Andrew Campolattano, former Ohio State wrestler who announced earlier this year he was transferring to Rutgers University, made his debut for his new school at this weekend’s Northeast Regionals, the Newark Star-Ledger reported Saturday.
Wrestling freestyle for the Scarlet Knights Wrestling Club, Campolattano placed sixth in the 97 kilos/213 pound Senior bracket at the 2014 USA Wrestling Northeast Regional Championships, held at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania Saturday.
Campolattano made it to the semifinals, where he lost to Cam Simaz, 2012 NCAA Division I 197-pound champ for Cornell University, 13-3. In the consolation bracket, the former-Buckeye-turned-Scarlet-Knight fell to James Benjamin, 7-5. That sent Campolattano into the sixth-place match, where he was slated to face teammate Padric Lynch… but both wrestlers opted to double-forfeit rather than wrestle, both tying for sixth.
One of the most decorated wrestlers in New Jersey, Campolattano became only the second four-time New Jersey state champ -- as well as a football star -- for Bound Brook High School. He originally said he’d play football for Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, but later chose instead to focus on wrestling, naming six Division I mat programs as on his list. In April 2011, Campolattano committed to wrestle at Ohio State, where he compiled a 23-14 overall record at 197 pounds. He placed fourth at the 2013 Big Ten conference championships, and was a two-time NCAA championships qualifier in 2012 and 2013, but failed to place either year. In April 2013, Campolattano parted ways with the Buckeyes.
In late January, Campolattano announced he had enrolled at Rutgers, where he was able to work out with the Scarlet Knights Wrestling Club, but not the school’s Division I wrestling team. This weekend’s Northeast Regionals was Campolattano’s first appearance on the mat since the 2013 NCAAs.
Campolattano has two seasons of collegiate wrestling eligibility left.
Despite having left Ohio State, Campolattano hasn't left the Big Ten. Rutgers will have its first season in the Big Ten in 2014-15, with the Scarlet Knights wrestling program facing the Buckeyes in 2015.
Rutgers will have two four-time New Jersey high school mat champs on its roster. Campolattano will be joined by Anthony Ashnault, who placed second at 70 kilos/154 pounds at the Northeast Regionals.
Just last week, Rutgers announced that another New Jersey native, Donny Pritzlaff, had been hired as new associate head wrestling coach.