Originally from the Bay Area, Danny graduated from the University of North Carolina where he was
an ACC Finalist and two-time NCAA Championships qualifier at 197 pounds, finishing one match short of All-American status in 2017.
Since joining the California RTC, he has placed 3rd at the 2019 U.S. Open at 97kg freestyle and advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. World Team Trials. Previously, he reached the finals of the 2017 U23 World Team Trials at 97kg freestyle, earned University Nationals Greco-Roman All-American honors, and won the FILA Junior freestyle Pan American Championships.
Prior to attending North Carolina, Danny also spent time at the Olympic Training Center, University of Oklahoma, and Grand Canyon University. He prepped at Bellarmine Academy in nearby San Jose, where he was a two-time California state medalist, five-time California state freestyle champion, Fargo Junior freestyle All-American and Greco-Roman National Finalist.
In 2014, Ryan graduated from Stanford University as one of the most decorated wrestlers in program history.
He is a two-time NCAA All-American, two-time Pac-12 champion, four-time NCAA Qualifier, Midlands champion, and ranks fifth all-time with 111 career wins.
He has since enjoyed an illustrious senior level career. In 2019, Ryan won Final X – Lincoln to make his first senior level World Team and represented the United States at the World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, going 1-1 at 63kg Greco-Roman. Additionally, Ryan has won back-to-back U.S. Open championships in 2018 & 2019 after finishing runner-up in 2017 and placing in the top seven six other times. He finished runner-up in the 2018 and 2013 World Team Trials, third at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, and won a gold medal at the 2018 Pan Am Games.
Ryan currently resides in Colorado Springs and trains with the Army World Class Athlete Program, but travels to the California RTC for lengthy training cycles during the year. He originally hails from St. Louis, Missouri, where he won five Fargo national championships and three state titles while attending the Whitfield School.