PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Jan. 27, 2014) – The Rutgers wrestling team announced three mid-season additions Monday, as Andrew Campolattano (Bound Brook, N.J.), Tyler Hunt (South Plainfield, N.J.) and Ethan Orr (Branchville, N.J.) have officially enrolled at the University. Hunt and Orr have been cleared to compete for the Scarlet Knights. Campolattano will not be eligible to wrestle until next season.
“We are excited to welcome these guys to our program,” said head coach Scott Goodale. “They are three guys that can absolutely win at the highest level of this sport. As we transfer into the Big Ten, we will certainly look for these guys to be a big part of our program. They come to us with some pretty high goals.”
Andrew Campolattano | 197 pounds
Bound Brook, N.J. /Bound Brook HS
Prior to Rutgers: Will continue his wrestling career at Rutgers after leaving Ohio State in the spring of 2013 … won the 211.5 (96 kg) title at the FILA Junior Freestyle National Championships in Madison Wisc., defeating Minnesota’s Scott Schiller in the final, 1-0, 2-1 … compiled a 40-26 record at Ohio State, qualifying twice for the NCAA Championships … finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships as a freshman, posting a 10-7 dual clip, including a 5-3 mark in the Big Ten … recorded the fourth-fastest pin in Ohio State history, taking down Michigan’s Chris Heald in 18 seconds (Feb. 3, 2012) … finished as the runner-up at the Eastern Michigan Open (Nov. 5) … played football and wrestled at Bound Brook HS … former three-star linebacker recruit by Scout.com … was a four-time New Jersey state champion … won first three state titles at 189 pounds before bumping up to 215 pounds in his senior season ... concluded his high school career with a 178-1 overall record, going 44-0 in his senior season … was 16-0 in the state tournament for his career … also won four District 18 and four Region 5 titles ... ASICS/Vaughan Junior Nationals Greco Roman champion.
Goodale on Campolattano: “Andrew has the ability to win a national title. If he finds that passion he will be hard to beat. He comes with Big Ten experience and we’re excited to have him.”
Tyler Hunt | 141 pounds
South Plainfield, N.J. /South Plainfield HS
Prior to Rutgers: Transferred to Rutgers from North Carolina State … started at 141 pounds as a freshman, finishing the season 21-10, including a team-best 9-2 in duals … posted a 4-4 record in ACC competition .. finished sixth at the Penn State Open, going 6-2 … a two-time wrestling team captain at South Plainfield HS … was runner-up at the 2012 New Jersey state championships at 138 pounds, going 43-1 as a senior … also placed fourth at the 2011 New Jersey state championships.
Goodale on Hunt: “Tyler had very good freshman year at North Carolina State, so he comes with division I experience. He is really competitive and will win a lot of matches.”
Ethan Orr | 165 pounds
Branchville, N.J. /High Point HS
Prior to Rutgers: Transferred to Rutgers from Labette Community College (Kan.) … helped Labette to a team National Junior College Athletic Association championship in 2012 as a freshman, also winning the individual title at 165 pounds … posted a 32-5 record during championship season … won the New Jersey state title at 152 pounds in 2010 and at 171 pounds in 2011 at High Point HS … went unbeaten as a senior, going 41-0.
Goodale on Orr: “Ethan is a tremendous competitor. He loves to wrestle and is a winner. He’s a blue collared type of wrestler.”
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