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Princeton hires Ashnault as new assistant coach

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Princeton wrestling announced that Anthony Ashnault, a highly accomplished wrestler, will join the program as its new assistant coach. Ashnault, having accomplished major milestones in his wrestling tenure at Rutgers University, is poised to contribute substantial expertise to the Princeton wrestling room.

Ashnault was crowned NCAA Champion in 2019 at 149 pounds and holds the record for the most wins in Rutgers history with 123 victories. Additionally, he secured Big Ten Championship titles in 2016-17 and 2019 and was a finalist for the prestigious Hodge Trophy.

Ashnault's achievements extend beyond collegiate wrestling; he is a two-time Pan American Champion and emerged victorious at the 2018 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. In freestyle wrestling, Ashnault claimed the 2014 Asics University Freestyle National Championship and proudly represented the USA as a member of the 2014 University World Team.

"Anthony Ashnault is a New Jersey legend," said head coach Joe Dubuque. "Bringing him into this program is so impactful in so many ways. His wrestling speaks for itself but I'm excited for how he will elevate the Princeton Wrestling brand and the immediate impact he will have on our recruiting. Anthony's eagerness to learn and passion to make Princeton Wrestling one of the best programs in the country makes this an unbelievable hire for me!"