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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.
Most of the Rutgers wrestling team’s dual meets begin at the lowest weight class, 125-pounds, and proceed in ascending weight.
The Rutgers wrestling team used a 12-2 start, which included five victories over ranked opponents, to climb to No. 6 in the most recent USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll.The Scarlet Knights and their program-best ranking traveled to Minneapolis, Minneapolis, on Sunday with the chance to eclipse their conference win total from their inaugural season in the Big Ten through just four matches.
At the Rutgers wrestling team’s media day back on Oct. 28, head coach Scott Goodale said something that coaches generally don’t say too often.Goodale said he cares about the national rankings and tracks them throughout the year as a benchmark for how the team is progressing.
Anthony Ashnault is no stranger to perfection.In his four varsity seasons at South Plainfield High School, Ashnault did not concede a single bout on his way to compiling a 170-0 career record and collecting four New Jersey State Championships at four different weight classes. He became the first high school wrestler in the state to ever win four state championships while also having an unblemished record.
With the dual meet portion of their schedule behind them the Rutgers wrestling team currently stands at 9-1 as they prepare to begin Big Ten Conference competition.
Last season, the Rutgers wrestling team found out that competing in the Big Ten Conference was nothing like its previous inter-conference experiences. In an effort to better prepare for the highest level of competition in collegiate wrestling, the Scarlet Knights loaded their out-of-conference schedule to begin this season with ranked programs occupying half of their first ten scheduled matches.
Last week, the Rutgers wrestling team rose to No. 15 in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll to tie its highest placement in the rankings in four seasons.
The Rutgers wrestling team puts a lot of stock into its offseason training, viewing it as a valuable opportunity to improve from the end of one season to the start of the next.This past summer, the Scarlet Knights added a new wrinkle to their offseason program.
Entering the season, the Rutgers wrestling team had lost just one grappler from the previous year’s starting lineup.
The No. 17 Rutgers wrestling team entered the Journeymen/Asics Northeast Duals on Sunday with a chance to make an early-season statement. With match-ups against No. 13 North Carolina, No. 22 Oklahoma and No. 25 Northern Iowa in front of them, the Scarlet Knights were going to learn how they stacked up against three top programs for the first time this season.At the conclusion of a long day of wrestling in Troy, New York, that included three highly competitive matches, the Knights had walked away just two points shy of completely sweeping the Northeast Duals. Rutgers (5-1) fell late to Oklahoma, 19-18, in its first match, but came back strong by squeezing past No. 13 North Carolina, 19-13, and cruising right by Northern Iowa, 28-10, to finish the dual meet with a 2-1 record.“It was a major test having three nationally ranked programs like that who wrestle really, really hard, traditionally,” said head coach Scott Goodale.
The Rutgers wrestling team has been looking forward to this Sunday’s meet for a long time. The No. 17 Knights (3-0) travel to Troy, New York, to participate in the Journeymen/Asics Northeast Duals.
In the latter stages of his high school career, Richie Lewis didn’t have an exact college in mind for where he planned on continuing to wrestle at the next. Although he didn’t have a specific school in mind, Lewis was settled on going somewhere away from his Toms River, New Jersey, residence.So even though head coach Scott Goodale recruited Lewis when he was a junior in high school and constantly told him that he was a fan of his, Rutgers wasn’t on his radar of prospective schools due to its proximity to his hometown.But Lewis decided to attend junior college at Iowa Central to work on his craft more before choosing which four-year university to move on to. In his first two seasons at Iowa Central, Lewis claimed the title of an All-American in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) twice at his 157-pound weight class.
Change is not always the easiest thing for an athlete to endure.Whether it is changing positions or the changing teams, it can be especially tough for a wrestler to adjust to his new surroundings.