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Rutgers Wrestling lands 2019 Recruit Sammy Alvarez

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Alvarez, No. 34 in Class of 2019, Originally Committed to NC State

Roy DeBoer

Here comes another big BOOM!

Rutgers Wrestling will welcome in Sammy Alvarez of St. Joseph Regional in Montvale this coming Fall in Piscataway.

Alvarez, who originally committed to NC State in January of 2018, was ranked No. 34 on Flo Wrestling’s Big Board for 2019. He also finished No. 3 in the country at 126 pounds.

In light of Gerard Angelo announcing his plans to transfer to Rutgers after originally being in the Cornell Class of 2018, Alvarez is joining a stacked lightweight room at Rutgers. Shane Metzler was the starter this past season but will now have competition at 125 pounds between him, redshirt freshman Nico Aguilar, and now Alvarez. He could redshirt and bump up, but due to the wide open competition at 125 for the 2019-20 season, head coach Scott Goodale and the staff will likely see what Alvarez can bring to the table right away.

The 2019 Recruiting class is already loaded for the Scarlet Knights and that includes JoJo Aragona, Rob Kanniard, Jackson Turley, and Ryan Vulakh among others.

Alvarez captured the 126 pound title as a senior this past March and was named the most outstanding wrestling at the NJ State Tournament. He defeated incoming Penn State freshman Robert Howard, who is widely regarded as one of the best wrestlers in the 2019 class.

Is it wrestling season yet?