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EIWA Releases Schedule for Tournament Hosted at Rutgers
Scarlet Knights to host 2013 conference wrestling tournament

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (January 17, 2013) – The 2013 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association has released its schedule of events for the EIWA Championships, hosted by Rutgers March 8-9 inside the RAC. The event features all 14 conference teams and the schedule is as follows:

Friday, March 8
Session 1 – 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Session 2 – 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. (Semifinals and wrestle-backs)

Saturday, March 9
Session 3 – 10 a.m.-Noon (Wrestle-back semifinals and seventh place final)
EIWA Hall of Fame Introductions – 2:45 p.m.
Finals – 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (Three mats – First, third and fifth place finals)

The EIWA Championships traditionally feature some of the top wrestlers in the nation. Last season, 13 wrestlers from the conference earned NCAA All-America honors.

Tickets are on sale for $40 per session or $70 for the tournament. Orders can be made online at ScarletKnights.com or by calling the ticket office at 1-866-445-GORU (4678).

Rutgers Wrestling Tops Arizona State, Stanford
Scarlet Knights win both matches at Stanford Duals

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Jan. 6, 2013) - On the final day of its West Coast trip, the Rutgers wrestling team picked up victories over Pac-12 opponents Arizona State (21-12) and Stanford (33-3) at the Stanford Duals in Palo Alto, Calif., Sunday. Rutgers improved to 10-1 with the help of senior 184-pounder Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.), ranked No. 13 in the nation, who picked up two wins by bonus points. RU won 15 of the 20 contested matches.

Five other Scarlet Knights reeled in 2-0 records on the day, including junior 133-pounder Vincent Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.), senior 141-pounder Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.), senior 149-pounder Mario Mason (Moorestown, N.J.), senior 157-pounder Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.) and sophomore 165-pounder Nick Visicaro (Long Branch, N.J.).

Sixth-year head coach Scott Goodale's squad started off both duals strong, winning its first five bouts of the match with the Sun Devils to jump out to a 15-0 lead. Rinaldi recorded the lone pin of the day, downing Kevin Radford of ASU at the 2:23 mark. He moved his season record to 18-2, notching his third fall of the season. Against Arizona State, three of the four losses for the Scarlet Knights came to ranked opponents.

Led by five bonus-point wins coming from Dellefave, Melde, Winston, Visicaro and Rinaldi, Rutgers cruised to a 33-0 lead over the Cardinal with the only loss coming in the final bout of the evening.

Dellefave started it off with a 14-4 major decision over Stanford's Alex Manley before Melde tallied a technical fall over Cardinal Josh Lauderdale (19-4) at the 7:00 mark.

Two matches later at the 157-pound weight class, Winston downed Stanford's Donovan Halpin with a 13-1 major decision. Directly following, Visicaro notched the major decision victory over Bret Baumbach, 13-5. Rinaldi capped the bonus-point victories by shutting out Cardinal Ryan Davies, 13-0.

Also against the Cardinal, Mason come out on top (4-1) for a decision over Timmy Boone in the third overtime, earning an escape and a takedown in the period.

Rutgers returns home to take on Iowa State in the RAC on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.

Rutgers 21, Arizona State 12
133: Vincent Dellefave (RU) dec. Ares Carpio (ASU), 10-5
141: Trevor Melde (RU) dec. Matt Kraus (ASU), 6-0
149: Mario Mason (RU) dec. Nathan Hoffer (ASU), 11-9
157: Scott Winston (RU) dec. Hans Rasmusson (ASU), 4-2
165: Nick Visicaro (RU) dec. Joel Smith (ASU), 9-4
174: No. 15 Blake Stauffer (ASU) dec. No. 9 Zannetti (RU), 7-6
184: No. 13 Dan Rinaldi (RU) pinned Kevin Radford (ASU), 2:23
197: No. 7 Jake Meredith (ASU) dec. Dan Seidenberg (RU), 3-0
HWT: No. 18 Levi Cooper (ASU) dec. Billy Smith (RU), 6-5
125: Dalton Miller (ASU) dec. Joe Langel (RU), 8-4

Rutgers 33, Stanford 3
133: Vincent Dellefave (RU) major dec. Alex Manley (STAN), 14-4
141: Trevor Melde (RU) tech. fall Josh Lauderdale (STAN), 19-4 (7:00)
149: Mario Mason (RU) dec. Timmy Boone (STAN), 4-1 (OT)
157: Scott Winston (RU) major dec. Donovan Halpin (STAN), 13-1
165: Nick Visicaro (RU) major dec. Bret Baumbach (STAN), 13-5
174: No. 9 Greg Zannetti (RU) dec. Dylan Morris (STAN), 7-5
184: No. 13 Dan Rinaldi (RU) major dec. Ryan Davies (STAN), 13-0
197: Dan Seidenberg (RU) dec. Michael Sojka (STAN), 7-0
HWT: Billy Smith (RU) dec. Dan Scherer (STAN), 6-2
125: Evan Silver (STAN) dec. Joe Langel (RU), 6-4 (SV)

Rutgers Wrestling Takes Down CSU-Bakersfield, 29-9
Scarlet Knights win eight of 10 bouts

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Rutgers wrestling squad used a strong start to down CSU Bakersfield, 29-9, in Bakersfield, Calif., Thursday night. The Scarlet Knights picked up victories in their first five bouts to jump out to a 17-0 lead and wouldn't look back.

Rutgers won eight of 10 bouts against the Roadrunners, including wins for bonus points by seniors Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) and Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.), as well as junior Dan Seidenberg (Red Bank, N.J.). Under the guidance of sixth-year head coach Scott Goodale, senior Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) notched a win over a ranked opponent.

The Scarlet Knights improved to 8-1 on the season, including a 2-0 mark in the EIWA. The Roadrunners dropped to 4-2, still holding a conference mark of 0-1 in the PAC 12.

The match started at the 174-pound mark, with senior Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J) picking up a 7-1 decision over CSU Bakersfield's Andrew Balch. Rutgers then rattled off two bonus points wins as Rinaldi defeated Reuben Franklin, 12-2, at 184 and Seidenberg earned the 8-0 major over Frankie Hurtado at 197.

Senior Joe Langel (Howell, N.J.) picked up a hard-fought overtime decision over Tyler Iwamura at 125 pounds. After CSU Bakersfield picked up its first victory of the contest at 133, 141-pounder Melde notched a big decision, 15-8, over No. 20 Timmy Box of Bakersfield to improve to 11-4 on the season.

Two bouts later, 157-pounder Winston improved to 16-4 this season as he tallied his third fall of the campaign, pinning Runner Adam Fierro at the 1:35 mark of the opening period. His last came over James Vollrath of Penn State at the Nittany Lion Open.

Rutgers continues its West Coast trek, taking part in the Stanford Duals on Sunday, Jan. 6, beginning at 5 p.m. ET. The Scarlet Knights are slated to face Arizona State and Stanford inside Burnham Pavilion in Palo Alto, Calif.

Follow Rutgers Athletics on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RutgersAthletics) and Twitter (@RUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates. For specific updates regarding Rutgers wrestling, follow the program on Twitter (@RUWrestling). Fans can receive timely information, including special offers and giveaways throughout the year on our social media outlets along with www.ScarletKnights.com.

Rutgers 29, CSUB 9
125: Joe Langel (RU) dec. Tyler Iwamura (CSUB), 4-2 (OT)
133: No. 14 Ian Nickell (CSUB) dec. Vincent Dellefave (RU), 8-3
141: Trevor Melde (RU) dec. No. 20 Timmy Box (CSUB), 15-8
149: Mario Mason (RU) dec. Dalton Kelley (CSUB), 6-3
157: Scott Winston (RU) pinned Adam Fierro (CSUB), 1:35
165: David Meza (CSUB) pinned Anthony Volpe (RU), 7:56 (OT)
174: No. 9 Greg Zannetti (RU) dec. Andrew Balch (CSUB), 7-1
184: No. 13 Dan Rinaldi (RU) major dec. Reuben Franklin (CSUB), 12-2
197: Dan Seidenberg (RU) major dec. Frankie Hurtado (CSUB), 8-0
HWT: Billy Smith (RU) dec. Sammy Cervantes (CSUB), 5-0

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Rutgers Wrestling Rolls vs. Rider and Princeton

Scarlet Knights win by scores of 25-5 and 30-6 over the Broncs and Tigers, respectively

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (December 8, 2012) - The Rutgers wrestling team improved to 6-0 with two strong dual performances, defeating Rider 25-5 and EIWA foe Princeton 30-6 on Saturday in College Ave. Gym. Led by sixth-year head coach Scott Goodale, the Scarlet Knights won 16 of the 20 contested matches. Included in the victories were 2-0 outings by senior 174-pounder Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.), senior 184-pounder Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.), junior 197-pounder Dan Seidenberg (Red Bank, N.J.), redshirt freshman heavyweight Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.) and senior 125-pounder Joseph Langel (Howell, N.J.).

Both Langel and Smith won their two matches by major decision margins. Langel first won by an 8-0 advantage over Rider's Patrick Skinner, then defeated Princeton's Max Rogers by a score of 11-3. Smith shutout Greg Velesco of Rider, 9-0, then controlled Princeton's Charles Fox, 13-1.

The wins by Zannetti and Rinaldi improved their identical season records to 14-1 overall.

Sophomore 165-pounder Nick Visicaro (Long Branch, N.J.) turned in an upset victory in RU's victory over Rider, winning a 4-1 decision over No. 16 Ramon Santiago. The win finalized RU's controlling performance against the Broncs, in which RU won the initial five bouts to open a 17-0 lead.

The Scarlet Knights won the opening six matches against the Tigers to jump out to a 24-0 advantage. Junior 133-pounder Vincent Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.) capped the initial run with the maximum amount of points by pinning Princeton's Andrew Hirai in 5:48. Dellefave held a 9-3 lead at the time of the fall.

Rutgers will next take part in the first collegiate wrestling event in the history of New York City's Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Dec. 16. The "Grapple at the Garden" duals feature RU and 13 other college wrestling programs. Rutgers faces Nebraska and Tennessee-Chattanooga, with the Scarlet Knights starting with the Huskers at 10:30 a.m. and following with the Mocs at 12:30 p.m.

Rutgers 25, Rider 5* 
174: No. 9 Greg Zannetti (RU) dec. James Brundage (Rider), 3-1
184: No. 13 Dan Rinaldi (RU) dec. Clint Morrison (Rider), 4-0
197: Dan Seidenberg (RU) dec. Donald McNeil (Rider), 5-2
HWT: Billy Smith (RU) major dec. Greg Velesco (Rider), 9-0
125: Joe Langel (RU) major dec. Patrick Skinner (Rider), 8-0
133: Jimmy Morris (Rider) dec. Vincent Dellefave (RU), 2-0
141: No. 15 Trevor Melde (RU) dec. Vinny Fava (Rider), 4-2
149: Ken Theobold (RU) dec. Curt Delia (PU), 6-4
157: Zac Cibula (Rider) dec. No. 16 Scott Winston (RU), 6-4
165: Nick Visicaro (RU) dec. No. 16 Ramon Santiago (Rider), 4-1
*Rider and Rutgers both lost one team point due to unsportsmanlike conduct following the 141-pound match

Rutgers 30, Rider 6
174: No. 9 Greg Zannetti (RU) major dec. Ryan Callahan (PU), 8-0
184: No. 13 Dan Rinaldi (RU) dec. Scott Gibbons (PU), 7-5
197: Dan Seidenberg (RU) dec. Dan Santoro (PU), 6-0
HWT: Billy Smith (RU) major dec. Charles Fox (PU), 13-1
125: Joe Langel (RU) major dec. Max Rogers (PU), 11-3
133: Vincent Dellefave (RU) pinned Andrew Hirai (PU), 5:48
141: Kevin Moylan (PU) dec. No. 15 Trevor Melde (RU), 7-5 (SV)
149: Zach Bintliff (PU) dec. Ken Theobold (RU), 11-4
157: No. 16 Scott Winston (RU) dec. Kyle Roddy (PU), 5-4
165: Anthony Volpe (RU) dec. Judd Ziegler (PU), 3-1

"RAC Pack" Ticket Package Announced for Rutgers Wrestling

Combined seats to RU's Iowa State, Lehigh and Penn State duals available

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Dec. 4, 2012) - Rutgers wrestling fans have the special opportunity to purchase a three-pack of RU matches that will take place inside the RAC. The Scarlet Knights' matches against Iowa State (Friday, Jan. 11), Lehigh (Friday, Jan. 18) and Penn State (Sunday, Feb. 24) can be obtained at a combined rate.

Orders can be made online at ScarletKnights.com or by calling the ticket office at 1-866-445-GORU (4678). Seats in the 100-level are available for $39 and seats in 200 or 300-level seating are priced at $30. A $10 handling fee will be applied.

The Scarlet Knights' matches against the Cyclones and Mountain Hawks are both set for 7 p.m. Rutgers plays host to the two-time defending NCAA champion Nittany Lions at 1 p.m. In their respective histories, Iowa State and Penn State have combined to capture eight national team titles.

Single-match tickets and group tickets are still available. Fans are asked to use ScarletKnights.com or contact the ticket office by phone at 1-866-445-GORU (4678).

Rutgers returns home for mat action with an in-state tri-meet inside College Ave. Gym with both Rider and conference opponent Princeton on Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.
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Rudgers- Knight Notes

* The Rutgers wrestling team (4-0) heads to the 2012 Nittany Lion Open to continue its 2012-13 season. Tournament action begins at 8:30 a.m. in Rec Hall in University Park, Pa. According to the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club, more than 500 wrestlers from more than 30 teams are expected to compete in the all-day event.

* RU added three dual victories to its résumé at the 2012 Journeymen/ASICS Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y., defeating Columbia (30-6), Binghamton (30-9) and Army (26-15).

* In his sixth season leading the Scarlet Knights, head coach Scott Goodale holds an outstanding 88-29-1 dual record as Rutgers' mat leader.

* The Scarlet Knights currently feature five individuals in the national rankings: 141-pounder Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.), 157-pounder Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.), 174-pounder Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.), 184-pounder Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) and heavyweight Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.).

* Zannetti returns to the 174-pound starting spot after leading the squad in wins with a 31-6 overall record in 2011-12.

* Rutgers' lineup features three seniors who have earned qualification for the NCAA Championships in all three seasons of their career. Mason, Winston and Rinaldi have not missed a national tournament.

Scarlet Knights Sweep Northeast Duals, 3-0

* The Rutgers wrestling team turned in a perfect effort at the Journeymen/ASICS Northeast Duals, beating Columbia (30-6), Binghamton (30-9) and Army (26-15) inside the Edward F. McDonough Sports Complex on Nov. 24. The victories improved the Scarlet Knights, led by sixth-year head coach Scott Goodale, to 4-0 to start the 2012-13 season.

* Seven Scarlet Knights posted 3-0 records in the dual wins against Columbia, Binghamton and Army. Senior 125-pounder Joseph Langel (Howell, N.J.), junior 133-pounder Vincent Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.), senior 141-pounder Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.), senior 157-pounder Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.), senior 174-pounder Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.), senior 184-pounder Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) and redshirt freshman heavyweight Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.) won all three of their matches. Additionally, sophomore 165-pounder Nick Visicaro (Long Branch, N.J.) went 2-0.

* The Scarlet Knights took 23 of the 29 contested matches from their opponents on the day. Rutgers forfeited the final 149-pound match of the day to Army.

Rutgers Wrestling Rolls in Home Opener vs. Clarion, 26-6

* The Rutgers wrestling team turned away Clarion by a score of 26-6 to start the 2012-13 dual season in College Ave. Gym on Nov. 11, winning eight of the 10 contested matches.

* Seniors Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) and Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.) led the way with bonus points, both notching major decisions at 149 pounds and 174 pounds, respectively. Sixth-year head coach Scott Goodale's squad, for the fifth-straight season, started its campaign with a dual victory.

* Melde shut out Golden Eagle Sam Sherlock for an 11-0 major decision, while Zannetti cruised to a 10-1 major decision over Ryan Darch of Clarion.

