Virginia Tech Wrestling Signs No. 2-Ranked Recruiting Class, Best in Program History

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Tony Robie shouts instructions during Virginia Tech Wrestling’s dual-meet win over Missouri. Robie signed the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation. (Jon Fleming)

Tony Robie’s Virginia Tech Wrestling program signed its highest-ranked recruiting class ever last week, inking six nationally-ranked prospects and landing at No. 2 in FloWrestling’s team recruiting rankings for 2020. (Editor’s note: some sources, including, call it the 2019 class; we’re calling it the 2020 class because that’s when the wrestlers will arrive in Blacksburg.)

This comes on the heels of last year’s No. 4-ranked class, giving the Hokies two top-four classes in a row and building a strong foundation for talent in Blacksburg.

The 2020 signees are:

Virginia Tech Wrestling 2020 Recruiting Class
WrestlerStateWeight ClassWeight Class RankOverall Rank
Hunter CatkaPAHWT#1#7
Clayton UlreyPA170#4#23
Sammy HillegasPA138#8#29
Eddie VentrescaNJ126#6#47
Sam FisherVA195#6#70
Brandon GreenNJ170NR#116

Tony Robie told “We are incredibly excited to welcome a new class of Hokie wrestlers to Virginia Tech. Our staff has put in a lot of work building strong relationships with every one of these young men and their families. This day has been a long time in the making and we are proud to have them join our family here in Blacksburg.
“I think both from a talent and character standpoint, the bar has been raised with this class.  Time will ultimately tell us how we did but I can tell you that I feel as good about this class as any in my time here in Blacksburg.”

For more information on each wrestler, see the related article.

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  1. The great thing about this from a non wrestling follower is that there was a period of uncertainty just a couple years ago when the coach left to go back home.

  2. CJF could take lessons from CTR on recruiting. You CAN recruit top-flight talent to this school; you just have to know how.

    1. CJF should definitely take note that if there were only 78 D1 football programs, and 27 total Power 5 D1 Football programs, and zero schools below NC on the East Coast in football that he could one day recruit talent like wrestling does. This is a joke post that doesn’t get the apples to oranges comparison between football and wrestling.

      1. Not to mention how few scholarships each team is allowed. That allows teams a chance to rise up the rankings with a few big recruits at first, and then make some noise.

  3. Would love to see Wrestling lead VT to our first ever Team National Championship! They certainly seem to have the best chance of all the programs right now!

    1. If PSU wasn’t such a freakin juggernaut, I’d say the wrestling team had a solid chance to have the first team national title in VT history. Even so, PSU has to have a down season one of these years…

      1. Live in SC, and go to many matches here. This is the one down year for PSU. They are reloading for 4 more years of championship favorite years next year.

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