Rutgers coach Scott Goodale showcased steady improvements since he took over the program in 2007, but this season represents his highest goals to date.
One All-American is not enough for Goodale, nor is it enough for Rutgers as Big Ten members.
"You leave that tournament like it's great to have two back-to-back yeras, but now somebody asked me the other day, what's going to be a successful season? You've got to put more than one guy on that podium. That's kind of our mindset. We truly believe we have guys in this program that are in this lineup that can do it."
Goodale brought the energy Wednesday at the second annual Rutgers wrestling media day. He addressed multiple news items including two high-profile red-shirts and an early departure from the program. Senior Ken Theobold and junior Scott DelVecchio both have red-shirts available and will do so this season.
"Both of them have All-American aspirations and that's kind of the reason why we go about red-shirts," Goodale said. "It doesn't always happen in that first year, so that's why we do that."
Ohio State transfer Andrew Campolattano will not return tot he program this season, but remains a Rutgers student.
"It's a passion thing," Goodale said. "He just kind of lost that passion along the way. Maybe he never really got it. We gave him an unbelievable opportunity, but the reality is he just wasn't into it, lost a meaningless match and quit the team. That's really the last I've heard from him. And that's fine. You might know that something like that might happen. If you're not totally into this thing, it's not going to work. ... He's doing great in school. He's doing great socially. The wrestling just never came around. We wish him all the best."