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Rutgers & Big Ten Wrestling Wrecap: The end is near

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The Big Ten Wrestling Tournament is just over three weeks away. Where are the top teams right now?

Roy DeBoer - used with permission

Knight Notes

A heart-breaking and unexpected conclusion in a loss and a second conference win rounded out the weekend for the Knights. The Knights went to criteria against Wisconsin, losing on the third criteria, 19-18.  Two days later, the team bounced back, picking up its second Big Ten win, against Northwestern, 22-19.  The Knights moved to 2-7 to close out its first Big Ten season.

Rutgers Rankings

Intermat has the Knights at No. 23 in its dual meet rankings, up one spot from last week.  The USA Today/NWCA Poll puts the Knights at No. 21, holding steady from a week ago.

The Intermat individual rankings have five Knights ranked.  Anthony Ashnault (141) is the highest ranked Scarlet wrestler at No. 9, the same spot as last week.  Ashnault went 2-0 over the weekend,  with a regular and a major decision.  Sophomore Scott DelVecchio (133) holds steady at No. 18 while junior Ken Theobold (149) holds at No. 17.  157-pounder Anthony Perrotti has moved up five spots in the last three weeks.  The returning All American is now at No. 14 on Intermat.  Rounding out the Scarlet rankings is Billy Smith.  The heavyweight remains at No. 14 after losing to the No. 3 and the No. 4 wrestlers in the country. Phil Bakuckas (174) is at No. 20 in the rankings by The Open Mat.

Last Home Match a Sweetheart

Love wrestling?  Love Rutgers?  (see what I'm getting at here?) Don't you love it? This Saturday, February 14 at 2 pm at the College Avenue Gym versus Princeton.

Prior to Saturday's match against the Tigers, redshirt senior Phil Visicaro, the team's only senior, will be recognized.

B1G Rankings

There are 79 Big Ten wrestlers - out of 250 top 25 wrestlers - in Intermat's rankings.  That's 32% of the top wrestlers competing for the conference.  If you look at All American status (top 8), 40 of 80 - that's half for those too lazy or uninterested to do the math - that represent the B1G. Ten Big Ten wrestlers are ranked either No. 1 or 2 in their weight class.

USA Today/NWCA

RANK SCHOOL RECORD PREVIOUS
1 Iowa 13-0 1
2 Missouri 20-0 2
3 Ohio State 12-3 4
4 Minnesota 11-2 3
5 Penn State 10-3 5
6 Cornell 14-1 6
7 Oklahoma State 8-3 7
8 Iowa State 8-2 8
9 Virginia Tech 12-2 9
10 Nebraska 11-1 10
12 Illinois 12-4 14
16 Michigan 6-5 16
18 Wisconsin 9-3 18
21 Rutgers 12-7 21
24 Purdue 8-8 22


B1G Standings


Conference

Overall


W-L-T

%

W-L-T

%

Iowa

8-0-0

1.000

13-0-0

1.000

Nebraska

8-1-0

.889

11-1-0

.917

Ohio State

8-1-0

.889

12-3-0

.800

Minnesota

7-2-0

.778

11-2-0

.846

Wisconsin

7-2-0

.778

9-3-0

.750

Penn State

6-3-0

.667

10-3-0

.769

Illinois

6-3-0

.667

12-4-0

.750

Michigan

4-4-0

.500

6-5-0

.546

Rutgers

2-7-0

.222

12-7-0

.632

Purdue

1-6-0

.143

8-8-0

.500

Northwestern

1-7-0

.125

9-8-0

.529

Michigan State

0-7-0

.000

4-10-0

.286

Indiana

0-7-0

.000

2-8-0

.200

Maryland

0-8-0

.000

5-14-0

.263

Through Feb. 8.

Big Ten Wrestler of the Week

Bobby Telford, Iowa, Heavyweight - Sr. - Hockessin, Del.

Telford is currently ranked No. 2 by Intermat.

  • Defeated two ranked Big Ten opponents without allowing a single point
  • His 3-0 win over No. 6 Jimmy Lawson of Penn State clinched Iowa's 18-12 victory en route to at least a share of the Big Ten Wrestling Dual Meet Championship
  • Posted a 4-0 win over No. 13 Spencer Myers of Maryland, guiding the Hawkeyes to a 33-3 victory over the Terrapins
  • Improved to 8-1 against ranked opponents
  • Collects the second weekly award of his career

Wrestling Attendance

The Iowa at PSU match was a doozy.  The 18-12 Hawkeye victory saw 15,967 in attendance at Bryce Jordan Center.  It was the second largest dual crowd in NCAA dual history.

WIN Tournament Power Index Ranking

This is an "expectation" of where teams will finish in the NCAA Tournament.

Rank

College

Top 8

TPI Pts

1

Iowa

8

81.5

2

Missouri

5

79

3

Minnesota

5

78.5

4

Ohio State

5

65.5

5

Illinois

5

57

6

Cornell

4

56.5

7

Virginia Tech

6

55.5

8

Penn State

5

54.5

9

Edinboro

3

51.5

10

Oklahoma State

3

49

11

Wisconsin

3

48

12

Iowa State

3

46

13

Nebraska

2

40

14

Northwestern

3

34.5

15

Virginia

2

27.5

16

Michigan

2

25.5

17

NC State

1

22

18

Pittsburgh

1

19

19

Old Dominion

1

18

20

Penn

1

17