College Coaches to Go “Camp”ing Again: Bound Brook Phenom Will Wrestle Afterall

Last April, when the news broke that then 2x New Jersey State champion (he has since added a third crown), Andrew Campolattano, had elected to bypass wrestling on the collegiate level and instead accept an offer to play football for the Scarlet Knights of rising EIWA contender, Rutgers University, the hearts of nearly every division I head coach broke at the notion of such a unique, once-in-a-lifetime talent leaving his wrestling shoes in the center of the mat. Instantly, memories of all of the great scholastic grapplers that the world’s oldest sport had lost to the gridiron in the past few years flashed back all at once in their collective minds. For me, names like Grant Miller, Jimmy Lawson, Dexter Lattimore, Arthur Jones, Justin Tougas, and Trevor Laws among others flooded by brain with thoughts of what if. And none of these fine multi-sport athletes had the resume of the Bound Brook stud. At that moment, I could not help but wonder, when is it finally going to end? When would wrestling finally win out over the all powerful football? When would the possibility of one day representing your county in the Olympic Games take precedent over the opportunity for fame and riches that goes with making it to the National Football League?….Yesterday, I got my answer as the “when” became the “present” with the announcement that Campolattano had a change of heart and will now be utilizing his limitless potential as a 197/285 pounder on the mat, and not as a linebacker on the turf of Rutgers Stadium. Victory had been achieved and the “w” question shifted from when to where. This is a question to which that those same formerly broken-hearted coaches now hope their respective colleges/universities will be the answer. Continue reading “College Coaches to Go “Camp”ing Again: Bound Brook Phenom Will Wrestle Afterall”

Make It A Double: Journeymen Wrestling Club Presents 2010 Northeast Duals

Last week, Lighthouse Wrestling was proud to promote the Sprawl & Brawl Duals, organized by the Journeymen Wrestling Club, under the leadership of Frankie Popolizio. However, as deep in talent as that event is, the 2010 Northeast Duals, also sponsored by the JWC, might just be the best accumulation of talent in one place at one time this early into the 2010/2011 season…With a field consisting of seven of the nation’s top 25 teams (13 of the top 50), LHW and Journeymen have one suggestion for you, MAKE IT A DOUBLE, by being in attendance for both of the JWC’s premier events. Continue reading “Make It A Double: Journeymen Wrestling Club Presents 2010 Northeast Duals”

Tis the Season: Journeymen Sprawl & Brawl Highlights Start of ’10-’11 College Season

Scott Green, the legendary New York State Junior Coach, as well a former assistant coach at Binghamton University and the current head coach at prep powerhouse Wyoming Seminary, recently made the comment on his facebook profile that it is starting to “smell like wrestling season.” For many enthusiasts, with matches officially kicking off this past weekend, this is a statement that is abundant with veritas and intensity. However, while I acknowledge the importance of all matches, for me, the start of the college season is always marked by the first of Frankie Popolizio and Journeymen Wrestling Club’s two mega-events; 2010/2011 is no different as I, along with a plethora of fans located in the Northeast, anxiously await the calendar hitting November 21st, the date of the JWC’s annual Sprawl and Brawl Duals….Hosted by the defending Colonial Athletic Association champions, Binghamton University, this year’s field is highlighted by the participation of teams such as Penn State University, Harvard University, Rutgers, Michigan State University, and West Virginia, as well as the aforementioned Bearcats. Continue reading “Tis the Season: Journeymen Sprawl & Brawl Highlights Start of ’10-’11 College Season”

The Garden (State) Strikes Back: Scarlet Knights Steal One of NYS Finest….

After weeks of sitting back and watching as their neighbors stock-piled blue-chipper upon blue-chipper, New Jersey struck back hard on Tuesday night, landing one of the top unsigned talents in the Empire State when 2009 NYS DI runner-up, Steven Rodrigues of Fox Lane High School in Section I, announced on his facebook that he had given a verbal commitment to Rutgers University. The landing of Rodrigues, the #8 prospect in New York’s senior class, marks the second consecutive year that Scarlet Knight Head Coach, Scott Goodale, has enticed a top-10 student-athlete from the N-Y to take his respective talent to the New Brunswick based campus. Last season, Goodale, now in his fourth year at the helm of the rising EIWA contender, won the sweepstakes for eventual 2010 NYS DI State Champion, Anthony Volpe…Now including the #4 national recruit, 3x NJ State Champion Andrew Campolattano, who for the time being is considered the exclusive property of the Scarlet Knight football program, Rodrigues becomes the second member of the class of 2011 to select Rutgers from among his many suitors. He joins 2010 New Jersey State placewinner (6th) Anthony Perrotti of West Essex Regional High School, who announced his college intentions in mid-October. Continue reading “The Garden (State) Strikes Back: Scarlet Knights Steal One of NYS Finest….”

Previewing the EIWA

The EIWA season is upon us and it’s time to take a look at the teams and wrestlers looking to make a splash when the NCAA Tournament invades Philadelphia this March. Lighthouse Wrestling brings you a breakdown of the top-five squads in the conference as selected in the coaches’ poll along with some big-time duals and other wrestlers to note this season.

The EIWA season is upon us and it’s time to take a look at the teams and wrestlers looking to make a splash when the NCAA Tournament invades Philadelphia this March. Lighthouse Wrestling brings you a breakdown of the top-five squads in the conference as selected in the coaches’ poll along with some big-time duals and other wrestlers to note this season.

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Resurgence of Rutgers rests on NJ talent

It is a date that has been circled on Scott Goodale’s calendar since he arrived at Rutgers University to head the wrestling program: Nov. 7, 2010.  The day not only marks the start of Goodale’s fourth season at the helm of the Scarlet Knights’ program, but also the year that Rutgers rises to national prominence.

And with a bevy of home grown, New Jersey talent, it is already showing in the practice room.

“There’s tension in the room. There’s a lot of competition, which is a good thing,” said Goodale, who boasts nine wrestlers with NCAA Tournament experience. “Guys are fighting hard to survive on that mat and you have to. There are just too many good guys and there are no breaks. That’s the difference — that has to be the difference.  It’s the only way you get to be a great program.”

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Scott Goodale and his 23rd Ranked Rutgers Knights Ready Lehigh Snow or no Snow

The No. 23 Rutgers wrestling team will put its school record 12-match unbeaten streak on the line this Saturday when it travels west to face No. 7 Lehigh at the Stabler Arena for a 1 p.m. match.

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. (Feb. 4, 2010) – The No. 23 Rutgers wrestling team will put its school record 12-match unbeaten streak on the line this Saturday when it travels west to face No. 7 Lehigh at the Stabler Arena for a 1 p.m. match.

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