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Rutgers Wrestling season tickets exceed 1200...and that’s important

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$100,000 challenge kicks in with that benchmark being reached

Roy DeBoer with permission

1,200.

It’s a pretty innocuous number unless it’s applied to a pretty significant circumstance.

Rutgers wrestling announced it has sold 1,200 season tickets for its upcoming 2017-18 home campaign. Now, as part of the Scarlet Knights’ $100,000 season ticket challenge, for every season ticket sold beyond 1,200, an anonymous donor will donate $125 per season ticket sold until the goal of 2,000 season packages sold is reached.

Sam Cali was a Rutgers wrestler who passed away last summer. The anonymous donor’s generous gift will go towards the naming of a Rutgers wrestling assistant coach's office at the new RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center in memory of Sam.

“Now that we reached 1,200 season tickets, we’re really excited to hit our final goal of 2,000 season tickets sold,” said head coach Scott Goodale. “Having this many season ticket holders not only benefits our extremely intense home-match atmosphere, but it also allows us to honor Sam and his family with the donor match initiative. Please help us remember Sam by purchasing season tickets if you have not done so already.”

Rutgers has been a top ten school in attendance over the last several years. This year’s home schedule is particularly attractive with defending national champion Penn State, Ohio State (2017 #6), Iowa (#3), and Minnesota (T - #12) coming to the RAC.

In total, Rutgers' six home opponents produced 41 NCAA qualifiers, 21 All-Americans, 10 championship finalists and seven NCAA individual champions last season.

Rutgers hosts Maryland at Yankee Stadium as part of the "Big Ten Battle in the Bronx," a football and wrestling doubleheader between the two schools on Nov. 4. Season tickets, as well as tickets for both Yankee Stadium contests can be purchased through the Rutgers Athletics ticket office by calling 1-866-445-GORU (4678).

For season ticket holders in football and basketball, each wrestling season ticket purchased for the 2017-2018 season and future seasons will factor into the current season tickets purchased, consecutive years of purchase, and loyalty points categories of Priority Points.

Rutgers (12-5) closed the 2016-17 dual season tied for 12th in the final USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll, which included a 6-3 finish in Big Ten action and an undefeated 6-0 mark at home. The six conference wins marked the most since the Scarlet Knights joined the Big Ten in 2014.

2017-18 Home Schedule

Date Opponent

DEC. 8 IOWA

JAN. 7 OHIO STATE

JAN. 12 NORTH CAROLINA

JAN. 19 HOFSTRA

JAN. 28 PENN STATE

FEB. 9 MINNESOTA