Rutgers Hosting EIWA Championships for First Time in Program History

* The Scarlet Knights' postseason march will begin at home. Rutgers plays host to the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships for the first time in program history from March 8-9 at the RAC. The 14-team event traditionally features some of the top wrestlers in the nation. Last season, 13 wrestlers from the conference earned NCAA All-America honors.

* Season ticket orders can be made online at ScarletKnights.com or by calling the ticket office at 1-866-445-GORU (4678).

RU Crowns Three Champions at Hokie Open

* The Rutgers wrestling team saw three first-place individual finishes to begin the 2012-13 season at the Hokie Open on Nov. 4, with all three crowns earned by senior Scarlet Knights. Top honors were captured by 157-pounder Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.), 174-pounder Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.) and 184-pounder Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.).

* Senior 149-pounder Mario Mason (Moorestown, N.J.) placed fourth, recording a 5-2 mark in the tournament. Junior 197-pounder Dan Seidenberg (Red Bank, N.J.) also placed fourth, notching a 3-2 record.

* Redshirt freshman heavyweight Billy Smith (High Point, N.J.) placed fifth after a 5-2 showing that included three pins. Senior Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) earned a sixth-place finish at 141 pounds.

Rutgers Wrestling Sweeps Northeast Duals, 3-0

Scarlet Knights claim dual wins over Columbia (30-6), Binghamton (30-9) and Army (26-15)

TROY, N.Y. (November 24, 2012) - The Rutgers wrestling team turned in a perfect effort at the Journeymen/ASICS Northeast Duals, beating Columbia (30-6), Binghamton (30-9) and Army (26-15) inside the Edward F. McDonough Sports Complex on Saturday. The victories improved the Scarlet Knights, led by sixth-year head coach Scott Goodale, to 4-0 to start the 2012-13 season.

Seven Scarlet Knights posted 3-0 records in the dual wins against Columbia, Binghamton and Army. Senior 125-pounder Joseph Langel (Howell, N.J.), junior 133-pounder Vincent Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.), senior 141-pounder Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.), senior 157-pounder Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.), senior 174-pounder Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.), senior 184-pounder Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) and redshirt freshman heavyweight Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.) won all three of their matches. Additionally, sophomore 165-pounderNick Visicaro (Long Branch, N.J.) went 2-0

The Scarlet Knights took 23 of the 29 contested matches from their opponents on the day. Rutgers forfeited the final 149-pound match of the day to Army.

RU started the event with Columbia and was led by bonus point victories from Langel, Melde, Rinaldi and Smith. Langel recorded the most points, starting Rutgers out with a pin against the Lions by sticking Penn Gottfried of Columbia in 1:26. Melde, Rinaldi and Smith all recorded major decisions.

The Scarlet Knights also prevailed in both matchups of ranked wrestlers against the Lions. Winston, ranked 14th at 157 pounds according to Amateur Wrestling News, scored a 3-1 decision win over Columbia's 11th-ranked Jake O'Hara. Zannetti, ranked 10th at 174 pounds, turned away No. 13 Steven West of Columbia by way of a 1-0 decision.

Against the Bearcats, Langel, Zannetti and Smith paved the way with bonus points for RU. Langel scored a 13-2 major decision of BU's Mike Sardo, while Zannetti picked up an 11-3 major decision of Binghamton's John Paris. Smith closed the dual with a 9-1 major decision of Bearcat heavyweight Tyler Deuel.

Winston added six points to Rutgers' point total against Binghamton after his opponent, Brian Conrad, was unable to finish the match due to injury at the 4:37 mark.

Langel and Smith were involved again to close Rutgers' day against Army. The RU 125-pounder scored an 18-2 (5:00) technical fall of Black Knight Hunter Wood to start Rutgers off with five team points. Smith finalized the dual when it was within striking distance for Army. The final Rutgers competitor notched a fall over Army's Curtis Garner, pinning the Black Knight at 6:00.

The lightest and heaviest RU wrestlers both won all three of their matches for bonus points.

The Scarlet Knights next head to the Penn State Open in University Park, Pa., on Sunday, Dec. 2.

Rutgers 30, Columbia 6
125: Joe Langel (RU) pinned Penn Gottfried (CU), 1:26
133: Vincent Dellefave (RU) dec. Andrew Grabfelder (CU), 6-1
141: Trevor Melde (RU) major dec. Matt Bystol (CU), 14-3
149: No. 10 Steve Santos (CU) dec. Mario Mason (RU), 4-3
157: No. 14 Scott Winston (RU) dec. No. 11 Jake O'Hara (CU), 3-1
165: Nick Visicaro (RU) dec. Josh Houldsworth (CU), 4-3
174: No. 10 Greg Zannetti (RU) dec. No. 13 Steven West (CU), 1-0
184: No. 13 Dan Rinaldi (RU) major dec. Shane Hughes (CU), 9-0
197: Nick Mills (CU) dec. Hayden Hrymack (RU), 4-0
HWT: No. 20 Billy Smith (RU) maj. dec. Chris Manna (CU), 9-1

Rutgers 30, Binghamton 9
125: Joseph Langel (RU) major dec. Mike Sardo (BU), 13-2
133: Vincent Dellefave (RU) dec. Derek Steeley (BU), 9-4
141: Trevor Melde (RU) dec. Joe Bonaldi (BU), 2-0
149: No. 1 Donnie Vinson (BU) major dec. Mario Mason (RU), 10-2
157: No. 14 Scott Winston (RU) won by inj. def. over Brian Conrad (BU), 4:37
165: Nick Visicaro (RU) dec. Adam Lepkowsky (BU), 5-2
174: No. 10 Greg Zannetti (RU) major dec. John Paris (BU), 11-3
184: No. 13 Dan Rinaldi (RU) dec. Cody Reed (BU), 4-2
197: No. 7 Nate Schiedel (BU) tech. fall Hayden Hrymack (RU), 5:23
HWT: No. 20 Billy Smith (RU) major dec. Tyler Deuel (BU), 9-1

Rutgers 26, Army 15
125: Joseph Langel (RU) tech. fall Hunter Wood (Army), 18-2 (5:00)
133: Vincent Dellefave (RU) dec. Charlie Costanzo (Army), 3-0
141: Trevor Melde (RU) dec. Tyler Rauenzahn (Army,) 3-1
149: No. 18 Daniel Young (Army) won by forfeit
157: No. 14 Scott Winston (RU) dec. Brian Harvey (Army), 9-3
165: Paul Hancock (Army) dec. Anthony Volpe (RU) 6-3
174: No. 10 Greg Zannetti (RU) dec. Ryan Tompkins (Army) 6-2
184: No. 13 Dan Rinaldi (RU) dec. Collin Wittmeyer (Army) 6-2
197: Bryce Barnes (Army) pinned Hayden Hrymack (RU) 1:32
HWT: No. 20 Billy Smith (RU) pinned Curtis Garner (Army) 6:00

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Rutgers Wrestling Rolls in Home Opener vs. Clarion, 26-6
Scarlet Knights led by bonus point efforts by Melde and Zannetti

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (November 11, 2012) - The Rutgers wrestling team turned away Clarion by a score of 26-6 to start the 2012-13 dual season in College Ave. Gym on Sunday, winning eight of the 10 contested matches. Seniors Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) and Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.) led the way with bonus points, both notching major decisions at 149 pounds and 174 pounds, respectively. Sixth-year head coach Scott Goodale's squad, for the fifth-straight season, started its campaign with a dual victory.

The dual started at 133 pounds, and junior Vincent Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.) gave the Scarlet Knights the lead they would keep with an 8-3 decision of Clarion's Joe Waltko. Melde followed at 141 pounds and shut out Golden Eagle Sam Sherlock for an 11-0 major decision. Melde, with two NCAA trips on his résumé, has reentered the lineup after a redshirt season in 2011-12. Fellow senior and three-time NCAA qualifier Mario Mason (Moorestown, N.J.) then edged Tyler Bedelyon of Clarion by a score of 3-2.

The highlight match of the evening was at 157 pounds, with top-10 competitors Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.) and Clarion's James Fleming squaring off. A senior and three-time NCAA qualifier, Winston powered out to a 5-1 advantage in the third period before Fleming was able to draw within one point after a subsequent escape and takedown maneuver with 54 seconds remaining. A 2012 All-American, Fleming nosed ahead of Winston at the 16-second mark with a three-point nearfall to close the bout for Clarion, 7-5.

Rutgers controlled five of the six remaining bouts, with sophomore 165-pounder Nick Visicaro (Long Branch, N.J.) getting the Scarlet Knights back in the win column by way of a 8-1 decision of Clarion's Nick Milano. Zannetti followed at 174 points and cruised to a 10-1 major decision over Ryan Darch of Clarion. Zannetti qualified for his first national tournament in 2011.

Senior 184-pounder Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) thwarted Clarion's other 2012 NCAA qualifier in the lineup, Steven Cressley, with a 6-1 decision. Rinaldi continues at 184 pounds after qualifying for his third NCAA Championships last season while competing at 197 pounds. In the following match, junior 197-pounder Dan Seidenberg (Red Bank, N.J.) surrendered a 3-1 result to Clarion's Justin Ortega.

Redshirt freshman heavyweight Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.) took care of business in his first career dual start, winning 6-1 over Clarion's Phillip Catrucco. Senior 125-pounder Joseph Langel (Howell, N.J.) followed by closing the dual with a 5-3 decision of Golden Eagle Tyler Fraley. Langel has two NCAA qualifications to his credit.

The Scarlet Knights next hit the road for the Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y., on Nov. 24. Rutgers' next home action will be hosting an in-state tri-meet inside College Ave. Gym with both Rider and conference opponent Princeton on Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.

Follow Rutgers Athletics on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RutgersAthletics) and Twitter (@RUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates. For specific updates regarding Rutgers wrestling, follow the program on Twitter (@RUWrestling). Fans can receive timely information, including special offers and giveaways throughout the year on our social media outlets along with www.ScarletKnights.com.
Rutgers 26, Clarion 6

133: Vincent Dellefave (RU) dec. Joe Waltko (CU), 8-3
141: Trevor Melde (RU) major dec. Sam Sherlock (CU), 11-0
149: Mario Mason (RU) dec. Tyler Bedelyon (CU), 3-2
157: No. 4 James Fleming (CU) dec. No. 9 Scott Winston (RU), 7-5
165: Nick Visicaro (RU) dec. Nick Milano (CU), 8-1
174: No. 16 Greg Zannetti (RU) major dec. Ryan Darch (CU), 10-1
184: Dan Rinaldi (RU) dec. Steven Cressley (CU), 6-1
197: Justin Ortega (CU) dec. Dan Seidenberg (RU), 3-1
HWT: Billy Smith (RU) dec. Phillip Catrucco (CU), 6-1
125: Joe Langel (RU) dec. Tyler Fraley (CU), 5-3

Rutgers Wrestling Crowns Three Champions at Hokie Open
Winston, Zannetti and Rinaldi take top honors for RU

SALEM, Va. (Nov. 4, 2012) - The Rutgers wrestling team saw three first-place individual finishes to begin the 2012-13 season at the Hokie Open inside the Salem Civic Center, with all three crowns earned by senior Scarlet Knights. Top honors were captured by 157-pounder Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.), 174-pounder Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.) and 184-pounder Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.).

Winston started the tournament with a 9-4 decision of Ryan Harrington (UNC-unattached), followed by a 2:50 pin of Jay Lysne (Hofstra-unattached). He closed his tournament run with a 4-1 decision of Nick Rex (Campbell) and a 6-5 decision of Indiana's Taylor Walsh. Winston has started the 2012-13 season at 157 pounds after qualifying for the NCAA Championships at 165 pounds last season.

Zannetti began his championship-winning tournament with a 6-5 decision of Trey Adamson of Duke, followed by a 7-0 shutout of Huston Evans of the hosting Hokies. He then turned away Air Force's Clayton Gable by way of a 9-8 decision. Zannetti took the title with a 4-2 decision of Virginia Tech's Austin Gabel.

Rinaldi was in top form to start the Hokie Open, pinning Brandon Tressler of King College in 2:49. He then turned away Air Force's Devin Hightower by a score of 5-3 and Virginia Tech's Nick Vetterlein by a 3-1 score. Rinaldi won the tournament with a 3-2 decision of Duke's Diego Bencomo.

Senior 149-pounder Mario Mason (Moorestown, N.J.) placed fourth, recording a 5-2 mark in the tournament. Junior 197-pounder Dan Seidenberg (Red Bank, N.J.) also placed fourth, notching a 3-2 record.

Coming off a redshirt season to start his Rutgers career in 2011-12, heavyweight Billy Smith (High Point, N.J.) placed fifth after a 5-2 showing that included three pins. Senior Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) earned a sixth-place finish at 141 pounds in his first action in the starting lineup after redshirting for the 2011-12 season.

The Scarlet Knights open their home schedule with Clarion in College Ave. Gym on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. Live video coverage will be provided by RVision, presented by AT&T. Rutgers wrestling supporters are reminded that season ticket orders can be made online at ScarletKnights.com or by calling the ticket office at 1-866-445-GORU (4678).

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Rutgers Wrestling Opens 2012-13 Season at Hokie Open

Knight Notes

* The Rutgers wrestling team kicks off the 2012-13 season at the Hokie Open on Sunday, Nov. 4, hosted by Virginia Tech inside Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va. In his sixth season leading the Scarlet Knights, head coach Scott Goodale returns seven dual starters and six NCAA qualifiers. Live results are set to be available at www.hokieopen.com.

* The Scarlet Knights begin the season with four individuals in the national rankings: 149-pounder Mario Mason (Moorestown, N.J.), 157-pounder Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.), 174-pounder Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.) and 184-pounder Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.).


Rutgers Begins the 2012-13 Season

* Seven dual starters return for head coach Scott Goodale's 2012-13 squad, with six NCAA qualifiers returning to bolster the squad's postseason experience. RU's lineup additionally features eight seniors.

* Four NCAA participants from last season's tournament return, including senior 174-pounder Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.), who recorded a team-leading 31 wins in 2011-12. RU's other returning 2012 national tournament participants are seniors: 149-pounder Mario Mason (Moorestown, N.J.), 157-pounder Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.), 174-pounder Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.) and 184-pounder Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.). Senior 125-pounder Joseph Langel (Howell, N.J.) and senior 141-pounder Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) qualified for NCAA Championships earlier in their careers.

* Rutgers compiled a 13-8 overall dual record (5-1 EIWA) in the 2011-12 season, qualifying five individual wrestlers for the 2012 NCAA Championships.

Rutgers Hosting EIWA Championships for First Time in Program History
* The Scarlet Knights' postseason march will begin at home. Rutgers plays host to the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships for the first time in program history from March 8-9 at the RAC. The 14-team event traditionally features some of the top wrestlers in the nation. Last season, 13 wrestlers from the conference earned NCAA All-America honors.

* Season ticket orders can be made online at ScarletKnights.com or by calling the ticket office at 1-866-445-GORU (4678).

Rutgers' Ashnault Named Director of Wrestling Operations

* Three-time NCAA qualifier and former Rutgers wrestling team captain Billy Ashnault was named Director of Wrestling Operations, it was announced Aug. 15 by sixth-year head coach Scott Goodale. Ashnault wrestled to an 86-61 record in his collegiate career, including two seasons of 25-plus wins as a Scarlet Knight.

* Ashnault saved his best for last as a senior at the 2012 NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo., from March 15-17. The 141-pounder upset two seeded wrestlers and compiled a 3-2 record in his final national meet as a Rutgers wrestler, finishing one victory shy of securing All-America honors. Ashnault was dangerous in the consolation bracket, first edging No. 10 Jake Sueflohn of Nebraska by a score of 5-4 and then topping No. 12 Tyler Small of Kent State, 1-0.

Goodale Adds NCAA Champion Molinaro to Rutgers Coaching Staff

* Rutgers head wrestling coach Scott Goodale announced April 17 the addition of Frank Molinaro to his staff as assistant coach. A native of Barnegat, N.J., Molinaro starred at Penn State from 2008-12 as he earned All-America honors four-straight seasons and finished his career as the 2012 NCAA 149-pound champion.

