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Rutgers Wrestling. Tonight. Pack the RAC. Be there!

Rutgers has a top ten wrestling team. They're 10-2. They're 1-1 in the best wrestling conference in the country. What more do you want, people?

Roy DeBoer - used with permission

Okay, this is how big Rutgers wrestling is getting.  The student radio station, WRSU-FM, broadcasting a wrestling match.  At least that's what the preview says.

Wrestling....on the radio.

Yeah, that's pretty cool.

Michigan State Spartans (0-6, 0-1 Big Ten)
Date Friday, Jan. 8
Time 7 p.m. ET

Piscataway, N.J. | Rutgers Athletic Center

Live Stream BTN Plus
Radio WRSU 88.7 FM
Statistics Rutgers | Michigan State
Match Notes Rutgers | Michigan State
Tickets Buy Here

Rutgers comes off a third place finish at the prestigious Midlands Tournament at Northwestern.  Rutgers concluded the Midlands Championships in third place with 110 team points and a program record seven placewinners, not including one unattached competitor. RU posted three fourth-place finishers in Anthony Giraldo, Anthony Ashnault, and Richie Lewis.

Rutgers opened the season at No. 18 in the USA Today/ NWCA Division 1 Coaches Poll. Today the Knights find themselves at No. 8.  The Knights have wins over five ranked teams, including the stunning 17-16 criteria win over conference foe Nebraska.  And the on-mat success has carried over to the classroom....or is that the other way around?

Tonight's match - on paper - is no contest.  Six of the ten projected MSU starters are in their first or second year of competition. The Spartans (0-6) don't have any individual wrestlers in the rankings, while Rutgers has six, including InterMat's No. 4 Anthony Ashnault.  Along with the South Plainfield native, the Knights also have redshirt senior Anthony Perrotti at No. 10 at 165 pounds, Richie Lewis at No. 15 at 157 pounds, Anthony Giraldo at No. 19 at 133 pounds, Nicholas Gravina at No. 20 at 184 pounds, and Billy Smith at No. 16 at heavyweight.

For Lewis, a fourth-place finish at the Midlands Championships, including wins over then-No. 16 Edwin Cooper Jr. (Iowa) and then-No. 18 Tyler Berger (Nebraska), gives him his highest ranking ever.

Redshirt junior Phillip Bakuckas Bakuckas finished fifth at the Midlands and earned the No. 20 spot at 174 pounds this week, according to FloWrestling.

At 125 pounds, Sean McCabe earned the No. 20 ranking according to Amateur Wrestling News.

Tickets are in sale at the door beginning at 5:30; doors open at 6.

Big Ten Wrestling.  And your Scarlet Knights are in the thick of it.  Pack. The. Rack.