Rutgers Wrestling: Perrotti Targets MSG Podium at 165

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- The first All-American under the Scott Goodale regime at Rutgers, 165-pound wrestler Anthony Perrotti has even higher aspirations in his final match weekend as a Scarlet Knight.

A historic All-American moment for Anthony Perrotti in 2014 is not enough for the senior Rutgers wrestler. 

Wrestling in his backyard this weekend at Madison Square Garden, Perrotti wants more for himself and the surging Scarlet Knights.

"We're really turning this program into a national powerhouse and it's really cool to be a part of it," he said. "We've been working hard all year. It was awesome to cap the Big Ten [tournament] with qualifying all 10 guys. ... Now it's time to go win, time to go wrestle."

Perrotti and fellow fifth-year senior Billy Smith are long-time friends. Both plan to go out on top as All-American contenders this weekend.

"We've been wrestling with each other probably since we were eight or nine," Perrotti said. "I remember, we first went to Chattanooga, Tenn., on a dual team. Ever since then we were on the same club team. We wrestled on Ironhorse together in high school. We were probably one of the best club teams in the country. Our senior years we both won state titles, him at heavyweight, me at 130. It's pretty special both coming to Rutgers and now we're ending our careers in a crazy way. It's been a long run with me and Billy. I love the dude to death and I can't wait until we're both on the podium at the end of the day."

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