About Ashnault

The Ashnault File

(Courtesy of Rutgers University)

  • 2019 NCAA Champion (149 Pounds)   
  • Rutgers all-time wins leader with 123 victories
  • Hodge Trophy finalist
  • Only four-time All-American in program history (2015-17, 2019)
  • Only three-time Big Ten Champion (2016-17, 2019)
  • Finished 2018-19 season with an unblemished 32-0 record, which included a 59% bonus rate with eight falls, seven major decision and four tech falls.
  • Granted sixth year of eligibility for 2018-19 after missing 2017-18 season due to injury.
  • Four-time Big Ten Championships placewinner (first-2019, first-2017, first-2016, fifth-2015)
  • Three-time Midlands Championships placewinner (third-2017, third-2016, fourth-2015)
  • Four-time national qualifier (2015-17)
  • 2018 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Champion (149)
  • 2014 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational placewinner (fourth)
  • 2014 Asics University Freestyle National Champion at 65 kg
  • 2014 USA University World Team member
  • 2014 National Collegiate Open Champion

2018-19 (As a graduate senior): Finished with a perfect 32-0 record en route to a 2019 NCAA title at 149 pounds ... went 4-0 to secure third Big Ten Championship, just the 58th wrestler in conference history to do so (March 9-10) ... consensus No. 1 wrestler at 149 pounds and the No. 9 overall wrestler in the country by FloWrestling ... leads team with dual points (85) and falls (8) ... closed regular season with an 11-3 major over 2x NCAA qualifier Alfred Bannister in dual win at Maryland (Feb. 22) ... earned a 16-4 major decision over Malik Amine in final home dual match at the RAC against No. 4 Michigan (Feb. 17) ... downed previous No. 1 Matthew Kolodzik by major in dual win over Princeton (Feb. 3) ... earned a 10-7 decision over No. 6 Kaden Gfeller during home dual with Oklahoma State (Jan. 13) ... added a 12-6 decision over Cole Martin in dual win against No. 10 Wisconsin (Jan. 11) ... collected a 14-4 major over No. 20 Tommy Thorn during dual at No. 8 Minnesota (Jan. 6) ... pinned Evan Fidelibus in the second period in dual win against Rider (Dec. 16) ... went 5-0, including wins over No. 3 Micah Jordan (Ohio State) and No. 7 Mitch Finesilver (Duke), en route to 149-pound individual title at the 2018 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Nov. 30-Dec. 1) ... collected his fifth fall of the season with a second-period pin against Ryan Burkert in dual win at Hofstra (Nov. 16) ... secured a fall and a tech fall against Utah Valley and Appalachian State, respectively, at the 2018 Journeymen Duals (Nov. 10) ... produced three first-period pins in quad meet with Centenary, Fresno State and Johnson & Wales (Nov. 3) ... preseason No. 3 at 149 pounds by FloWrestling.

2017-18 (As a redshirt senior): Missed entire 2017-18 season due to injury ... preseason No. 5 at 141 pounds by FloWrestling.

2016-17 (As a redshirt junior): Named Bauer Male Athlete of the Year for the third year in a row at the 2017 R Awards (May 3) ... became first three-time All-American after he finished sixth at the 2017 NCAA Championships (March 16-18) ... closed out the 2016-17 season with a 30-6 record ... advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the second consecutive season after he defeated Princeton's No. 4-seeded Matthew Kolodzik, 6-2, in the quarterfinals ... finished NCAA's with a 3-3 record ... became first two-time Big Ten Champion in program history after he defeated Michigan State's Javier Gasca III, 15-2, for the 141 conference title (March 5) ... shut out No. 16 Randy Cruz, 4-0, at Lehigh (Feb. 17) … handled No. 15 Luke Pletcher (Ohio State), 10-1, in Columbus (Feb. 6) … defeated Penn State’s No. 12-ranked Jimmy Gulibon, 4-1 (Jan. 13) … posted a 6-1 record with three tech falls, a fall, a major decision and decision to take third at the 54th Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships (Dec. 29-30) … went 2-1 with a fall and tech fall at the Journeymen Tussle (Dec. 4) … had a tech fall over Jacob Macalolooy, 18-3, in match against Columbia (Nov. 27) … defeated 2016 NCAA runner-up Bryce Meredith (Wyoming), 8-6, in sudden victory at the 51st Annual NWCA All-Star Classic in Cleveland (Nov. 5) … was the first Scarlet Knight to earn an invite to the event.

