First, some scheduling matters. With the NWCA Dual on Saturday, Rutgers has cancelled its final regularly scheduled match versus Drexel. The match, originally scheduled for this Friday at the College Avenue Gym, is off. The NWCA Dual on Saturday is scheduled for an 8 pm start at the RAC.
|NWCA National Duals Championship Series|
|2/20/16||vs. No. 7 Lehigh||RAC||8:00 p.m. ET|
Tickets are still available through the Rutgers Ticket Office at 1-866-445-GORU (4678) or online at scarletknights.com.
Fans, help us #PacktheRAC 2/20 vs. #7 Lehigh! Let's fill the stands with ⚫️ ⚫️! https://t.co/wSgeMD7Awr #RUWR pic.twitter.com/H9enyLdomr— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) February 16, 2016
Depending on the ranking group, five or six RU wrestlers are in the rankings this week.
#RUWR ranked by @FloWrestling:— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) February 16, 2016
#RUWR ranked by @InterMat:— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) February 16, 2016
#RUWR ranked by @theopenmat:— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) February 16, 2016
NWCA National Duals
Rutgers is one of eight Big Ten host schools for the weekend on special pairings. The rest of the weekend's match ups:
Friday - February 19
Iowa State at Minnesota - 7:30 p.m. Williams Arena
Saturday - February 20
Lehigh at Rutgers - 8 p.m. EST - RAC
Sunday - February 21
Oklahoma State at Penn State - 5 p.m. - Rec Hall
Virginia Tech at Michigan - 2 p.m. - Cliff Keen Arena
Appalachian State at Indiana - 1 p.m. EST - University Gym
Missouri at Nebraska - 2 p.m. CST - Bob Devaney Sports Center
Monday - February 22
Edinboro at Ohio State - 7 p.m. - St. John Arena
North Carolina State at Iowa - 7 p.m. CST - Carver Hawkeye Arena
RU moved up one spot in the USA Today/NWCA Poll this week following its two wins over the weekend. In all, nine Big Ten teams are in the top 25. FloWrestling has the Knights at No. 13 as does Intermat for dual rankings. Intermat hasd the Knights at No. 16 in the tournament ranks.
USA Today/ NWCA Poll
|Team (First)||Record||Previous Rank|
|1||Penn State (12)||15-0||1|
Around the Big Ten
Wrestler of the Week.....And it's about time!
Rutgers wrestling redshirt senior Anthony Perrotti was named the Big Ten Conference Wrestler of the Week, announced Tuesday by the league office. Perrotti (19-3) helped No. 13 Rutgers to a 2-0 weekend to close the Big Ten Conference dual season, ending RU's stay in Indiana with a pin against No. 7 Chad Welch (Purdue) in 1:35.
No. 7 165-pounder Anthony Perrotti captures 1st #B1G Wrestler of the Week Award for #RUWR! https://t.co/KsPe4CUrxy pic.twitter.com/E3wQFBCPpK— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) February 16, 2016
Perrotti is the first Scarlet Knight to earn the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week Award. His weekend began with a 10-0 major decision in the 30-9 dual win at Indiana. Against No. 7 Chad Welch in Sunday's 24-15 win at No. 23 Purdue. Perrotti was taken down nine seconds into the match and spent a minute trying to get away from the Boilermaker. The match changed dramatically 1:10 into the first period, as Perrotti rolled on the restart and reversed Welch. On the reversal, Perrotti caught Welch's arm, which he turned into a fall and thrilling win.
We are satisfied. There will be no investigation.
2015-16 Wrestling Standings