It was meant to be the afternoon in which the Rutgers University wrestling staff would just about absolutely choose up its initial get of the season in a quad meet up with on Saturday at Indiana University.
Alternatively, the Scarlet Knights were pressured to withdraw due to beneficial coronavirus checks in just its plan. As a consequence this leaves Rutgers (-4) with currently only 1 additional frequent-time match on its schedule in a twin fulfill on Feb. 19 at Maryland.
Whether or not that match will even just take location remains incredibly significantly up in the air simply because the Large 10 Convention has a rule that requires athletes to not compete for 17 days if they take a look at positive for covid.
As these kinds of, at this point the most important target for Rutgers is to be prepared for the Significant 10 Championships on March 6 at Penn State.
On the plus aspect, inspite of the cancellations — a match in opposition to Penn Condition was also referred to as off for the reason that of corona — Rutgers is in quite superior condition in conditions of wrestlers needing at minimum 4 bouts to get at massive-bids to the nationals. At this issue, seven Rutgers starters have four bouts in the textbooks and the other individuals have a few.
With Rutgers currently shut down, this signifies Rider is the only local Division I college or university wrestling this weekend. Adhering to a two-week layoff, the Broncs are because of to get back in motion in an absent meet at Lehigh Sunday afternoon in what has the probable to be a true very good a person.
Rider (2-1) will go into this match ranked as superior as 24th in the country in a single rankings, although Lehigh (2-2) is rated 25th by InterMat.
The groups have a frequent opponent in Binghamton. Rider missing to Binghamton, 27-20, in its 1st match of the season even though Lehigh conquer Binghamton, 19-16, final weekend.
With out a doubt, a emphasize bout could occur at heavyweight concerning two nationally-rated seniors wrestlers. Rider’s undefeated Ethan Laird is presently ranked 14th although Lehigh’s Jordan Wood is rated fifth.
Every single crew has one other wrestler rated in the best 20 by Intermat with Rider’s Jesse Dellavecchia now fourth at 157 pounds and Lehigh’s Brandon Paetzell 10th at 133. Paetzell is one of two Phillipsburg Large graduates in the Mountain Hawk lineup.
Lehigh owns a 15-6 record all-time document in opposition to Rider. The teams did not satisfy previous year and their final match was a 26-12 Lehigh victory in the 2015-2016 period.
Prior to using on Rider Sunday, Lehigh will also consider on Army and North Carolina on Saturday.
At extended last, The School of New Jersey will at last get on the mat in a match at Messiah on Saturday. This will be adopted by a dwelling match on Wednesday in opposition to Messiah on Senior Night.
The TCNJ lineup does contain 3 freshmen wrestlers from the Colonial Valley Conference. They are Hightstown’s Alex Stavrou (149) as very well as Allentown’s Nick Golden (165) and Matt Paglia (149).
TCNJ has 5 common-year matches scheduled prior to the NCAA Division 3 Mideast Regionals on Feb. 27-28.