RUTGERS (10-2, 3-0 EIWA) VS. LEHIGH (5-4, 2-2 EIWA)
Dual No. 13: Lehigh (5-4, 2-2 EIWA)
Friday, Jan. 18 • 7 p.m. ET
Piscataway, N.J. • The RAC
Video: RVision, presented by AT&T, with Danny Breslauer and Sean DeDeyn on the call via www.ScarletKnights.com.
Dual No. 14: at Harvard (2-2, 0-1 EIWA)
Sunday, Jan. 20 • 1 p.m. ET
Cambridge, Mass. • Malkin Athletic Center
Dual No. 15: at Brown (5-2, 0-1 EIWA)
Sunday, Jan. 20 • 6:30 p.m. ET
Providence, R.I. • Pizzitola Sports Center
• The Rutgers wrestling team (10-2, 3-0 EIWA) is home again to take on Lehigh inside the RAC on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. The Scarlet Knights then travel to Cambridge, Mass., to take on Harvard (Jan. 20, 1 p.m.) before hitting the road to Providence, R.I., to face Brown at 6:30 p.m. on the same day.
• The Scarlet Knights are coming off a 19-15 dual loss to Iowa State at home on Jan. 11, a match that came down to the final bout.
• In his sixth season leading the Scarlet Knights, head coach Scott Goodale holds an outstanding 94-31-1 dual record as Rutgers’ mat leader.
• The Scarlet Knights currently feature three individuals in the national rankings: 157-pounder Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.), 174-pounder Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.) and 184-pounder Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.).
• Two RU seniors are closing in on 100 career wins as Rinaldi sits at 99 and Winston holds 98.
• Rinaldi leads the Scarlet Knights with 11 dual wins this season. HWT Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.) follows with 10.
• Rutgers’ lineup features three seniors who have earned qualification for the NCAA Championships in all three seasons of their career. Mason, Winston and Rinaldi have not missed a national tournament.
Rutgers and the Lehigh Mountain Hawks
• The Rutgers wrestling team has scored one dual victory over Lehigh in the series, which dates back to 1941. RU took down the Mountain Hawks by a score of 16-11 on Feb. 22, 1950.
• Head coach Scott Goodale has yet to claim a win over Lehigh in his five completed seasons at Rutgers. Last season’s matchup took place in Bethlehem, Pa., between No. 24 Rutgers and No. 15 Lehigh. The Scarlet Knights won three of the 10 bouts and RU fell to the Mountain Hawks, 26-9.
Scouting the Mountain Hawks
• The Mountain Hawks currently hold a 5-4 record (2-2 EIWA) and are coming off back-to-back wins over conference opponents, downing Navy (19-15) on Jan. 12 and American (30-12) on Jan. 13. Lehigh is ranked No. 14 in the latest InterMat poll and was tied for the leading vote-getter in the most recent USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll.
• Lehigh is led by four grapplers who are ranked in the AWN Top 20, with senior 184-pounder Robert Hamlin holding the highest spot at No. 3. Hamlin, a two-time EIWA title winner and two-time All-American, placed fourth at the 2012 NCAA Championships. At 157 pounds, junior Joey Napoli is ranked No. 4. Sophomore 174-pounder Nathanial Brown (No. 12) and freshman 141-pounder Laike Gardner (No. 18) round out the ranked Mountain Hawks.
Scouting the Crimson
• The Scarlet Knights are 18-4-0 all-time against the Crimson and Goodale holds a 3-0 record against Harvard. The two squads last met on Jan. 6, 2012, with the Scarlet Knights claiming a 33-12 victory.
• Rutgers has won 11-straight matches against Harvard, with the first in the streak coming on Feb. 10 1973. The last time the Crimson picked up a victory over the Scarlet Knights was on Feb. 16, 1971.
• Harvard is currently 2-2 (0-1 EIWA) with Jay Weiss, now in his 20th season, as the head coach. The Scarlet Knights and the Crimson share common victories over Rider and Stanford. Harvard beat the Broncs by a score of 24-7 and downed the Cardinal, 28-9. Individually, the squad is led by senior 141-pounder Steven Keith and senior 157-pounder Walter Peppelman, both ranked No. 11.
Scouting the Bears
• Goodale holds a perfect 5-0 record against the Bears and the Rutgers wrestling program is 14-9-1 all-time against Brown.
• The two squads met last season as the Scarlet Knights picked up a 28-12 victory on Jan. 6. RU has won the last six contests against the Bears in a streak that dates back to Jan. 20, 2007. The last Rutgers loss came on Jan. 21, 2006.
• Brown is 5-2 (0-1 EIWA) under the direction of 30th-year head coach Dave Amato and holds a common victory with Rutgers over Stanford. The Bears beat the Cardinal 16-15 on Jan. 12. The only other common opponent is Rider, who notched a 24-9 victory over Brown on Jan. 5.
Scarlet Knights Drop Close Match to Iowa State at Home
• Despite jumping out to a 12-6 lead, the Rutgers wrestling team fell to Iowa State, 19-15, inside the RAC on Jan. 11. Goodale’s squad won the first two bouts and the Scarlet Knights won five of the 10 contested bouts.
• The Scarlet Knights picked up the first victory of the evening as senior Joe Langel (Howell, N.J.) picked up the 5-4 decision over Iowa State’s Ryak Finch, who was ranked No. 20 in the most recent InterMat poll at 125 pounds. No. 12 senior Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) earned a hard-fought 1-0 decision over ISU’s No. 17 Boaz Beard at 184.
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