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Since the inception of Big Ten play for Rutgers athletics a few years ago, the Rutgers wrestling team has served as a beacon of hope and light among an otherwise dim setting.The Scarlet Knights have constantly found themselves playing second, third and sometimes 14th fiddle to their conference rivals in other sports.
Down 7-0, John Van Brill reverses, then mounts. In a swift few seconds, the whistle blows and he rises.
Rutgers may be a wrestling school, but Penn State can do them one better. Or twenty.The Rutgers wrestling team left State College, Pennsylvania winless in its 20th attempt against the No. 2 Nittany Lions (7-0, 3-0) Friday, as the Scarlet Knights (7-2, 2-1) dropped their first Big Ten dual meet, 37-6.Boasting four ranked wrestlers compared to Penn State’s nine, the Knights faced a tall task from the starting whistle, and the opening match did nothing to set head coach Scott Goodale at ease.Though freshman 125-pounder Brandon Paetzell enjoyed a last-second victory against fellow newcomer Travis Piotrowski of Illinois last weekend, he couldn’t find the same fortune Friday night, as he fell to No. 3 Nick Suriano to the tune of 16-2, sending the Lions out to a 4-0 lead.Junior 133-pounder Scott DelVecchio and George Carpenter took the mat next in what was one of the few unranked matches of the evening.
It was the home opener, Alumni Night and the Razohnn Gross show all in one night, as the No. 11 Rutgers wrestling team defeated No. 12 Illinois, 19-17, on the back of junior Razohnn Gross’ clinching decision at the final whistle.The entire night rode on the heavyweight bout, as Gross assumed the neutral versus Deuce Rachal of Illinois.
Wrestling is as much a team sport as any other.In no other sport does bearing the burden of one’s teammates’ mistakes become so pronounced or securing extra points so important so that those wrestling afterward don’t have to.Such was the case Sunday afternoon, when the Rutgers wrestling team bussed southward to College Park to defeat Maryland (2-5, 0-1), 21-13, in the first Big Ten bout of the season.Leading the charge for the Scarlet Knights (6-1, 1-1) was freshman 125-pounder Brandon Paetzell and junior 133-pounder Scott DelVecchio, who scored identical major decisions to open the scoring and carry an 8-0 lead into the third match.Paetzell and DelVecchio, who have taken back seats to senior Sean McCabe and junior Tyson Dippery in dual meets so far this campaign, affirmed head coach Scott Goodale’s decision to start them Sunday, giving the Knights some early breathing room.No. 6 Anthony Ashnault strapped on his headgear for a bout with Billy Rappo, in what was a bounceback victory for Ashnault after a loss to No. 5 Kevin Jack of NC State at the Journeymen Tussle, for which they swapped spots afterward.
Due to injuries along with untimely and unsightly losses, competitors on the Rutgers wrestling team have fallen in national rankings and a few have even dropped off the list entirely.John Van Brill is not one of them.Fresh off of two ranked wins this past weekend, the sophomore from Mullica Hill, New Jersey, made his mark on the Intermat top-25 rankings, featuring at No. 20 in the 157-pound division, as well as coming in at No. 11 in The Open Mat's rankings.“(It is) cool to be recognized for some hard work, but (I) just want to keep climbing, that’s my whole goal,” Van Brill said.His teammate, senior Richie Lewis, started the season at No. 6 in the weight class, but his ranking soon dropped after missing matches due to injury.“I train with Van Brill a lot, and Van Brill is pretty much my main partner in the room during weight cuts, during those hard periods,” Lewis said.
The last time the Rutgers wrestling team prepared for a dual meet was three weeks ago when the Scarlet Knights geared up for a historic Battle at the Birthplace against Princeton three weeks ago.In their toughest affair up to that point, the Knights cleaned up with a 19-16 victory over their in-state rivals.But since then, Rutgers has found itself shrouded in tournaments and double-dual meets and it has been a while since the team has been able to do battle against another program, matching its best with the opponent’s best.“I don’t think it’ll be an issue, trying to switch over from tournament and double dual meet style to dual meet,” said sophomore 157-pounder John Van Brill, who recently crept into the national rankings at No. 20 this week.
On a day where head coach Scott Goodale was hoping to set his starting lineup into stone, the Rutgers wrestling team gave him plenty to work with.The Scarlet Knights left the 2016 Journeymen Tussle with 10 of its 14 competitors placing, with 165-pounder redshirt freshman Willie Scott finishing in first place in his division.
