March 12, 2012
Eddy Ruzga is ready to get started
Eddy Ruzga, who was 28-4 and ranked 4th in the state for his weight class (220 pounds), took an unfortunate loss in the quarter finals - "I got third ... I lost that second match," he shared with GBK, as he took time to talk about the final stances of his high school wrestling career, but also looking forward to making his way to West Point.
Even with his loss, he was able to redeem himself in the wrestle-back, where he wrestled six matches in all, in the state's quarterfinals. "I won my first match, I lost my second match ... but I pinned two and beat the rest."
Although wrestling is not Ruzga's primary sport, he is the first to admit that benefit of training and competition clearly roll over to what has done and is prepared to do on the gridiron.
"Wrestling for one keeps you in really really good shape ... your endurance and everything," says Ruzga. "Just that stance, you can use that in all your sports. It's that low center of gravity."
"Ruzga is a versatile athlete, and it will be interesting to see where he starts and/or perhaps ends his football career with the Black Knights. "They said I could play five positions, but my favorite is fullback," says Ruzga, who could follow in the footsteps of another native of Wisconsin, in Army fullback Jared Hassin, who this spring was been moved to running back. "I could also see myself on the defensive side ... more at defensive end or linebacker. The coaches said that I could also play receiver."
He is currently tipping the scales at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, although according to Ruzga, he will add addition weight/muscle now that his wrestling season is over. "I will probably arrive this summer to West Point at about 220 pounds or slightly above that," he adds.
Ruzga's Geneva (Wis.) Badger High School sports resume at is not regulated to football and wrestling, but he also participates in track where he runs the 110M & 300M hurdles, along with 400M. The three fold athlete is the pre-spring's #1 ranked 300M hurdler in the state's in Division I grouping.
But even with track on the horizon, Ruzga clearly has one eye on his college destination. "I can't wait to get started at Army," shares Ruzga, who indicated that he would prefer to come in via the USMAPS, although that has yet to be determine.
Ruzga, who was a legitimate 4.6 forty, rushed for 492 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2011.
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