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Wrestling Moves to No. 11 in Latest USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll

Scarlet Knights earn new ranking after weekend sweep of No. 19 Oklahoma, Virginia

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers wrestling moved up one position to No. 11 in the latest USA Today/National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division I Coaches Poll, released Tuesday afternoon.
 
The new ranking comes after the Scarlet Knights (3-0, 1-0 Big Ten) swept then-No. 19 Oklahoma and Virginia last Saturday at the 2017 Journeymen Northeast Duals in Clifton Park, N.Y. RU secured 14 out of 20 possible individual bouts, as redshirt senior 149-pounder Eleazar DeLuca, sophomore 125-pounder Nick Suriano and redshirt freshman Michael Van Brill all picked up decisions over ranked foes.
 
Penn State (2-0) received all 16 first-place votes to remain the unanimous No. 1 team in the country, while second-ranked Ohio State (1-0) maintained its position after a solid 31-12 victory over then-No. 11 Arizona State (0-2) over the weekend.
 
Including PSU, OSU and RU, 10 programs from the Big Ten Conference are represented in the latest coaches poll, as No. 3 Michigan (1-0), No. 6 Minnesota (1-0) and No. 8 Iowa (0-0) all reside in the top-10. Other Big Ten Schools in the poll include No. 14 Illinois (0-1), No. 15 Nebraska (0-0), No.18 Wisconsin (0-0) and No. 22 Purdue (3-0).
 
Intermat recognized six Rutgers wrestlers in its latest individual rankings, which includes Suriano (No. 2, 125) Anthony Ashnault (No. 5, 141), Richie Lewis (No. 9, 157), Nicholas Gravina (No. 10, 184), Scott DelVecchio (No. 12, 133) and DeLuca (No. 14, 149).
 
Michael Van Brill was also recognized by The Open Mat as the No. 16 wrestler at 141 pounds after a 2-0 weekend at the Journeymen Northeast Duals, which included a ranked win over No. 13 Mike Longo (Oklahoma). WIN Magazine recognized Jordan Pagano as the No. 16 grappler at 174 pounds.
 
Rutgers returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 19, when the Scarlet Knights compete at the Army Invitational in West Point, New York.

USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll
Preseason No. 12
Week 1 No. 11

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