With the opening wrestleoffs scheduled for this Saturday, wrestling is underway...for real. The first dual meets of the season are only ten days off. So this is getting serious.
11 a.m. Saturday at the Barn! Come out and get your first glance of the 2015-16 Scarlet Knights #RUWR https://t.co/EHVxz3j9SY— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) October 19, 2015
Rankings and Polls
Early rankings have three Knights in the top ten at their respective weight classes.
Preseason @InterMat Rankings are out! Anthony Ashnault (#8-141), Anthony Perrotti (#9-165), Billy Smith (#8-HWT) all ranked. #RUWR— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) October 20, 2015
The Big Ten, as always, has wrestlers ranked across the board. In Intermat's first rankings which came out Tuesday, there are 62 Big Ten wrestlers ranked among the 200 Top 20 spots. It includes seven ranked at 125, 133, 165, 174, and heavyweight.
RU also had 133-pounder Anthony Giraldo ranked by another service.
Four #RUWR members featured in @theopenmat Preseason Rankings: Giraldo (#15-133), Ashnault (#7, 141), Perrotti (#11-165), Smith (#11-HWT).— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) October 21, 2015
On the team side, Intermat has nine Big Ten squads ranked preseason.
Intermat Preseason Rankings - Big Ten
Big Ten Recap
RU finished the 2014-15 dual meet season at 14-7 overall, 2-7 in Big Ten competition. That was good for 10th place in the best wrestling conference in the nation.
Big Ten 2014-15 Dual Meet Standings
|1. Iowa*^||9- 0||1.000||17- 1||0.944|
|6. Penn State||6-3||0.667||11-4||0.733|
|12. Michigan State||1-8||0.111||5-13||0.278|
In the Big Ten tournament, the Knights finished 11th, with two wrestlers medaling: Anthony Ashnault (5th, 141 lb) and Anthony Perrotti (7th, 157 lb).
Honors for Smith
A picture - or a tweet - is worth a thousand words.
@RUWrestling @smitty_rutgerz was honored by the Big Ten today Look forward to more from this guy #studentathlete pic.twitter.com/4lSqG94M8f— John Leonardis (@RUJLeo) October 15, 2015
Working with coaches, building the pipeline
The annual NJSIAA coaches clinic was held at RU with the wrestling program as a host. One of the biggest needs for any program - and we see it in football - is keeping local talent at home. New Jersey is regularly among the top 5-8 states in producing high quality wrestlers. Getting high school coaches to think Rutgers Wrestling is critical.
Great morning here at @RUWrestling hosting the NJSIAA coaches rules clinic. #NJ pic.twitter.com/h1Ugd738jE— Joe Pollard (@JoePollard1) October 18, 2015
If you build it (or promote it) they will come
Did you go to the blackout game at High Point Solutions Stadium? Will you be at the blackout match at the RAC?
On Friday, Jan. 22 vs. Wisconsin, #RUWR will hold its first-ever Blackout Match! #d1wrestle http://t.co/GuFkdMUDy7 pic.twitter.com/pu8ObcaAN7— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) October 13, 2015
Last year, Rutgers was sixth in attendance nationally with an average of 2,697 per match (D1 opponents only). It's looking to go over that mark, and its promotional schedule includes the blackout and wrestler trading cards.
Trading cards featuring all 30 grapplers will be given away throughout the season at home events. Collect the full squad! #RUWR #d1wrestle— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) October 13, 2015
|Date||Opponent / Event||Location||Time / Result|
|10/24/15||Wrestle-Offs #||College Ave. Gym||11:00 a.m. ET|
|11/01/15||vs. Centenary College||College Ave. Gym||10:00 a.m. ET|
|vs. Franklin & Marshall||College Ave. Gym||12:00 p.m. ET|
|vs. Binghamton||College Ave. Gym||2:00 p.m. ET|