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Rutgers Wrestling Makes Class of 2019 Official

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Kanniard, Aragona, Turley, Officially Sign with the Scarlet Knights

Associate Head Coach Donny Pritzlaff looks on in Rutgers’ match vs. Fresno State
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The Scarlet Knights Wrestling room just got stronger.

Head coach Scott Goodale and company can officially welcome three new members of the Rutgers Wrestling team: Robert Kanniard, JoJo Aragona, and Jackson Turley.

Kanniard, from Wall Township, we profiled back in June, comes in with some great credentials and was an early target of Rutgers. His only loss during his junior year of high school was the state final at 160 lbs. to Bergen Catholic’s Shane Griffith, who now wrestles at Stanford; a feat he is sure to not repeat as a senior.

“He’s a real put your nose down and work type of kid,” Goodale said. “He and the others have won at a national level. We anticipate that to translate and we are fortunate to have Robby and JoJo train at our RTC (Regional Training Center).”

JoJo Aragona has to be one of the biggest recruits Rutgers has brought into the program. He is the No. 1 recruit at the projected 141 lbs. weight class according to Flo Wrestling and is their No. 6 overall recruit out of high school. We mentioned that he could be a 141 or 149 pounder once he reaches college and with Anthony Ashnault leaving The Banks after this season, we could possibly see Aragona take 149 as early as next season.

“No. 1 kid in the country and I’m pretty sure it’s the first one we’ve ever signed,” Goodale said. “He’s spectacular, he’s tough, gritty, and he’s a blue collar guy. He is everything you want.”

Jackson Turley, of Virginia, is a 3x State Champion and rated as the No. 3 recruit in the country by Flo Wrestling at 184 pounds. We took a look at him last month. Turley mentioned upon his initial verbal commitment that he might have plans to cut to 174 for his collegiate career. This decision will be interesting considering Nick Gravina will be graduating and Billy Janzer will be the next guy penciled in at 184. With Joe Grello having two years of eligibility left, it will be a hard decision for Goodale and the staff whether or not to redshirt this potential superstar in 2019-20.

“Turley played high school football and that was also kind of appealing and he’s super athletic,” Goodale said.