NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. ? Rutgers wrestling head coach Scott Goodale announced the signing of three scholastic standouts ? Dan Seidenberg (Raritan, N.J.), Sam Kuntz (Peachtree City, Ga.) and Cullen Isenberg (Stewartsville, N.J.) ? during the spring signing period.
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 Pennsylvania.
Scholastic standouts Alex Abramat (Cypress Bay, Fla.), Evan Brewer (Hunterdon, N.J.), Braden Turner (Northampton, Pa.) 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.
Brewer, A product of Hunterdon Central High School, 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.
Turner, from Northampton High School, placed third at the NHSCA High School Nationals and finished fourth in the 145-pound weight class at the 2008 PIAA AAA state tournament.
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.
Buchholz wrestles at 215-pounds for Great Valley High School in Malvern, Pa. He finished his junior season with a remarkable record of 41-3, taking fourth-place in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletics Association AAA State Championships. Buchholz also plays football for GVHS, earning all-area honors last season.
DelleFave is a 119-pounder from Toms River East High School in Toms River, N.J., and is projected to wrestle at either 125 or 133 for the Scarlet Knights. He is a four-time New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) placewinner, winning the championship in 2008 and 2009, finishing third in 2007 and second in 2006. DelleFave took fourth in the 2008 Junior National Freestyles and sixth at the 2007 Super 32.
Pagnotta is a 189-pounder who is projected to wrestle at 184-pounds for Rutgers. He entered his senior year with a career record of 119-25, including 39 pins. In 2007-08 he finished 46-3 en route to winning his second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament title as well as his first private school state title. He is a three-time Mount Mat Madness placewinner and a two-time National Prep placewinner.
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.).