PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Dylan Shawver from Rutgers wrestling will represent Team Puerto Rico at the U23 World Championships, held October 23-24 at a location to be determined. Entering his fourth season with the Scarlet Knights, Shawver will compete at 65 kilograms during the freestyle tournament.
A two-time Big Ten Championships starter and 2022 NCAA qualifier, Shawver enters the 2023-24 collegiate season ranked No. 16 by Intermat at 133 pounds. The Lorain, Ohio, native was ranked as high as 18 in the country last season at 125 pounds before he missed the rest of the campaign due to injury. The season prior, Shawver produced 23 wins, a 15-5 record in dual action finished seventh at the 2022 Big Ten Championships to earn a spot at nationals. In three collegiate seasons, Shawver has produced 39 varsity victories.
Shawver is one of 10 Scarlet Knights to appear in the preseason rankings by Intermat, as Rutgers checked in at No. 14 in the initial poll. The Scarlet Knights are one of just seven programs in the country to feature all 10 starters in the national rankings ahead of the season.
With the dual season just several months away, the Scarlet Knights have announced several opponents for its 2023-24 home campaign, as preseason No. 4 Virginia Tech, No. 7 Ohio State, No. 16 Minnesota, No. 22 Maryland, No. 29 Indiana, Buffalo and Princeton will all visit Piscataway this winter. Season tickets for the 2023-24 season can be purchased here.
Rutgers finished No. 22 in the final 2022-23 NWCA Coaches Poll, the 10th final top-25 finish for the Scarlet Knights under head coach Scott Goodale. RU produced seven NCAA qualifiers for the second consecutive season and qualified five or more student-athletes to the national tournament for the ninth consecutive season. Rutgers finished fourth in the country in home attendance average with 5,018 fans per home match at Jersey Mike’s Arena this past season. Its 7,848 fans in attendance against No. 1 Penn State on Feb. 10 marked the second-largest home crowd for a wrestling match at the arena in school history.
RU returns nine NCAA qualifiers and two All-Americans – John Poznanski and Jackson Turley – this season. Rutgers has also added three student-athletes – Jacob Butler (Oklahoma), Mitch Moore (Oklahoma) and Yaraslau Slavikouski (Harvard) – with NCAA Championships experience. Moore and Slavikouski competed at last year’s NCAA Championships, with Slavikouski advancing to the Round of 12 at heavyweight for the Crimson.