CBA’s Hrymack among RU’s 2012 wrestling recruits

first_imgHayden Hrymack, who is one of the winningest wrestlers in Christian Brothers Academy’s history, was among 14 future student-athletes joining the Rutgers University wrestling program in 2012.Rutgers coach Scott Goodale announced the incoming class of wrestlers last week. Seven of them were state medal winners at the NJSIAA Championships last winter.The latest class of Rutgers wrestlers has shown its talents on the national stage.Phil Bakuckas of Hammonton and Maverick Passaro from Eastport, N.Y. recorded fourth-place finishes at the 2012 FloNationals in Philadelphia, Pa.Terrance Jean-Jacques of Haverhill, Mass. and West Orange’s Anthony Pafumi earned multiple All-America honors at past National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) national tournaments.Jean-Jacques was second in the country at heavyweight as a junior in 2011 and he followed that performance by placing seventh in the division as a senior in 2012.Pafumi placed fifth in the nation at 171 pounds as a junior in 2011. He was place third at 160 pounds during his freshman and sophomore seasons.Lex Knapp, Lacey Township, and Jan Rosenberg, Rockaway, also earned All- America status at the 2011 NHSCA Nationals. Knapp placed eighth at 215 pounds, while Rosenberg won the title at 103 pounds.Rosenberg added freestyle and Greco- Roman All-America accolades to his record at the 2010 and 2011 Junior Nationals in Fargo, N.D. He placed fifth in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman at 98 pounds in 2010. Rosenberg followed that by placing third in freestyle and fourth in Greco- Roman at 105 pounds in 2011.Jean-Jacques and Conor Wasson, Mount Laurel, placed second in the country at the National Preps Tournament. Jean-Jacques earned runner-up honors at heavyweight in 2011, while Wasson’s stellar performance came at 182 pounds in 2012.Goodale’s team features 10 student-athletes from New Jersey, two from New York, one from Massachusetts and one from Missouri. Sean McCabe of Connetquot, N.Y. and Passaro won New York state titles at 120 pounds and 126 pounds, respectively.Morgan Fitzgerald hails from Kearney, Mo. and the grappler was one of three recruits in the Rutgers class to cap his career with an individual state championship. Fitzgerald captured his crown at 170 pounds.New Jersey natives Anthony Giancola (Collingswood), Hrymack, Eric McMullen (North Bergen), Jalen Ramos (Central Regional) and Ken Theobold (Toms River South) complete the group.McMullen and Theobold were state finalists at 195 pounds and 145 pounds, respectively, to close out their high school careers.Hrymack set a Christian Brothers Academy single-season record for wins in 2011- 12 with 42. He went 42-2 on the way to a fifth-place finish at the state championships. He also won district and region championships during his senior year. He wrestled at 197 pounds for the Colts and led the team with 27 pins. He was a two-time district champion.Hrymack was 73-8 throughout his junior and senior years at Christian Brothers Academy. The Colts were 19-6 in 2011-12 and won the NJSIAA South Jersey Non- Public A state sectional team championship.Rutgers will open the 2012-13 wrestling season on Nov. 4 at the Hokie Open in Blacksburg, Va. The Scarlet Knights’ first home dual meet is set for Nov. 11 against Clarion at 1 p.m.On Dec. 8, the Scarlet Knights will host a double-dual meet with Rider University at 5 p.m. and Princeton University at 7 p.m.Goodale has done a great job keeping local talent in the state. Among the wrestlers on the Rutgers roster are Jackson Memorial’s Scott Winston (165 pounds), Doug Hamann (157 and 165 pounds) and Dan Hopkins (197 pounds), Howell’s Joey Langel (125 pounds), Long Branch’s Nick Visciaro (165 pounds), Raritan’s brothers Dan (184 and 197 pounds) and David (149 pounds) Seidenberg, Point Pleasant Borough’s Jordan Beverly (157 pounds) and J.P. Stevens’ Greg Zannetti (174 pounds).Zannetti and Winston are ranked No. 16 and No. 17 nationally, respectively, heading into the 2012-13 campaign.last_img

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