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Rutgers Lands Top Recruit in PJ Casale

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The nationally ranked #3 Delbarton product has one state title under his belt and is the heavy favorite to secure another this Spring.

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Another New Jersey wrestling standout is staying home as nationally ranked #3 at 220lbs by FloWrestling, PJ Casale of Delbarton, has announced his commitment to the Scarlet Knight Wrestling program.

Casale is a 2020 NJ State Champion and a two-time placer. This past spring, due to the NJ State Championships being pushed back, he decided to forego his opportunity to repeat as a state champion to instead pursue a spot on the 16u National Team and represent America at the Cadet World Championships. He fell just shy of qualifying for world’s, finishing in second place, but did qualify for the Cadet Pan-Am Championships held in Mexico, where he captured “double gold” winning both the freestyle and Greco-Roman competitions.

This year he will be the overwhelming favorite at 220lbs to capture that second state championship. Casale was originally committed to the Lehigh but decided to reopen his recruitment this past summer. Arizona State and Michigan both were in the running for Casale before he ultimately decided to join the Scarlet Knights.

Casale represents yet another huge get for Coach Scott Goodale who is continually landing the biggest recruits in NJ. While it’s still too early to determine whether Casale goes 197lbs or Heavyweight while representing the Scarlet Knights, fans can be excited that the big man has decided to stay home and wreak some havoc in Piscataway throughout his career.

Casale joins the nationally ranked #2 at 182lbs, Brian Soldano of High Point and the 13th ranked at 138lbs, Brandon Cheletsos of Pennsylvania as part of the 2022 recruiting class. With the return of All-American underclassmen #5 John Poznanski (184lbs) and #12 Jackson Turley (174lbs), Rutgers Wrestling is now stockpiling upper weight depth like never before.

Rutgers will be looking to continue their ascension in the ranks of the Big Ten in just a month as the season gets started November 7th. Sebastian Rivera, nationally ranked #3 at 133lbs going into the season, recently placed 8th at the United World Wrestling Championships in Oslo, Norway while representing Puerto Rico.