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Rutgers Wrestling: Rankings and other good stuff

Rankings were up and down. But Rutgers picked up a big feather for its headgear with a host spot for the National Duals.

Roy DeBoer - used with permission

Two weekend losses cost Rutgers a couple of spots in the national rankings.  But on an individual basis, several Knights moved up or held steady.

Rutgers Hosting NWCA Duals

Rutgers is one of eight Big Ten schools to host the Duals.  RU will hold its dual series match at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Rutgers Athletic Center. Rutgers' opponent will be determined based on the dual results of the next two weeks.  For more details on the program, check here.

Individual Rankings

Six Knights appear in the national rankings, Anthony Ashnault is the highest ranked Knight at No. 4 by FloWrestling.

Richie Lewis at 157 jumped five spots in the InterMat rankings to No. 12.

Team National Rankings

Rutgers dropped two spots in the USA Today/NWCA poll for the week after dropping both bouts over the weekend. FloWrestling has RU at No. 12 in dual rankings and No. 14 in tournament ranking whileInterMat has the Knights at No. 15

USA Today/NWCA Poll

1 Penn State (12) 13-0 1
2 Iowa 15-0 2
3 N.C. State 21-0 3
4 Oklahoma State 10-2 4
5 Missouri 12-1 5
6 Lehigh 12-1 6
7 Oklahoma 9-4 7
8 Virginia Tech 13-2 10
9 Michigan 12-2 8
10 Ohio State 9-3 9
11 Nebraska 9-5 11
12 Illinois 12-5 13
14 Rutgers 13-5 12
18 Minnesota 9-7 21
23 Purdue 8-5 NR

Dropped Out: No. 20 Indiana, No. 22 Stanford, No. 25 Chattanooga

Others Receiving Votes: Indiana 16, Oregon State 14, Appalachian State 11, Arizona State 11, Stanford 10, Wisconsin 1

Big Ten Wrestler of the Week

Adam Coon, Michigan, Heavyweight - Jr.

  • Earned first-period pins against both opponents on the weekend, leading Michigan to wins over Maryland and Rutgers
  • Pinned Dawson Peck of Maryland in 2:13
  • Tallied a pin against No. 13 Billy Smith of Rutgers in 1:25, lifting the Wolverines to a win over the Scarlet Knights
  • Extended his record to 14-0 on the season, including five pins and six straight bonus wins