* Molinaro completed his senior campaign as one of the top competitors in the nation, compiling a perfect 33-0 record to take top billing in his weight class. The former Nittany Lion won his second-straight Big Ten Conference individual championship, also earning the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler award in 2012. With an outstanding career record of 121-29, Molinaro left University Park, Pa., as PSU's fifth four-time All-American.

Rutgers Wrestling Unveils 2012-13 Schedule
* The Rutgers wrestling team released its 2012-13 schedule on July 19, announcing a seven-dual home slate that additionally features the 2013 EIWA Championships from March 8-9 at the RAC. The newly minted schedule also includes the first collegiate wrestling event in the history of New York City's Madison Square Garden, as RU takes part in the "Grapple at the Garden" duals along with nine other college wrestling programs.

* Led by sixth-year head coach Scott Goodale, Rutgers' mat squad has won 84 duals in his tenure, including a school-record 21 victories in 2010-11. Last year's RU team was strong at home with five home dual wins, including three victories over EIWA opponents.

* The Scarlet Knights' array of home opponents for the upcoming season is highlighted by non-conference matches against perennial powers of the Big 12 Conference and Big Ten Conference. RU will take on Iowa State on Jan. 11, 2013 at 7 p.m., and host two-time defending NCAA champion Penn State on February 24, 2013 at 1 p.m. The Cyclones and Nittany Lions have combined to capture eight national team titles. Rutgers additionally plays host to EIWA foe Lehigh on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.

* Rutgers is set to face Nebraska and Tennessee-Chattanooga in the "Grapple at the Garden" event. The day of wrestling in the "Big Apple" starts with the Huskers at 10:30 a.m., with the matchup against the Mocs following at 12:30 p.m.

* RU begins the season with three events in the month of November, starting with a season-opening trip to the Hokie Open on Nov. 4 in Blacksburg, Va. The Scarlet Knights face Clarion in College Ave. Gym on Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. to start the home schedule. Rutgers closes the month at the Northeast Duals in Albany, N.Y., on Nov. 24.

* After wrestling at the Penn State Open in State College, Pa., on Dec. 2, Rutgers will host an in-state tri-meet with both Rider and conference opponent Princeton on Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.

* The Scarlet Knights take a trip to the West Coast with dual dates set for Cal State-Bakersfield (Jan. 3, 2013) and a quad-meet between Arizona State, Penn and host Stanford on Jan. 6, 2013. The month of January additionally features four road trips to Harvard and Brown (Jan. 20, 2013), West Virginia (Jan. 25, 2013) and Navy (Jan. 26, 2013).

* RU hosts its second-to-last dual meet of the season against Bloomsburg on Feb. 8, 2013, with action starting in College Ave. Gym at 6:30 p.m. Goodale's squad then faces Drexel and Old Dominion in consecutive road trips on Feb. 15, 2013 and Feb. 17, 2013, respectively.

* After closing the season with the RU-PSU dual and the EIWA Championships, qualified Scarlet Knights will have the opportunity to take on the rest of the nation at the 2013 NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, from March 21-23.

Goodale Announces 2012 Recruiting Class

* Rutgers head wrestling coach Scott Goodale announced July 17 that 13 future student-athletes made the decision to wrestle "On the Banks" as new Scarlet Knights beginning in the fall of 2012. Seven members of the class were state finalists at their respective weights to finish their high school careers in 2012.

* The latest class of Rutgers wrestlers has shown its talents on the national stage. Phil Bakuckas (Hammonton, N.J.) and Maverick Passaro (Eastport, N.Y.) recorded recent fourth-place finishes at the 2012 FloNationals in Philadelphia, Pa., from March 31-April 1. Terrance Jean-Jacques (Haverhill, Mass.) and Anthony Pafumi (West Orange, N.J.) attained multiple All-America honors at past NHSCA Nationals tournaments. Jean-Jacques was second in the country at heavyweight as a junior in 2011 and followed that performance by placing seventh in the division as a senior in 2012. Pafumi placed fifth in the nation at 171 pounds as a junior in 2011 after taking third at 160 pounds as a freshman and sophomore. Jean-Jacques placed second in the country at the National Preps Tournament, taking runner-up honors at heavyweight in 2011.

* Lex Knapp (Lacey Township, N.J.) and Jan Rosenberg (Rockaway, N.J.) also earned All-America status at the 2011 NHSCA Nationals tournament. Knapp placed eighth at 215 pounds, while Rosenberg took top honors at 103 pounds.

* Rosenberg added freestyle and Greco-Roman All-America accolades to his record at the 2010 and 2011 Junior Nationals in Fargo, N.D. He placed fifth in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman at 98 pounds in 2010. Rosenberg followed that by placing third in freestyle and fourth in Greco-Roman at 105 pounds in 2011.

* Goodale's group features 10 student-athletes from New Jersey, two from New York, one from Massachusetts and one from Missouri. Sean McCabe (Connetquot, N.Y.) and Passaro won New York state titles at 120 pounds and 126 pounds, respectively. Morgan Fitzgerald (Kearney, Mo.), the grappler hailing from the "Show-Me" state, was one of three recruits in the RU class to cap his career with an individual state championship. Fitzgerald captured his crown at 170 pounds.

* "Garden State" natives Anthony Giancola (Collingswood, N.J.), Hayden Hrymack (Lincroft, N.J.), Eric McMullen (North Bergen, N.J.), Jalen Ramos (Bayville, N.J.) and Ken Theobold (Toms River, N.J.) finish the group. McMullen and Theobold were state finalists at 195 pounds and 145 pounds, respectively, to close their high school careers.

Melde Places Eighth at University Nationals

* Senior 141-pounder Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) earned an eighth-place finish at the 2012 ASICS University Nationals held on the campus of the University of Arkon from May 31 -June 3. Melde wrestled at 66 kg (145.5 pounds) for the Scarlet Knight Wrestling Club, using three-straight wins to start the freestyle tournament to power his way into medal contention inside Akron's Field House.

* The Scarlet Knight opened with big wins over Michael DePalma (Edinboro) and Tre Miller-Scott (West Virgina). Melde pinned DePalma (6-0, 0:15) and scored a technical fall over Miller-Scott (6-0, 8-1). The two-time NCAA Championships qualifier for Rutgers continued with a 9-3, 3-0 decision of Isaiah Tatum (Grand View) to make the quarterfinals of his weight.

* After dropping into the consolation round with a setback to eventual second-place finisher Nick Dardanes (Minnesota), Melde needed one more victory to secure a spot on his weight's award stand. Melde scored the win with a 3-0, 3-2 decision of Luke Vaith (Hofstra). Cornell's Chris Villalonga held off Melde in the seventh-place match by a score of 3-0, 2-1 to finish the tournament.

Rutgers Wrestling Holds Scarlet vs. Black Wrestle-Offs
Mason and Passaro highlight day by scoring major decisions

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Oct. 28, 2012) - The Rutgers wrestling team took to the mat in College Ave. Gym on Sunday for its annual Scarlet vs. Black Wrestle-Offs. Sixth-year head coach Scott Goodale's squad wrestled fourteen matches behind closed doors due to the New Jersey state of weather emergency.

Senior 149-pounder Mario Mason (Moorestown, N.J.) and freshman 133-pounder Maverick Passaro (Eastport, N.Y.) led the Scarlet Knights with major decision efforts. A three-time NCAA qualifier, Mason defeated senior Luke Rigoglioso (Wayne, N.J.) by a score of 17-7, while Passaro turned away freshman Jalen Ramos (Bayville, N.J.), 11-3.

The event ended with an overtime match at 174 pounds. Freshmen Phillip Bakuckas (Hammonton, N.J.) and Anthony Pafumi (West Orange, N.J.) battled to a 1-1 tie after three periods. After an initial sudden victory period brought no scoring, the pair exchanged escapes in the first tiebreaker period. Pafumi sealed the victory with a takedown in the second sudden victory period.

Scarlet vs. Black Wrestle-Offs Results:
125 pounds: Sean McCabe dec. Jan Rosenberg, 5-1
133 pounds: Maverick Passaro major dec. Jalen Ramos, 11-3
174 pounds: Greg Zannetti dec. Phillip Bakuckas, 4-0
141 pounds: Trevor Melde dec. Ken Theobold, 4-0
149 pounds: Mario Mason major dec. Luke Rigoglioso, 17-7
157 pounds: Scott Winston dec. Anthony Perrotti, 13-6
165 pounds: Nick Visicaro dec. Anthony Volpe, 4-1
184 pounds: Dan Rinaldi dec. Eric McMullen, 8-1
197 pounds: Dan Seidenberg dec. Hayden Hrymack, 5-0
HWT: Billy Smith dec. Terrance Jean-Jacques, 5-0
157 pounds: Morgan Fitzgerald dec. Mikey Simmons, 3-0
HWT: Tommy Rementner dec. Lex Knapp, 3-1
125 pounds: Jan Rosenberg dec. Anthony Giancola, 11-5
174 pounds: Anthony Pafumi dec. Phillip Bakuckas, 4-2 (SV2)

Rutgers wrestling supporters are reminded that season ticket orders can be made online at ScarletKnights.com or by calling the ticket office at 1-866-445-GORU (4678). The Scarlet Knights open their home schedule with Clarion in College Ave. Gym on Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. RU's next home action will be hosting an in-state tri-meet inside College Ave. Gym with both Rider and conference opponent Princeton on Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.

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Rutgers Wrestle-off event to kickoff 2012-13 wrestling season

Scarlet vs. Black Wrestle-Offs Set for Oct. 28 in College Ave. Gym

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Oct. 4, 2012) - Rutgers wrestling will host its annual wrestle-offs on Sunday, Oct. 28 inside College Ave. Gym, sixth-year head coach Scott Goodale announced Thursday. Action is set to begin at 10 a.m., which will be RU supporters' first chance to see the 2012-13 squad in action.

The wrestle-offs help in determining RU's starting positions on the team. Admission is free.

Scarlet Knight fans are reminded that season ticket orders can be made online at ScarletKnights.com or by calling the ticket office at 1-866-445-GORU (4678). Rutgers opens its home schedule with Clarion in College Ave. Gym on Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. RU's next home action will be hosting an in-state tri-meet inside College Ave. Gym with both Rider and conference opponent Princeton on Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.

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Rutgers Wrestling Season Tickets Now Available

Home schedule features seven duals and the 2013 EIWA Championships

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Sept. 27, 2012) - Rutgers wrestling fans now have the opportunity to be part of the action for the Scarlet Knights' 2012-13 mat campaign, with the announcement of season ticket sales and renewals for 2012-13 season. Rutgers' upcoming home schedule and season ticket package includes seven duals and, for the first time in program history, the 2013 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships.

RU supporters have turned out in record numbers during head coach Scott Goodale's tenure "On the Banks", and fans have the chance to continue supporting the Scarlet Knights' rapid ascent into the national spotlight. Rutgers' wrestlers have won 84 duals under Goodale, including a school-record 21 victories in 2010-11. In the Scarlet Knight leader's fifth season, RU's team was strong in front of its home crowd with five home dual wins, including three victories over EIWA opponents.

Season ticket orders can be made online at ScarletKnights.com or by calling the ticket office at 1-866-445-GORU (4678). Season ticket packages start at $142, with special "Mat-side" seats available for $328. Scarlet Knight fans can purchase single-match tickets beginning in late October, with that time also set for the mailing of season tickets to RU wrestling fans. Season ticket holders will see total savings of $19 over day-of-event ticket buyers. Parking is also included in the package.

Phone renewal inquiries to existing wrestling season ticket holders will begin Wednesday, Sept. 26. New this season, renewals will be paperless. Fans are asked to use ScarletKnights.com or 1-866-445-GORU (4678).

Group tickets will be available to groups of 20-49 for just $5 and $4 to groups of 50+ in general admission sections.

The Scarlet Knights' array of home foes in 2012-13 is highlighted by nonconference matches against perennial powers of the Big 12 Conference and Big Ten Conference. RU will take on Iowa State on Jan. 11, 2013 at 7 p.m., and host two-time defending NCAA champion Penn State on February 24, 2013 at 1 p.m. The Cyclones and Nittany Lions have combined to capture eight national team titles. Rutgers additionally plays host to EIWA opponent Lehigh on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.

The Scarlet Knights open their home schedule with Clarion in College Ave. Gym on Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. Rutgers' next home action will be hosting an in-state tri-meet inside College Ave. Gym with both Rider and conference opponent Princeton on Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. RU welcomes Bloomsburg to "The Barn" on Feb. 8, 2013, with action starting at 6:30 p.m.

The home slate reaches an outstanding finish with the EIWA Championships from March 8-9 at the RAC. The two-day tournament serves as the qualifying event for the 2013 NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, from March 21-23.

Rutgers is also set to face Nebraska and Tennessee-Chattanooga in the "Grapple at the Garden" event inside Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Dec. 16. The day of wrestling in the "Big Apple" starts with the Huskers at 10:30 a.m., followed by the Mocs at 12:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through MSG's TicketMaster website.

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Rutgers Announces 2011-12 Wrestling Slate
Scarlet Knights Play Host To Four Top-20 Teams In National Dual Championships At RAC Feb. 11

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (July 15, 2011) - Rutgers head wrestling coach Scott Goodale has announced the 2011-12 wrestling schedule. The Scarlet Knights will face a competitive slate this winter that includes eight schools who placed in the top-20 in last season's NCAA Championships.

"We are very excited about this year's schedule," said Goodale. "It is extremely challenging for the fact we will be wrestling some national powers on the road, not to mention the Virginia duals, National Duals and Midlands. It is important that we continue to wrestle the best but at the same time we need to be ready, healthy, and prepared for the national tournament. This staff knows and understands that."

The home slate includes a number of exciting matches, highlighted by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA)/ Cliff Kean Division I National Dual Meet Championships on Saturday, Feb. 11. RU will host five schools at the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC), including four who placed in the top-20 nationally. Wrestling powers Minnesota (placed sixth), Michigan (placed 18th), Kent State (placed 19th), Missouri (placed 17th) and California Polytechnic State University (placed 32nd) will each travel to Piscataway for the NWCA/Cliff Keen Division I National Dual Meet Championships. There will be a total of four, six-team regions participating in the event the weekend of Feb. 11-12 with the winner of each region advancing to the championship round on one of the participating campus sites the following weekend. The event includes 22 of the top 25 teams in the last season's final NWCA national poll.

RU will open the 2011-12 campaign on Saturday, Nov. 12 in Brockport, N.Y. where the Scarlet Knights will once again compete in the challenging Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Invitational with several nationally-ranked schools represented. RU finished second in the meet last season.

Six days later on Fri., Nov. 18, Rutgers will test itself against the nation's elite when the Scarlet Knights travel to Stillwater, Okla. to face Oklahoma State, who finished fourth at the NCAA Championships last year.

The Scarlet Knights will travel to Albany, N.Y. the following weekend to compete in the Northeast Duals on Saturday, Nov. 26 where they will face Central Michigan (placed 12th in the NCAA Championships last season), Purdue and North Carolina. RU earned a sweep in its three duals last season, defeating Stanford, Missouri and Columbia.

Rutgers will host its first of six home matches on Friday, Dec. 2 as Old Dominion comes to town for a 6:30 p.m. competition either at the College Avenue Gymnasium or the Rutgers Athletic Center. The Scarlet Knights will remain in state for their next two duals, traveling to Princeton (1 p.m.) and Rider (6 p.m.) on Saturday, Dec. 10.

The 2011 Midlands Championships will take place in Evanston, Ill. Thursday-Friday, Dec. 29-30. Four Scarlet Knights placed at the highly-competitive event last season.

Rutgers opens the new calendar year at home on Friday, Jan. 6 against Brown and Harvard at the College Avenue Gymnasium. The Scarlet Knights close the weekend on Sunday, Jan. 8 in West Point, N.Y. for a 3 p.m. match with Army.

The Virginia Duals will take place Friday-Saturday, Jan. 13-14 in Hampton, Va. which features several nationally-ranked programs.

