Wrestling Climbs to No. 12 in NWCA Poll, Treks to No. 11 Lehigh Friday Night

Feb. 15, 2017

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers wrestling has returned to the heels of the top 10 nationally ranked No. 12 in the latest USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll, released Tuesday. The Scarlet Knights (12-4, 6-3) wrapped up their regular season with a 28-6 win last weekend against Northwestern.

RU travels to wrestle No. 11 Lehigh (9-4, 7-1) Friday night at 7 p.m. as part of the 2017 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Dual Championship Series, presented by The United States Marines Corps and Theraworx.

Five individuals remain ranked by Intermat entering Friday night’s dual. Anthony Ashnault leads the Scarlet Knights with a No. 5 ranking at 141 pounds. Ashnault has won 11 consecutive matches and is 23-3 overall.

Along with Ashanult, three other Scarlet Knights maintained their ranking from last week’s poll. Nicholas Gravina is ranked No. 13 at 184 pounds after improving to 17-7 over the weekend. Redshirt senior 149-pounder Ken Theobold is No. 14 nationally sporting an 18-6 overall record. Jordan Pagano, who broke into the starting lineup late in the season, is ranked No. 19 at 174 pounds.

John Van Brill was the only Scarlet Knight to inch up in the polls this week, moving to No. 17 overall. Van Brill won his 20th match of the season against Northwestern and went 11-3 in dual matches this season.

Tickets for Friday night’s dual at Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall are still available but a limited supply remains. Fans can purchase tickets by calling 610-758-4263 or by clicking here.


 

 

USA Today/ NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

Preseason 12
Poll 1 10
Poll 2 10
Poll 3 10
Poll 4 12
Poll 5 12
Poll 6 11
Poll 7 11
Poll 8 11
Poll 9 11
Poll 10 11
Poll 11 14
Poll 12 13
Poll 13 12

Anthony Ashnault - 141 Pounds (23-3)

Intermat FloWrestling The Open Mat WIN Magazine AWN 
Preseason 4 5 4 4  4
Poll 1 3 3 4 -- --
Poll 2 3 3 4 3 3
Poll 3 5 5 6 4 9
Poll 4 5 5 6 4 9
Poll 5 6 6 6 5 8
Poll 6 6 6 6 6 7
Poll 7 6 6 6 6 7
Poll 8 6 6 6 5 6
Poll 9 6 6 6 5 6
Poll 10 6 6 6 5 6
Poll 11 6 6 6 5 6
Poll 12 6 6 6 5 6
Poll 13 5 5 7 5 6
Poll 14 5 5 7 5 6

Ken Theobold - 149 Pounds (18-6)

Intermat FloWrestling The Open Mat WIN Magazine AWN 
Preseason 13 13 NR 17
16
Poll 1 13 13 NR -- --
Poll 2 14 11 NR 16 16
Poll 3 10 9 12 11 12
Poll 4 10 9 9 11 12
Poll 5 15 12 12 12 10
Poll 6 15 14 12 15 14
Poll 7 14 14 12 14 14
Poll 8 15 17 15 15 20
Poll 9 14 17 14 NR 20
Poll 10 14 16 14 NR 20
Poll 11 14 16 14 19 20
Poll 12 14 16 15 19 19
Poll 13 14 17 13 18 20
Poll 14 14 17 13 17 19

John Van Brill - 157 Pounds (20-8)

Intermat FloWrestling The Open Mat WIN Magazine AWN 
Preseason NR NR NR NR NR
Poll 1 NR NR NR NR NR
Poll 2 NR NR NR NR NR
Poll 3 NR NR NR NR NR
Poll 4 NR NR NR NR NR
Poll 5 20 NR 11 NR NR
Poll 6 NR NR 16 NR NR
Poll 7 NR NR 17 NR NR
Poll 8 19 13 17 17 NR
Poll 9 16 13 15 17 NR
Poll 10 18 13 14 17 NR
Poll 11 17 13 14 NR NR
Poll 12 18 14 13 NR NR
Poll 13 18 14 13 NR 20
Poll 14 17 14 13 20 20

Jordan Pagano - 174 Pounds (23-7)

Intermat FloWrestling The Open Mat WIN Magazine AWN 
Preseason NR NR NR NR NR
Poll 13 19 NR NR NR NR
Poll 14 19 NR 18 NR NR

Nicholas Gravina - 184 Pounds (17-7)

Intermat FloWrestling The Open Mat WIN Magazine AWN 
Preseason 16 14 14 15  15
Poll 1 15 13 14 -- --
Poll 2 14 14 14 14 15
Poll 3 13 13 11 13 15
Poll 4 14 12 11 12 15
Poll 5 12 12 10 11 14
Poll 6 12 12 10 11 17
Poll 7 11 11 10 11 17
Poll 8 11 11 10 11 12
Poll 9 14 13 14 13 19
Poll 10 14 13 14 13 19
Poll 11 13 12 14 13 18
Poll 12 13 12 13 13 19
Poll 13 13 12 13 13 19
Poll 14 13 12 14 12 19


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