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Rutgers Wrestling: Here we go

The season opened with the Rutgers Duals, a low pressure warm up before the meat grinder that will be Rutgers wrestling.

The Daily Targum's Tyler Karalewich did a nice write up on the excitement of college wrestling.  He said it was the best seven minutes in college sports.  Except when it doesn't last seven minutes.

That was the case in most of the matches on Sunday as Rutgers opened its season with the Rutgers Duals. It was intended as a low key warmup, getting the team an opportunity to wrestle outside competition without going through the wars that open tournaments can be.  And the results were pretty much to form. In the 29 bouts that were contested, the Knights racked up eight falls, six tech falls, and five major decisions.  Rutgers lost only two bouts on the day, with 19 bouts resulting in bonus points.

Centenary College came up first. The Hackettstown school graduated a 4-time Division 3 All American in 2014, so the program is a competitive one. RVision video of the match is below.

Delaware Valley College finished in 6th place at D3 NCAA tournament in 2014, and was ranked 4th in the D3 preseason poll. Video is below.

Six Scarlet Knights made their debut in a Rutgers singlet Sunday, including redshirt freshman 125-pounder Josh Patrick, redshirt freshman 141-pounder Anthony Ashnault, redshirt freshman 165-pounder Nicholas Gravina, freshman 197-pounder Ralph Normandia, redshirt sophomore 149-pounder Tyler Hunt and redshirt freshman 184-pounder Taylor Jackson.

The full remarks from Head Coach Scott Goodale at last week's Media Day are below.