PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 28, 2014) – The Rutgers wrestling team held its annual postseason banquet on Friday, April 25 in the Brown Recruiting Pavilion at High Points Solutions Stadium.
The Scarlet Knights (11-5, 7-2 EIWA) celebrated a successful season in the program’s final EIWA campaign, finishing third at the EIWA Championships from March 8-9 in Philadelphia and crowning their first All-American since 2002 in 157-pounder Anthony Perrotti (Roseland, N.J.) at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Oklahoma City from March 20-22.
“It was a great turn out, by far the most fans, donors and alumni we have had,” said head coach Scott Goodale. ”It was a nice celebration to honor the seniors and all of our award winners.”
After finishing eighth at the NCAA Championships by knocking off three consecutive ranked opponents, Perrotti was named the Rutgers Wrestling program’s 2014 Ted Petty Most Valuable Wrestler. He finished the year 22-15 and 7-7 in dual action, making a run as the No. 8 seed at the EIWA Championships to finish third and earn an automatic qualifying spot to nationals.
Sophomore149-pounder Ken Theobold (Toms River, N.J.) was named RU’s Nist-Sachsel Memorial Trophy, given to the team’s Most Improve Wrestler. Theobold, who also won the award in 2012, placed third at the EIWA Championships, earning his first trip to NCAAs with the automatic bid. He finished the 2013-14 campaign 22-14 overall and 9-6 in dual competition.
The squad’s Scholar-Athlete Award, given to the wrestler with the highest GPA, was given to senior Dan Seidenberg (Red Bank, N.J.). The fifth-year Scarlet Knight wrapped up his career at 50-52 with a 13-13 record this season.
Taking home the team’s Freshman of the Year Award was rookie 141-pounder Tyson Dippery (Harrisburg, Pa.). Dippery was impressive in his first year at the collegiate wrestler, going 24-14 overall and 9-5 in dual competition. Dippery rattled off a nine-match winning streak in the middle of the season and fell one win short of earning an automatic bid to nationals with a 3-3 mark at the EIWA Championships.
For the second consecutive season, redshirt sophomore Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.) was named the Dual-Meet Champion, finishing with an impressive 27-8 overall record and a 13-2 dual clip. Smith registered 55 points with five bonus-point victories in dual meets, recording four falls and a major decision. He finished a perfect 10-0 in EIWA duals.
Ted Petty Most Valuable Wrestler Award
Nist-Sachsel Memorial Trophy (Most Improved Wrestler)
Scholar Athlete Award
Freshman of the Year
Dual-Meet Scoring Champion
RU enters its inaugural season in the Big Ten with 13 grapplers returning that earned dual starts in 2013-14, including a handful of highly anticipated redshirts and transfers expected to make key impacts next season. The team’s full 2014-15 Big Ten Conference slate was released earlier this month and is listed below.
Ticket information for the 2014-15 Rutgers wrestling season is not yet available and is expected to be released at a later date as the season draws nearer. To be placed on the waiting list for wrestling season tickets please call 1-866-445-GORU (4678) or email the ticket office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rutgers Wrestling 2014-15 Big Ten Schedule
Date Opponent Location
Jan. 2, 2015 IOWA TBA
Jan. 9, 2015 at Illinois Champaign, Ill.
Jan. 11, 2015 MINNESOTA TBA
Jan. 16, 2015 PENN STATE TBA
Jan. 18, 2015 at Maryland College Park, Md.
Jan. 25, 2015 at Nebraska Lincoln, Neb.
Feb. 1, 2015 OHIO STATE TBA
Feb. 6, 2016 at Wisconsin Madison, Wisc.
Feb. 8, 2015 at Northwestern Evanston, Ill.
- home matches denoted by BOLD CAPS
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