Due to impending inclement weather, the #RUWR vs. Wisconsin dual set for tomorrow night has been postponed. Makeup date not yet scheduled.— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) January 22, 2016
You'd think people from Wisconsin would be able to handle a foot or so of snow!
The No. 12 Scarlet Knights put their six match home unbeaten streak on the line tonight as they host conference foe Wisconsin.
|Wisconsin Badgers (1-4, 0-3 Big Ten)|
|Date||Friday, Jan. 22|
|Time||7 p.m. ET|
Piscataway, N.J. | Rutgers Athletic Center
|Live Stream||BTN Plus|
|Radio||WRSU 88.7 FM|
|Statistics||Rutgers | Wisconsin|
|Match Notes||Rutgers | Wisconsin|
The loss to Minnesota dropped the Knights six spots in the national rankings. A program best No. 6 last week was short-lived as RU, still in the top rankings, fell.
|Intermat Dual ranking|
|1||Penn State (11)||10-0||1|
|3||N.C. State (1)||17-0||3|
Despite its 1-4 record, Wisconsin did receive votes in this week's ranking.
All four UW losses have come against opponents ranked in the top-20 of the most recent USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll, including No. 1 Penn State and No. 2 Iowa. Wisconsin placed 17th at the 2015 NCAA Championships and has three NCAA qualifiers and two-All-Americans back from that squad.
Against Minnesota, both Richie Lewis (No. 15, 157) and Hayden Hrymack (197) were out of the lineup. They are both expected back for the Badgers. Against the Gophers, both of those weights were losses for RU.
There are several ranked matchups in the contest. At 133, redshirt freshman No. 18 Anthony Giraldo will likely face No. 7 Ryan Taylor. And at 165, No. 9 Anthony Perrotti will square off against No. 3 Isaac Jordan. Perrotti and Jordan are both All Americans. At 174 pounds, No. 20 Phil Bakuckas (@FloWrestling) will take on No. 20 Ricky Robertso.
Rutgers is 0-2 all-time against Wisconsin. The then-No. 21 Knights had momentum for much of last year's match at UW Field House, but three-straight Wisconsin wins to close the dual tied things at 18-18 and gave the No. 18 Badgers a 19-18 win by criterion.
R U ready to #PacktheRAC for the #RUWR Blackout Friday? First 500 through the doors get blackout rally towels! pic.twitter.com/A5LRzLl3wl— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) January 18, 2016