At this stage all reasonable efforts have been made to resolve the impasse.The County Committee will meet again on Monday evening next, 16th November, to make a decision on the matter.All of us appreciate how difficult this situation has been, not least for the our Players, the Management Team and their families. We are hopeful that the matter will be concluded on Monday next so that we can begin to rebuild and look to the Hurling season ahead, with confidence.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Galway County Committee met last evening to discuss the full background of the current impasse between the 2015 Senior Hurling Panel and the Senior Management Team and to hear the outcome of the mediation process. The mediation process has concluded and the Independent Mediator has determined that despite best efforts there was little, if no, possibility of the Parties reaching common agreement, on the substantive issue.
Division 2Finalists: Caherlistrane v MenloughPromoted: Caherlistrane, Menlough and S’till/K’carra or Kilkerrin/ClonberneRelegated: Killererin, Kilconly & Dunmore MacHales or An Cheathru Rua Division 4Final: Claregalway 2-9 Athenry 1-8Winners: Claregalway Runners Up: AthenryPromoted: Claregalway, Athenry & HeadfordRelegated: An Cheathru Rua & Micheál Breathnach County Leagues:Division 1Tuam Stars 3-16 St. James 0-2Finalists: Corofin v Tuam StarsRelegated from Division 1: Annaghdown, Ml. Breathnach & St. Michaels Division 3Finalists: Monivea/Abbey v OughterardPromoted: Monivea/Abbey, Oughterard & Carna/CaisealRelegated: Leitir Mór. Glenamaddy & Williamstown Salthill/Knocknacarra 1-12 St. Brigids (Roscommon) 1-10 Connacht Club Minor “A” Final Two Connacht Championship in a row for Salthill/Knocknacarra Division 5Promoted: Oranmore/Maree & Clifdenprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
8.30am – Singles (GUI names first)Alex Gleeson lost 4&3 to Darin GoldsteinMark Power lost 3&2 to Ethan NgConor O’Rourke won 3&2 v Brian KomlineKevin Le Blanc 1 down to Trevor RandolphJonathan Yates won 3&2 v Tyler ClineColm Campbell won 4&3 v Stewart HagestadProjected score 6-6Carey Cup Results from this afternoon’s fourballs (GUI names first):Alex Gleeson & Kevin Le Blanc lost by 1 v Brian Komline & Tyler ClineColm Campbell & Mark Power won 3 & 2 v Stewart Hagestad & Ethan NgConor O’ Rourke & Jonathan Yates won 6 & 5 v Trevor Randolph & Darin Goldstein It finished 6-6 between the Irish GUI team and the MGA of New York. Ireland have retained The biennial Carey Challenge Cup sponsored by Corrib Oil heads following the final day singles today at Galway Bay Golf Resort . Carey Cup Results from this morning’s foursomes.Conor O’Rourke & Jonathan Yates won 2 & 1 v Brian Komline & Trevor RandolphAlex Gleeson & Kevin LeBlanc lost by 2 holes v Stewart Hagestad & Darin GoldsteinColm Campbell & Mark Power lost 3 & 2 v Tyler Cline & Ethan Ngprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Senior players Aoife Murray (Cork), Eve O’Brien (Dublin), Niamh Mulcahy (Limerick), Heather Cooney (Galway), Emma Hannon Roche (Waterford), Anna Farrell (Kilkenny), Orlaith Duggan (Clare), Mary Ryan (Tipperary), Jean Brady (Offaly) and Bríd Gordon (Wexford) with Catherine Neary, Camogie Association President and Deirdre Ashe, Director of Personal Lines, Liberty Insurance Galway v TipperarySemple Stadium, Thurles, Co. TipperaryThrow-in: 7pmReferee: Owen Elliott (Antrim) In the end, they won three out of four games and though on the wrong end of an 18-point drubbing by Cork, were just that bit better than Offaly, Tipperary and Limerick, ultimately making it through to the last six with plenty to spare.They have lost three hugely important players this year in the legendary Kate Kelly (retired), Mags D’Arcy (taking time out) and Katrina Parrock (soccer), and placed alongside the departure in recent years of some of the other greats of the golden era that yielded four All-Irelands, these were monumental blows.But no-one can play forever and John Kelly and Matty Flynn O’Connor have given some of the younger players their heads, with Chloe Foxe and Joanne Dillon among those to prosper, while the Leacy and Kehoe siblings still provide plenty of leadership.Dublin have been threatening to step up for a while. Shane O’Brien brought about significant organisation and improvement. He also introduced David Herity to the set-up last year and the former Kilkenny All-Ireland-winning hurler took over the reins this year.Faye McCarthy’s long-range freetaking has been a feature of the campaign, while Aisling Maher is very accurate with placed balls closer to goals. Ali Maguire is back after an arm injury while Mairi Moynihan, Gráinne Quinn and Ali Twomey have of plenty experience too.Wexford will be favourites but Dublin beat them in the League and this is one that could go down to the wire. Many were writing off Wexford’s chances of overall glory at the beginning of the campaign and plenty thought they might be vulnerable in a hugely competitive group. Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter-FinalsSaturday August 5th Dublin v WexfordSemple Stadium, Thurles, Co. TipperaryThrow-in: 5pmReferee: Cathal Egan (Cork) Galway v Tipperary, Semple Stadium, 7pmIn one sense, Tipperary are already in bonus territory, having waited until the last round of games to record a win that proved enough to make it through to this stage by one point on score difference against their victims, Offaly.It was the definition of fine margins but the fact of the matter is that Tipp had been performing reasonably well, without getting the results.Another fact is that they were in the top six last year too and were minutes away from a sensational victory over Wexford. They allowed an eight-point lead to slip and went out to a Kate Kelly injury-time point.Lack of consistency has dogged them for a couple of years now but while Sarah Fryday is a huge loss, Cáit Devane’s return has offered more firepower, and Orla O’Dwyer, Megan Ryan and Nicole Walsh are dangerous attackers too.Galway are on their third management team in three seasons with the retired former goal sneak Molly Dunne joining ex-Galway and Dublin hurler Niall Corcoran in Mark Dunne’s backroom staff. Much of the playing personnel is familiar however.Niamh Kilkenny remains a driving force from the middle and along with Lorraine Ryan provides serious leadership. Ailish O’Reilly has assumed freetaking duties and is doing very well, while also retaining her eye for goal. Orlaith McGrath is in top form too while the youngest of the siblings Siobhán (Niamh and Clodagh are also on the panel) invariably contributes off the bench.There have been some tweaks in defence with long-hitting Sarah Healy assuming the goalkeeper’s mantle from the now-retired Susan Earner.Galway will be expected to advance to the Semi-Finals but Tipp have shown before that they can bother the very best if they put their best foot forward. Dublin v Wexford, Semple Stadium, 5pm Admission PricesAdults: €10Students/OAPs: €5Juveniles (U18): Free *Extra-time to be played in the event of a draw in either game. Tickets can be purchased online from www.tickets.ie or from selected Centra and SuperValu stores nationwide. Tickets will also be available to purchase at the ground on the day of the match.Senior players Aoife Murray (Cork), Eve O’Brien (Dublin), Niamh Mulcahy (Limerick), Heather Cooney (Galway), Emma Hannon Roche (Waterford), Anna Farrell (Kilkenny), Orlaith Duggan (Clare), Mary Ryan (Tipperary), Jean Brady (Offaly) and Bríd Gordon (Wexford) with Catherine Neary, Camogie Association President and Deirdre Ashe, Director of Personal Lines, Liberty Insuranceprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Rob Dwane made it five wins in a row as he kept his unbeaten record in this year’s Naylor Engineering National Hilllclimb and Sprint Championship, with his OMS having a big lead over his nearest rival on both days of the Limerick two-day event at Kilfinane. LIMERICK M C HILLCLIMB AT GLENROE, KILFINANE, CO LIMERICK (ROUND 5 OF NAYLOR ENGINEERING NATIONAL HILLCLIMB/SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP) (DAY 2): 1 Rob Dwane (OMS 25) 76.64s,2 Gary Cunningham (Global GT) 82.50s,3 Peter McKinley (Escort) 83.91s,4 Brian Kirwan (Peugeot 205) 84.97s,5 Tommy Gardiner (Civic) 87.01s,6 John Mahon (DJ-ADS1 Hayabusa) 87.15s,7 Dara Fay (Suzuki Swift) 87.68s,8 Martin Flanagan (BMW M3) 87.70s,9 Derek Butler (Civic) 87.97s,10 Willie Barrett (Civic) 89.11s.Class winners: Andrew Purser (Peugeot 205), Leanne Carroll (Seicento), Tommy Gardiner, Brian Kirwan, Peter McKinley, Gary Cunningham, Mick O’Shea (MGB GT), Enda Byrne (Sheane VW), John Mahon, Derek Butler, Peter McDonnell (Civic), Martin Flanagan. The 21-year-old from Tulla, Co Clare, was almost four seconds faster than runner up Gary Cunningham’s Global GT on Saturday, and had a 5.8-second winning margin yesterday. Escort driver Peter McKinley finished third each time.Cork driver Gary Edwards was less than a second