The Scarlet Knights will travel to Lehigh, who finished eighth in the 2011 NCAA Championships, on Friday, Jan. 20. Last season, RU faced Lehigh in front of a record crowd of 5,011 at the RAC, dropping a 21-9 decision to the Mountain Hawks.

Rutgers will return to campus for a pair of home duals against Navy and Hofstra on Jan. 22 and Jan. 27, respectively. Each competition will be held either at the RAC or College Avenue Gymnasium.

A trip to West Virginia is next for the Scarlet Knights, who will head to Morgantown on Sunday, Jan. 29.

Rutgers will spend the following weekend in the state of Virginia for a pair of challenging duals, traveling to Blacksburg, Va. to face Virginia Tech on Friday, Feb. 3 and Charlottesville, Va. to take on Virginia (finished 23rd in last year's NCAA Championship) on Saturday, Feb. 4.

RU will remain home to close out the regular season with the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Dual Championships on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the RAC and a dual match against Drexel on Thursday, Feb. 16.

The 2011 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships will be held on Saturday-Sunday, March 3-4 at a site yet to be determined. The NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will take place Thursday-Saturday, March 15-17 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.

2011-2012 Rutgers Wrestling Schedule

Date                   Opponent(s)                                     Location                                                                                  Time
Nov. 12 Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Invit. Brockport, N.Y. All Day
Nov. 18 Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla. TBA
Nov. 26 Northeast Duals Albany, N.Y. All Day
Dec. 2 Old Dominion Rutgers Athletic Center/College Ave Gymnasium 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 10 Princeton Princeton, N.J. 1:00 p.m.
Rider Lawrenceville, N.J. 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 29-30 Midlands Championships Evanston , Ill. All Day
Jan. 6 Brown/Harvard College Ave Gymnasium 5:00 p.m.
Jan. 8 Army West Point, N.Y. 3:00 p.m.
Jan. 13-14 Virginia Duals Hampton, Va. All Day
Jan. 20 Lehigh Bethlehem, Pa. TBD
Jan. 22 Navy Rutgers Athletic Center/College Ave Gymnasium TBD
Jan. 27 Hofstra Rutgers Athletic Center/College Ave Gymnasium TBD
Jan. 29 West Virginia Morgantown, W. Va. TBD
Feb. 3 VA Tech Blacksburg, Va. 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 4 Virginia Charlottesville, Va. 6:00 p.m.
Feb. 11 NWCA National Duals Rutgers Athletic Center All Day                                        
Feb. 16 Drexel College Ave Gymnasium 6:30 p.m.
March 3-4 EIWA Championships TBD All Day
March 15-17 NCAA Championships St. Louis, Mo. All Day
Rutgers Announces New Five-Year Contract for Scott Goodale


PISCATAWAY, N.J. (June 1, 2011) - Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti announced Wednesday that wrestling coach Scott Goodale has signed a new five-year contract. Goodale's new contract begins July 1, 2011 and runs through June 30, 2016.

Goodale just completed his fourth season as head coach and has quickly positioned the Scarlet Knights as one of the nation's top programs.

"Scott has done a phenomenal job in building our wrestling program into one of the nation's best and we are thrilled to keep him in his home state," said Pernetti. "The improvement and achievement of Rutgers Wrestling in the last few years has been dramatic and we look forward to watching the continued growth of the program under Scott's leadership."

During his four-year tenure, Goodale has built a foundation destined for national prominence. With an influx of home grown Jersey talent recruited to Rutgers, Goodale's program has blossomed, as evidenced by a school-record crowd of 5,011 that witnessed two top-10 teams, the Scarlet Knights and Lehigh, square off at the RAC last February.

"I am extremely thankful and honored that the Administration, especially Director of Athletics Tim Pernetti, has the confidence in me to continue to lead this program," said Goodale. "He has given this program every opportunity to be successful and more importantly wants to continue to see Rutgers wrestling reach the highest level of college wrestling."

During Goodale's reign as head coach, 20 RU wrestlers have earned NCAA bids and 22 Scarlet Knights have placed at the EIWA Championships. RU tallied an impressive 71-21-1 dual record during his first four years "On the Banks."

In 2010-11, RU reached new heights as a program, finishing the year ranked No. 9 in the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll after posting a school record 21 victories against only two defeats.
Rutgers continued its strong season at the 107th EIWA Championships with a third-place showing, tying for the best finish in school history. Additionally, the Scarlet Knights saw nine wresters place at the EIWA Championships, including Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.), who took home the 165-pound bracket crown to become the first RU wrestler to capture an EIWA championship since Tom Tanis in 2001.

By virtue of the strong EIWA and regular season, RU qualified a school-record tying eight individuals for the NCAA Championships.

A native of Jackson, N.J., Goodale took over the Rutgers program following an impressive seven-year stint as head coach at his alma mater, Jackson Memorial High School. In seven seasons, Goodale compiled an overall record of 155-16, leading his squad to the top ranking in the state in 2006 and 2007.

The legendary Jersey high school wrestling coach was inducted into the South Jersey Wrestling Hall of Fame on Nov. 7, 2009.

Goodale was named the New Jersey State Coach of the Year three times, while also earning District 21 and Region VI Coach of the Year accolades three times during his tenure with the Jaguars. Goodale coached four New Jersey State Champions and five New Jersey State runner-ups, along with 16 additional state place-winners.

In total, he has coached a total of 41 District 21 Champions and 10 Region VI Champions. Goodale led his teams to two Group IV State Championships, as well as four Central Jersey Group IV Sectional titles. Each season Goodale spent with Jackson Memorial, the Jaguars were crowned District 21 Team Champions, as well as winning four Class A-South Shore Conference titles.

Goodale wrestled for Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, earning his bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education in 1995. He then went to New Jersey City University where he earned a certification in Special Education in 1997.

As a collegiate wrestler, Goodale made three trips to the NCAA Championships, as well as placing second at the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Tournament twice in his career. During his time with the Bald Eagles, the team was ranked as high as ninth in the country. Goodale finished with 99 wins at Lock Haven.

Goodale and his wife Lisa are the parents of Shelby and Zachary, and reside in Toms River.
TRANSACTIONS: Rutgers announced a new five-year contract for wrestling coach Scott Goodale.

Rutgers Wrestling Announces 2011-12 Recruiting Class

Incoming class made up of Earl Hall, Steven Rodriguez, Anthony Perrotti, Doug Hamann and Billy Smith

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 26, 2011) - The Rutgers wrestling team will welcome five highly-decorated scholastic standouts to its 2011-12 recruiting class, head coach Scott Goodale announced today.

The class, which is made up of Earl Hall (Miami, Fla.), Steven Rodriguez (Fox Lane, N.Y.), Anthony Perrotti (Caldwell, N.J.), Doug Hamann (Jackson, N.J.) and Billy Smith (High Point, N.J.), is ranked as one of the best in the nation by InterMat.

"We're really excited about this class," said Goodale. "It's a great class. There are five really, really good wrestlers in there. They're coming into a program where there is some depth now so they're going to have to fight everyday but I think that all of them have tremendous upside and I think you'll see that the first two or three weeks."

Hall, who InterMat ranks as the 14th best 119-pound prospect and 84th overall, comes to RU after an extremely successful high school career at South Dade and Homestead where he won an unprecedented four Florida State Championships. In addition to his success on the high school level, Hall was the NHSCA Sophomore Nationals Champion at 103-pounds in 2009 and a Dapper Dan team member. Hall projects to a 125-pound wrestler at RU.

"Earl is one of the most decorated high school wrestlers to come from South Dade High School," Goodale said. "He's won at every level, is extremely explosive and has tremendous upside. We look forward to getting him into a room with solid workout partners. We think he has a really high ceiling."

Rodriguez, who is ranked the 15th best 130-pound-prospect and 90th overall by InterMat, is a 2011 New York DI State Champ at 130-pounds. A projected 133 or 141-pound wrestler for the Scarlet Knights, Rodriguez finished third at New York DI's in 2010 and second in 2009. The Fox Lane, N.Y. native is also a 2010 FloNational Runner-up and a 2010 Super 32 fourth-place finisher.

"Rodriguez has a motor, that's the best way to describe him," Goodale said. "He's nonstop and loves to train. His work ethic is going to be contagious to the whole wrestling room. I think that's going to rub off on all of our guys, including the upperclassmen."

A 2011 New Jersey State Champ at 130-pounds, Perrotti comes to RU from West Essex High School in Caldwell, N.J. Perrotti, who became just the second wrestler in West Essex history to win a state title, also won back-to-back county, district and region championships this season. In addition to his success on the scholastic level, Perrotti placed sixth at the 2010 Super 32. Perrotti is projected to wrestle at 133 or 141-pounds during his career "On the Banks".

"Perrotti has what we call the X factor," said Goodale. "He's tremendous on top. He's a great mat wrestler who does a lot of neat things from the top position that allows him to score a lot of points. He's a good ole Jersey boy, just a blue collar tough kid. He has a ton of upside."

A projected 157 or 165-pound wrestler for RU, Hamann is a 2010 Beast of the East fourth-place finisher. Hamann, a Jackson, N.J. native, was a standout wrestler for Jackson High School where he compiled several key dual victories for the Jaguars. Unfortunately for Hamann, an injury caused him to miss the New Jersey State Tournament his senior season, where he was seen as one of the favorites.

"Dougy Hamann has the ability to wrestle at an extremely high level," Goodale said. "He wasn't really able to show that because of his injury. I thought he was going to be the favorite to win the state title, but that doesn't matter since we signed him before that. We signed him because we think that he can be very, very, good at this level. The one thing with him is that he's hungry. He's going to be hungry because he doesn't have some of the accolades that some of the other guys have so he has something to prove and has a chip on his shoulder."

Smith, InterMat's fourth best heavyweight and 36th overall prospect, arrives "On the Banks" after a very successful high school career at High Point where he wrestled for Coach John Gardner. During his tenure at High Point, Smith garnered many accolades including going undefeated and winning the 2011 New Jersey State Championship at heavyweight. Additionally, Smith finished third at the State Championships in 2010 while competing at 215-pounds and was a two-time Region I Champion.

"I love our heavyweight, Billy may be the gem of this class for the fact that he really wrestles," said Goodale. "He grew up wrestling at 145-pounds, 171-pounds, 215 as a junior and now is a heavyweight who weighs 255-pounds. He's a big kid who can wrestle, very similar to DJ Russo (Netcong, N.J.), and he does a good job of winning because of conditioning. We love his work ethic and he comes from a great high school program in High Point, the No. 1 team in the state of New Jersey. He's been a part of winning teams so he's excited to come here and feed off of our guys and in turn hopefully all of his winning rubs off on them as well."

Rutgers finished the 2010-11 season with a school-record 21 dual wins and No. 9 national ranking. The Scarlet Knights also saw a school-record nine wrestlers place at the 107th EIWA Championships, including a champion in 165-pounder Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.), and sent a school-record tying eight wrestlers to the NCAA Championship. The future looks bright for RU as it will return seven starters and eight NCAA qualifiers for the 2011-12 season.

Rutgers Wrestling's Season Ends at NCAAs

Mario Mason and Scott Winston fall just shy of All-American Status

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (March 18, 2011) - The No. 9 Rutgers wrestling team finished its 2010-11 season at day two of the NCAA Championships at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Leading RU were a pair of redshirt sophomores, Mario Mason (Moorestown, N.J.) and Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.), who advanced to the round of 12.

Mason started his day with a quarterfinal matchup against No. 2 Frank Molinaro of Penn State. After the two wresters spent the first minute of the match hand fighting and feeling each other out, Molinaro was able to secure a takedown after Mason couldn't convert on a shot of his own. In the second, Molinaro started down and quickly earned an escape which would be all of the scoring in the period. Mason chose a neutral start in the third and was able to score on a nice single leg to cut Molinaro's lead to one but Molinaro was able to escape and hang on for the 4-2 victory sending Mason to the wrestlebacks where he would meet up with Andrew Nadhir of Northwestern. Nadhir got out to a quick start in the match with a takedown in the first. In the second, Nadhir started down and earned a quick escape which proved to be the only scoring of the frame. Mason started down in the third and earned an escape to cut Nadhir's lead to 3-1 but Nadhir scored another pair of takedowns to put the match out of reach and eventually secure a 7-3 victory, ending Mason's tournament. Mason ended his first season as a Scarlet Knight with a 28-8 record.

Winston began his day with a loss in the quarters to No. 1 Jordan Burroughs of Nebraska sending him to the round of 12 for a matchup with Lehigh's Brandon Hatchett. Winston started the match strong with an early takedown which was followed by an escape from Hatchett to send the match to the second with Winston leading 2-1. Hatchett started down to begin the second and quickly earned an escape to even the match at 2-2 where it would stay going into the third. In the third, Winston chose a neutral start and tried to push the pace but it was unsuccessful as neither wrester was able to score sending the match into overtime. After a scoreless sudden victory frame, Winston started down in the first tiebreaker and was unable to escape giving Hatchett a window which he took advantage of earning an escape and avoiding a Winston takedown to earn a 3-2 victory. Winston, the EIWA Champion at 165-pounds, ends his season with a 21-5 record.

RU also saw three wrestlers advance to the round of 16 in redshirt sophomore Joe Langel (Howell, N.J.), and redshirt seniors Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.) and DJ Russo (Netcong, N.J.).

Langel, who qualified for NCAAs as a wildcard, advanced to the round of 16 after earning a 9-6 decision over Allen Bartelli of Boise State. In the round of 16, Langel met up with Matt Snyder of Virginia. After Langel jumped out to an early lead, Snyder responded gaining used a reversal and a pair of nearfalls to take control of the match and eventual secure a 13-8 win.

Cocozzo cruised to the round of 16 with a pin fall of Gardner Webb's Alex Medved in 2:43. In the round of 16, Cocozzo went up against Johnny Greisheimer of Edinboro. After Cocozzo scored the first takedown of the match in the firs, Greisheimer scored an escape to make the score 2-1 going into the second. In the second, Greisheimer started down and earned an escape when Cocozzo had 57 seconds of riding time to even the bout at two going into the final period. In the third, Greisheimer was able to ride out Cocozzo and get the 3-2 decision with the bonus point thanks to 1:03 of riding time. Cocozzo finishes his career with 104 career victories.

Russo won a hard fought match against Iowa's Blake Raising, 8-6 to open his day in the consolation bracket. In the round of 16, Russo met up with Ricardo Alcala of Indiana. Alcala started the match strong with a pair of takedowns to jump out to an early 4-2 lead after one. In the second, Alcala chose a neutral start and earned another takedown to push his lead to 6-2. Russo was able to escape and then gained a point thanks to Alcala stalling to make the score 6-4 going into the third. In the third, Russo chose down and was able to secure an escape to cut the lead to one but it wasn't quick enough as Alcala had built up over a minute of riding time. The final minute was frantic as Russo tried for a match-tying takedown. Russo kept pushing the pace and Alacala kept back up resulting in a pair of stalling penalties which were enough to square the match at seven and send it to overtime. In the overtime, Russo took the opening shot but Alacala was able to duck it and secure a takedown of his own to win the match and eliminate Russo. Russo finishes his career with 104 victories which ranks him seventh on the all-time victories list at RU.

Another pair of RU wrestlers also competed on day two falling in heartbreaking fashion in their opening matches of the wrestlebacks. Redshirt senior Alex Caruso (Green Brook, N.J.) dropped an overtime bout to Luke Manuel of Purdue, 3-1, while sophomore Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) also fell in overtime losing to Austin Trotman of Appalachian State, 3-1.

Rutgers finished the 2010-11 season with a school-record 21 dual wins and No. 9 national ranking. The Scarlet Knights also saw a school-record nine wrestlers place at the 107th EIWA Championships, including a champion in Winston, and sent a school record tying eight wrestlers to the NCAA Championship. The future looks bright for RU as it will return seven starters and eight NCAA qualifiers for the 2011-12 season.

