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Rutgers Wrestling: Ashnault headlines 2014-15 awards

The Rutgers wrestling team held its annual awards banquet last night and freshman All-American Anthony Ashnault was named Most Valuable. See who else took home some hardware.

The Rutgers Wrestling program held its annual awards banquet on Wednesday, highlighting the team's accomplishments in its first season in the Big Ten.

The Knights went 14-7-1 overall in 2014-15 and tied for 31st at the NCAA Championships.  At the championships, freshman Anthony Ashnault became the school's 10th All-American with an eighth-place finish at 141 pounds. Rutgers also finished sixth in the country in attendance, according to Roby Publishing.

Award Winner
Most Valuable Anthony Ashnault
Most Improved Scott DelVecchio
Dual-Meet Scoring Champion Anthony Ashnault
Freshman of the Year Anthony Ashnault
Scholar-Athlete of the Year Billy Smith
Coaches Award Anthony Pafumi
Community Service Award Ken Theobold
Nike Match of the Year Anthony Ashnault
Comeback Match of the Year Ken Theobold
Fall of the Year Hayden Hrymack
Big Win Award Scott DelVecchio & Anthony Perrotti

Freshman All-American Anthony Ashnault earned a total of four awards, including Most Valuable.  The South Plainfield native was also named Freshman of the Year, and his comeback victory over 18th-ranked Jamel Hudson of Hofstra was deemed the Nike Match of the Year.  With an outstanding 19-2 record in dual matches, Ashnault also earned Dual-Meet Scoring Champion honors.

Sophomore Scott DelVecchio and junior Ken Theobold also took home multiple honors.  DelVecchio, an NCAA qualifier at 133 pounds, was named Most Improved and his 7-1 rout over 7th-ranked Johnni DiJulius of Ohio State earned the co-Big Win Award.  Theobold, an NCAA qualifier at 149 pounds, earned the Community Service Award along with the Comeback Match of the Year Award for his 7-6 win over Minnesota's Jake Short.

Billy Smith (Scholar-Athlete of the Year), Anthony Pafumi (Coaches Award), Hayden Hrymack (Fall of the Year) and Anthony Perrotti (co-Big Win Award) also received honors.

Smith was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second time after earning All-Academic Big Ten honors and qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the third time in his career.  Pafumi, who won the Coaches Award, was also named All-Academic Big Ten.

Hrymack and Perrotti were recognized for single-match performances.  Hrymack's third-period pin in Rutgers' win over 19th-ranked Oklahoma was named the Fall of the Year and Perrotti's upset over 9th-ranked Josh Demas of Ohio State was also given the Big Win Award.