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Rutgers landed a big fish today! A sea bass…Sebastian Rivera to be exact. Earlier this week, the three-time All-American for Northwestern put his name into the transfer portal. Today he announced he’s coming home to New Jersey to finish his collegiate career at Rutgers. Rivera has a fondness for his home state and they love him, evidenced by his reception after winning the 2020 Big Ten Championships at the RAC on the campus of Rutgers. There has long been an undercurrent of speculation that Sebastian would return to New Jersey at some point in his collegiate career.
The win at the Big Ten’s was his second career conference championship, as he downed the eventual NCAA Champion Spencer Lee in the 2019 finals. Both of those wins gave Rivera the top seed at the 2019 and 2020 NCAA Tournaments. Sebastian ended up third at the 2019 national tournament after taking sixth as a freshman.
Rivera spent the first two years of his career at 125 lbs, before going up to 133 last season. In both, this offseason and last, there have been rumors that Sebastian has put on a significant amount of weight. That leads you to believe that Rivera will compete at 141 lbs for his final year. If he is at 141 for the Scarlet Knights, it would allow coach Scott Goodale to redshirt top Class of 2019 recruit JoJo Aragona, who held down the weight as a true freshman in 2019-20.