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Rutgers Scarlet Knights Wrestling Tickets
Team: Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Home Arena: Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC)
Conference: Big 10
2019 Season Record: 12-6 overall and 5-4 in Big 10 dual meets
Head Coach: Scott Goodale
Rutgers Scarlet Knights Wrestling TicketsThe Rutgers Scarlet Knights wrestling team is among the first to compete in competitive NCAA wrestling. Some 150 years ago, Rutgers University hosted the College of New Jersey in the first-ever college football game. Rutgers prevailed in the November 1869 contest, and the College of New Jersey became Princeton University. More importantly, the two universities, along with a handful of others, established what would become the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Rutgers fielded its first collegiate wrestling team 90 years ago. Although situated in a national hotbed for the sport, Rutgers enjoyed only nominal success until recent years. Entry into the Big 10 wrestling ranks in 2014 elevated Rutgers wrestling to national prominence. Scott Goodale so far has coached Rutgers to two Top 10 and eight Top 25 national finishes. Get Rutgers Scarlet Knights Wrestling tickets at StubHub.
Who coaches the Rutgers Scarlet Knights wrestling team?Head Coach Scott Goodale is the architect of the greatest achievements in Rutgers' wrestling history. Those achievements apply to the team as well as many of the individuals who have propelled it to national prominence. While a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association, Rutgers generally competed at about the mid-level of NCAA wrestling. Goodale previously led a New Jersey high school team, which produced several state champions. Rutgers took a chance on a relative unknown when naming Goodale its head coach in 2007. With strong local connections as a formerly successful high school head coach, Goodale greatly improved the team's competitive level and elevated its success. Under Goodale's leadership, Rutgers won 173 dual meets against 68 losses and one tie. In five seasons of Big 10 competition, Rutgers posted three winning seasons through 2019, led by a 6-3 Big 10 conference record during the 2016-17 season. Rutgers finished 5-4 in conference action during 2018-19.
Who are the Rutgers Scarlet Knights' top wrestlers?Rutgers has several wrestlers ranked high in their respective individual NCAA weight classes. Among potential All-American candidates are Sammy Alvarez, Nicolas Aguilar, Jordan Pagano and Billy Janzer. The team ranked as high as 10th in recent coaches' polls.
What are some noteworthy moments in Rutgers Scarlet Knights' wrestling history?Two senior grapplers led the 2019 Rutgers wrestling team as the program's first-ever individual national champions. The team also recorded its first-ever Top 10 finish in the NCAA tournament by securing ninth place. Nick Suriano entered the tournament ranked third at 133 pounds. Suriano defeated longtime rival and top-ranked Daton Fix of Oklahoma State in the final and second-ranked Stevan Micic of Michigan in the semis to win the national title. He finished the season with a 29-3 record. Anthony Ashnault posted the first undefeated season in Rutgers wrestling history with a 32-0 record and won the national title at 149 pounds. Goodale earned the "NCAA Tournament Coach of the Year" honors.
What conference is the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in?Rutgers is a member of the Big 10 conference. Joining the Big 10 conference in 2014 increased Coach Goodale's recruiting base, resulting in the team's first individual national champions.
How many conference titles has the Rutgers Scarlet Knights wrestling team won?Rutgers has not won a Big 10 conference title. Its best finish was eighth place during the 2019 Big 10 Wrestling Championship. Its best conference dual-meet record happened a year earlier when Rutgers posted a 6-3 mark in Big 10 dual meets. With 14 conference teams, nine dual meets do not determine the conference winner. The annual Big 10 Wrestling Championships determine individual and team winners each season.
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