ahead of Dubliner Alex Denning at the finish of the Iame X30 Senior Final of the National Kart Racing Championship at Mondello Park, with Michael Slein completing the leaderboard. High five for unbeaten Dwane LIMERICK M C HILLCLIMB AT GLENROE, KILFINANE, CO LIMERICK (ROUND 4 OF NAYLOR ENGINEERING NATIONAL HILLCLIMB/SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP) (DAY 1): 1 Rob Dwane (OMS 25) 77.31s,2 Gary Cunningham (Global GT) 81.13s,3 Peter McKinley (Escort) 84.02s,4 John Mahon (DJ-ADS1 Hayabusa) 85.05s,5 Mark Carroll (Starlet) 86.15s,6 Dara Fay (Suzuki Swift) 87.37s,7 Martin Flanagan (BMW M3) 88.48s,8 Tommy Gardiner (Civic) 88.64s,9 Denis O’Connell (Civic) 89.93s,10 Paul O’Connell (Civic) 90.46s.Class winners: Liam Fitzgibbon (Micra), Gary Egan (Seicento), Dara Fay, John Kennedy (Dax Rush), Peter McKinley, Gary Cunningham, Ken Treacy (Mini), Enda Byrne (Sheane VW), John Mahon, Denis O’Connell, Peter McDonnell (Civic), Martin Flanagan. The 2018 Patch Tyre Equipment Fiesta Zetec Championship reached its half way point as the championship raced on the reversed Mondello Park National Track today. The budget saloon racing series served up some quality racing with series leader Owen Purcell made to work hard for two wins which have extended his advantage at the head of the field. MOTORSPORT IRELAND KART RACE MEETING AT MONDELLO PARK, CO KILDARE (ROUND 6 OF MI NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP): Mini Kart: 1 Tadgh Buckley, 2 Conor Fogarty, 3 Ben Smith.Cadet Novice Final: 1 James Robinson, 2 Robbie Buckley, 3 Jack Buckley.Iame Cadet Final: 1 Sean Hogan, 2 Sean McGovern, 3 Alex O’Grady.Cadets (Black Plates): 1 James Robinson, 2 Robbie Buckley, 3 Colin Cronin.Rotax Max Final: 1 Sean Spratt, 2 Thomas McCann, 3 James Coleman.Iame X30 Junior Final: 1 Sean McCormack, 2 Karl O’Brien, 3 J P Sleator.Iame X30 Senior Final: 1 Gary Edwards, 2 Alex Denning, 3 Michael Slein.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Report: Kevin Egan – The 42.ie GarballyCollege 36 Sligo Grammar School 10 GARBALLY COLLEGE, the reigning Connacht SchoolsSenior Cup champions and perennial kingpins in the west, easily secured theirplace in this year’s decider with a devastating performance against SligoGrammar School this afternoon. The Ballinasloe side ran in six tries,taking full advantage of the unseasonably warm and dry conditions as theyproduced a wonderful display of running rugby, with clever support lines andsome excellent offloads a key feature of their performance. Mark Mitchell drives over for Garbally’s second try. Right from the kickoff, they had SligoGrammar on the back foot and just five minutes had passed when out-half ShaneMannion touched down in the corner for the first of his three tries, going overin the left corner after James Carry made some hard yards inside the Sligo 22.Sligo responded well and after they secured goodattacking possession, a high tackle infringement allowed Hubert Gilvarry toreduce the gap with a penalty. That was one of very few forays forward for theGrammar school, however, as they spent most of the half, and most of the game,trying to repel wave after wave of Garbally attacking play. The home sidedisrupted the Sligo Grammar set piece, they attacked from a variety of differentangles and positions, and while there were a number of handling errors from theBallinasloe students at key times, in general, they went through the phasesvery well. Nearly 20 phases of possession led up to their second try from MarkMitchell, but a second missed conversion and a huge goal-line stand from SligoGrammar just before half time gave heart to the underdogs, who had produced aminor upset against Marist College in their previous game to secure thissemi-final slot. There was no real change after half time, however, whena crooked lineout feed gave Garbally an attacking scrum 10 metres from theSligo line, the opportunity was duly seized. Patrick Grehan drove hard off theback of the scrum and two passes later, Saul O’Carroll touched down under theposts, making it 24-3 just over 12 minutes into the second half when Mannionconverted his own score. The out-half even found himself at the bottom of thepile when Garbally drove over from a lineout maul shortly afterwards. WhileMatthew Earley got his name on a fully-deserved consolation score for SligoGrammar, there was still time for Seán Horkan to complete the rout with anexcellent close-range finish in the last play of the game.Garbally Scorers:Tries: StephenMannion (3), Mark Mitchell, Saul O’Carroll and Sean HorkanConversions: Stephen Mannion (3 from 6).Sligo Scorers:Try:Matthew EarleyConversions: Hubert Gilvarry (1 from 1) Penalty: Hubert Gilvarry (1 from 1)GARBALLYCOLLEGE: 15. Shane Jennings, 14. Shay Hennessy(Sean Horkan 65′), 13. Saul O’Carroll, 12. James Carry, 11. Sean Horkan (BenDaly 45′), 10. Stephen Mannion, 9. Matthew Devine (Cormac Finn 51′); 1. SeamusEgan, 2. Francis Dolan (Jack Dempsey 41′), 3. Jamie Curley (Jack Ryan 63′), 4.Jack Noone (John Claffey 53′), 5. Padraig Galvin (Joey Carry 69′), 6. MarkMitchell (Kyle Blackweir 53′), 7. Oisín McCormack, 8. Patrick Grehan.SLIGOGRAMMAR SCHOOL: 15. Seamus Blackwell (Isaac Ellison59′), 14. Sam Atumonyogo, 13. Hubert Gilvarry, 12. William Whelan, 11. JamesWhelan, 10. Andrew Ward, 9. Jacob Fleming; 1. Matthew Harte, 2. Matthew Earley(Mark McGlynn, blood 19′), 3. Edward Coyle, 4. Matthew O’Hara, 5. TaylorAnderson, 6. Fiachra Staunton, 7. Brian West, 8. Kacper Palamarczuk.The second of the Senior Schools Cup Semi-Finals sees Roscommon CBS facing The Jez in Creggs at 12.30 on Thursday. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Mathieu Madden also of GCH won silver inthe U15 Boys event with a fine all round performance, with Liam Shaw of AthenryAC also doing well in fourth place. In the arduous ten event decathlon, MichaelBreathnach of GCH performed superbly as he put in two incredibly consistentdays of athletics to win the National decathlon title in a competitive SeniorMen’s event.Eoghan Jennings of GCH was also on thedecathlon podium, as won a superb silver medal in the Youth Men’s eventTailteann Games Barry Murphy and Robert Urquhart GCH who competed for Connacht at the Tailteann Games in Dublin Galway were well represented at thehistoric Tailteann Games, the inter provincial athletics competition held lastSaturday in Santry in DublinKyle Moorhead of Calasanctius Collegeand Craughwell AC impressed, as he won silver in the Steeplechase with atypically strong run.GCH athletes also competed with distinction in the colours of their schools, with Aoibhe Deeley running superbly to take bronze in the 80m hurdles, Eimear Rowe fourth over 300m, Barry Murphy 7th in the 1500m and Robert Urquhart also 7th in the 400mSean Cotter, Ross McGuinness, Lukas Schukat, all of Craughwell also competed on the Connacht squad, along with Aibhidh Ni Mhaille of Carraroe /GCH and Aoibheann Farrell of LoughreaEngland U20 and U23 ChampionshipsNicole Walsh of GCH made the trip toBedford in the UK last weekend to compete at the English U20 and U23championshipsWalsh qualified for the 400m final coming through her heat in 56.73.Also competing were NUIG athlete SarahQuinn, over the 100m hurdles, along with Jonah Erugo of GCH and Sinead Treacyof Craughwell Ac who competed over 200mIrish Milers ClubJack Miskella of Craughwell AC continued his good early season form, breaking four minutes for the first time over 1500m at the IMC Meet in Belfast last Saturday.Miskella clocked 3.59 and continues toimpress with every race. Finley Daly of NUIG ran 4.06 over 1500m also. JackMaher ran a fast 1.58 over 800m. Fixtures Grant Thornton 5kThe Grant Thornton 5K takes place atGalway Racecourse in Ballybrit this Thursday June 27th at 7.30pm. The event isa team based event and there will be limited entry on the night available. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Micheal Breathnach of GCH on the podium after winning National decathlon title, with second and third Peter O’Connor and Conor Gaffney and Georgina Drunk, Athletics IrelandConor Hoade of Galway City Harriers wasin superb form as he won the U16 boys pentathlon gold at the National CombinedEvents championships held last weekend in Santry. The multi talented Hoade topscored with 4146 points across the five disciplines of Hurdles, 800m, ShotPutt, High Jump and Long Jump to take the National title. National Combined Events
Galway manager Timmy Rabbitte isn’t concerned about the early start to their National League meeting with Donegal on Sunday. Ahead of the game, Rabbitte spoke to Galway Bay FM’s Tommy Devane.Throw-in at Letterkenny on Sunday is 12pm and it will form the first part of a double header with the men’s National Football League encounter between the same two counties.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email After beating Westmeath, the Tribeswomen will be looking for their second victory when they contest the first part of a double header in Letterkenny with their male counterparts.
