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A Look at Rutgers Wrestling Commits in NJ State Tournament

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A dive into some state tournament performances from future Scarlet Knights

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The New Jersey High School Wrestling State Championships concluded over the weekend and some future Scarlet Knights made some noise at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

All high school rankings are according to Flo Wrestling. The rankings reflect the Top 20 in each weight class throughout the country. JoJo Aragona is also ranked in the pound for pound rankings throughout the country.

138:

No. 1 (No. 9 P4P) JoJo Aragona (Sr.)

HS: Pope John XXIII - NJ

-Aragona finished his career as a four time state medalist (1st in 2019, 3rd in 2018, 2nd in 2017, 3rd in 2016). He finally capped off his career with a state title and comes in as the No. 1 recruit at 138 pounds in the country. Aragona has been so good, he is ranked top ten pound-for-pound.

Aragona is also a guy who could potentially start right away next season with the graduation of Anthony Ashnault and Mike Van Brill seemingly moving up a weight class or two. Aragona could battle it out with Peter Lipari at 141 or others at 149.

College projection - 141/149

152:

Cody Harrison (Sr.)

HS: Phillipsburg - NJ

-Harrison made a run to the semi finals as he was one of the state title contenders in 2019. He ended up wrestling back and finished 3rd. He’ll likely redshirt next season but should be in the lineup come the 2020-21 season.

College projection: 157/165

160:

No. 9 Robert Kanniard (Sr.)

HS: Wall Township - NJ

-He was 2nd in the state in 2018, losing to Stanford and former Bergen Catholic wrestler Shane Griffith who is 20-2 as a redshirt wrestler in his first year on campus. This season, Kanniard went undefeated and took out future teammate Connor O’Neill in the finals at 160 pounds. Kanniard is a middle of the lineup type of hammer Rutgers craves.

Kanniard will likely redshirt next season based on an early look at lineups next season but there could be an opening at 157 due to John Van Brill graduating (should Kanniard choose to drop). Other options include battling with Stephan Glasgow at 165 or bumping up to 174 to challenge Joe Grello.

College projection - 165

No. 14 Connor O’Neil (Jr.)

HS: DePaul Catholic - NJ

-A look at O’Neill from September. O’Neill rolled through his District and Region this season once again and finished 2nd in NJ. He fell to future teammate Kanniard 9-4 in the finals. He’ll have one more season of high school competition, but O’Neill will be consistently wrestling in the offseason. Plus, he is a big presence in the SKWC (Scarlet Knight Wrestling Club).

College projection - 165

182:

No. 13 John Poznanski (Jr.)

HS: Colonia - NJ

-Poznanski bumped up to 182 pounds this season after finishing 3rd at 160 in 2018. He is also an early commit and will have another high school season to fine tune his skills. As you can see below, Poznanski is already arguably one of, if not the best wrestler in Colonia High School history.

College projection - 184