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
Nick Suriano has dominated his competition this season.— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) December 3, 2018
The junior is 11-0 with nine wins by bonus points, including four majors, three pins, a tech and a forfeit. He's outscored his opponents, 93-27.#RelentlessPursuit | #GoRU pic.twitter.com/fWW3Qk3NPP
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
Last season, John Van Brill of @RUWrestling was featured in the 2018 @ncaawrestling “Round of 12”. #B1GWrestle pic.twitter.com/Xh3WqZiU1Y— Big Ten Wrestling (@B1GWrestling) December 4, 2018
Stephan Glasgow - 165 lbs.
Nick Gravina - 184 lbs.
Intermat: 11th, Flo Wrestling: 15th
Next up for @RUWrestling: Rider.— Rutgers Scarlet Knights (@RUAthletics) December 4, 2018
Sunday, Dec. 16
NEW JERSEY DAY
Coach @CoachGoodale is TIED for the all time @RUWrestling Dual Wins record #RelentlessPursuit | #GoRU ️⚔ pic.twitter.com/NngEBY5xfp
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
Week 5 features four ranked individuals according to @InterMat— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) December 4, 2018
No. 2 Anthony Ashnault (149) ↔️
No. 3 Nick Suirano (133) ↔️
No. 11 Nick Gravina (184) ⬆️ 1
No. 18 John Van Brill (157) ⬇️ 2#RelentlessPursuit | #GoRU pic.twitter.com/9NcSwhJc4g
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.
Congratulations to Anthony Ashnault, who was named @theopenmat Wrestler of the Week!— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) December 3, 2018
Ashnault went 5-0 and claimed the 149-pound title at #CKLV2018 this past weekend, which included wins over two ranked foes. #RelentlessPursuit | #GoRU pic.twitter.com/GrBVVg6AVw
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.
Anthony Ashnault now owns 102 careers wins, tied with Andy Roy (2002-05) for 14th all-time in program history.— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) December 3, 2018
He needs 16 more victories to surpass Mike McHugh (1986-89) for the program record.#RelentlessPursuit | #GoRU pic.twitter.com/Xu8mMiaGVl
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.