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Rutgers will send five wrestlers to NCAA Championships

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Jackson Turley and Billy Janzer earned at-large bids and join automatic qualifiers Sebastian Rivera, Michael VanBrill and John Poznanski.

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UPDATE: To find the seedings for the NCAA Championships released on Wednesday, click here.

The Rutgers wrestling program is sending five national qualifiers to the 2021 national championships, the seventh consecutive year under head coach Scott Goodale that at least that many Scarlet Knights were selected.

After last weekend’s Big Ten Tournament saw Sebastian Rivera (141), Michael VanBrill (149) and John Poznanski (184) all punch their tickets by finishing in third place in their individual weight classes, Rutgers had two wrestlers receive at-large bids on Tuesday. Jackson Turley (174) and Billy Janzer (197) will be wrestling along with their three teammates in St. Louis on March 18-20.

Seeding and brackets for this year’s NCAA Championships will be announced on Wednesday, March 10 during the NCAA’s selection show at 6 p.m. ET.

Last weekend, Rutgers finished the Big Ten Championships in 10th place with 52 team points. VanBrill turned into one of the bigger storylines of the entire tournament. As an 8 seed who lost his first match, he went on to defeat No. 2 seed Max Murin (Iowa), No. 3 seed Griffin Parriott (Purdue), No. 5 seed Kanen Storr (Michigan) and No. 6 Blockhus to complete his wrestleback sweep and finish in third place. Poznanski also delivered the highest finish for a true freshman in program history since Rutgers joined the Big Ten.

To read more on how the Scarlet Knights fared at the Big Ten Championships, click here.