RU Wrestlers at NCAA Championships - Day Two

Joe Langel (125-pounds)

Wrestlebacks: Joe Langel (RU) dec. Allen Bartelli (Boise St.), 9-6

Round of 16: Matt Snyder (UVA) dec. Joe Langel (RU), 13-8

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No. 7 Mario Mason (149-pounds)

Quarterfinals: No. 2 Frank Molinaro (PSU) dec. Mario Mason (RU), 4-2

Round of 12: No. 11 Andrew Nadhir (NW) dec. Mario Mason (RU), 7-3

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No. 10 Daryl Cocozzo (157-pounds)

Wrestlebacks: Daryl Cocozzo (RU) pins Alex Medved (Gardner Webb), 2:43

Round of 16: Johnny Greisheimer (Edinboro) dec. Daryl Cocozzo (RU), 3-2

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No. 8 Scott Winston (165-pounds)

Quarterfinals: No. 1 Jordan Burroughs (Nebraska) t. fall Scott Winston (RU), 23-8

Round of 12: Brandon Hatchett (Lehigh) dec. Scott Winston (RU), 3-2 (TB1)

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Alex Caruso (174-pounds)

Wrestlebacks: Luke Manuel (Purdue) dec. Alex Caruso (RU), 3-1 (OT)

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Dan Rinaldi (184-pounds)

Wrestlebacks: Austin Trotman (App. St.) dec. Dan Rinadli (RU), 3-1 (OT)

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No. 4 DJ Russo (285-pounds)

Wrestlebacks: DJ Russo (RU) dec. No. 7 Blake Raising (Iowa), 8-6

Round of 16: Ricardo Alcala (Indiana) dec. DJ Russo (RU), 9-7 (OT)
No. 7 Rutgers Wrestling Wins School Record 21st Dual

RU downs Drexel, 39-6 

Philadelphia, Pa. (Feb. 20, 2010) - The No. 7 Rutgers wrestling team (21-2) picked up its 21st dual win of the season with a convincing 39-6 victory over Drexel. The 21 dual victories are a new program high for the Scarlet Knights, topping the previous mark of 20 set in the 2008-09 season.

Joe Langel (Howell, N.J.) got the Scarlet Knights off to a quick start at 125 pounds when he earned a 9-1 major decision over Michael Gomez to give RU and early 4-0 lead.

After Drexel earned a decision at 133 pounds, Rutgers regained the momentum with pins from Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) and Dave Greenwald (Union, N.J.).

Following the pins by Melde and Greenwald, No. 15 Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.) and Nick Visicaro (Long Branch, N.J.) each earned tech falls to push the RU lead to 26-3. Cocozzo's win was the 99th of his career.

Alex Caruso (Green Brook, N.J.) and Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) kept the RU momentum going picking up a decision and a major decision, respectively.

After Drexel earned a decision at 197 pounds, No. 4 DJ Russo (Netcong, N.J.) picked up his 98th career win when he pinned Jack Callender. With his 98 wins at Rutgers, Russo moves into a tie for 10th place in all-time wins at RU.

The Scarlet Knights will return to action when they wrestle at the EIWA Tournament in Lewisburg, Pa. on March 5 and 6.

Rutgers 39, Drexel 6

125: Joe Langel (RU) m. dec. Michael Gomez (DU), 9-1; Rutgers leads, 4-0

133: Frank Cimato (DU) dec. Mike DeMarco (RU), 6-3; Rutgers leads, 4-3

141: Trevor Melde (RU) pins Josh Yurasits (DU), 6:04; Rutgers leads, 10-3

149: David Greenwald (RU) pins Garth Mahosky (DU), 5:23; Rutgers leads, 16-3

157: No. 15 Daryl Cocozzo (RU) t. fall Charles Aungst (DU), 17-1 (5:16); Rutgers leads, 21-3

165: Nick Visicaro (RU) t. fall TJ Laky (DU), 21-5 (5:56); Rutgers leads, 26-3

174: Alex Caruso (RU) dec. Justin Wieller (DU), 6-4; Rutgers leads, 29-3

184: Dan Rinaldi (RU) m. dec. Shawn Fausey (DU), 17-5; Rutgers leads, 33-3

197: Brandon Palik (DU) dec. Dan Hopkins (RU), 7-4; Rutgers leads, 33-6

285: No. 4 DJ Russo (RU) pins Jack Callender (DU), 3:48; Rutgers wins, 39-6
Rutgers Wrestling Crowns Three Champions at National Collegiate Open

Scarlet Knights place seven wrestlers in Clarion, Pa.

CLARION, Pa. (February 19, 2011) - The Rutgers wrestling team saw three wrestlers take home bracket titles and four additional wrestlers place at the 2011 National Collegiate Open.

Leading the way for RU at zingos were a trio of champions; Billy Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.), Anthony Volpe (Miller Place, N.Y.) and Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.).

Ashanult used a trio of decisions to advance to the finals of the 141 pound bracket where he met up with Mitchell Port of Edinboro. In the final bout, Ashnault earned a 3-1 decision to claim the championship.

Volpe earned his first open tournament championship at 157-pounds when he defeated Hadley Harrison of Clarion by decision, 5-3.

Zannetti continued his impressive redshirt season as he earned his third open title of the season with a 3-2 decision over Todd Porter of Missouri. With his victories in Clarion, Zannetti improves to 20-1 on the season with his lone loss coming by a mere two points to Mack Lewnes of Cornell, the No. 1 174-pounder in the nation.

In addition to the successes of Ashnault, Volpe and Zannett, four Scarlet Knights also reached the podium in Vinnie Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.), Joe McAuley (Dunellen, N.J.), Brendan Ard (Watchung, N.J.) and Dan Seidenberg (Red Bank, N.J.).

RU returns to action tomorrow when it travels to Drexel for its final regular season dual.

RU Wrestlers Placing at National Collegiate Open
125: Vinnie Dellefave (4th)
141: Billy Ashnault (1st)
149: Joe McAuley (6th)
157: Anthony Volpe (1st)
174: Greg Zannetti (1st), Brendan Ard (5th)
197: Dan Seidenberg (4th)
No. 7 Rutgers Falls to No. 10 Lehigh, 21-9
Scarlet Knights host record crowd of 5,011 at the RAC

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 17, 2011) - The No. 7 Rutgers wrestling team (20-2, 8-1 EIWA) had its 16-match win streak snapped by No. 10 Lehigh (14-6, 6-1 EIWA), 21-9, Thursday night in front of a record crowd of 5,011 at the RAC.

The 5,011 fans in attendance marked the largest crowd for the wrestling team in program history.

To start the dual, Joe Langel (Howell, N.J.) was taken down by Mitch Berger early in the 125-pound bout, but Langel bounced back to get a quick reversal for two points tying the match. After starting down in the second, Langel recorded another reversal to go up two points. A third period takedown pushed Langel's lead to 6-2 and riding time gave the redshirt sophomore a 7-2 victory which gave RU and early 3-0 lead.

Rutgers pushed its lead to 6-0 after redshirt sophomore Matt Fusco (Belleville, N.J.) downed No. 17 Frank Cagnina, 5-2. In his first match at 133 pounds this season, Fusco used a second period takedown as time expired to take a 5-1 lead which he would not relinquish.

A pair decisions by Lehigh's Stephen Dutton (141) and Joey Napoli (149) gave Lehigh momentum and tied the score up at six apiece.

At 157 pounds, redshirt senior No. 15 Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.) took down Sean Bilodeau early in the first period to take a 2-0 lead. After an escape by the Mountain Hawk, Cocozzo brought him down a second time, taking a 4-2 lead into the third period. Earning the riding time point, Cocozzo put the Scarlet Knights up 9-6 with a 5-3 decision.

Following the Cocozzo decision, the Mountain Hawks regained the momentum after a trio of decisions at 165, 174 and 184 pounds which pushed their lead to 15-9.

In a heated match at 197 pounds, Joe Kennedy escaped freshman Mike Wagner (South Plainfield, N.J.) to take a 1-0 lead in the second. Wagner fought back with one minute left in the second period earning a takedown to take a 2-1 lead. Kennedy escaped again and used riding time to take a slim 3-2 decision. The match ended in controversy as the RU coaching staff and fans felt that Wagner had earned the victory on a reversal in the final seconds.

Although the crowd thought heavyweight No. 4 DJ Russo (Netcong, N.J.) took down No. 1 Zach Rey in the final seconds, the referees disagreed and the top-ranked Mountain Hawk earned an extra point for riding time to take a 2-1 decision and close out the match for Lehigh, 21-9.

The Scarlet Knights return to action Sunday, Feb. 20 as they travel to Drexel for a 5 p.m. dual at the Daskalakis Athletic Center to close out the dual season.

Lehigh 21, Rutgers 9
125: Joe Langel (RU) dec. Mitch Berger (LU), 7-2; Rutgers leads, 3-0
133: Matt Fusco (RU) dec. No. 17 Frank Cagnina (LU), 5-2; Rutgers leads, 6-0
141: Stephen Dutton (LU) dec. Trevor Melde (RU), 6-1; Rutgers leads, 6-3
149: Joey Napoli (LU) dec. No. 9 Mario Mason (RU), 7-2; Match tied, 6-6
157: No. 15 Daryl Cocozzo (RU) dec. Sean Bilodeau (LU), 5-3; Rutgers leads, 9-6
165: No. 19 Brandon Hatchett (LU) dec. No. 5 Scott Winston (RU), 7-2; Match tied, 9-9
174: No. 10 Austin Meys (LU) dec. Alex Caruso (RU), 4-1; Lehigh leads, 12-9
184: No. 4 Robert Hamlin (LU) dec. Dan Rinaldi (RU), 5-2; Lehigh leads, 15-9
197: No. 19 Joe Kennedy (LU) dec. Mike Wagner (RU), 3-2; Lehigh leads, 18-9
285: No. 1 Zach Rey (LU) dec. No. 4 DJ Russo (RU), 2-1; Lehigh wins, 21-9
#8 Rutgers Wrestling Takes Down Rider, 29-3

Scarlet Knights take nine of 10 bouts to drop Broncs

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (January 22, 2011) - The No.8 Rutgers wrestling team (18-1) used solid wrestling from its entire lineup to drop in-state rival Rider, 29-3, this afternoon at College Ave. Gym. The win is Rutgers' 14th consecutive victory.

Joe Langel (Howell, N.J.) got RU out to a quick 3-0 lead when he earned a 7-4 decision over Chuck Ziesloft.

After Rider evened the bout with a 6-2 decision at 133-pounds, Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) used a bonus point of riding time to take a 5-4 decision over Aaron Nestor.

The Scarlet Knights took bouts at 149 and 157-pounds as No. 4 Mario Mason (Moorestown, N.J.) extended his winning streak to 14 with a win over Zac Cibula and No. 17 Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.) earned a major decision over Ramon Santiago.

Rutgers kept its momentum going as freshman Nick Visicaro (Long Branch, N.J.) earned an upset of No. 20 Jim Resnick with a 6-4 decision which sent the College Ave. Crowd into a frenzy.

In perhaps the most exciting match of the afternoon, No. 18 Alex Caruso (Green Brook, N.J.) and Rob Morrison exchanged escapes before the match went into overtime at 174-pounds. In the overtime frame, the two grapplers felt each other out before Caruso shot and got a single leg takedown to earn the three points for Rutgers and push the lead to 19-3.

After a Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) major decision at 184-pounds, Dan Hopkins (Jackson, N.J.) used two points from a nearfall with less than three second left to defeat Joe Ferber, 5-3, at 197-pounds.

No. 4 DJ Russo (Netcong, N.J.) closed out the dual with a 7-4 decision over Evan Craig to give Rutgers a 29-3 victory.

The Scarlet Knights return to action on Friday, Jan. 28, when they travel to Charlottesville, Va. to take on the Virginia Cavaliers in a 7 p.m. dual.

Rutgers 29, Rider 3
125: Joe Langel (RU) dec. Chuck Ziesloft (RID), 7-4; Rutgers leads, 3-0
133: Jimmy Kirchner (RID) dec. Mike DeMarco (RU), 6-2; Match tied, 3-3
141: Trevor Medle (RU) dec. Aaron Nestor (RID), 5-4; Rutgers leads, 6-3
149: No. 4 Mario Mason (RU) dec. Zac Cibula (RID), 10-4; Rutgers leads, 9-3
157: No. 17 Daryl Cocozzo (RU) m. dec. Ramon Santiago (RID), 9-1; Rutgers leads, 13-3
165: Nick Visicaro (RU) dec. No. 20 Jim Resnick (RID), 6-4; Rutgers leads, 16-3
174: No. 18 Alex Caruso (RU) dec. Rob Morrision (RID), 3-1 (OT); Rutgers leads, 19-3
184: Dan Rinaldi (RU) m. dec. James Brundage (RID), 10-1; Rutgers leads, 23-3
197: Dan Hopkins (RU) dec. Joe Ferber (RID), 5-3; Rutgers leads, 26-3
285: No. 4 DJ Russo (RU) dec. Evan Craig (RID), 7-4; Rutgers wins, 29-3
#8 Rutgers Rolls Past #3 Virginia Tech, 24-7

Scarlet Knights take eight of 10 bouts to down Hokies

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (January 21, 2011) - The No.8 Rutgers wrestling team pulled off one of its biggest dual victories in program history as it knocked off No. 3 Virginia Tech, 24-7, in front of 2,739 fans at the Louis Brown Athletic Center Friday night in Piscataway.

"It was a big win for us in front of a great crowd at the RAC," said Rutgers head coach Scott Goodale. "Virginia Tech has a great team but our guys dug deep and came through in a lot of big matches for us."

The match started at 125-pounds with Rutgers' Joe Langel (Howell, N.J.) taking on No. 13 Jarrod Garnett of VT. After a 4-3 first, Garnett began on top to start the second. After Garnett rode Langel for the first minute, Langel was able to escape and earn a takedown to take a 6-4 advantage into the third. In the third, Garnett began down and earned a quick reversal to even the score. Garnett eared some ridging time before Langel was able to pull off another reversal to regain the lead. Garnett escaped with 30 seconds remaining setting up a tense final 30 seconds. Garnett tried to score but Langel was able to keep him at bay to earn the upset and set the tone for the evening.

After a VT major decision at 133-pounds, Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) took on No. 13 Chris Diaz at 141-pounds. Each wrestler earned a takedown in the first and the match went into the second even at two. Melde earned an escape less than 10 seconds in to the second to take the lead but Diaz responded with a takedown to take a 4-3 advantage, but Melde was able to escape again to send the match into the final period tied at four. The third started with the two grapplers starting neutral. Melde earned a quick takedown to regain the lead but was reversed by Diaz to again even the score. Melde earned an escape with less than 40 seconds remaining in the bout to regain the lead and was able to hang on for RU's second upset of the night.

In the 149-pound bout, No. 4 Mario Mason (Moorestown, N.J.) took on No. 8 Brian Stephens in a battle of top-10 opponents. Mason earned a quick takedown to take an early 2-0 lead. After Mason accumulated over a minute of riding time, Stephens was able to gain an escape to send the match into the second with a score of 2-1. Mason began down to start the second and earned a quick escape to take a 3-1 lead which he carried into the third. Stephens started on bottom to begin the third and earned an escape but not until Mason was able to regain the minute of riding time which helped him earn the 4-2 victory by decision.

The 157-pound bout saw another top-20 showdown as No. 17 Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.) took on No. 8 Jesse Dong of Virginia Tech. Cocozzo earned the first takedown of the match at the 1:39 mark but Dong escaped less than 30 seconds later to cut the lead to 2-1. Dong began down to start the second and earned a reversal with 50 seconds left in the frame to take a 3-2 advantage. The two began the third neutral where Cocozzo earned a quick take down but Dong escaped and earned a takedown of his own to take a 6-4 lead which he held onto to cut the RU lead to 9-7.

