DVE-News/TV Reporters interview Rutgers University wrestling coach

Milford. Coach Scott Goodale explained how college wrestling is different from high school wrestling and how to excel in the sport. He told reporters about the importance of waking up every day loving your work.

05 Feb 2020 | 08:09

On a wonderful Friday, DVE-News/TV reporters went on location to Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J. They went there to interview, Mr. Scott Goodale, wrestling coach.

Amanda opened the interview and introduced everyone. She asked if Mr. Goodale wrestled in high school and college. He said yes he did.

He was in many sports, including, soccer, baseball, football, wrestling, and golf. Will then jumped in and asked what led Mr. Goodale to becoming a wrestling coach. He knew at an early age that he wanted to become a wrestling coach because many of his family members were coaches. His grandfather, siblings, and father and mother were coaches of different sports. He’s been a wrestling coach since 1995. He’s been coaching for 25 years. He’s been the wresting coach at Rutgers since 2007.

Archit was up next and asked what kind of injuries do wrestlers usually receive. Mr. Goodale responded that shoulder, knees, and high ankle injuries are most common. Archit then asked how long does a wrestler have to wait until they can return to the mat. He was told it depended on the injury. The training and coaching staff work together to decide when the player can return.

Cameron then asked how many weight classifications there are. He responded that in college there are 10 and in high school there are 14. When asked what happens if a wrestler doesn’t make the weight classification, Mr. Goodale said, if you have a good coaching staff you will always have a backup player. If you don’t have a backup, you forfeit the game for that weight class.

The rules of the sport

Jovie questioned Mr. Goodale about the length of wrestling matches. The first period is 3 minutes, the second is 2 minutes, the third is 2 minutes. Regarding scoring, it can vary. If it’s a take-down it's 2 points. If you’re on top and turn over to a 45 degree angle, it depends on the length of time, 4 seconds is 4 points. If you’re on the bottom and you get away, you receive 1 point. If you reverse it and get back on top, you get 2 points. If you pin your opponent, you automatically win by pin.

Mr. Goodale was asked by Alyssa if there is a difference between high school and college wrestling rules. The length of the matches differs a little. In high school, there are 3-2 minute rounds. In college, there are 1-3-minute rounds and 2-2 minute rounds. In college, the player can get 1 point for 1-minute riding time, and in high school they do not.

The out-of-bound rules can be different in college and high school. Alyssa also asked about practice times at Rutgers. He responded that during scholastic weeks, they receive eight hours of practice time. In season, they are allowed 20 hours of practice. However, Mr. Goodale did say the players get Wednesdays off, and between lifting and wrestling they usually receive 14 to 15 hours of practice a week.

Memorable moments and future plans

When Rylee asked Mr. Goodale about his impressive wrestling career and how he felt about being a wrestling coach, he feels very fortunate. He told the reporters to make sure when you grow up, that you wake up every day loving your work. That’s how he feels.

When asked what his most memorable moments were in coaching, he responded that when he was coach at Jackson High School, he had a state champion wrestler, Douglas Stanley, who is now the coach at Jackson High School. Also, last year the Rutgers Wresting team crowned 2 national champions! Out of 10 weight classes, they won 2.

Amanda Aragona stepped up and asked how Coach Goodale sees Rutgers wrestling expanding in the next couple of years. He said with a fantastic coaching staff and trainers, wrestling at Rutgers will do very well in the next couple of years.

We thanked Mr. Goodale for his time, then went to meet with Joe Aragona, Amanda Aragona’s brother, a wrestler at Rutgers. He spoke about how good the school advisors at Rutgers are with scheduling classes and practice.

By DVE-News/TV reporters Amanda Aragona, Archit Patel, Jovie Lay, Will Fells, Cameron Stark, Rylee Nitecki, and Alyssa Lewis