PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- No. 13 Rutgers wrestling began its season with a bang, sweeping its dual matches with Centenary, Fresno State and Johnson & Wales Saturday at the RAC. The Scarlet Knights produced 16 wins by bonus points, including 10 pins, five major decisions and a tech fall.
After missing all of last season due to injury, graduate senior No. 2 Anthony Ashnault collected three pins in his three bouts, all in the first period. The 149-pounder electrified the crowd of 4,242 in his matchup with 2018 NCAA qualifier Khristian Olivas of Fresno State, getting Olivas on his back with 2:29 left in period one for the fall.
No 2 Nick Suriano (133 pounds) and Joseph Grello (174) each had two pins on Saturday, while redshirt junior Christian Colucci (285), redshirt freshman Robert Cleary (141) and rookie Stephan Glasgow (165) all added falls to the pin pool. Glasgow, Grello and Suriano all went 3-0 in their matches.
"We scored a lot of bonus points today," said head coach Scott Goodale. "We got a lot out of today and were able to get acclimated to warmups, one-hour weigh-ins and everything else that comes with wrestling at this level. All around, it was really good to see where our guys are at."
• Ashnault now owns 94 career wins and is now tied with Rick Romeri for 19th in program history.
• Goodale now owns 164 career wins as head coach and needs one more to tie John Sacchi for the most in program history.
• Suriano is now 28-1 in his Scarlet Knight career, which includes 20 by bonus points.
• Rookies Glasgow and Max Wright (197) went a combined 5-0 on Saturday.
What to Know: Rutgers vs. Fresno State
• Rutgers collected four wins by bonus points against Fresno State, including three major decisions and a pin.
• Glasgow secured the 3-2 decision over Brandon Martino courtesy of a late takedown in the second period.
• Grello followed with a 10-0 major decision over Ricky Padilla, highlighted by four-point near fall in the first period.
• Redshirt senior Jordan Pagano (184) and redshirt sophomore Matthew Correnti (197) added decisions against the Bulldogs.
• The match of the day came courtesy of Colucci and No 17 AJ Nevills, which needed four overtime periods to decide. Colucci held a 1-0 lead late in the third period, but Nevills followed with an escape to force sudden victory. Both traded shots until Nevills was able to ride out Colucci in TB4.
• After a loss from Shane Metzler at 125 pounds, Rutgers closed out the dual with four consecutive wins. Three of those wins were by bonus points, including Ashnault's first-period pin on Olivas.
Match 2: No. 13 Rutgers 30, Fresno State 6
Match started at 165 pounds
165: Stephan Glasgow (RU) dec. over Brandon Martino (FSU), 3-2, Rutgers lead, 3-0.
174: Joe Grello (RU) MD over Ricky Padilla (FSU), 10-0, Rutgers leads, 7-0
184: Jordan Pagano (RU) dec. over Jackson Hemauer (FSU), 4-0, Rutgers leads, 10-0
197: Matthew Correnti (RU) dec. over Danny Salas (FSU), 5-4, Rutgers leads, 13-0
Hwt: No. 17 AJ Nevills (FSU) TB4 over Christian Colucci (RU), 3-2, Rutgers leads, 13-3
125: Robert Garcia IV (FSU) dec. over Shane Metzler (RU), 4-3, Rutgers leads, 13-6
133: No. 2 Nick Suriano (RU) MD over Gary Joint (FSU), 15-4, Rutgers leads, 17-6
141: Michael Van Brill (RU) MD over Christopher Deloza (FSU), 12-1, Rutgers leads, 21-6
149: No. 2 Anthony Ashnault (RU) fall over Khristian Olivas (FSU) (2:32), Rutgers leads, 27-6
157: No. 9 John Van Brill (RU) dec. over Isaiah Hokit (FSU, 3-2, Rutgers wins, 30-6
What to Know: Rutgers vs. Centenary
• Rutgers collected five pins, a tech fall and a major decision against the Cyclones.
