LAWRENCEVILLEâ€”The Rider University wrestling team has added three recruits to its 2009-10 roster.
James Brundage of Ossining, NY, Jim Resnick of Media, PA and Ramon Santiago of Sayreville have signed national letters of intent to further their education and wrestling careers at Rider, Bronc head coach Gary Taylor said.
â€œThese three student-athletes bring a ton of success and college potential to our program,â€ said Taylor, who returned home from Nationals this season with his 13th All-American. â€œWe are looking forward to working with these three young men to develop them into future Rider All-Americans.â€
Brundage, a senior at Ossining High School, won the New York State Championship at 160 pounds this year, completing a 44-2 senior year and a 138-22 scholastic career. A three-time Section 1 champion, Brundage placed third in New York as a junior.
â€œJames is a very gifted and natural athlete,â€ said Taylor, who has now coached eight All-Americans in the last 13 years. â€œHe is really just starting to scratch the surface when it comes to wrestling. He is obviously very good at what he does, proof by winning a NY State title, but we feel that he has a huge upside in college. He was a rare three sport athlete who excelled in wrestling, football, and lacrosse. He was highly recruited in all three sports. Because James will be concentrating on just wrestling from here on I believe the sky is the limit. If he continues to improve each year as he did in high school. I believe James has the ability to be a multiple All-American and National Champion one day if he pays the price necessary to do so.”
Resnick, a senior at Penncrest High School, placed fourth in the Pennsylvania State Championships at 171 pounds this year, completing a 38-4 senior year after a 36-7 junior year, graduating with a 116-19 scholastic record. A two-time PIAA State Qualifier who is currently ranked 13th in the nation, Resnick was the Southeast Regional Champion and named the Most Outstanding Wrestler. Resnick placed fourth at the Prep School Nationals as a freshman at the Haverford School and at the prestigious Beast of the East tournament.
â€œResnick is very good on top and that is important at the NCAAâ€™s,â€ said Taylor, who has 346 career wins at Rider against a schedule that over the last two seasons has included Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Maryland, Purdue, Lehigh and Lock Haven, along with conference rivals Hofstra and Old Dominion. â€œHe is also one of the best wrestlers in Pennsylvania, which is one of the top wrestling states in the nation. He lost in overtime to the eventual High School National Champion and will benefit from having great workout partners in the room. Jim is another one of those rare finds. In my tenure here at Rider I have been fortunate to have found those kids that are really just starting to get good and have their best wrestling ahead of them. Many of Rider’s All-Americans fit nicely into that category. I believe Jim will be one as well. He is only beginning to realize just how good he can be and we are the fortunate ones that will see him reach his full potential. Sky is the limit for this one as well.”
Santiago, a senior at Sayreville High School, earned NHSCA All-America honors when he placed eighth at the High School Nationals at 152 pounds. A New Jersey State runner-up as a senior, Santiago was 41-1 this year and finished his scholastic career with a 130-21 record, three times winning the District Championship.
â€œRamon has had his sites set on wrestling for Rider for a very long time,â€ said Taylor, who has taken 137 wrestlers to the NCAA Division I Championships in his 30 years at Rider. â€œHe is a great addition to our program. As a High School All-American he proved that he is one of the best in the nation at his weight class.
Ramon is another very gifted athlete and is fun to watch because of it. Seeing him become a High School All-American certainly confirmed that this one has the ability to keep our string of All-American moving forward. He is another wrestler who I believe will have his best wrestling days ahead of him. I hate to be repetitive but truly the sky is the limit for this one as well.”