Under Goodale’s watch, RU has had a national finalist, eight All-Americans, three conference champions (two Big Ten, one EIWA), 64 NCAA Championship bids, 23 Big Ten Conference Championships placewinners and 42 placewinners at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships. The program has tallied an impressive 161-62-1 dual meet record during his 11 years “On the Banks.”
The 2017-18 season was arguably the most notable under Goodale, as Rutgers produced the best team finish in program history at the 2018 NCAA Championships in Cleveland. Six Scarlet Knights combined for 19 victories and 42.5 team points en route to an 11th-place result at nationals, which included the program's first national finalist in Nick Suriano, as well as a sixth-place finisher in Scott DelVecchio.
The program earned multiple All-Americans for the third consecutive year this past season. During the dual campaign, RU collected eight wins, including victories over four ranked foes, and added its best finish at the Midlands Championships in its history with its second-place result. Rutgers finished 2017-18 ranked 19th in the final coaches' poll, while six Scarlet Knights closed out the season ranked in their respective weight classes by FloWrestling.
The Rutgers faithful have taken notice of what Goodale and his staff have created, as the Scarlet Knights finished fourth nationally in average home attendance for the 2017-18 season with 5,070 for its six home duals at the RAC. In total, 32,764 fans watched RU wrestle in Piscataway this past season, which included the first RAC sellout in program history when Rutgers hosted Penn State in front of 8,321 fans on Jan. 28.
It was the third consecutive season the Scarlet Knights finished within the top-5 in home attendance, as the team sold more than 2,000 season ticket packages for this past year's campaign – the third-straight year RU sold the most season tickets in its history.
The investment in the winning culture Goodale and company have set is also evident. Rutgers is one year away from opening the RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center, which will be the new home for the program. The state-of-the-art facility on the Livingston Campus will feature three regulation practice mats, a 30-person team locker room as well as offices for coaches and support staff.