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Rutgers Wrestling Schedule Breakdown 2021-22 Part 1

FINALLY, the Rutgers 2021-22 schedule has been released and we can start predicting Ws and Ls, make plans for tailgates, and generally get pumped that we are only six weeks away from the first matches! Below you’ll find the schedule (with a little preview of each match) so let’s get into it. Shout out to Intermat for their rankings which I used for this list. You can find all of their collegiate rankings here. Another great resource that helped me gather information was wrestlestat.com, which I highly recommend you check out. This got a little long so I’m going to release it in two parts, please find part 1 below!

Date - Sunday, 11/7/2021
Location - Rutgers Athletic Center, Piscataway, NJ
Match Type - Non-Conference Quad Meet
Opponent(s) - Binghamton/Cleveland State/NJCU
Notable Matches/Match Prediction:

Binghamton:
141: #UR Ryan Anderson (B) vs #13 Sammy Alvarez (R)
184: #7 Lou Deprez (B) vs #5 John Poznanski (R)
Prediction - RU takes anywhere from 6-8 matches.
Cleveland State:
197: #25 Ben Smith (C) vs #15 Greg Bulsak (R)
Prediction - RU will be looking for a shut-out here on paper.
NJCU:
Prediction - Should be a shut-out.

Date - Saturday, 11/13/2021
Location - John M. Belk Arena, Davidson, NC
Match Type - Non-Conference Quad Meet
Opponent(s) - Davidson/Chattanooga (UTC)/Clarion
Notable Matches/Match Prediction:
Davidson:

Prediction - Should be a shut-out.
UTC:
125: #25 Fabian Gutierrez (C) vs #31 Dylan Shawver (R)
Prediction: RU takes 7-9 matches.
Clarion:
149: #24 Brent Moore (C) vs #27 Mike Van Brill (R)
Prediction - RU takes 6-8 matches.


Date - Saturday, 11/27/2021
Location - Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Match Type - Non-Conference Dual Meets "Garden State Grapple"
Opponent(s) - Hofstra/#16 UNC
Notable Matches/Match Prediction:
Hofstra:

157: #24 Holden Heller (H) vs #33 Robert Kanniard (R)
174: #28 Sage Heller (H) vs #8 Jackson Turley (R)
197: #29 Trey Rogers (H) vs #15 Greg Bulsak (R)
Prediction: RU wins 5-7 matches.
UNC:
141: #6 Zach Sherman (NC) vs #13 Sammy Alvarez (R)
149: #17 Kizhan Clarke (NC) vs #27 Mike Van Brill (R)
174: #6 Clay Lautt (NC) vs #8 Jackson Turley (R)
197: #23 Max Shaw (NC) vs #15 Greg Bulsak
Prediction: Toughest test to date, will come down to all these toss up matches.

Date - Friday, 12/3/2021
Location - Bender Arena, Washington D.C.
Match Type - Non-Conference Dual Meet
Opponent(s) - American University
Notable Matches/Match Prediction:

Prediction: RU will be looking for a shutout.

Date - Friday, 12/10/2021
Location - Rutgers Athletic Center, Piscataway, NJ
Match Type - Non-Conference Dual Meet
Opponent(s) - Army
Notable Matches/Match Prediction:

149: #20 PJ Ogunsayna (A) vs #27 Mike Van Brill (R)
157: #21 Markus Hartman (A) vs #33 Robert Kanniard (R)
174: #15 Ben Pasuik (A) vs #8 Jackson Turley (R)
Prediction: RU wins 5-7 matches.

Date - Wednesday/Thursday, 12/29 - 12/30/2021
Location - Hoffmann Estates, Ill
Match Type - Midlands Tournament
Opponent(s) - Multiple
Notable Matches/Match Prediction:

The always challenging Ken Kraft Midlands Tournament is back, and RU will look to have multiple place winners in this two-day tournament. Iowa has won this tourney for the past 100 years, so a title is out of reach, but trophy contention should be on the table.

Date - Friday, 1/7/2022
Location - Rutgers Athletic Center, Piscataway, NJ
Match Type - Big Ten Dual Meet
Opponent(s) - Indiana
Notable Matches/Match Prediction:

149: #30 Graham Rooks (I) vs #27 Mike Van Brill (R)
174: #10 Donnell Washington (I) vs #8 Jackson Turley (R)
Prediction: RU matches up very well with Indiana and should score bonus points at multiple weights. I like RU to take 7-8 matches and win with a score of 28-6 to start off the Big Ten schedule 1-0.

Date - Sunday, 1/9/2022
Location - UW Field House, Madison, Wisconsin
Match Type - Big Ten Dual Meet
Opponent(s) - #17 Wisconsin
Notable Matches/Match Prediction:

125: #12 Eric Barnett (W) vs #31 Dylan Shawver (R)
141: #14 Austin Gomez (W) vs #13 Sammy Alvarez (R)
174: #11 Andrew McNally (W) vs #8 Jackson Turley (R)
184: #19 Chris Weiler (W) vs #5 John Poznanski (R)
197: #UR Braxton Amos (W) vs #15 Greg Bulsak (R)
Prediction: This is will be a big test for the RU squad as Wisconsin has multiple highly ranked wrestlers and an unranked defending Junior World Champion (in BOTH freestyle and Greco) in Braxton Amos. I have RU splitting the matches 5-5 but falling 16-17 to Wisconsin because of 197/HWT. If RU can sneak some bonus points in at the lower weights, it could prove vital to the outcome of the match.

Date - Friday, 1/14/2022
Location - Rutgers Athletic Center, Piscataway, NJ
Match Type - Big Ten Dual Meet
Opponent(s) - #21 Illinois
Notable Matches/Match Prediction:

133: #6 Lucas Byrd (I) vs #3 Sebastian Rivera (R)
141: #3 Dylan Duncan (I) vs #13 Sammy Alvarez (R)
149: #15 Mike Carr (I) vs #27 Mike Van Brill (R)
184: #21 Zach Braunagel (I) vs #5 John Poznanski (R)
Prediction: This should be an exciting dual with a few top ten matchups early in the meet. RU should have the advantage as I am have winning 6-7 matchups and taking the meet by a score of 22-10.

Stay Tuned for Part 2 tomorrow!

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