No. 3 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi awaits the winner of the UNO-Nicholls game for a second-round game Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Islanders return to the tournament for the second straight year and for the fifth time overall after going 18-12 overall and 13-5 in the Southland. The Islanders have won their last four games, and six of their last seven, including a strong defensive effort in the regular-season finale with a 58-27 win over Abilene Christian. The winner of the Southeastern-McNeese game will play No. 4 seed Northwestern State Thursday at 5 p.m. The Demons are in the tournament for a fifth consecutive season and for the 18th time overall. The Demons finished with an 18-11 overall mark and were 13-5 against league opposition. Northwestern finished its regular season with an 88-78 win over New Orleans and have won six of its last seven games. Wednesday, March 11Game 1: No. 8 Southeastern Louisiana vs. No. 5 McNeese State, 5 p.m. (SLCDN)Game 2: No. 7 New Orleans vs. No. 6 Nicholls, 7:30 p.m. (SLCDN) The Lumberjacks went an impressive 17-1 in conference play to win their third consecutive conference title and fifth overall. SFA capped its regular season with a 64-55 victory over Sam Houston State to win the title outright and to finish 15-1 at home this season with a 9-0 mark against league foes. The Lumberjacks put together a 19-game winning streak from Nov. 27, 2014 to Feb. 14, 2015, which is the second-longest streak in league history, and have won 26 of their last 27 games. The Lumberjacks are in the tournament for the 19th time and are looking to become the first team to repeat as tournament champions since Louisiana-Monroe won four straight from 1990-1993. SFA receives a double-bye into the semifinals on Friday at 5 p.m., CT, on ESPN3 against an opponent to be determined in the first two rounds. The first four games of the men’s tournament will be streamed live for free on the Southland Conference Digital Network, including Southland.org/watch and the league’s mobile and tablet apps. The semifinals will be available solely on ESPN3, while the championship game will be covered exclusively ESPN2 and WatchESPN. Saturday, March 14Championship Game, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2) Tickets to the 2015 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament are available through Ticketmaster and at the Merrell Center box office Tuesday at 10 a.m. This is the eighth consecutive year for the event to be played in Katy. For complete information about the tournament, visit Southland.org/katy. Friday, March 13Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. No. 1 Stephen F. Austin, 5 p.m. (ESPN3)Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. No. 2 Sam Houston State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN3) On the other side of the bracket, Sam Houston State locked up the No. 2 seed after finishing 15-3 in league play and 24-7 overall in the regular season. The Bearkats are in the tournament for the 18th time and for the 12th consecutive year. The Bearkats reached the championship game last season and are looking for their third tournament title and first since 2010. Sam Houston, like SFA, has a double bye into semifinals and will play its first game Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3. Thursday, March 12Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. No. 4 Northwestern State, 5 p.m. (SLCDN)Game 4: Winner Game 2 vs. No. 3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 7:30 p.m. (SLCDN) Southland Men’s Basketball Bracket (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin will be the top seed in the 2015 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament when it begins Wednesday at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. In the SFA half of the bracket are No. 4 seed Northwestern State, No. 5 seed McNeese State and No. 8 seed Southeastern Louisiana. The Cowboys and Lions will open the tournament Wednesday at 5 p.m. Southeastern, which is 9-22 overall and 6-12 conference, has dropped its last five contests, including a 69-75 loss to Nicholls in its season finale. It is the 11th all-time tournament appearance, all in the last 12 years, for the Lions. The Cowboys are in the tournament for a league-best 28th time. McNeese is taking a four-game winning streak into the tournament and is 14-15 overall and 8-10 in league games. The winner of the tournament will receive the Southland’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. The selection show is Sunday, March 15 at 5 p.m., CT, on CBS. The first game on the Bearkats’ side of the bracket pits No. 6 seed Nicholls and No. 7 seed New Orleans. Nicholls, which is in the tournament for the 15th time, has won its last three games and finished the regular season 10-18 overall and 7-11 in league games. The Privateers are 10-17 overall and finished 6-12 in the league. UNO is in the Southland tournament for the first time in schools history. The game between Nicholls and UNO is set for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
