Just released by Rutgers, the NCAA has granted Rutgers wrestler Anthony Ashnault a sixth year of eligibility.
Let's make it official, Anthony Ashnault! The only three-time All-American in program history has received a sixth year of eligibility and will compete for Rutgers in 2018-19!— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) April 6, 2018
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From the Rutgers press release:
“We’re extremely happy for Anthony because he really deserved it,” said head coach Scott Goodale. “He’s been the face of our program for the past four years and now he gets one more legit chance to accomplish his goal of winning a national title.”
Ashnault, who missed the entire 2017-18 season due to injury, owns 91 career wins during his career as a Scarlet Knight. The South Plainfield, New Jersey, native is a two-time national semifinalist and the only three-time All-American in program history, securing his spot on the podium at Nationals from 2015-17.
A two-time Big Ten Champion, Ashnault finished his last collegiate season in 2016-17 with a 30-6 record, which included his second consecutive Big Ten individual title, a national semifinal appearance and a sixth-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Championships at 141 pounds. Ashnault is also a three-time Bauer Male Athlete of the Year, bestowed to the best male student-athlete at the University.
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