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Freshman Mike Wagner, black, won his 197-pound bout Saturday in
Annapolis, Md., against Navy's Greg Prioleau, 6-1. The South
Planfield, N.J., native sat out the Scarlet Knights' previous match
against Rider in favor of Middlesex Community College transfer Dan
Hopkins but boasts a 10-11 record on the season.
Despite the attempts of Mother Nature to slow it down, the
Rutgers wrestling team shoveled its way out of New Jersey this
weekend and trekked to Annapolis, Md., for a match against
conference foe Navy.
The Rutgers wrestling team canceled its Friday duel with
Virginia due to the inclement weather. The No. 9 Scarlet Knights
will still be put to the test this weekend as the team still plans
to travel Saturday to Annapolis, Md., to face Navy.
Sophomore Dan Rinaldi owns a 17-5 record in his first year
wrestling at 184 pounds. The Lodi, N.J., native won each of his
past five matches and will be tested this weekend against Navy's
Luke Rebertus, who is ranked No. 11 in the nation in the 184-pound
The Rutgers wrestling team took a monumental leap in the
program's goals last Friday by defeating No. 3 Virginia Tech.
Fifth-year senior Alex'Caruso held on to a 3-2 decision over
Matt Epperly on Friday night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center to
increase Rutgers' lead to 15-7 heading into the final three bouts.
The'Scarlet Knights topped third-ranked Virginia Tech, 24-7.
Sophomore Joe Langel got the start at 125 pounds and responded
by upsetting No. 13 Jarrod Garnett with an 8-7 decision. It is the
second time this year that Langel upset a top-15 opponent after
defeating Princeton's Garret Frey on Dec. 11 at the College Avenue
Head coach'Scott Goodale celebrates a Rutgers win.
Junior Trevor Melde gave Rutgers a lead it never relinquished
with a 7-6 decision in his 141-pound bout against No. 13 Chris
For those just arriving to the party, consider Friday night a
To a man, the Rutgers wrestling team did not believe it needed
Friday's win to arrive.
Five times the Rutgers wrestling team competed at the Louis
Brown Athletic Center and five times it came away victorious.
Sophomore Mario Mason took down No. 4 Kevin LeValley less than
20 seconds into the overtime period of his 149-pound decision. The
win gives the Minnesota transfer an inside track to one of the
top-two seeds in this year's EIWA'Tournament.
Sophomore Scott Winston won his 165-pound bout over Bucknell's
Corey Lear on Friday at the Louis Brown Athletic Center with a
last-second reversal that gave him a 4-3 decision. The 10th-ranked
Scarlet Knights took down Bucknell, 33-3.
The Rutgers wrestling team kicked off another calendar year the
only way it knows how — by winning.
Sophomore Joe Langel got himself back in the national rankings
discussion at 125 pounds after taking down No. 13 Garrett Frey of
Princeton, coming from behind in the third period to win the match,
6-4, as the Knights cruised at the Barn.
On the surface, it was nothing new for the Rutgers wrestling
team. The No. 18 Scarlet Knights demolished George Mason and
Princeton Saturday night at the College Ave Gym by scores of 36-9
and 42-0, respectively.
Sophomores Joe Langel, left, and Matt Fusco, right, split time
thus far at 125 pounds and placed in the top five at the Nittany
When the Rutgers wrestling team takes the mat in a dual meet
this season, the biggest question outside of who will win has been
who will be the team's first grappler in the ring.
Redshirt sophomore Mario'Mason is ranked No. 5 nationally at 149
pounds after going 6-0 this past weekend, including a win over
then-No. 2 Frank Molinaro of Penn'State. The Minnesota transfer is
14-3 thus far in his Rutgers career.