PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers University wrestling team has inked four New Jersey standouts to headline the recruiting class for the 2006-2007 season head coach John Sacchi announced on Tuesday. Highlighting the class is a two-time Eastern National Champion and four grapplers who are ranked in the top-five in New Jersey in their respective weight classes.
“We’re really elated over the signing of these young men,” Sacchi said. “Coach Joe Ryan did a great job recruiting and these are the type of young men that are going to take our program to the next level.” The Rutgers coaching staff is hoping to sign more New Jersey standouts during the later signing period in April.
Joining the Scarlet Knights in the fall of 2006 are Keith Dobish (Lodi, NJ), DJ Russo (Netcong, NJ), Phil Black (Egg Harbor City, NJ) and Spencer Kent (Paramus, NJ). Black and Kent are both ranked one and two, respectively, in the 152-pound class in New Jersey.
Dobish, arguably the most accomplished wrestler of the group, is ranked second in the nation at the 215-pound class by Win Magazine, third by Wrestling USA and fourth by Intermat. As a standout at Lodi High School, Dobish has a career record of 93-10, is a two-time Eastern National Champion and an AAU National Champion. Dobish is ranked No. 1 in New Jersey in the 189-pound class and finished third in New Jersey states during his junior season.
Russo comes to the State University of New Jersey by way of Lenape Valley High School. He is ranked second in New Jersey in the 215-pound weight class and finished fifth in New Jersey states during his junior season.
Coming out of Absegami High School, Black is yet another accomplished high school wrestler. He is ranked in the top-180 recruits in the nation for all weights and is most notably ranked No. 1 in New Jersey for the 152-pound class. He capped off his junior season with a fourth place finish at New Jersey states.
Kent rounds out the Rutgers recruiting class and is finishing up his high school career at Bergen Catholic High School. He is ranked second in New Jersey in the 152-pound class. Kent finished fifth in New Jersey states during his junior season and is also a member of Team New Jersey.
The Rutgers wrestling team will be back in action on Saturday, Dec. 3, when it opens its home slate against the United States Naval Academy at 1:00 p.m. at the College Avenue Gymnasium.