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Rutgers Wrestling News and Rankings Update

Wrestlers stay in the polls as team prepares for Rider

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The week five rankings are out and the wrestling team features five individuals throughout the rankings services as the team prepares for a dual meet against Rider University on December 16th.

Here is a breakdown:

Nick Suriano - 133 lbs.

Intermat: 3rd, Flo Wrestling: 2nd, The Open Mat: 4th, TrackWrestling: 2nd, Flo Pound for Pound: 10th

Anthony Ashnault - 149 lbs.

Intermat: 2nd, Flo Wrestling: 2nd, The Open Mat: 2nd, TrackWrestling: 2nd, Flo Pound for Pound: 17th

John Van Brill - 157 lbs.

Intermat: 18th, Flo Wrestling: 17th, The Open Mat: 15th, TrackWrestling: 20th

Stephan Glasgow - 165 lbs.

TrackWrestling: 22nd

Nick Gravina - 184 lbs.

Intermat: 11th, Flo Wrestling: 15th


NWCA Coaches Poll - Receiving Votes (Was 25th last week)

Intermat (Tournament/Dual) - 14th/21st

Flo Wrestling - 14th

The Open Mat (Tournament/Dual) - 13th/15th

Track Wrestling - 13th

Dan Hodge Trophy Rankings

Flo Wrestling ranks the Top 10 candidates throughout the season to capture the Dan Hodge trophy which is awarded to the most outstanding wrestler. Think of it as the Heisman Trophy of college wrestling.

Ashnault is the Rutgers representative within this Top 10 as he comes in at No. 9. He is 11-0 on the young 2018-19 season and has bonus point victories in 82% of his matches. The leaders right now are Bo Nickal and Jason Nolf of Penn State. Their teammate Vincenzo Joseph is also on the list at No. 5.

In addition to being named on this list, Ashnault was The Open Mat wrestler of the week after claiming gold in the Cliff Keen Tournament out in Las Vegas.

He is also closing in on the all time program wins record for a wrestler. At this rate, he might own the record by the time the NCAA Tournament in Pittsburgh rolls around.

What’s Coming Up

Rutgers will only wrestle one dual this month when they take on Rider on the 16th at the RAC at 1 pm. You can catch the action on BTN Plus ($) where I will be on the call with Lou Brogno or for you radio folk, on WRSU, the Rutgers Student Radio Station. My protege Matt Howe will guide you through the action.

After that, Big Ten wrestling will get underway as Rutgers will travel to Minnesota on January 6th and then play host to Wisconsin on January 11th.