Dylan Ragusin photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com
With the high school season winding down and getting closer to the postseason recruiting news has tailed off a bit. However, in the past few days, three top wrestlers from the high school Class of 2020 make their college intentions public. All three are currently ranked in the top 20 of their respective weight classes.
The first and perhaps most decorated is Dylan Ragusin (Montini Catholic, IL) a two-time Illinois state runner-up, who will wrestle at Stanford. During his junior year of high school, Dylan has placed third at the Doc Buchanan Invitational and seventh at the Walsh Jesuit Ironman. Last summer in Fargo, Ragusin placed eighth in Junior Freestyle and fifth in Junior Greco-Roman. The previous year he was a double Cadet national champion. Also, in 2017 Dylan made the UWW Cadet world team and competed in Athens, Greece. Currently, Dylan is ranked 17th at 126 lbs. Ragusin will fit in well at Stanford as the Cardinal has first-year volunteer assistant Nate Engel who was a Greco coach on the Junior world team this summer and has assumed various coaching roles in Greco-Roman over his career.
A second 126 lber that has committed in the past two days is Dylan Shawver (Elyria, OH). Shawver was a state finalist last year, after taking fourth as a freshman. He will continue his wrestling career in New Jersey at Rutgers. In his of his first three seasons, Dylan placed at the Beast of the East and this season he made the finals. At the 2019 Beast, Shawver upset Robert Howard (Bergen Catholic, NJ) who was at the time the number one ranked wrestler in the nation. Two weeks prior, Dylan had also placed fifth at the Walsh Jesuit Ironman. When it comes to the international styles, he also has placed top-five in Cadet Freestyle in Fargo. Shawver is now the third recruit from the Class of 2020 to commit to the Scarlet Knights joining Connor O’Neil (DePaul Catholic, NJ) and John Poznanski (Colonia, NJ). Currently, Rutgers entire starting lineup comes from in-state talent, so it’s interesting to see head coach Scott Goodale’s crew branching out with recruiting. Dylan is currently ranked ninth at 126 lbs.
The final junior to recently commit is tenth-ranked 120 lber Eddie Ventresca (Pope John XXIII, NJ) who has selected Virginia Tech. Ventresca is also a three-time Beast placewinner that made his first final in 2018. Eddie has placed twice at the New Jersey state tournament and was third last year. A commitment from Ventresca also gives the Hokies their third verbal from the Class of 2020, along with Sam Hillegas (North Hills, PA) and Sam Fisher (Fauquier, VA).
For all of the college commitments check out TOM’s College Commitment Page.