June 24, 2014 at 3:10 AM
PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers wrestling redshirt freshman 141-pounder Anthony Ashnault, of South Plainfield, is officially a member of the USA University World Team.
Ashnault, who swept 2012 All-American Michael Mangrum (Oregon State) in a two-of-three final to become the 65 KG 2014 Asics University Freestyle National Champion on May 25, was set to wrestle two-time NCAA Champion Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma State) for the USA World Team 65 KG spot Sunday afternoon in Tempe Arizona. However, Oliver was unable to make weight for the wrestle-off, giving the 65 KG opening to Ashnault. The selection makes the South Plainfield High School product the first RU grappler to earn a spot on the USA World Team.
“This is a big step in the career of Anthony Ashnault” said head coach Scott Goodale. “He wrestled a great University national tournament and deserves to-be on this team. We told him when we recruited him that he would have an opportunity to win at the world level and now he does.”
Ashnault will compete from July 6-12 in Hungary for the USA World Team at the 2014 University World Championships.
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