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Senior Dan Rinaldi walked out of the Salem Civic Center last Sunday with a 4-0 record in the Hokie Open, and as the top 184-pounder in his field. But the Lodi, N.J., native felt he could have done better. “Personally, I didn’t wrestle my best at the Hokie Open,” Rinaldi said. “But to be able to win when you’re not at your best, it’s a big thing.” Rinaldi also feels that way about his performance in March, when — at 197 pounds — he compiled a 1-2 record at last year’s NCAA Championships.
Senior 184-pounder Dan Rinaldi looks to build off last week’s 4-0 start.
Rutgers head wrestling coach Scott Goodale said the strength of this season’s Scarlet Knights would lie in the form of six redshirt seniors on the roster. That prediction began to come to fruition Sunday, when the Knights showcased three first-place winners — all in their final seasons — at the Hokie Open in Blacksburg, Va. The three individual titles were the most at the tournament, an accomplishment Goodale sees no problem with. “I thought we had some really, really good stuff,” Goodale said.
Senior 157-pounder Scott Winston was one of three veterans to win his weight class last weekend at the Hokie Open, the sight of the Knights’ season opener. Winston wrestled in 2011 at 165 pounds.
After Greg Zannetti took the mat at the College Avenue Gym during the Rutgers wrestling team’s annual Scarlet vs. Black wrestle-offs Oct. 28, he admitted it was not one of his favorite events. “Wrestle-offs are never really fun,” Zannetti said. “We wrestle all the time, so it is not really fun. But it is good to get in the match atmosphere.” It also gave the senior 174-pounder a chance to begin his quest for redemption following a 1-2 showing in March’s NCAA Tournament when he went up against freshman 174-pounder Phillip Bakuckas in the intrasquad scrimmage.
Senior 174-pounder Greg Zannetti locks up an opponent at the 2012 NCAA?Tournament in St. Louis.
Scott Goodale stood in a corner tunnel of the Scottrade Center in St. Louis in March, waiting for Frank Molinaro to come down from his podium. The fifth four-time All-American in Penn State history finished his career with a national title at 149 pounds, and about an hour after accepting his trophy and hugging Goodale, he was already meeting with Rutgers wrestling boosters.
Former Penn?State 149-pounder Frank?Molinaro becomes an assistant on head coach Scott Goodale’s staff today after capturing an NCAA?title as a senior. Molinaro wrestled at Southern Regional High School (N.J.), where he faced off against Goodale.
Scott Goodale realizes he is in store for his longest offseason yet. After a season designed to produce the Rutgers wrestling team’s first All-American since 2002 and a dual-meet schedule with more losses than any in Goodale’s four-year tenure, the head coach has no choice. “I’m going to try to remember very little from this season,” Goodale said. “I’ve never really been in this situation of not winning.”
Senior 141-pounder Billy Ashnault will return next season as an assistant coaching following his performance in St. Louis.
Head coach?Scott Goodale learned from this season’s 13-8 dual-meet record.
As Rutgers wrestlers fell in the early rounds last week at the NCAA Championships, head coach Scott Goodale knew one Scarlet Knight could will himself to All-American honors. Senior 141-pounder Billy Ashnault fell one match short of the podium — the only goal for the Knights this season. But after facing seeded wrestlers in four of his five bouts at the Scottrade Center, it was not for a lack of effort.
Senior 141-pounder Billy Ashnault reacts to Cal Poly’s Boris Novachkov.
Junior 165-pounder Scott Winston takes down No. 12 P.J. Gillespie of Hofstra in the first round of the NCAA?Tournament. Winston lost, 3-2, and fell in his next matchup to exit the tournament.
Scott Winston is done losing sleep over last year’s NCAA Championships, but that does not make the cinder block wall he sat and stared at any less clear in his memory.
The junior 165-pounder already knows if he gets into any tough spots next week at the national tournament in St. Louis, the image will be fresh in his mind.
As the boos in Jadwin Gymnasium rained down on Scott Winston yesterday, Rutgers head wrestling coach Scott Goodale grabbed the 165-pounder he coached for the past eight years by the head. “Two minutes,” Goodale told Winston, entering the third period of the EIWA title bout against Lehigh’s Brandon Hatchett. “It’s about you right now. Get a takedown and win the match.”
Senior 141-pounder Billy Ashnault fights for position en route to a 3-2 decision against Penn?All-American Zack Kemmerer.
Junior 165-pounder Scott Winston picks himself up after dropping a 4-2 overtime decision to?Lehigh’s Brandon?Hatchett in the 165-pound championship bout.
The individual portion of the season that the Rutgers wrestling team stressed all year long begins Saturday, and it finally has a team goal to go with it. After toiling through four months of a dual-meet season that was little more than a formality, the postseason starts with the EIWA Tournament at Princeton, where 10 conference titles and 46 NCAA Championship bids will be awarded.
Head coach Scott Goodale the Knights’ goal this weekend is to finish in the top three at the EIWA?Tournament at Princeton.