia Gwinnett College and is originally from Lawrenceville, Ga. In high school, Araujo was a two-time state qualifier.
Haliburton was a two-time district champion at Freedom High School in Orlando, Fla. He also qualified for states and Regionals in his high school career and was named a DisneyDuals All-American.
“When I was recruited to help start the Queens wrestling program a couple months ago I was not sure what to expect,” said head coach Ken Chertow. “Fortunately when we announced the launch of our program we immediately received an incredible level of interest from throughout the Southeast and nationwide. It has been exciting to see so many serious students with great achievements both on and off the mats choose to join our program!”
“Our extensive recruiting efforts have resulted in several dozens of wrestlers visiting our campus. We have selected 18 wrestlers from nine different states to join us at Queens and our roster will continue to grow in the coming weeks. Most of our new students will be on campus July 2-6 serving as counselors at our Gold Medal Training Camp, and I am looking forward to working with our brand new Queens wrestling team along with the many prospects and future stars who attend our camp.”
The Royals begin their first season of competition under Chertow’s direction during the 2017-2018 academic year.