Junior 141-pounder Anthony Ashnault defeated No. 16 Randy Cruz, 4-0, Friday for the third time in his career in a 23-10 loss to Lehigh at the NWCA Dual Championships Series.
2/17/2017 9:38pm

Rutgers upended by Lehigh in NWCA Dual Championships Series rematch

At the beginning of the season, junior 141-pounder Anthony Ashnault had this to say. “We definitely have the talent to be putting four or five guys on the podium and to be national champs on the board,” he said. After the Rutgers wrestling team put two wrestlers through the gauntlet and onto the national stage as All-Americans last year — himself and then-fifth-year senior 165-pounder Anthony Perrotti — Ashnault held that with the absence of his teammate Perrotti, others would step up. With weeks to go before the NCAA Championships, another All-American may well in fact prop up, but one thing the 2016-2017 season has shown is that the Scarlet Knights have not found another Anthony Perrotti.

Senior 149-pounder Ken Theobold captured his first All-American berth over the weekend with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
2/12/2017 11:31pm

Rutgers honors seniors with undefeated record at RAC

On a day during a season always looking toward the future, six seniors on the Rutgers wrestling team said their final goodbyes to the Rutgers Athletic Center. A picture at the center of the mat, and the seniors — 174-pounder Phillip Bakuckas, 125-pounder Sean McCabe, 165-pounder Anthony Pafumi, 125-pounder Josh Patrick and 149-pounder Ken Theobold — took their seats on the bench.

Junior 141-pounder Anthony Ashnault launches an attack on Cole Weaver, whom he made quick work of with a pin in 1:30. No. 6 Ashnault continued his good run of form Sunday, improving to 21-3 on the season.
2/5/2017 5:00pm

Rutgers absorbs increasing pressure with home defeat over Indiana

After leaving the Rutgers Athletic Center and trekking to Columbus, Ohio only hours after on Sunday, the Rutgers wrestling team knew two things. One was that there were only two dual meets separating it from tournament season, which meant that convention and confusion would have to be compromised for the other in order to find the right chemistry that makes the team tick. And that needed to happen fast. The other was that after a weekend in Michigan billowing in unmet expectations, the No. 14 Scarlet Knights needed to tap into one of those two in order to have success in Bloomington and St.

Junior 184-pounder Nicholas Gravina will do battle with two ranked opponents this weekend in Illinois' No. 7 Nate Jackson and Ohio State's No. 10 Myles Martin.
2/2/2017 10:43pm

Rutgers welcomes Hoosiers, meets No. 4 OSU in Columbus after slide down rankings

Mustering up only 11 individual match victories over two dual meets was not how head coach Scott Goodale and the rest of the Rutgers wrestling team envisioned last weekend. With that in mind, it comes as almost a shock that the Scarlet Knights (10-3, 4-2) left the Great Lake State with both a win and a loss, but the trip West didn’t go without consequences. Sliding down two spots in the national rankings to its lowest point of the season thus far, No. 14 Rutgers faces just as daunting of a challenge in the upcoming double dual-meet weekend as it did in Michigan. “We’ve traditionally done a really good job bouncing back,” Goodale said after the Knights’ 37-6 defeat to Penn State in the middle of January. Though he had hoped that would be the last time he would have to utter that phrase, the premise presented itself further last weekend.

Junior 141-pounder Anthony Ashnault defeated No. 16 Randy Cruz, 4-0, Friday for the third time in his career in a 23-10 loss to Lehigh at the NWCA Dual Championships Series.
1/30/2017 6:48pm

Rutgers splits Michigan weekend, falling to Wolverines before toppling Spartans

Barriers, most would say, are there to be broken, but for the Rutgers wrestling team, smashing through the upper tier of Big Ten competition has always been a struggle. Permeating the minds of the grapplers as they departed for Michigan were all of the dual meets that got away. It was two months prior when then-No. 8 Cornell rocked the Scarlet Knights to the tune of 28-10 at “Grapple at the Garden” at Madison Square Garden, rounding out an event that should have been Rutgers’ for the taking. And less than a month removed from an uncharacteristically poor showing in State College, where the No. 2 Nittany Lions laid waste to the Knights, 37-6. “We got our butts handed to us, and it was good to see that,” said head coach Scott Goodale.

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