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Virginia Tech’s already great recruiting Class of 2020 got even better today after they received a verbal commitment from the #19 overall recruit Hunter Catka of Sun Valley, Pennsylvania. Catka recently earned a spot on the Cadet freestyle world team as he ran through the field at 110 kg in Akron. In five matches at the Cadet WTT’s Hunter outscored the competition 53-2. It was the second time in as many years that he made the finals in Akron. He fell to returning Cadet world champion Daniel Kerkvliet last year. After three seasons of high school competition, Catka has earned all-state honors twice winning a state title as a sophomore before taking third place in 2018-19. Last summer in Fargo, Catka won his first two matches before suffering a broken fibula. That along with a leg injury caused him to miss the preseason and most of his junior year.
At the next level, Hunter projects to be a 285 lber, which fits in well with the Hokies needs. Graduate transfer Billy Miller started for Virginia Tech in 2019 while using his final year of eligibility. Their projected starter for the upcoming season is John Borst who went 12-10 as a redshirt freshman last year. Catka is the fourth top 100 recruit to commit to head coach Tony Robie so far in the Class of 2020. He’ll join fellow Pennsylvania state champ Sam Hillegas (#17), New Jersey state champ, Eddie Ventresca (#38), and Sam Fisher (#89), a three-time Virginia champion.