Boy was that fun. Rutgers Wrestling returned to the RAC in dominating fashion by sweeping their quad today vs. Centenary, Fresno State and Johnson and Wales.
Here are the respective scores: 48-3, 30-6, and 35-5.
Yeah, it was a good day.
While Centenary and Johnson and Wales were Division III opponents, Rutgers came out aggressive and treated it like any other Big Ten match. Fans should be encouraged by some of the performances, particularly Anthony Ashnault and Nick Suriano. Both were flat out dominant. Ashnault registered three pins, all within the first period, and Suriano added two within his three wins.
Ashnault only needs 24 more wins to become the school’s all-time leader. By the way he wrestled today, he’ll definitely get it done.
149 | We missed you, AA.— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) November 3, 2018
Anthony Ashnault works the P1 pin in his return to the lineup.
No. 13 Rutgers 48, Centenary 0. pic.twitter.com/j3ZpI1TlvB
Nick Suriano was equally as dominant, but we knew this after his run to the NCAA finals last year at 125 pounds. What we didn’t know was how he would adjust to 133. He adjusted just fine.
The biggest thing I found today was true freshman Stephan Glasgow at 165 pounds going 3-0 on the day. After losing a wrestle off at 157 to John Van Brill, Glasgow went up and won in every which way: by pin, a 3-2 grind, and a flashy 18-7 victory to finish his day.
165 | Stephan Glasgow finishes the day 3-0 with his 18-7 MD over Nick Munsch!— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) November 3, 2018
No. 13 Rutgers 4, J&W 0. pic.twitter.com/bqefGLJZw4
Christian Colucci will fill in nicely as the new heavyweight. He went 1-1 today with a tough loss to No. 17 AJ Nevills of Fresno State. Other than that, he looks very physical and loves to shoot and utilize leg attacks, in addition to standard upper body heavyweight wrestling. If he can tweak some things while on bottom, he’s going to be solid.
Shane Metzler may very well be the 125 pounder this season, but Nico Aguilar should be called upon if necessary. Scott Goodale has said they plan on redshirting Aguilar rather than having him wrestle as a true freshman, but with Metzler going 1-2 today, it could be an option. Metzler has his positives and I will give him credit going up against the D-III National Champion at 125 pounds from Johnson and Wales: Jay Albis.
197 is going to be weird and exciting. Matt Correnti won his first and only match against Fresno State, while Max Wright earned two victories in the first and third matches of the day. Correnti was sporting tape wrapped around his right elbow and wrist so it is certain he is a little banged up. Goodale is going to let these two fight it out for the spot through tournaments and more meets early on in the season.
197-P2 | HUGE reversal has Correnti up, 5-4, on Salas heading into P3. pic.twitter.com/j7PjZB4If8— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) November 3, 2018
Coach and Wrestler Quotes:
Goodale on sweeping the quad: “We got a lot out of today. It was good all around to see where our guys are at. It was great to see falls. People get excited from that.”
Goodale on the return of Ashnault: “You can tell there’s a calmness. He talks about it and maybe it’s no pressure on him. Great to see.”
Goodale on Glasgow: “Best win of the day was beating Martino from Fresno State. Steph’s tough, he’s real tough. I think people know he’s athletic, but he has a mental toughness side that we needed to see and we got that.”
Ashnault on his return: “Feels awesome. I wanted to come out and score a lot and make it exciting for the fans. I felt real free out there.”
Ashnault on being 149: “I’m still cutting a little but nothing close to what I was. My body feels great, my energy feels good. I feel a sense of calmness now. I know what to expect everywhere I go and I’m ready to put on a show.”
Ashnault on wrestling all three matches: “Coaches asked me if I wanted to sit out the first one and I said ‘heck no.’ At home, this is where I want to be and put on a show.”
Suriano on his 3-0 day: “It’s just one match at a time. It’s good to get back out here. I’m back healthy too and that’s the most important part.”
Suriano on wrestling at 133: “Didn’t feel much different but I’ll tell you one thing: in that second match, that kid was humungous. I feel great though and where I need to be. I’m here to stay and win big.”
Glasgow on his Rutgers debut: “This is probably the greatest moment of my life right now, to be honest. I’ve waited a long time. I remember sitting in those stands, watching these guys, itching, waiting to get on the mat.”