• Glasgow started the dual with a third-period fall of Haakon Mathewson. After leading 15-5 in the third period, Glasgow caught Mathewson at the edge of the circle for the pin.
• Grello followed with his first pin of the season, this one coming midway through the second period against Jeremy Numberger.
• In his collegiate debut, Wright (197) earned an 8-4 decision over 2018 Division III All-American Ettini Udott.
• In his first collegiate match since his transfer from Lehigh, Colucci worked a fall late in the first period on Jerold Goodman.
• Rutgers closed the bout with three pins in their final five matches, including falls from Suriano, Cleary and Ashnault.
• Ashnault wrestled in a collegiate match for the first time since March 18, 2017 at the NCAA Championships.
No. 13 Rutgers 48, Centenary 3
Match started at 165 pounds
165: Stephan Glasgow (RU) fall over Haakon Mathewson (CU) (5:18), Rutgers leads, 6-0
174: Joe Grello (RU) fall over Jordan Juliano (CU) (4:52), Rutgers leads, 12-0
184: Jordan Pagano (RU) TF over Justin Hopman (CU), 20-5 (6:28), Rutgers leads, 17-0
197: Max Wright (RU) dec. over Ettini Udott (CU), 8-4, Rutgers leads, 20-0
Hwt: Christian Colucci (RU) fall over Jerold Goodman (CU) (2:56), Rutgers leads, 26-0
125: Shane Metzler (RU) MD over Jacy Jones (CU), 14-1, Rutgers leads, 30-0
133: No. 2 Nick Suriano (RU) fall over Bobby Demeter (CU) (1:53), Rutgers leads, 36-0
141: Robert Cleary (RU) fall over Cameron Bruffy (CU) (5:50), Rutgers leads, 42-0
149: No. 2 Anthony Ashnault (RU) fall over Logan Long (CU) (1:29), Rutgers leads, 48-0
157: Christopher Muce (CU) dec. over Jake Benner (RU), 8-2, Rutgers wins, 48-3
What to Know: Rutgers vs. Johnson & Wales
• Rutgers collected five wins by bonus points, including three pins and two major decisions.
• Glasgow closed out his perfect 3-for-3 day with an 18-7 major decision on Nick Munsch.
• Ashnault, Grello and Suriano all won by fall. All three pins came in the third period.
• Redshirt junior Willie Scott (184) and redshirt senior Ralph Normandia (285) both contributed wins in their lone matches of the day. Scott won by major decision, 12-0.
No. 13 Rutgers 38, Johnson & Wales 5
Match started at 165 pounds
165: Stephan Glasgow (RU) MD over Nick Munsch (J&W), 18-7, Rutgers leads, 4-0
174: Joe Grello (RU) fall over Nick Caracappa (J&W) (1:46), Rutgers leads, 10-0
184: Willie Scott (RU) MD over Khamri Thomas (J&W), 12-0, Rutgers leads, 14-0
197: Max Wright (RU) dec. over Michael DiNardo (J&W), 7-2, Rutgers leads, 17-0
Hwt: Ralph Normandia (RU) dec. over London Leka (J&W), 4-0, Rutgers leads, 20-0
125: Jay Albis (J&W) TF over Shane Metzler (RU), 16-0, Rutgers leads, 20-5
133: No. 2 Nick Suriano (RU) fall over Christopher Caban (J&W) (1:52), Rutgers leads, 26-5
141: Michael Van Brill (RU) dec. over Joseph Ferinde (J&W), 7-2, Rutgers leads, 29-5
149: No. 2 Anthony Ashnault (RU) fall over Da'mani Burns (J&W) (1:50), Rutgers leads, 35-5
157: No. 9 John Van Brill (RU) dec. over Malik Rasheed (J&W), 11-5, Rutgers wins, 38-5
• Rutgers heads to upstate New York to take on No. 25 Appalachian State and Utah Valley on Nov. 10 at the Journeymen duals in Clifton Park, N.Y.