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Before leading the Rutgers wrestling team to potentially the best season in program history, Scott Goodale was standing on the sidelines of High Point Solutions Stadium calling plays as the offensive coordinator at Jackson Memorial High School in the state championship game.After winning three state football titles with the Jaguars, Goodale hung up his headset and became the head coach of the wrestling team at the South Jersey high school, and the rest is history.More than a decade later, Goodale was back on the gridiron in Piscataway as he addressed the Rutgers football team in the Bubble Thursday morning prior to its seventh practice of the spring.This time, the talk had nothing to do with X’s and O’s.
It was a change in footwear that coincided with Anthony Perrotti’s monumental run to an All-American finish in 2014.Sporting Nike sneakers, Perrotti lost his debut match at the NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City two years ago.
There wasn’t much celebration from Anthony Ashnault after he took down Jimmy Gulibon of Penn State to become the first Big Ten Champion in Rutgers wrestling history. While the sophomore 141-pounder was proud of the achievement, there was a bigger goal out there for Ashnault — one that had been his main focus for over a year.Not satisfied with his eighth-place, All-American finish in his first NCCA Championships last year as a redshirt freshman, Ashnault set out on a mission to capture a national title at the 2016 tournament in New York City.On the heels of an 18-1 dual season, becoming the program’s first Big Ten Champion and landing a No. 4 seed entering the tournament, the South Plainfield, New Jersey, native seemed to be well on his way to making a serious run at the national title.Following the championship round at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, Ashnault was standing on the podium yet again with his fellow 141-pound All-Americans.But although he was positioned higher than he was on last year’s podium in St.
In the days leading up to the start of the Rutgers wrestling team’s season, head coach Scott Goodale laid out the ultimate goal for the 2015-16 campaign at its media day.“You gotta put more than one guy on that podium," Goodale said.
Anthony Ashnault became the first wrestler in program history to win a Big Ten title when he defeated No. 8 Jimmy Gulibon of Penn State in the 141-pound category.
The Rutgers wrestling team attempts to secure automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament with strong performances at the Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, Iowa, this weekend.
Just moments after the Rutgers wrestling team closed out its dual season with a thrilling 18-15 win over No. 7 Lehigh in the NWCA National Duals Championship Series, Anthony Perrotti was seated at the front of press room in the Rutgers Athletic Center.Alongside of head coach Scott Goodale and senior heavyweight Billy Smith, Perrotti was asked about what it means to end his dual career with a win over a top-10 program at the RAC.The 165-pounder began his answer praising Smith — who had beaten No. 14 Max Wessell in overtime in the dual-deciding bout—and noting how good he has been as a "closer" for the Scarlet Knights in his career.But after the senior was done talking about his teammate he paused for a moment and then went on a tangent discussing everything that No. 13 Rutgers had accomplished in the 2015-16 dual season.He was in awe and disbelief.“Phew.
The Rutgers wrestling team defeat No. 7 Lehigh 18-15 Saturday night, capped off by deja-vu for heavyweight Billy Smith.
The Rutgers wrestling teams hosts Drexel and No. 7 Lehigh in the final dual meet of the season, a final tune-up before the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.
Sophomore 174-pounder fights through a nagging shoulder injury to start 6-0 in the dual meet season. The streak began with a monumental upset over Nebraska's then-No. 4 174-pounder T.J. Dudley.
Even in a season defined by multiple wins over ranked opponents and rising to as high as No. 6 in the national rankings, the Rutgers wrestling team has still had its shortcomings in the 2015-2016 season.But to their credit, each time the Scarlet Knights have faltered this season, they have followed up with impressive performances.
In both of its conference duals at the Rutgers Athletic Center last weekend, the Rutgers wrestling team had a chance to close out late and steal a victory.On Feb.
On his way back to the center of the mat following a stoppage in action, Hayden Hrymack stopped in his tracks.The senior brought his hands to his face, removing both pieces of his protective mask, putting one on the ground as he repositioned the other on his head.
It wasn’t a site unfamiliar to the Rutgers wrestling team this season.On the heels of an upset loss at home to Wisconsin (2-5, 1-4) that was less than 48 hours prior, the No. 12 Scarlet Knights had reeled off 13 points by way of three straight wins — capped off by a pin fall from junior 174-pounder Phillip Bakuckas that sent the in attendance at the Rutgers Athletic Center into a frenzy — to build a 16-10 lead over No. 8 Michigan.The Knights had to just secure one decision win, while not surrendering any bonus points, in the final three bouts to pick up their sixth-ranked win and bounce back from a disappointing loss with a win against a top-10 opponent for the second time this season.But four individual periods and about 15 minutes of real time later, the life had been completely sucked out of the building and Rutgers was walking off the mat at the RAC for the final time in the 2015-16 season on the short side of a 27-16 loss.“We know they’re really good there.
The No. 12 Rutgers wrestling team faces another packed weekend of action as it hosts Wisconsin on Friday and then, less than 48 hours later, welcomes No. 8 Michigan to the Rutgers Athletic Center.
The Rutgers wrestling team has reached success with in-state talent. It wasn't by design, but it goes to show the talent within the Garden State.
The Rutgers wrestling team defeat both Maryland and Princeton after 12 days of rest.
The Rutgers wrestling team returns to action with two meets in one weekend after Winter Storm Jonas forced a postponement last weekend.
The Rutgers wrestling team has nine of its 10 starters in the top-33 of their respective weight class. The Scarlet Knights won't be satisfied all 10 are ranked in NCAA Tournament qualifying range.
Redshirt freshman Anthony Giraldo showed his worth at the Northeast Duals. After a few slips in the road, he looks to finish his season wrestling at his best.