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Ashnault to miss season start due to surgery

Anthony Ashnault wrestling in the NCAA semifinals (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

A week after Nick Suriano was granted a waiver to wrestle at Rutgers University this fall at 125 pounds, another Scarlet Knight -- three-time NCAA All-American Anthony Ashnault -- won't be available at the start of this season because of offseason surgery.

The veteran 141-pounder will be out until at least December because of "two medical procedures," NJ.com reported Monday.

"He had a surgery on his shoulder and he's doing great," Rutgers head wrestling coach Scott Goodale told NJ.com. "Hopefully he is back sooner rather than later. He's ahead of the game with the surgery.

"In the meantime, he got a little stuff done on his knee, which has really been the problem. But he's fine. We want him wrestling in December, so that's the plan."

Ashnault had been training for University Nationals this past spring when he was injured.

If Ashnault were out until early December, he would miss five dual meets prior to Iowa coming to the Rutgers Athletics Center on Dec. 8. Otherwise, if Ashnault is not able to wrestle against the Hawkeyes, he would have four weeks until more intense competition in early 2018, with defending NCAA champs Penn State, runner-up Ohio State, and seventh-place finisher Minnesota all slated to visit Rutgers in January and February.

A native of South Plainfield, N.J., Anthony Ashnault was an undefeated, four-time New Jersey state champ for South Plainfield High School, compiling a 170-0 record. As a Scarlet Knight, Ashnault is a three-time NCAA All-American, and two-time Big Ten conference champ at 141 pounds. He has built an overall record of 84-15 at Rutgers.

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