COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Behind four bonus-point victories, No. 18 Rutgers wrestling (12-6, 5-4) cruised to a 25-12 win over Maryland (1-12, 0-9) Friday night in College Park. With the victory over the Terrapins, the Scarlet Knights secured a winning Big Ten Conference record for the third time since RU joined the league in 2014-15.
No. 4 Nick Suriano (133) earned his fourth pin of the season, No. 16 John Van Brill (157) worked a tech fall and No. 1 Anthony Ashnault (149) and Nicholas Gravina (184) added major decisions against the Terrapins, as Rutgers collected its fifth consecutive win over UMD in the all-time series.
"We're fired up about the winning conference record," said head coach Scott Goodale. "Everything this group has been through with our injuries and illnesses and guys in and out of the lineup, it speaks to the kind of guys we have in this program. To pick up five wins in this conference is a big deal, and we're starting to wrestle well, too, which is the most exciting part."
How it Happened
• After an early 3-0 team deficit to Maryland, Suriano came out hot against Orion Anderson, as he locked his opponent up in a cradle for the first-period fall. It marked the fastest fall of his career, as Suriano gave Rutgers a 6-3 lead.
• Peter Lipari (141) added a 12-6 decision over Danny Bertoni, highlighted by a four-point near fall in the first period. Ashnault followed with his 11-3 major decision over two-time NCAA qualifier Alfred Bannister, landing three takedowns in the first period, and one in periods two and three. The major gave RU a 13-3 lead on the Terrapins.
• Van Brill fought hard in his match with Adam Whitesell, as he was forced to the bench due to a cut on his forhead in the first period. Bandaged up and holding just a 3-2 lead with 30 seconds to go in the first period, Van Brill proceeded to outscore Whitesell 17-0 for his second tech fall of the season.
• After a tough 6-4 loss from Stephan Glasgow (165), Joseph Grello (174) followed against New Jersey native Josh Ugalde. With the score tied, 2-2, at the end of regulation, Grello used an escape for his fifth conference win of the season, giving the Scarlet Knights a 21-6 advantage.
• Gravina had arguably his best outing of 2018-19, landing takedowns in each period while riding out Kyle Jasenski for more than three minutes for an 8-0 major.
• Max Wright (197) and Christian Colucci (HWT) both dropped decisions to close the dual.
• Goodale has now finished with a winning record in each of his 12 seasons at the helm of the program. Goodale owns a 173-68-1 career record in duals, a 65-35 mark in conference duals and now has 20 Big Ten Conference victories to his name.
• Ashnault now owns 114 career wins, good for second all-time in program history, as he needs just four more wins to pass Mike McHugh (1986-89) for the most wins in program history.
• Ashnault closed out the dual season with an unblemished 23-0 record, including an 18-0 mark in duals and a 9-0 mark in the Big Ten Conference. Ashnault has won 17 of those bouts by bonus, which includes eight pins, five majors and four tech falls. Ashnault finished the dual season with 85 team points to lead the program.
• Suriano closed out the dual season with a 20-3 record, which includes a 7-2 mark in the Big Ten Conference. Suriano finished with 18 wins by bonus to lead the squad in that category, which includes nine majors, four pins, four tech falls and a forfeit, good for 73 team points.
125: Brandon Cray (UMD) over Shane Metzler (RUTG) (Dec 4-3)
133: No. 4 Nick Suriano (RUTG) over Orion Anderson (UMD) (Fall: 1:10)
141: Peter Lipari (RUTG) over Danny Bertoni (UMD) (Dec 12-6)
149: No. 1 Anthony Ashnault (RUTG) over Alfred Bannisiter (UMD) (MD 11-3)
157: No. 16 John Van Brill (RUTG) over Adam Whitesell (UMD) (TF 20-2)
165: Phil Spadafora (UMD) over Stephan Glasgow (RUTG) (Dec 6-4)
174: Joseph Grello (RUTG) over Josh Ugalde (UMD) (TB-2 3-2)
184: Nicholas Gravina (RUTG) over Kyle Jasenski (UMD) (MD 8-0)
197: Niko Cappello (UMD) over Max Wright (RUTG) (Dec 4-2)
285: No. 9 Youssif Hemida (UMD) over Christian Colucci (RUTG) (Dec 8-2)
All eyes are on the postseason, as Rutgers heads to the Big Ten Championships from March 9-10 in Minneapolis.