At 165-pounds, No. 7 Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.) took on No. 15 Pete Yates. After a scoreless first, Winston started down to begin the second and earned a quick escape and takedown to take a 3-0 lead. Yates quickly countered with an escape but Winston earned another takedown with 20 second but got called for locking hands to cut his lead to 5-2. Yates earned an escape with three seconds left to head into the final period down 5-3. Yates began down to start the third and Winston cut him loose to make the score 5-4. Winston got called for a stall with 10 seconds left to force overtime. In the overtime, Winston and Yates felt each other out for the first 10 seconds before Winston shot and got a single leg takedown with 23 seconds remaining to give RU another three points and a 12-7 advantage.

No. 18 Alex Caruso (Green Brook, N.J.) took on Matt Epperly at 174-pounds. After a scoreless first, Caruso began down to start the second and earned a quick escape to score the match's first points. Caruso earned a takedown with 20 seconds left and Epperly escaped with four seconds remaining to send the match to the third with a 3-1 score in favor of Caruso. Epperly started down to begin the third and quickly escaped to cut the lead to 3-2. Epperly tried to score for the remainder of the frame but Caruso kept him at bay to push the RU lead to 15-7.

At 184-pounds, Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) came out strong scoring a takedown of John Dickson less than 10 seconds into the frame. After racking up over a minute of riding time Dickson earned an escape to cut Rinaldi's lead in half. Rinaldi began down to start the second and quickly earned an escape to take a 3-1 lead. The third started with Dickson down and he earned an escape 30 seconds in to cut Rinaldi's lead to one but Rinaldi was able to hold him at bay for the remainder of the match and earn a bonus point for riding time to take the bout, 4-2.

Mike Wagner (South Plainfield, N.J.) took on Chris Penny at 197-pounds and earned a takedown less than a minute into the first to take an early 2-0 lead. Penny escaped almost 40 seconds later to cut Wagner's lead in half. In the second, Wagner started down and quickly escaped to regain the two point edge. Penny look to have a takedown with around 50 seconds left in the second but Wagner ducked through and turned it into a takedown of his own to gain a 5-2 advantage. Penny began down to start the third and earned an escape thirty seconds in to cut the lead to 5-3. A Penny takedown evened the score but Wagner quickly escaped to regain the lead. Penny tried to take down Wagner but was unable to and Wagner earned a 7-5 decision with a bonus point for riding time.

In the heavyweight bout, No. 4 DJ Russo (Netcong, N.J.) took on David Marone. Russo earned a takedown with under five seconds to take a 2-0 lead into the second. Russo began down to start the second and quickly scored two back points on Marone. An escape by Marone cut the lead to 4-1 but Russo scored another takedown with a minute to go in the frame to take a 6-1 advantage. Russo started the third down and quickly escaped to push his advantage to 7-1. Marone scored a takedown with 10 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 7-3 but Russo used a bonus point from riding time to take the match, 8-3 and give RU the 24-7 victory.

The Scarlet Knights return to action tomorrow afternoon when they welcome in-state rival Rider to College Ave. Gym for a noon dual.

Rutgers 24, Virginia Tech 7
125: Joe Langel (RU) dec. No. 13 Jarrod Garnett (VT), 8-7; Rutgers leads, 3-0
133: No. 8 Devin Carter (VT) maj. dec. Mike DeMarco (RU), 13-3; Virginia Tech leads, 4-3
141: Trevor Melde (RU) dec. No. 13 Chris Diaz (VT), 7-6; Rutgers leads, 6-4
149: No. 4 Mario Mason (Rutgers) dec. No. 8 Brian Stephens (VT), 4-2; Rutgers leads, 9-4
157: No. 8 Jesse Dong (VT) dec. No. 17 Daryl Cocozzo (RU), 6-4; Rutgers leads, 9-7
165: No. 7 Scott Winston (RU) dec. No. 15 Pete Yates (VT), 7-5 (OT); Rutgers leads, 12-7
174: No. 18 Alex Caruso (RU) dec. Matt Epperly (VT), 3-2; Rutgers leads, 15-7
184: Dan Rinaldi (RU) dec. John Dickson (VT), 4-2; Rutgers leads, 18-7
197: Mike Wagner (RU) dec. Chris Penny (VT), 7-5; Rutgers leads, 21-7
285: No. 4 DJ Russo (RU) dec. David Marone (VT), 8-3; Rutgers wins, 24-7
No. 8 Rutgers Wrestling Hosts No. 3 Virginia Tech at the RAC

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Jan. 19, 2011) - Coming off a weekend which saw it outscore four opponents 142-21, the eighth-ranked Rutgers wrestling team (16-1) will return to the Louis Brown Athletic Center for a 7 p.m. dual with third-ranked Virginia Tech (13-3) on Friday, Jan. 21.

The dual with Virginia Tech will be broadcast live on KnightVision Broadband via www.scarletknights.com with Danny Breslauer on play by play and redshirt senior heavyweight Sean DeDeyn (Bayville, N.J.) providing the color commentary.

Virginia Tech, who defeated Rutgers 24-21 in the two schools only meeting in 2008-09, comes into the match with a 13-3 overall record which includes wins over wrestling powerhouses Oklahoma State, Central Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

For the season, the Hokies have been led by seven grapplers who are ranked in the InterMat top-20. Devin Carter (133-pounds), Brian Stephens (149-pounds) and Jesse Dong (157-pounds) lead the way for VT as all three rank eighth at their respective weight classes.

VT is coached by Kevin Dresser, who is in his fifth season with the program.

The Scarlet Knights, who are coming off a weekend sweep of duals with Bucknell, Cleveland State, USMMA and Army, have been led on the season by five wrestlers who are ranked in the InterMat top-20 at their respective weight classes.

Heavyweight DJ Russo (Netcong, N.J.) and 149-pounder Mario Mason (Moorestown, N.J) are the two highest ranked Scarlet Knights each rated fourth in the nation at their respective weight classes. Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.) also ranks in the top-10 ranking seventh at 165-pounds. Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.) and Alex Caruso (Greenbrook, N.J.) round out the ranked Scarlet Knights placing 17th and 18th at 157 and 174-pounds, respectively.

Following its dual with Virginia Tech at the RAC on Friday night, Rutgers will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 22, as it welcomes in-state rival Rider to College Ave. Gym for a noon dual.

Tickets are on sale now for all of RU's remaining duals. To purchase tickets please visit http://tickets.scarletknights.com or call 866-445-GoRU (4678).

Probables for RU-VT Dual
125: Joe Langel (12-5) OR Matt Fusco (17-9) vs. No. 13 Jarrod Garnett (20-5)
133: Mike DeMarco (14-9) vs. No. 8 Devin Carter (22-5)
141: Trevor Melde (21-8) vs. No. 13 Chris Diaz (22-5)
149: No. 4 Mario Mason (19-3) vs. No. 8 Brian Stephens (21-6)
157: No. 17 Dayl Cocozzo (18-6) vs. No. 8 Jesse Dong (7-1)
165: No. 8 Scott Winston (13-2) vs. No. 15 Peter Yates (20-4)
174: No. 18 Alex Caruso (22-7) vs. Matt Epperly (10-8)
184: Dan Rinaldi (14-5) vs. No. 19 Tommy Spellman (12-7) OR John Dickson (15-16)
197: Mike Wagner (10-11) OR Dan Hopkins (7-3) vs. Chris Penny (9-16)
285: No. 4 DJ Russo (20-3) vs. David Marone (12-5)
Rutgers Wrestling Places Four at Millersville

RU led by Greg Zannetti who won his bracket at 174-pounds

MILLERSVILLE, Pa. (Jan. 17, 2010) - The 10th-ranked Rutgers wrestling team saw four of its nine individuals competing place at the "Shorty" Hitchcock Memorial Classic Sunday in Pucillo Gymnasium on the campus of Millersville University. The Scarlet Knights were led by Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.) who took his bracket title at 174-pounds.

Zannetti earned decisions over Bo Candeleria of Kutztown (5-3), Caleb Wallace of Binghamton (9-2), Shane Smith of Millersville (8-1) and Matt Fullowan of Franklin & Marshall (5-4) to advance to the finals where he met up with Tyler Beckwith of Binghamton.

In his finals bout, Zannetti showed an impressive set of moves and dominated throughout to earn a 13-6 victory. The bracket title was Zannetti's second on the season. Zannetti also took first at 174-pounds in the Wilkes Open.  

Also placing for the Scarlet Knights were Jordan Beverly (Point Pleasant, N.J.) and Billy Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.) who placed second and fourth respectively at 149-pounds and Dan Seidenberg (Red Bank, N.J.) who took third at 197-pounds.

Also showing strong for RU was Joe Mcauley (Dunellen, N.J.) who won his first two matches before having to bow out with an injury sustained in his quarterfinal match at 157-pounds.

The Scarlet Knights return to action Friday, Jan. 21, when they travel host No. 4 Virginia Tech at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.

Tickets are on sale now. To purchase tickets please visit http://tickets.scarletknights.com or call 866-445-GoRU (4678)

RU Wrestlers Placing at the "Shorty" Hitchcock Memorial Classic

149: Jordan Beverly (2nd), Billy Ashnault (4th)

174: Greg Zannetti (1st)

197: Dan Seidenberg (3rd)
No. 10 Rutgers Wrestling Dominates at Home Quad Meet

RU downs Cleveland State 47-0, USMMA 27-12 and Army 35-6

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Jan. 15, 2011) - The 10th ranked Rutgers Wrestling team (16-1) continued to roll as it a trio of opponents at College Ave. Gym. The Scarlet Knights defeated Cleveland State, the United States Merchant Marines (USMMA) and Army by a combined score of 109-18.

In the first match of the day, the Scarlet Knights downed Cleveland State 47-0. Matt Fusco (Bellville, N.J.) and Mike DeMarco (Lyndhurst, N.J.) earned decisions to give RU an early 6-0 lead. After that the floodgates opened for the Scarlet Knights as Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) and Jordan Beverly (Point Pleasant, N.J.) earned tech falls. Joe Mcauley (Dunellen, N.J.) followed with a pin fall at 157-pounds.

A pair of major decisions from Nick Visicaro (Long Branch, N.J.) and Alex Caruso (Green Brook, N.J) pushed RU's advantage to 30-0. Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) earned another tech fall and Dan Hopkins (Jackson, N.J.) recorded a pin on Nick Anthony at 1:40 to give RU a 41-0 lead. Cleveland State forfeited the heavyweight bout to give Rutgers the shutout victory 47-0.

The Scarlet Knights downed USMMA in their second dual of the day by a score of 27-12. RU used victories by Fusco, Melde, Dave Greenwald (Union, N.J.), Mcauley and Hopkins and a forfeit at 133-pounds to claim the victory.

In the final matchup of the day, Rutgers took on EIWA rival Army. After another Fusco win at 125 and a loss at 133, Rutgers gained momentum when Melde pinned Casey Thome 2:21 into the match to put Rutgers in front 9-3. From there, Rutgers rallied off wins in six of the next seven weight classes to cruise to a 35-6 victory.

The Scarlet Knights return to action on Friday, Jan. 21, when they welcome No. 4 Virginia Tech to the Louis Brown Athletic Center for a dual between top-10 squads.

Match Results

Rutgers 47, Cleveland St. 0
125: Matt Fusco (RU) dec. Ben Willeford (CSU), 7-3; Rutgers leads, 3-0
133: Mike DeMarco (RU) dec. Nick Flannery (CSU), 7-4; Rutgers leads, 6-0
141: Trevor Melde (RU) tech fall Josh Palivoda (CSU), 17-0/3:52; Rutgers leads, 11-0
149: Jordan Beverly (RU)tech fall Lawrence Cavello (CSU), 16-1/5:07; Rutgers leads, 16-0
157: Joe Mcauley (RU) pins Koort Leyrer (CSU), 2:13; Rutgers leads, 22-0
165: Nick Visicaro (RU) m. dec. David Phillips (CSU), 10-2; Rutgers leads, 26-0
174: No. 18 Alex Caruso (RU) m. dec. Aric Thurn (CSU), 15-3; Rutgers leads, 30-0
184: Dan Rinadli (RU) tech fall Corbin Boone (CSU), 16-0/4:04; Rutgers leads, 35-0
197: Dan Hopkins (RU) pins Nick Anthony (CSU), 1:40; Rutgers leads, 41-0
285: DJ Russo (RU) wins by forfeit; Rutgers wins, 47-0

Rutgers 27, USMMA 12
125: Matt Fusco (RU) dec. Jordan Alfaro (USMMA), 6-2; Rutgers leads, 3-0
133: Mike DeMarco (RU) wins by forfeit; Rutgers leads, 9-0
141: Trevor Melde (RU) m. dec. James Beshada (USMMA), 8-0; Rutgers leads, 12-0
149: Dave Greenwald (RU) pins Martin Bell (USMMA), 2:52; Rutgers leads, 19-0
157: Joe Mcauley (RU) m. dec. Dan Twito (USMMA), 16-7; Rutgers leads, 23-0
165: Vince Renaut (USMMA) dec. Nick Visicaro (RU), 9-8; Rutgers leads, 23-3
174: Justin Diesel (USMMA) dec. Evan Brewer (RU), 7-0; Rutgers leads, 23-6
184: Erik Schott (USMMA) dec. Mike Cucinotta (RU), 3-0; Rutgers leads, 23-9
197: Dan Hopkins (RU) m. dec. Christian Psomas (USMMA), 13-4; Rutgers leads, 27-9
285: Judd Connell (USMMA) dec. Carl Buchholz (RU), 4-2; Rutgers wins, 27-12

Rutgers 35, Army 6
125: Matt Fusco (RU) dec. Travis Coffey (Army), 5-4; Rutgers leads, 3-0
133: Jordan Thome (Army) dec. Mike DeMarco (RU), 3-0; Match tied, 3-3
141: Trevor Melde (RU) pins Casey Thome (Army), 2:21; Rutgers leads, 9-3
149: No. 5 Mario Mason (RU) dec. Dan Young (Army), 11-4; Rutgers leads, 12-3
157: No. 18 Daryl Cocozzo (RU) pins James Rafferty (Army), 2:14; Rutgers leads, 18-3
165: No. 8 Scott Winston (RU) m. dec. Alex Smith (Army), 14-4; Rutgers leads, 22-3
174: No. 18 Alex Caruso (RU) dec. Collin Wittmeyer (Army), 5-1; Rutgers leads, 25-3
184: Dan Rinaldi (RU) m. dec. Robert Doyle (Army), 20-7; Rutgers leads, 29-3
197: Orion Ross (Army) dec. Mike Wagner (RU), 7-3; Rutgers leads, 29-6
285: DJ Russo (RU) pins Jake Bohn (Army), 4:22; Rutgers wins, 35-6
No. 10 Rutgers Wrestling Dominates Bucknell at the RAC
RU takes nine of 10 matches to win, 33-3 

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Jan. 14, 2011) - The 10th-ranked Rutgers wrestling team (13-1, 5-0 EIWA) used a balanced wrestling from their entire lineup to defeat EIWA rival Bucknell (3-7, 0-3 EIWA), 33-3.

Matt Fusco (Bellville, N.J.) got the Scarlet Knights out to a strong start downing Derek Reber 5-2 using a pair of takedowns and the bonus riding time point.

Mike DeMarco (Lyndhurst, N.J.) kept the momentum going earning an 11-0 major decision over Bob Hauser.

Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) dominated in a 6-1 decision over Eric Harris to push RU's advantage to 10-0.

In the biggest match of the night No. 5 Mario Mason (Moorestown, N.J.) went up against No. 4 Kevin LeValley at 149 pounds. After a scoreless first, Mason began down to begin the second and earned an escape less than 30 seconds in. The two went back and forth for the remainder of the frame but neither wrestler was able to connect on any of their moves and Mason held a 1-0 lead going into the third. LeValley started down and quickly earned an escape to even the score at one. The two felt each other out for the remained of the frame and the match went into overtime.

In the extra frame, Mason came out aggressive and eventually got LeValley by the left leg and took him down less than 30 seconds into the bonus frame sending the crowd at the RAC into the frenzy and giving Rutgers a 13-0 lead.

Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.) earned a 4-2 decision over Brantley Hooks to push RU's lead to 16-0.

