PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers wrestling is slated for two duals on national television during the 2021-22 dual season. The Scarlet Knights compete at Penn State on Sunday, Jan. 16 on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU and host Maryland on Saturday, Feb. 12 on BTN. RU’s road tilt in Happy Valley is slated for a 5 p.m. ET start, while its home match against the Terrapins is pegged for a 2 p.m. ET start.
In addition to the two televised duals, the 2022 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, held March 5-6 in Lincoln, Nebraska, will broadcast on BTN. The 2022 NCAA Wrestling Championships will broadcast on the ESPN family of networks from March 17-19 in Detroit.
Rutgers has nine home dates on its 2021-22 schedule, the most for the program during the regular season since it began competing in the Big Ten Conference in 2014-15. The Scarlet Knights open their highly anticipated season with their annual quad meet against Binghamton, Cleveland State and NJCU on Sunday, Nov. 7 at the RAC. RU hosts ranked foes Ohio State (No. 7) and Illinois (No. 21), as well as in-state rivals Rider (Feb. 3) and Princeton (Feb. 18). Army (Dec. 10), Indiana (Jan. 7), Maryland (Feb. 12) and Columbia (Feb. 19) also visit the RAC this winter.
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Pegged the preseason No. 14 team in the country by Intermat, Rutgers features ranked wrestlers in eight weights, including top-10 rankings for No. 3 Sebastian Rivera (133), No. 5 John Poznanski (184) and No. 8 Jackson Turley (174). No. 13 Sammy Alvarez (141), No. 15 Greg Bulsak (197), No. 27 Michael VanBrill (149), No. 31 Dylan Shawver (125), and No. 33 Robert Kanniard (157) also earned recognition in their respective weight classes.
Under the guidance of head coach Scott Goodale, Rutgers closed the 2021 season with three All-Americans in the same year for the first time in program history. Along with two-time NCAA qualifiers VanBrill and Billy Janzer (197), the Scarlet Knights produced 13 victories at nationals en route to a 13th-place finish with 37.5 team points. RU also welcomes one of the top freshmen classes in the country this fall, which includes New Jersey standouts Michael Cetta, Joseph Olivieri, Dean Peterson, Dylan Weaver and Tony White.