In his fourth year as head coach of the Rutgers University wrestling team, former Jackson Memorial High School coach Scott Goodale has turned the Scarlet Knights into a nationally ranked program. And he is doing it with a lot of talent from the shore area, led by Jackson Memorial High School graduate Scott Winston and Howell High School graduate Joey Langel As the week began, the Scarlet Knights were ranked No. 10 in the United States with a 9-1 record in dual meets. On Dec. 11 the Scarlet Knights won a double-dual meet at the College Avenue Gym in New Brunswick, defeating George Mason, 36-9, and Princeton, 42-0. Langel was in the match of the day against Princeton at 125 pounds. He went up against the Tigers’ Garrett Frey, ranked No. 13 in the country, and trailed 4-2 after one period. The score remained 4-2 through the second period as Langel rode out Frey. Langel started in the down position in the third period. He scored a point on an escape and took down Frey in final :30 seconds for a 5-4 lead. Riding time gave Langel a 6-4 victory. At the recent Nittany Lion Open at Penn State University, the Knights had six wrestlers place, led by Mario Mason (Moorestown), who won at 149 pounds. Langel placed second at 125, with his teammate Matt Fusco (Belleville) in fourth place, also at 125 pounds. Travor Melde (Hewitt) placed fourth at 141, Alex Caruso (Green Brook) placed third at 174, and Carl Buchholtz (Malvern, Pa.) placed sixth at 285 in the action at Penn State. In January the Knights will showcase their talent for New Jersey wrestling fans. On Jan. 9, Rutgers will host North Carolina in the College Avenue Gym at 1 p.m. On Jan. 14, Bucknell will make a call at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway at 7 p.m. The wrestlers will head back to the College Avenue Gym for a Jan. 15 tri-meet with Army, Cleveland State and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy that will get under way at 1 p.m. Virginia Tech comes to the RAC on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m., and the homestand will conclude on Jan. 22 against Rider at the College Avenue Gym (time TBA). The Rutgers wrestling squad features seven student-athletes who were ranked in The Open Mat’s preseason ranking. Langel was rated the nation’s 19th best wrestler at 125 pounds. The former Howell standout is coming off a successful redshirt freshman season where he finished 31-10 and advanced to the NCAA Championships, where he upset the 10th-ranked wrestler, Oklahoma State’s Chris Notte, in his first match. Billy Ashnault (South Plainfield) was ranked was No. 20 at 133 pounds. Ashnault is coming off a 2009-10 campaign which saw him notch a 25-14 record and advance to his second NCAA Championships meet, where he recorded two victories. Mason, a 149-pound transfer from Minnesota, is ranked No. 12. In his redshirt freshman season with the Gophers he placed fifth at the Big Ten Championships and advanced to the NCAA Championships. Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge) is listed as the nation’s 20th best 157-pound grappler after coming off a season which saw him advance to his second NCAA Championships and finish the year with a 26-11 record. Winston was Goodale’s prized recruit in 2008. Winston won three state championships at Jackson Memorial and graduated without ever losing a match in high school. Winston was redshirted last season and is ranked No. 8 at 165 pounds. Winston won 11 of 14 matches last season wrestling unattached. As a true freshman in 2008-09, he advanced to the NCAA Championships. Caruso is ranked No. 20 at 174 pounds. He is a transfer to Rutgers who advanced to two NCAA Championships as a member of the Lehigh wrestling team. D.J. Russo (Netcong) comes into the season as the Scarlet Knights’ highest ranked wrester, according to The Open Mat. The 285-pound senior, who is ranked No. 4, advanced to the round of 12 at last season’s NCAA Championships and fell one bout short of earning All-America honors. Russo, who has 72 career victories with Rutgers, finished his 2009-10 campaign with a team-leading 32 victories. Among Goodale’s other area recruits are Raritan High School’s Dan Seidenberg, a sophomore who wrestles at 197; Long Branch High School’s Nick Visicaro, a freshman wrestling at 157; Jackson Memorial High School’s Dan Hopkins, a redshirt junior who wrestles at 197; and J.P. Stevens High School’s Gregory Zannett, a junior who competes at 165 and 174 pounds for the Scarlet Knights.