Van Ness, one of nation's top recruits, commits to Penn State

Shayne Van Ness brings Jesse Mendez to the mat at Who's Number One on Oct. 6, 2019 (Photo/Mark Lundy,

Penn State has landed its second top-five recruit from the Class of 2021.

Blair Academy's Shayne Van Ness, who finished the 2019-20 season ranked No. 1 at 132 pounds, gave a verbal commitment to Penn State on Labor Day. He chose the Nittany Lions over Cornell and Ohio State.

Van Ness made the announcement on social media and included a video.

Last season, Van Ness picked up a pair of wins during Who's Number One in early October against the two wrestlers that ended the season ranked directly behind him. Upon return, Van Ness dominated his way to a National Prep championship with three pins and two technical falls in five bouts, including wins over three of the other four top-five finishers.

Van Ness joins Alex Facundo as the second top-five recruit from the Class of 2021 to commit to Penn State.


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orsoleads (1) about 2 weeks ago
Congratulations to Penn State! Hopefully, they have a great season.

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