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Numbers are in: WBB and Wrestling are up

Roundball and wrestling both saw recognition from weekly pollsters
Women's Basketball

The Women's Basketball team moved up two spots to No. 22 in the AP Poll and sits at No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today Poll.  The women opened the preseason at No. 24 in the AP.  Following the season-opening win over St. Joe's last Friday, the new polls have the Knights ranked and/or moving up. The Knights host Northeastern in a non-conference matchup tonight (11/18) at 7 pm at the RAC.


Five members of the Rutgers wrestling team are ranked this week by Intermat, The Open Mat or WIN Magazine.

Redshirt junior Anthony Perrotti continues to lead all Scarlet Knights in the three rankings and is No. 5/4/6, respectively, at 157 pounds. Perrotti improved to 4-0 on the season with a convincing 9-2 decision against Hofstra’s Jahlani Callender Sunday in a 33-6 RU win. Fellow redshirt junior 285-pounder Billy Smith earned a No. 8/7/10 tab from the three polls. He is 3-0 to start the season and moved up a spot to No. 7 in The Open Mat rankings after an idle weekend.

Despite a loss against No. 17/NR/18 Cody Ruggirello of Hofstra, junior Ken Theobold maintained his ranking by Intermat and Win Magazine at 149 pounds. The 2014 NCAA qualifier is No. 19/NR/18 in the three polls with a 2-1 mark on the year.

Among the newcomers, redshirt freshman 141-pounder Anthony Ashnault continued his rise in the national rankings following a come-from-behind win against then No. 18/16/NR Jamel Hudson (Hofstra) Sunday. He is now ranked No. 16/15/19, moving up four spots in The Open Mat rankings and one spot in the WIN Magazine rankings.  

The latest Scarlet Knight to join the national rankings is sophomore 133-pounder Scott DelVecchio. DelVecchio is 5-0 to start the season after winning the Clarion Open on Nov. 2 and taking down Maverick Passaro (Hofstra), 9-8, Sunday. The Open Mat ranked him at No. 17 at 133 pounds.

As a team, Rutgers is not in the Top 25.  In the latest USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll, nine Big Ten teams are ranked among the top 25, including five top-10 squads. Iowa claims the top spot in the poll at No. 1, followed by No. 2 Minnesota, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 Penn State and No. 7 Nebraska. Illinois checks in at No. 14, followed by No. 15 Michigan, No. 17 Northwestern and No. 19 Wisconsin.