At 165 pounds, Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.) and Corey Lear gave the crowd another exciting bout. Heading into the final frame the two grapplers were even at two with Winston having 58 seconds of riding time. Lear was able to ride Winston out until the two went into a stalemate with 10 seconds. After the stalemate, Lear needed seven seconds to earn the bonus point and take a 3-2 lead. Lear was able to get the riding time and the bonus point but Winston didn't give up and was able to score a reversal and earn two points in the matches waning moments to win the match 4-3 and again send the crowd into a frenzy.

Alex Caruso (Green Brook, N.J.) used a bonus point from a minute and a half of riding time to defeat David Thompson 3-2 at 174-pounds and push the Scarlet Knight lead to 22-0.

Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) was able to keep the RU momentum going earning a pin fall over Rob Waltko 5:16 into the match to give Rutgers a 28-0 lead.

After Bucknell took the bout at 197-pounds, DJ Russo (Netcong, N.J.) earned a tech. fall over Conor Sweeney to close out the match for Rutgers, 33-3.

The Scarlet Knights return to action tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. when they host Army, Cleveland State and the United States Merchant Marines in a quad meet at College Ave. Gym.

Match Results
125: Matt Fusco (RU) dec. Derek Reber (BU), 5-2; Rutgers leads, 3-0
133: Mike DeMarco (RU) maj. dec. Bob Hauser (BU), 11-0; Rutgers leads, 7-0
141: Trevor Melde (RU) dec. Zac Hancock (BU), 6-1; Rutgers leads, 10-0
149: No. 5 Mario Mason (RU) dec. No. 4 Kevin LeValley (BU), 3-1 (OT); Rutgers leads, 13-0
157: No. 18 Daryl Cocozzo (RU) dec. Brantley Hooks (BU), 4-2; Rutgers leads, 16-0
165: No. 8 Scott Winston (RU) dec. Corey Lear (BU), 4-3, Rutgers leads, 19-0
174: No. 18 Alex Caruso (RU) dec. David Thompson (BU), 3-2; Rutgers leads, 22-0
184: Dan Rinaldi (RU) pins Rob Waltko (BU), 5:16; Rutgers leads, 28-0
197: Jay Hahn (BU) dec. Mike Wagner (RU), 10-4; Rutgers leads, 28-3
285: DJ Russo (RU) tech fall Conor Sweeney (BU), 15-0/7:00; Rutgers leads, 33-3
No. 10 Rutgers Wrestling Drops UNC, 28-6

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Jan. 9, 2011) - The 10th ranked Rutgers Wrestling team continued to roll as it downed North Carolina, 28-6, this afternoon at College Ave. Gym.

Rutgers got out to a strong start when Joe Langel (Howell, N.J.) recorded a 9-2 decision over UNC's Nick Shields. Langel nearly earned a major decision but Shields escaped with just a few seconds left in the third to avoid giving up four points.

Mike DeMarco (Lyndhurst, N.J.) and Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) each earned a pair of decisions to push RU's lead out to 9-0 three matches in.

Sixth ranked 149-pounder Mario Mason (Moorestown, N.J.) continued his stellar season taking a 10-2 major decision from Dan Helena. Mason has now won his last 10 matches.

No. 20 Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.), No. 8 Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.) and No. 18 Alex Caruso (Green Brook, N.J.) also picked up decisions to help push the RU advantage to 22-0.

UNC responded by taking the bouts at 184 and 197 pounds to cut the lead to 22-6 but had to forfeit at heavyweight giving Rutgers the 28-6 victory.

The Scarlet Knights return to action on Friday, Jan. 14, when they welcome Bucknell to the Louis Brown Athletics Center for a 7 p.m. dual. Tickets are on sale now. To purchase tickets please visit <http://tickets.scarletknights.com/>http://tickets.scarletknights.com or call 866-445-GoRU (4678).

Final Match Results

Rutgers 28, North Carolina 6
125: Joe Langel (RU) dec. Nick Shields (UNC), 9-2; Rutgers leads, 3-0
133: Mike DeMarco (RU) dec. Pat Owens (UNC), 5-1; Rutgers leads, 6-0
141: Trevor Melde (RU) dec. Danny Lopes (UNC), 4-1; Rutgers leads, 9-0
149: No. 6 Mario Mason (RU) m. dec. Daniel Helena (UNC), 10-2; Rutgers leads, 13-0
157: No. 20 Daryl Cocozzo (RU) dec. Corey Mock (UNC), 5-3; Rutgers leads, 16-0
165: No. 8 Scott Winston (RU) dec. Thomas Scotton (UNC), 4-0; Rutgers leads, 19-0
174: No. 18 Alex Caruso (RU) dec. Thomas Ferguson (UNC), 6-2; Rutgers leads, 22-0
184: Antonio Giorgio (UNC) dec. Dan Rinaldi (RU), 9-3; Rutgers leads, 22-3
197: Zach Bennett (UNC) dec. Mike Wagner (RU), 3-1; Rutgers leads, 22-6
285: UNC Forfeits; Rutgers wins, 28-6
Rutgers Wrestling Places Five at Wilkes Open
Jordan Beverly and Greg Zannetti take home bracket championships for RU

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (December 28, 2010) - The Rutgers wrestling team saw five individuals place at the 2010 Wilkes Open this evening in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The Scarlet Knights were led by Jordan Beverly (Point Pleasant, N.J.) and Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.) who won their respective weight classes.

In addition to winning his bracket at 149, Beverly also scored the most points in the tournament to earn the Marv Antinnes Most Points Award and was named the John G. Reese Outstanding Wrestler. Beverly cruised to the finals in the bracket recording first period pin falls in his first four matches with the quickest coming a mere 41 seconds into his match with Kyle Hinton of Wilkes. In the finals, Beverly matched up with Bryan Smith of Bloomsburg and cruised to an easy 9-4 decision to claim the title.

Zannetti also encountered little difficulty on his way the finals at 174 pounds. Zannetti recorded a major decision and a fall before using an injury default from Pitt-Johnstown's Steve Makin to reach the finals. In the championship match Zannetti rolled to a 12-5 victory by decision over Matt Fullowan of Franklin & Marshall.

In addition to the success had by Beverly and Zannetti, a trio of Scarlet Knights-Mike Demarco (Lyndhurst, N.J.), Anthony Volpe (Miller Place, N.Y.) and Brendan Ard (Watchung, N.J.)-finished in third in their brackets.

After narrowly losing his first match at 133 pounds, 5-4, to eventual champion Ryan Link of Pitt-Johnstown, Demarco rallied to win his next five matches cruising to a third place finish by picking up a 16-2 major decision over Kekura Musa in the third place bout.

Volpe finished third at 165 by picking up a 6-3 decision over Zachary Lundgren of Pitt-Johnstown in the third place bout. Prior to his match with Lundgren, Volpe had recorded a trio of victories, one by fall and two by decision, before a 3-1 loss to Tanner Shaffer of American in the semis.

Similar to Demarco, Ard also rallied from an opening match loss to finish third. In the 174-pound bracket, Ard lost his opener to eventual runner-up Matt Fullowan of Franklin & Marshall and then ran off a string of victories to advance to the third place match against Shane Smith of Millersville. In his match with Smith, Ard controlled throughout and went on to take an 8-3 decision.

The Scarlet Knights are in action again tomorrow when they wrestle at the 48th Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill. starting at 9:30 a.m. CT.

RU Wrestlers Placing at the Wilkes Open
133: Mike Demarco (3rd)
149: Jordan Beverly (1st)
165: Anthony Volpe (3rd)
174: Greg Zannetti (1st), Brendan Ard (3rd)
No. 13 Rutgers Wrestling Downs Princeton & George Mason

Rutgers improves to 9-1 on the season

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (December 11, 2010) - The No. 13 Rutgers wrestling team (9-1) used solid wrestling throughout its lineup to win a pair of duals over George Mason and Princeton this evening at College Ave. Gym. The Scarlet Knights downed GMU, 36-9, in their opening dual and followed up with a shutout victory over in-state rival Princeton, 42-0.

RU started the dual with George Mason at 285. DJ Russo (Netcong, N.J.), the third-ranked heavyweight in the nation, started strong for the Scarlet Knights as he picked up a fall on Hunter Mansplie just 1:40 into the match to give RU a 6-0 lead. Matt Fusco (Belleville, N.J.) kept the RU momentum going as he earned a 3-2 decision over Zack Huxford. GMU didn't wrestle anyone at 133 pounds which allowed RU to take a 15-0 lead.

After the Patriots took bouts at 141 and 149, Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.) snatched momentum back with a pin of Shohei Takagi at the 1:27 mark of the match. Nick Visicaro (Long Branch, N.J.) earned a 6-1 decision and then No. 18 Alex Caruso (Green Brook, N.J.) pinned Greg Scott at 4:32 to push RU's lead to 30-6. George Mason forfeited at 184 and then earned a victory by decision at 197 to end the match at 36-9 in favor of the Scarlet Knights.

Russo again set the tone for RU in the Princeton matchup as he pinned Bobby Grogan with just a second left in the first to give the Scarlet Knights an early 6-0 lead.

The next match was perhaps the most exciting of the day as Joe Langel (Howell, N.J.) took on No. 13 Garrett Frey of Princeton. Frey took a 4-2 lead into the second and started down. Langel rode out Frey for the entire second frame to earn a huge advantage in riding time. Langel still found himself down with a minute and a half remaining in the final frame but used a timely escape to even the score. With just under 30 seconds left, Frey took a shot at Langel's legs which Langel blocked and turned into a take down for a 5-4 advantage which sent the College Ave. crowd into a frenzy. Langel was able to ride out Frey for the remainder of the frame and earned the 6-4 victory.

After the Langel victory, RU ran off three straight victories by decision from Mike Demarco (Lyndhurst, N.J.), Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) and No. 5 Mario Mason (Moorestown, N.J.). Cocozzo earned a 14-2 major decision over Dan Kolodzik to push the RU lead to 22-0 before Princeton forfeited bouts at 165 and 174.

A Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) tech fall and Mike Wagner (South Plainfield, N.J.) decision closed out a 42-0 victory for the Scarlet Knights.  

Rutgers returns to action on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 as it travels to Evanston, Illinois for the 48th Midlands Championships.

Final Match Results

Rutgers 36, George Mason 9
285: No. 3 DJ Russo (RU) pins Hunter Mansplie (GM), 1:40
125: Matt Fusco (RU) dec. Zack Huxford (GM), 3-2; Rutgers leads, 9-0
133: George Mason forfeits; Rutgers leads, 15-0
141: Deny Herndon (GM) dec. Jordan Beverly (RU), 5-4; Rutgers leads, 15-3
149: Brandon Bucher (GM) dec. Joe Mcauley (RU), 4-1; Rutgers leads, 15-6
157: Daryl Cocozzo (RU) pins Shohei Takagi (GM), 1:27; Rutgers leads, 21-6
165: Nick Visicaro (RU) dec. Aaron Keeton (GM), 6-1; Rutgers leads, 24-6
174: No. 18 Alex Caruso (RU) pins Greg Scott (GM), 4:32, Rutgers leads, 30-6
184: George Mason forfeits; Rutgers leads, 36-6
197: No. 6 Cayle Byers (GM) dec. Mike Wagner (RU), 6-2; Rutgers wins, 36-9

Rutgers 42, Princeton 0
285: No. 3 DJ Russo (RU) pins Bobby Grogan (PU), 2:59; Rutgers leads, 6-0
125: Joe Langel (RU) dec. No. 13 Garrett Frey (PU), 6-4; Rutgers leads, 9-0
133: Mike DeMarco (RU) dec. Adam Kropp (PU), 5-2; Rutgers leads, 12-0
141: Trevor Melde (RU) dec. Zach Bintliff (PU), 4-1; Rutgers leads, 15-0
149: No. 5 Mario Mason (RU) dec. Brandon Rolnick (PU), 9-3; Rutgers leads, 18-0
157: Daryl Cocozzo (RU) m. dec. Daniel Kolodzik (PU), 14-2; Rutgers leads, 22-0
165: Princeton forfeits; Rutgers leads, 28-0
174: Princeton forfeits; Rutgers leads, 34-0
184: Dan Rinaldi (RU) tech. fall Travis Erdman (PU), 16-1 (7:00); Rutgers leads, 39-0
197: Mike Wagner (RU) dec. Charles Fox (PU), 6-1; Rutgers wins, 42-0
No. 13 Rutgers Wrestling Returns Home to Host Double Dual

RU will welcome Princeton and George Mason to College Ave. Gym

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Dec. 8, 2010) - After spending the past four weekends on the road in New York and Pennsylvania, the 13th-ranked Rutgers wrestling team (7-1) will return home to host a double dual with Princeton (0-2) and George Mason (0-7) on Saturday, Dec. 11, starting at 3 p.m. at College Ave. Gym.

RU will open its day with a matchup against instate rival Princeton at 5 p.m. The Tigers, who enter the match at 0-2, are led by 125-pounder Garrett Frey who is ranked 11th in the country. Princeton, coached by Chris Ayers in his fifth season, is 33-35-5 all-time against RU in a rivalry that dates back to 1930-31, the first season of Rutgers wrestling.

In their second dual of the day, the Scarlet Knights will battle George Mason. The Patriots are led by 197-pound junior Cayle Byers who is ranked 6th in the country at his weight. George Mason, coached by Mark Weader in his sixth season, is 3-6-1 all-time against RU.

For the season, Rutgers has been led by No. 3 senior heavyweight DJ Russo (Netcong, N.J.) who is a perfect 10-0 with six victories coming by fall. Sophomores Mario Mason (Moorestown, N.J.) and Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.) also rank in the top-10 nationally. Mason comes in ranked fifth at 149 pounds, while Winston is ranked seventh at 165. Rounding out the ranked wrestlers for RU is senior Alex Caruso (Greenbrook, N.J.) who is 18th at 174 pounds.
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No. 24 Rutgers Wrestling Sweeps at Northeast Duals
RU downs Stanford, No. 16 Missouri and Columbia

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 27, 2010) - The 24th-ranked Rutgers Wrestling team swept all three of its duals at the Northeast Duals this afternoon in Albany, N.Y. The Scarlet Knights dropped Stanford, No. 16 Missouri and Columbia to improve to 7-1 on the season in dual action.

"It was a really good day for the Scarlet Knights," said head coach Scott Goodale. "We started a little flat but we were able to recover and pick up three big wins."

The Scarlet Knights opened the day with an early morning match against the Stanford Cardinal. RU was able to jump out to an early 12-4 lead behind decisions by Mike Demarco (Lyndhurst, N.J), Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.), No. 11 Mario Mason (Moorestown, N.J.) and Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.). Stanford rallied to take the next two matches and cut the RU lead to 12-10 before Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) earned an 8-2 decision to push the Rutgers lead back to five. Stanford again cut the lead to two after a decision at 197 setting up a match at 285 to decide the dual. Both wrestlers came out strong to start the first period in the deciding match. No. 5 DJ Russo (Netcong, N.J.) got on the board first when he reversed Dylan Rush but Rush didn't flinch reversing Russo to even the score at two. Russo then scored another reversal to gain a 4-2 edge. Rush escaped before the end of the first to cut the lead to 4-3 entering the second. Neither wrestler was able to score any points in the second or third and Russo used 2:46 of riding time to clinch the match, 5-3, and the dual, 18-13.

The second matchup of the day featured a battle between two top-25 teams as RU took on No. 16 Missouri. The Tigers jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the dual taking matches at 125, 133 and 141. The Scarlet Knights picked up their first win of the dual at 149 where Mason continued his strong wrestling by earning a 10-4 decision. The Mason win seemed to spark Rutgers as it was followed by a major decision by Cocozzo and a pin by Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.) to turn the 10 point disadvantage into a three point lead. The Tigers were able to even the match at 13-13 with a victory at 174 but RU quickly regained its three point edge on a 2-0 decision by Rinaldi. Mizzou bounced back at 197 as Mike Larson picked up a 3-1 decision over Mike Wagner (South Plainfield, N.J.) to retie the score and set up a colossal matchup to decide the match.

