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Rutgers Wrestling a Finalist for Top Recruit Shayne Van Ness

The No. 10 P4P Wrestler in the Country has the Scarlet Knights in his Top Five

Coaches John Leonardis and Donny Pritzlaff react during Brett Donner’s match vs. Maryland. 12/7/19
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Rutgers Wrestling has already hit the recruiting trail hard, particularly with their 2020 and 21 classes shining at the Beast of the East Tournament recently.

But now, the No. 10 pound-for-pound high school wrestler in the country and No. 1, 132 pounder according to Flo Wrestling, Shayne Van Ness has narrowed down his collegiate choice to his Top Five in no particular order.

Van Ness, a junior from Blair Academy in NJ, has cut down his options to Princeton, Michigan, Cornell, Penn State, and Rutgers. Notice the Ivy League presence, likely thanks to his life at Blair Academy throughout high school.

Van Ness won the Who’s Number One Tournament back in October and is one of most sought after recruits in the country. Rutgers has already recruited and received a verbal commitment from Kyonte Hamilton in the Class of 2021, so adding Van Ness would put that class into the elite level throughout the country.

Right now, Van Ness projects as a 133 pounder in college but could easily be 141 by the time he reaches the next level. Should he stay at 133 and come to Rutgers, 2019 National Champion Nick Suriano would be graduated by then and stud true freshman Sammy Alvarez could be at 141 by that point. Of course, this is years away, but Rutgers is notorious for stout recruiting in the lighter weights.

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Posted by FloWrestling on Saturday, October 5, 2019