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I contend the key to ending the PSU dynasty is not Iowa, or Ohio State, or Oklahoma State, or Missouri...but rather it is the rise of Rutgers Wrestling.

Rutgers had a breakthrough season crowning its first 2 champs, one of which was a former PSU wrestler.  Both were Jersey boys.  If Rutgers can keep more of its in state talent home (and away from Penn State) this weakens PSU's recruiting pool.  As shown by their recent get of PA champ, Ryan Vulakh, they CAN get top talent.  Imagine if they had kept Jersey boy Anthony Cassar in state....or if they were able to pull Rasheed from NY.

It won't be an instant change, but Rutgers can wage a war of attrition against Penn State...first by taking malcontents and transfers, but soon by outright beating PSU for prized NJ and NY recruits.

 

What say you?

 

 

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1 hour ago, Jimmy Cinnabon said:

I contend the key to ending the PSU dynasty is not Iowa, or Ohio State, or Oklahoma State, or Missouri...but rather it is the rise of Rutgers Wrestling.

Rutgers had a breakthrough season crowning its first 2 champs, one of which was a former PSU wrestler.  Both were Jersey boys.  If Rutgers can keep more of its in state talent home (and away from Penn State) this weakens PSU's recruiting pool.  As shown by their recent get of PA champ, Ryan Vulakh, they CAN get top talent.  Imagine if they had kept Jersey boy Anthony Cassar in state....or if they were able to pull Rasheed from NY.

It won't be an instant change, but Rutgers can wage a war of attrition against Penn State...first by taking malcontents and transfers, but soon by outright beating PSU for prized NJ and NY recruits.

 

What say you?

 

 

Valid point...if they can build a wall around NJ and steal PA kids as well (Aragona, Vulakh & Britton are 3 Rutgers recruits from PA this year) they could certainly hurt PSU a little but PSU has been getting kids from all over the country so they don't rely strictly on the Northeast.

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Right but many of their biggest studs are from the Tri-State Area.  Below are AAs for Penn State from PA, NJ or NY:

Zain

Nolf

Joseph

Ruth

Cassar

Molinaro

Megaludis

Conaway

Wright

Davis

Rasheed

Lawson

Guilbon

Dylan Alton

 

If a handful of those guys go to Rutgers instead it could mean PSU doesn't take the team title.  Not that Rutgers wins it, but it might open up a big enough gap that Ohio State or Iowa or OK State tops Penn State.

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D1 wrestling is getting more competitive. No doubt Rutgers is gaining in prestige and is slowly but surely getting the attention of blue chip kids. Their new facility will help plus having a very supportive AD is a positive. 

It will be a great day for College Wrestling when Rutgers wins it all. 

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27 minutes ago, Jimmy Cinnabon said:

Right but many of their biggest studs are from the Tri-State Area.  Below are AAs for Penn State from PA, NJ or NY:

Zain

Nolf

Joseph

Ruth

Cassar

Molinaro

Megaludis

Conaway

Wright

Davis

Rasheed

Lawson

Guilbon

Dylan Alton

 

If a handful of those guys go to Rutgers instead it could mean PSU doesn't take the team title.  Not that Rutgers wins it, but it might open up a big enough gap that Ohio State or Iowa or OK State tops Penn State.

I agree with you but I think PSU has been trending towards national recruits lately...Nickal, Hall, Bravo-Young, Nick Lee, Joe Lee, Berge, Nick Nevills, Seth Nevills, Teske are all guys who are not only not from PA/NJ/NY but not even from the Northeast. 

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40 minutes ago, IronChef said:

Rutgers has never had more than two All-Americans in the same year.

They were so close in 2018. They had it and gave it up (at 157). Crazy how impactful those last 20 seconds in a R12 match can be to a program.

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I know OP is trolling but technically he's not saying Rutgers is going to beat Penn State, just that if they steal some of their "likely" recruits then that would give another team an opportunity to beat them.   Eh, I see where he's going but PSU will just go to other states like they've been doing pulling guys from even non-top wrestling states like AZ, TX, MD, etc.

Half of Iowa's team is from PA and that hasn't really helped them or hurt PSU yet.   We'll see if next year is any different.

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8 hours ago, Jimmy Cinnabon said:

I contend the key to ending the PSU dynasty is not Iowa, or Ohio State, or Oklahoma State, or Missouri...but rather it is the rise of Rutgers Wrestling.

Rutgers had a breakthrough season crowning its first 2 champs, one of which was a former PSU wrestler.  Both were Jersey boys.  If Rutgers can keep more of its in state talent home (and away from Penn State) this weakens PSU's recruiting pool.  As shown by their recent get of PA champ, Ryan Vulakh, they CAN get top talent.  Imagine if they had kept Jersey boy Anthony Cassar in state....or if they were able to pull Rasheed from NY.

It won't be an instant change, but Rutgers can wage a war of attrition against Penn State...first by taking malcontents and transfers, but soon by outright beating PSU for prized NJ and NY recruits.

 

What say you?

 

 

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