NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. â€“ Rutgers wrestling head coach Scott Goodale announced the signing of three scholastic standouts â€“ Dan Seidenberg (Raritan, N.J.), Sam Kuntz (Peachtree City, Ga.) and Cullen Isenberg (Stewartsville, N.J.) â€“ during the spring signing period.
â€œWe are excited that we are bringing in a class that has great potential to be successful at this level,â€ said Goodale. â€œThe one thing that sticks out the most is the fact there is tremendous upside with all of the wrestlers we are bringing in. I think we did a good job of going out-of-state and solidifying our line-up and roster with guys who want to be All-Americans and National Champions.â€
Seidenberg was a three-time New Jersey state qualifier out of Raritan High School. He was a two-time runner-up in the state tournament and placed third as a senior this past winter at 171 pounds. He joins his brother, Dave, who will be a sophomore with the Scarlet Knights next season.
Kuntz, a product of Peachtree Ridge High School in Georgia, took home the 2009 Georgia State title and captured sixth place at the NHSCA High School Nationals at 189 pounds this past winter. He finished his final season with a 42-2 record.
Isenberg was a four-time National Prep place winner, finishing fifth as a freshman, third as a sophomore, second as a junior and fourth as a senior, at 135 pounds out of Wyoming Seminary High School in New Jersey.
Scholastic standouts Alex Abramat (Cypress Bay, Fla.), Evan Brewer (Hunterdon, N.J.) and Luke Rigoglioso (Wayne, N.J.) also committed to the Scarlet Knights and will enroll at the University this fall. Abramat, who posted a 41-3 record as a senior at Cypress Bay High School, was a four-time district winner, three-time regional champion and two-time county title holder. He was a runner-up at the Florida State championships this past winter. A product of Hunterdon Central High School, Brewer was an honorable mention All-Skyland Conference selection who won the District 17 title and advanced to the New Jersey state regionals at 135 pounds his senior season. Rigoglioso was a four-time District Four champion, two-time Region One title holder and two-time New Jersey state qualifier out of Wayne Valley High School. His brother, Matt, will be a senior with the Scarlet Knights next season.
The latest additions to the program join Vinnie DelleFave (Toms River, N.J.), Carl Buchholz (Malvern, Pa.) and Alex Pagnotta (Woodbine, Md.), who signed with the program last fall.
Rutgers is coming off a school record-breaking 20-win season in dual competition and enters the 2009-10 campaign with a strong cast of veterans returning, including two of its three 2008-09 National qualifiers in Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.) and D.J. Russo (Netcong, N.J.).