Hempstead, NY – Hofstra University junior wrestler Cody Ruggirello has been named the GoHofstra.com Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending February 9, it was announced today.
Ruggirello, a 149-pounder from Walden, New York, posted two victories in the Pride’s matches against Binghamton and Rider last week. On Friday against Binghamton, he recorded a 3-0 decision over Bearcat junior Joe Bonaldi in Hofstra’s 28-8 EIWA victory. On Sunday at Rider, Ruggirello recorded his first 20-win season with a 6-5 victory over Bronc sophomore Curt Delia.
The red-shirt junior, who has battled injuries during his career, is enjoying his best season in 2013 and is now 20-7 overall, 11-2 in dual matches and 6-0 in EIWA contests. Ruggirello is ranked 23rd nationally at 149-pounds by the Wrestling Report and third in the EIWA. He is the third Pride wrestler to reach the 20-win mark this season following graduate-student Joe Booth at 165 and senior Luke Vaith at 141.
Ruggirello and the Pride will return to action this Sunday, February 16 when they compete in the NWCA National Duals at Ohio State University. The Hofstra opponents will be announced later this week.