It was quick and it was dominant. Rutgers rolled 40-3 over the Hofstra Pride to improve to 5-1 on the young 2018-19 season. After dropping to No. 23 in the Top 25 after a tough loss to Utah Valley, the Scarlet Knights battled back and answered in big fashion. Here are some observations:
Anthony Ashnault and Nick Suriano should be Penciled in for Wins
It was an walk through night for these two hammers. Both registered pins within four total minutes of match time and remain undefeated on the season at 6-0. The next challenge will be the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas in two weeks. While Suriano and Ashnault may find some stiff competition, I would not be surprised if they are both without a loss until the Big Ten schedule. Ashnault in particular, may not have a huge match (in terms of rankings) until he wrestles Boo Lewallen of Oklahoma State at the RAC.
133 | BOOM! No. 2 Nick Suriano with the first-period fall (2:11) on Trent Olsen!— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) November 16, 2018
No. 23 Rutgers 9, Hofstra 0. pic.twitter.com/CmQodcE5Iw
149 | BOOM! No. 2 Anthony Ashnault with his fifth pin of the season (3:59) on Ryan Burkert!— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) November 16, 2018
After a forfeit at 157, No. 23 Rutgers leads Hofstra, 24-0! pic.twitter.com/Mtg5KnVslr
141 and 197 saw changes
At least for tonight, Scott Goodale went with Peter Lipari at 141 who earned his first career varsity victory for the Scarlet Knights. It seemed Mike Van Brill was available but had an 0-2 weekend last week and could be banged up and was given rest. Regardless, Rutgers will need a spark at this weight which is sandwiched in between Suriano and Ashnault whether it’s Van Brill, Lipari, or even Robert Cleary.
On the heavier side, Max Wright wrestled instead of Matt Correnti. They have been splitting time here but one has to wonder when a permanent decision will come. Rutgers will have the Cliff Keen Tournament to help determine a permanent starter and Goodale said they can send some guys to Midlands unattached. Wright, unfortunately, was the only one to lose against Hofstra, making the 197 weight class that much more of a mystery.
Stephan Glasgow continues to Grind and Joe Grello came out Aggressive
Glasgow improved to 5-1 on the season and that’s impressive for a true freshman. Of course the real test will come during the Big Ten portion of the schedule, but you have to be encouraged by Glasgow’s start. He earned a tough 5-3 decision over Ricky Stamm.
Grello meanwhile, was on fire from the start. He got a pin with funky move a little over a minute into the opening period. He has the potential and has shown flashes in some spots to be pretty dominant, but has been inconsistent. Hopefully with this aggressive win, Grello will fine tune his game plan to start fast each match.
165 | BOOM! Stephan Glasgow works a 5-3 decision over Ricky Stamm!— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) November 16, 2018
No. 23 Rutgers 27, Hofstra 0. pic.twitter.com/AWrUrq08B5
174 | BOOM! Joe Grello with the quick pin (1:03) over Sage Heller!— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) November 16, 2018
No. 23 Rutgers 33, Hofstra 0. pic.twitter.com/JhM2ovaHJX
125: Shane Metzler dec. Dylan Ryder: 5-3
133: Nick Suriano fall. Trent Olsen: 2:11
141: Peter Lipari dec. Garrett Lambert: 6-2
149: Anthony Ashnault fall. Ryan Burkert: 3:59
157: John Van Brill win by forfeit
165: Stephan Glasgow dec. Ricky Stamm: 5-3
174: Joe Grello fall. Sage Heller: 1:03
184: Willie Scott MD. Trey Rogers: 13-4
197: Nezar Haddad dec. Max Wright: 6-4
HWT: Christian Colucci dec. Omar Haddad: 3-1
FINAL SCORE: Rutgers 40, Hofstra 3
Rutgers will travel to Las Vegas for a two day tournament (Nov. 30-Dec. 1) for the Cliff Keen Invitational and will return to the RAC on December 16th for a home match vs. Rider.