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New York State Champion Zack Ryder Commits to Penn State

Photo by Penn State Athletics: Cael Sanderson

For the second Friday in a row, Penn State wrestling has added a commitment.

Last week, Class of 2023 wrestler AJ Fricchione committed. This week, a Class of 2024 prospect has entered the fold for Cael Sanderson’s empire.

New York state champion Zack Ryder has committed to Penn State.

Ryder, a Westtown, New York, native who wrestles for Minisink Valley, won state championships in his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Last year, Ryder went 45-1, won states in the 160-pound weight class as well as the U17 U.S. Cadet freestyle tournament at 176 pounds in Vegas.

His performance in ‘Sin City’ was good enough to get him to worlds, where he took Bronze in July.

FloWrestling has Ryder as the No. 7 pound-for-pound wrestler in the country and the No. 2 wrestler from the 182-pound weight class.

”I am honored to be joining the legacy at Penn State and to be given the opportunity to help carry on that legacy,” Ryder wrote to Instagram.

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