After a 28-10 loss to No. 8 Cornell at last weekend’s Grapple at the Garden at Madison Square Garden,the No. 12 Scarlet Knights (5-1) look to redeem themselves on Sunday at the 2016 Journeymen Tussle at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
With the 28th consecutive loss in the books and the season wrapped, it doesn’t look like the Rutgers volleyball team has much to give thanks for.The Scarlet Knights (4-29, 0-20) closed the campaign over Thanksgiving weekend with two losses to Illinois (17-14, 10-10) and Northwestern (10-22, 3-17), rounding out 2016 with 28 consecutive defeats.
NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Rutgers wrestling team split its two matches Sunday afternoon at the fifth annual Grapple at the Garden in Madison Square Garden.The No. 10 Scarlet Knights (5-1) kicked off the day with a resounding 39-3 victory over Columbia (0-1) but followed that up with a 28-10 loss to No. 8 Cornell (3-0).
With 16,178 fans, friends and family in attendance, the Rutgers wrestling team defeated Princeton University 19-15 in the first ever Battle at the Birthplace.The event, as part of a Saturday doubleheader at High Point Solutions Stadium with the football team hosting No. 8 Penn State at 8 p.m., saw the second-largest crowd in collegiate wrestling dual meet history, only trailing Iowa’s outdoor event with Oklahoma State this time last year.Rutgers head coach Scott Goodale did not mince words when it came to the overall feel of the afternoon. “It was an awesome atmosphere,” Goodale said.
Sixty-two and sunny and not anything less.With the Battle at the Birthplace fast approaching, about as much training as has been done to battle the conditions than the other team.“We’ve had it, a couple outdoor practices to prepare for it,” Rutgers wrestling head coach Scott Goodale said.
On November 6, 1869, Rutgers College and the College of New Jersey played the first game of intercollegiate football on a plot of ground in New Brunswick, N.J.
It didn’t take much time for the Rutgers wrestling team to get into midseason form.The Scarlet Knights (3-0) opened the 2016-2017 on a road trip to California where they defeated San Francisco State (0-4), CSU Bakersfield (2-1) and Cal Poly (3-3).Friday night saw Rutgers dispose of San Francisco State and CSU Bakersfield handily, collecting 45-0 and 25-16 wins, respectively.
Two more to the loss column for the Rutgers volleyball team.The Scarlet Knights (4-25, 0-16) suffered road defeats to conference opponents Ohio State (17-11, 7-9) and Maryland (11-17, 3-13) this weekend.The Knights extended their losing streak to 24 games, and the side has not won in over two months of play.Rutgers entered Columbus Friday with high expectations, looking to pounce on a team that had not been performing to its potential in recent matches.But from the first serve of the game, the Buckeyes had addressed those concerns and put a rest to any hope on the Knights’ end.Ohio State jumped out to an 8-1 lead to start the first set, connecting on three consecutive service aces.
Looking at last year’s team and this year’s team - it’s Knight and Day.The Rutgers men’s basketball team (1-0) made new head coach Steve Pikiell proud Friday night with a commanding 86-57 win over Molloy (0-1).The Pikiell era has officially begun, and after a 7-26 record last season under Eddie Jordan, there seems to be a newfound energy wafting around the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC).“‘Knight and Day,’ that’s our slogan,” junior guard Mike Williams said.
Following one of the more difficult weekends of the 2016 season, the Rutgers volleyball team hits the road for one of the more palatable weekends this Friday and Saturday.The Scarlet Knights (4-23, 0-14) will travel to Columbus, Ohio, Friday to take on Ohio State (15-11, 5-9) in their first meeting of the year and then back east for a Sunday matchup in College Park, Maryland, to battle Maryland (10-16, 2-12).Coming off of two defeats against Iowa and No. 1 Nebraska, the Knights are looking to amend what has been a tumultuous campaign.
It’s been eight months since Goodale and company have hit the mats, but the wait is finally over.The No. 10 Rutgers wrestling team christens the 2016-2017 campaign with a trip to the Golden State.The Scarlet Knights open the season in a 7 p.m.
No story has dominated the Rutgers volleyball cycle this season than the losing streak.Standing at 22 games, it has sullied the spirits of the players and coaches, as the Scarlet Knights have found themselves on the losing end of almost all of their games.Whatever the 2016 campaign turns out to be by the end of November, it is not one to replicate.In walks 2017.Talking about the future is scary because it is uncertain.