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Rutgers Wrestling: The Stretch Run

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One more dual match and then....the post-season. It's been a great run so far.

Roy DeBoer - used with permission

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.

Individual Rankings

Depending on the ranking group, five or six RU wrestlers are in the rankings this week.

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

Team Rankings

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

Rank
Team (First) Record Previous Rank
1 Penn State (12) 15-0 1
2 Iowa 16-0 2
3 Oklahoma State 12-2 4
4 N.C. State 22-1 3
5 Virginia Tech 15-2 8
6 Missouri 13-2 5
7 Lehigh 13-2 6
8 Michigan 13-2 9
9 Ohio State 10-3 10
10 Oklahoma 10-5 7
11 Nebraska 10-5 11
12 Illinois 13-5 12
13 Rutgers 15-5 14
18 Minnesota 9-8 18
23 Purdue 8-7 23

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.

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


Conference Overall

W-L-T % W-L-T %
Iowa 9-0-0 1.000 16-0-0 1.000
Penn State 9-0-0 1.000 15-0-0 1.000
Michigan 8-1-0 .889 13-2-0 .867
Ohio State 7-2-0 .778 10-3-0 .769
Rutgers 5-4-0 .556 15-5-0 .750
Nebraska 5-4-0 .556 11-5-0 .688
Minnesota 5-4-0 .556 9-8-0 .529
Illinois 4-5-0 .444 13-5-0 .722
Purdue 3-5-0 .375 8-6-0 .571
Indiana 3-6-0 .333 6-6-0 .500
Wisconsin 2-6-0 .250 3-7-0 .300
Maryland 1-8-0 .111 5-12-0 .294
Michigan State 1-8-0 .111 1-14-0 .067
Northwestern 0-8-0 .000 1-12-0 .077
Updated through 2/15.