Story by Lon Tytell
Warwick High School Senior Ryan Ferro signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Ohio State University in the fall at a ceremony held in the Media Center of the Warwick Valley High School on Mon., Apr. 24. He was joined by Warwick Athletic Director, Greg Sirico, Warwick Wrestling Coaches, teammates, friends and family. Ferro will be a member of a college team that is currently ranked number two in the nation and was recognized as the Big 10 and National Champion in 2015.
Ferro is a three-sport standout in the wrestling, football and baseball varsity programs. He was recruited because of his impressive accomplishments as a varsity wrestler. Varsity head coach Phil Szumulaski spoke of the amazing record that Ferro compiled as a member of the Varsity Team.
“Ryan was so good that he joined the team as a seventh grader, which is extremely rare. He accumulated the most wins as a varsity wrestler of anyone in the history of Warwick. His overall record of 184-36 includes over 133 pins,” said Coach Szumlaski.
Ryan never lost a home match with a record of 37-0. He also achieved the honor of becoming a two-time wrestling state champion, once in his junior year and the other in his senior year in his weight class. He is a four-time Section 9 Champion and served as the wrestling captain for three years. Ferro has also volunteered at Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center.
“I was too rough playing soccer so I wanted to pick a sport that would channel my strength. Wrestling coach Joe Ginley started coaching me at six or seven. I like the feeling that when you win a match, it’s your best defeating your opponent’s best,” said Ferro.
Ferro thanked his coaches, teammates, and his family for their support and for their sacrifices on his behalf.
“You made me a better athlete and better person,” said Ferro.