2015-16 (As a redshirt sophomore):  Named Bauer Male Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row at the 2016 R Awards Banquet (May 3) ... also named R Awards Co-Sophomore of the Year ... became the second two-time All-American in program history with a fourth-place finish at the 2016 NCAA Championships (March 17-19) … finished the season with a team-best 32-4 overall record … advanced to the NCAA semifinals, the first Rutgers semifinalist since 1960 … posted a 4-2 record at nationals… went 4-0 and defeated Jimmy Gulibon (Penn State), 9-0, in the final to win Rutgers wrestling’s first Big Ten Conference championship (March 5-6) … topped No. 17 Randy Cruz, 9-2, in RU’s NWCA National Duals win over No. 7 Lehigh (Feb. 20) … concluded the dual season 18-1 … won the 50th match of his career, 7-2, against Wisconsin’s Gabe Grahek (Feb. 5) … notched his eighth major decision of the year against Princeton’s Jordan Laster (Jan. 31) … took fourth place at the 53rd Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships (Dec. 29-30) … began the year 17-0 before dropping his first official match to No. 5 Kevin Jack (NC State) in the third-place match at Midlands … secured the No. 2 spot at 141 pounds in the Intermat rankings, a new career-high (Dec. 22) … notched an 11-2 major decision against No. 17 Anthony Abidin in the 17-16 upset of No. 4 Nebraska at the RAC (Dec. 12) … had two falls at the “Grapple at the Garden” (Nov. 29) … notched two victories in Corvallis, Ore. (Nov. 21) … had a 3-0 day at the Journeymen/Asics Northeast Duals highlighted by a 7-4 decision against North Carolina’s No. 5-ranked and All-American Evan Henderson (Nov. 15) … went 2-0 to start the season at the Rutgers Duals, defeating No. 9 Rick Durso (Franklin & Marshall), 7-1, and scoring a major decision against Binghamton’s Jesse Dellevecchia (Nov. 1) … began season ranked No. 8 by Intermat and FloWrestling.

2014-15 (As a redshirt freshman): Named Bauer Male Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row at the inaugural R Awards Banquet (May 3) ... All-American … finished eighth with a 3-2 record at the 2015 NCAA Championships in St. Louis (March 19-21) … defeated No. 13 seed Randy Cruz of Lehigh in the round of 12 to secure All-America status … sustained an injury in the consolation semifinals before medical forfeiting the seventh-place match … posted a 29-8 overall record to lead RU … finished fifth as the highest-placing Scarlet Knight at his first Big Ten Championships (March 7-8) … went a team-best 19-2 in his first dual season … wrapped up his first B1G dual season tied with a team-best 7-2 record by winning a 4-2 decision over Northwestern’s Jameson Oster (Feb. 8) … converted a takedown on the edge with two seconds left to beat No. 6 Josh Dziewa of Iowa, 3-1, in the team’s B1G opener at the RAC (Jan. 2) … went 2-0 at the Third Annual “Grapple at the Garden” (Dec. 23) … placed fourth at the 33rd Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, going 4-2 (Dec. 7) … went 3-0 at the Journeymen/Asics Northeast Duals, earning a 15-0 tech fall over Trae Blackwell to help RU to a 20-18 upset over No. 19 Oklahoma (Nov. 29) … orchestrated a thrilling comeback against Hofstra’s No. 18 (Intermat) Jamel Hudson, using a takedown and near fall in the final minute to win, 10-7 (Nov. 16) … went 3-0 at the Rutgers Duals with two falls and a tech fall in his collegiate debut (Nov. 2) … enters first season in the RU lineup … ranked No. 19 by Intermat in the preseason … competed for the USA University World Team in Pécs, Hungary in July, becoming the first Scarlet Knight ever to do so … won the Asics University Freestyle National Championship at 65 KG in May, sweeping 2012 All-American Michael Mangrum in a two-of-three final … also defeated 2014 NCAA National Champion at 149 pounds, Jason Tsirtsis (Northwestern), en route to the championship.

2013-14 (As a freshman): Redshirt season ... went 15-3 wrestling unattached at 141 pounds ... finished in first place at the National Collegiate Open, going 5-0 to claim top honors (March 2) ... went 3-2 at the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open (Nov. 10) ... finished in third place with a 7-1 clip at the Clarion Open (Nov. 3).

Prior to Rutgers: The first-ever four-time and undefeated N.J. State Champion ... won the state crown at 103, 112, 126 and 138 pounds in a 170-0 career at South Plainfield ... two-time Super 32 National Champion (112 and 126 pounds) ... teammate at South Plainfield with fellow classmates Scott DelVecchio and Dylan Painton.

Personal: Son of Bill and Sue ... has two siblings, Billy and Carly ... Billy was a two-time NCAA qualifier for the Scarlet Knights and former director of operations ... his sister, Carly, was a manager on the team.

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