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.
|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.