ST. LOUIS, MO – South Plainfield resident, and Rutgers red shirt freshman, Anthony Ashnault earned All-American honors last night defeating Lehigh University’s Randy Cruz by a 3-2 decision. Ashnault, became the 10th wrestler in Rutgers history to earn All American status. Ashnault’s attempts to secure the 3rd overall rank in the 141lbs weight class fell short as Ashnault suffered a hamstring injury while wrestling Oklahoma State’s Dean Heil. Heil won the bout 9-4. Ashnaults’ status for tomorrow match is currently unknown. The top eight finishers in the NCAA Championships receive All-American honors.
South Plainfield residents have been glued to their computers the last few days watching the live feeds of favorite wrestling sons, Anthony Ashnault, Scott DelVecchio and Troy Heilmann. The three outstanding wrestlers all competed in the NCAA 2015 Wrestling Championships. Ashnault, DelVecchio and Heilmann graduated from South Plainfield High School in 2013. Ashnault 141lbs, and DelVecchio 133lbs, both wrestle for Rutgers and Heilmann 133lbs wrestles for the University of North Carolina. The three were corner stones of South Plainfield’s three New Jersey State Championship wrestling teams.
A number of South Plainfield residents made the pilgrimage to Saint Louis to see the former Tigers wrestle. Prior to the brackets being selected there was a buzz in the local wrestling circles on whether former high school teammates Heilmann and DelVecchio would meet up in the NCAA’s being they both wrestle at 133lbs. Heilmann and DelVecchio ended up in different brackets and never matched-up.
If Ashnault is able to wrestle tomorrow he will be facing Missouri’s Lavion Mayes to determine the 7/8th place at 141lbs.