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Brian Soldano named to InterMat’s All-Freshman Team



Mar 16, 2023; Tulsa, OK, USA; Rutgers wrestler Brian Soldano (red ankles) wrestles Michigan State wrestler Layne Malczewski in a 184 pound weight class match during the NCAA Wrestling Championships at the BOK Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

After a very good debut season for Rutgers, Brian Soldano was named to the 2022-23 Intermat All-Freshman Team. Soldano earned second-team honors after finishing his rookie campaign with a 23-12 record at 184 pounds. His record included 12-4 in dual meets and a team high 51 dual points. He also led Rutgers with eight pins this past winter.

The freshman finished sixth at the Big Ten Championships and fourth at the Midlands Championships.

Soldano had the flair for the dramatic throughout his first season. He opened his collegiate career with back to back victories over ranked foes. They were No. 17 Anthony Montalvo (Arizona State) and No. 22 Will Feldkamp (Clarion). At the NCAA Championships, Soldano earned two victories, both in come from behind fashion. As the No. 18 seed, he registered pins while trailing both No. No. 15 Layne Malczewski (Michigan State) and No. 16 Reece Heller (Pittsburgh). He ultimately fell one win short of advancing to the blood round.

The High Point, New Jersey native was the top recruit in the state in the 2022 class after winning three state titles in his scholastic career. He displayed talent and potential in his first season at the collegiate level that should make Rutgers fans excited about his future.

For InterMat’s entire All-Freshman Team, click here.

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