The final contest of the dual featured a battle of two top-five heavyweights in No. 5 Russo and No. 2 Dom Bradley of Missouri. After a scoreless first period, Bradley chose to start down in the second eventually earning an escape to open the scoring. The two grapplers went toe to toe for the remainder of the second with neither able to score before the end setting up a deciding third period. In the third, Russo chose down and quickly earned an escape to square the contest at 1-1. Bradley seemed to have the upper hand when he took down Russo to regain the lead at 3-1 but Russo kept his composure and escaped to get within a point. With 13 seconds left in the third, Russo shot low and took Bradley down off a scramble to earn the two points and take the lead at 4-3. From there, Russo was able to ride out Bradley and secure the 4-3 victory to clinch the dual for RU, 16-13.

"The Missouri match was a huge win for our program," said Goodale. "It was an exciting match against a top program and those are the matches that we need to win to get our program to where we want it to be."

In their final dual of the day, Rutgers cruised to a 29-9 victory over the Columbia Lions. Picking up victories by decision for RU were Fusco, Jordan Beverly (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Alex Caruso (Green Brook, N.J.) and Wagner. Major decision victories were scored by Cocozzo, 11-0 over Jake O'Hara, and Winston, 10-2 over Eren Civan, while Russo picked up his team-leading sixth fall of the season pinning Kevin Lester in 2:57 to close out the victory for RU.

The Scarlet Knights return to action next Sunday, Dec. 5, when they travel to State College, Pa. for the Nittany Lion Open hosted by Penn State.

Match Results

No. 24 Rutgers 18, Stanford 13
125: No. 10 Ryan Mango (SU) m. dec. Matt Fusco (RU), 11-2; Stanford leads, 4-0
133: Mike Demarco (RU) dec. Matt Sencenbaugh (SU), 6-0; Stanford leads, 4-3
141: Trevor Melde (RU) dec. Jordan Gray (SU), 2-0; Rutgers leads, 6-4
149: No. 11 Mario Mason (RU) dec. Timmy Boone (SU), 10-4; Rutgers leads, 9-4
157: Daryl Cocozzo (RU) dec. Garrett Schaner (SU), 5-1; Rutgers leads, 12-4
165: Lucas Espericueta (SU) dec. No. 8 Scott Winston (RU), 4-3; Rutgers leads, 12-7
174: No. 4 Nick Amuchastegui (SU) dec. Alex Caruso (RU), 5-1; Rutgers leads, 12-10
184: Dan Rinaldi (RU) dec. Dan Scherer (SU), 8-2; Rutgers leads, 15-10
197: No. 10 Zach Giesen (SU) dec. Mike Wagner (RU), 7-3; Rutgers leads, 15-13
285: No, 5 DJ Russo (RU) dec. Dylan Rush (SU), 5-3; Rutgers wins 18-13

No. 24 Rutgers 19, No. 16 Missouri 16
125: No. 12 Alan Waters (UM) dec. Joe Langel (RU), 5-0; Mizzou leads, 3-0
133: Nate McCormick (UM) dec. Mike Demarco (RU), 5-3; Mizzou leads, 6-0
141: No. 15 Todd Schavrien (UM) maj. Dec. Trevor Melde (RU), 9-1; Mizzou leads, 10-0
149: No. 11 Mario Mason (RU) dec. Kyle Bradley (UM), 10-4; Mizzou leads, 10-3
157: Daryl Cocozzo (RU) maj. Dec. Dan Gonsor (UM), 11-3; Mizzou leads, 10-7
165: No. 8 Scott Winston (RU) pins No. 14 Zach Toal (UM), 2:04; Rutgers leads, 13-10
174: Dorian Henderson (UM) dec. Alex Caruso (RU), 6-4; Match tied, 13-13
184: Dan Rinaldi (RU) dec. Pat Wright (UM), 2-0; Rutgers leads, 16-13
197: Mike Larson (UM) dec. Mike Wagner (RU), 3-1; Match tied, 16-16
285: No. 5 DJ Russo (RU) dec. No. 2 Dom Bradley (UM), 4-3; Rutgers wins, 19-16

No. 24 Rutgers 29, Columbia 9
125: Matt Fusco (RU) dec. Penn Gottfried (CU), 6-2; Rutgers leads, 3-0
133: Kyle Gilchrist (CU) dec. Mike Demarco (RU), 3-1; Match tied, 3-3
141: Jordan Beverly (RU) dec. Josh Houldsworth (CU), 4-1; Rutgers leads, 6-3
149: Steve Santos (CU) pins No. 11 Mario Mason (RU), 6:55; Columbia leads, 9-6
157: Daryl Cocozzo (RU) maj. dec. Jake O'Hara (CU), 11-0; Rutgers leads, 10-9
165: No. 8 Scott Winston (RU) maj. Dec. Eren Civan (CU), 10-2; Rutgers leads, 14-9
174: Alex Caruso (RU) dec. Stephen West (CU), 2-1; Rutgers leads, 17-9
184: Dan Rinaldi (RU) dec. Nicholas Mills (CU), 2-1; Rutgers leads, 20-9
197: Mike Wagner (RU) dec. Mike Pushpack (CU), 9-3; Rutgers leads, 23-9
285: No. 5 DJ Russo (RU) pins Kevin Lester (CU), 2:57; Rutgers wins, 29-9

No. 24 Rutgers Wrestling Travels to Binghamton for Sprawl & Brawl

RU will matchup with WVU and No. 6 PSU

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (November 18, 2010) - Coming off a weekend which saw it place 11 wrestlers and finish second at the 12th annual Oklahoma Gold Tournament, the 24th ranked Rutgers wrestling team (2-0) will travel to Binghamton, N.Y. to meet up with West Virginia (2-1) and No. 6 Penn State (2-0) at the Sprawl & Brawl on Sunday, Nov. 21.

In their first dual of the day, the Scarlet Knights will matchup with West Virginia. The Mountaineers, who are coached by Craig Turnbull in his 32nd season, are 1-0 all-time against RU with a 23-21 victory coming in the lone meeting between the two programs in 1981. This season's WVU squad is paced by two wrestlers who rank in the Intermat top-20, eighth ranked 149-pounder Brandon Rader and 14th ranked 165-pounder Donnie Jones.

In the second dual of the day, RU will take on No. 6 Penn State. The Nittany Lions, who are coached by Cael Sanderson in his second season at PSU, are 15-0 all-time against RU including a narrow 18-17 victory last season at the Sprawl & Brawl. This season's Nittany Lion squad boasts a strong lineup led by seven wrestlers who are ranked in the Intermat top-20.

For the season, RU has been led by sixth-ranked senior heavyweight DJ Russo (Netcong, N.J.) who has tallied a perfect 5-0 record with four of his victories coming by fall. The Scarlet Knights also feature three other wrestlers ranked in the Intermat top-20 in Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.), Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.) and Mario Mason (Moorestown, N.J.).
Rutgers Wrestling Places Second at Oklahoma Gold Tournament

BROCKPORT, N.Y. (November 13, 2010) - The Rutgers wrestling team put forth a strong performance en route to finishing second at the 12th annual Oklahoma Gold Tournament in Brockport, N.Y. The Scarlet Knights were led by senior heavyweight DJ Russo (Netcong, N.J.) who captured the bracket title for his weight class for a second-consecutive season.

No. 9 Oklahoma took the tournament title with a team score of 145.5. They were followed by RU (124.5), Maryland (101.5), Clarion (95), Buffalo (89), Army (75), American (68) and Brockport (17).

Russo secured his second-consecutive Oklahoma Gold title in dominating fashion recording three falls on his way to the finals, where he picked up an 8-1 decision over Quintas McCorkie of Clarion. For his efforts, Russo took home the aggregate pin title for the second-consecutive season.

In addition to Russo capturing his bracket's title, RU also had five student-athletes - Scott Winston (165), Alex Caruso (174), Dan Rinaldi (184), Matt Fusco (125) and Daryl Cocozzo (157) - place in top-3 of their respective weight classes.

In addition to his third place finish in the 157-pound bracket, Cocozzo also took home the tournament's fastest pin award. Cocozzo recorded a pin just 34 seconds into his first match of the tournament against Maryland's Danny Orem.

The Scarlet Knights return to the Empire State next weekend when they travel to Binghamton for dual matchups with No. 7 Penn State and West Virginia.

RU Wrestlers Placing at the 12th Annual Oklahoma Gold Tournament
125: Matt Fusco (2nd), Joe Langel (4th)
149: Mario Mason (5th), Joe Mcauley (6th)
157: Daryl Cocozzo (3rd)
165: Scott Winston (2nd)
174: Alex Caruso (3rd)
184: Dan Rinaldi (2nd)
197: Mike Wagner (5th)
285: DJ Russo (1st), Carl Buchholz (5th)
Rutgers Wrestling Opens Season with a Pair of Dominating Victories
RU records nine victories by fall to help down ESU and SHU by a combined score of 88-6 

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Nov. 7, 2010) - The Rutgers wrestling team opened its 2010-11 season with a pair of dominating victories over Sacred Heart and East Stroudsburg this afternoon at the Louis Brown Athletics Center.

The Scarlet Knights opened the day with a 56-0 victory over the Sacred Heart Pioneers in a match that saw seven RU grapplers (Matt Fusco, Trevor Melde, Mario Mason, Scott Winston, Alex Caruso, Dan Rinaldi and DJ Russo) record victories by pin fall. In addition to the pin fall victories, freshman Mike Wagner picked up a technical fall victory in his first collegiate match and Mike DeMarco won a 10-3 decision. Sacred Heart forfeited the 157 pound bout. The 56-0 victory was the largest victory for RU since a 59-0 victory over Wagner in 2002.

Rutgers carried its momentum from the SHU victory into its second match of the day with East Stroudsburg as both Joe Langel and DeMarco recorded early pin falls at 125 and 133 pounds.

After a Melde decision at 141, Mason (149) and Daryl Cocozzo (157) each picked up major decision victories in their respective weight classes to push the RU lead to 23-0.

Winston and Caruso each picked up their second victories of the day by recording a pair of decisions before ESU's Brendan McKeown picked up a 4-3 decision over Jesse Boyden at 184 pounds to give the Warriors their first points of the match.

After Wagner picked up his second victory in a RU singlet with an 8-2 decision, senior Sean DeDeyn closed out the match falling to Will Weaver 4-0. Despite the loss at 285, RU downed the Warriors by a score of 32-6

The Scarlet Knights return to action next weekend when they travel to Brockport, N.Y. to compete in the Oklahoma Gold Tournament.

Match Result
RU 56, Sacred Heart 0
125: Matt Fusco (RU) pins Andrew Polidore (SHU), 4:55; RU leads, 6-0
133: Mike DeMarco (RU) dec. Paul Galipean (SHU) 10-3; RU leads, 9-0
141: Trevor Melde (RU) pins Joseph Evangelista (SHU), 1:17; RU leads, 15-0
149: Mario Mason (RU) pins Tim Rich (SHU), 2:12; RU leads, 21-0
157: Daryl Cocozzo (RU) wins by forfeit; RU leads, 27-0
165: Scott Winston (RU) pins Austin Al-Paw (SHU), 2:47; RU leads, 33-0
174: Alex Caruso (RU) pins Zach Moran (SHU), 4:25; RU leads, 39-0
184: Dan Rinaldi (RU) pins TJ Neidhart (SHU), 1:36; RU leads, 45-0
197: Mike Wagner (RU) tech fall Sam Morrison (SHU), 16-0; RU leads, 50-0
285: DJ Russo (RU) pins Paul Swagheart (SHU), 6:52; RU wins, 56-0

Match Result
RU 32, East Stroudsburg 6
125: Joe Langel (RU) pins Chris Carpenter (ESU), 3:39; RU leads, 6-0
133: Mike DeMarco (RU) pins Andrew Arnold (ESU), 2:27; RU leads, 12-0
141: Trevor Melde (RU) dec. Adam Hluschak (ESU), 6-1; RU leads, 15-0
149: Mario Mason (RU) m. dec. Eddie Stephenson (ESU), 14-5; RU leads, 19-0
157: Daryl Cocozoo (RU) m. dec. Evan Baer (ESU), 21-7; RU leads, 23-0
165: Scott Winston (RU) dec. Thad Frick (ESU), 6-1; RU leads, 26-0
174: Alex Caruso (RU) dec. Jeff Jacobs (ESU), 7-2; RU leads, 29-0
184: Brendan McKeown (ESU) dec. Jesse Boyden (RU), 4-3; RU leads, 29-3
197: Mike Wagner (RU) dec. James Gonzalez (ESU), 8-2; RU leads, 32-3
285: Will Weaver (ESU) dec. Sean DeDeyn (RU), 4-0; RU wins 32-6
Rutgers Wrestling Readies for Season Openers at the RAC

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (November 5, 2010) - Coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history, the Rutgers wrestling team is anxious to get its 2010-11 season underway as it welcomes Sacred Heart and East Stroudsburg to the Louis Brown Athletic Center for a Sunday afternoon double-dual. Both of the RU matches will be broadcast live on KnightVision Broadband via <http://www.scarletknights.com>www.scarletknights.com.

In their first matchup of the day, the Scarlet Knights will battle the Sacred Heart Pioneers at 4 p.m. SHU is coming off a season which saw it go 2-20. The Pioneers will be led by a pair of grapplers who finished fourth at the CAA Championships in Anthony Priore (157 pounds) and Paul Schweighardt (285 pounds). SHU also welcomes 125-pounder Billy Chamberlin a transfer from Duquesne who was a 2009 NCAA qualifier. Sacred Heart, who is 2-4 all-time against RU, is coached by Casey Brewster in his third season with the program.

In the second matchup of the day, RU will take on East Stroudsburg at 6 p.m. Redshirt junior Adam Hluschak, a returning NCAA qualifier at 141 pounds, leads a veteran East Stroudsburg University wrestling team into its second season at the Division II level and fourth year under head coach Joey Rivera. RU is 19-11-1 all-time against the Warriors in a rivalry that dates back to 1971.

The Scarlet Knights return nine of 10 starters from last season's squad that went 19-5-1 in dual action. The RU roster also features nine student-athletes (Billy Ashnault, Alex Caruso, Daryl Cocozzo, Joe Langel, Mario Mason, Trevor Melde, Dan Rinaldi, DJ Russo and Scott Winston) with prior NCAA Championship experience.
Rutgers Wrestling Showcases Squad at Wrestle-Offs

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (November 2, 2010) - The Rutgers wrestling team opened its 2010-11 season with its annual Wrestle-Offs in front of a near capacity crowd at College Ave. Gym.

The Wrestle-Offs served as the final competition of a week of battles to determine the starting positions for the RU wrestling team. The event also served as the competitive debut for several Scarlet Knight wrestlers including transfers Alex Caruso (174 pounds) and Mario Mason (149 pounds).

In a match with Mike Cucinotta, Caruso secured a 12-5 victory by using a variety of takedowns and solid riding. Mason also secured a victory in his debut with a 7-4 decision over Joe Mcauley. Mason showed his quickness throughout the match and secured a pair of solid takedowns.

Also making his Scarlet Knight debut was 197-pound freshman Mike Wagner who downed Dan Hopkins, 7-5, in a hard fought match.

Scott Winston made his return to the mat after a redshirt season last year. Winston rolled in his first match back earning a tech. fall over Evan Brewer, 25-7.

A trio of returning NCAA participants, DJ Russo, Dan Rinaldi and Daryl Cocozzo, also earned victories. All three earned decisions of at least five points.

Dan Seidenberg, Matt Fusco, Braden Turner, David Greenwald and Greg Zannetti also picked up victories at the Wrestle-Offs.

The Scarlet Knights open their regular season on Sunday, Nov. 7, when they welcome Sacred Heart and East Stroudsburg to The RAC for a double dual.

Season tickets for Rutgers wrestling are on sale now. To purchase season tickets please visit http://tickets.scarletknights.com or call 866-445-GoRU (4678).

2010-11 Rutgers Wrestle-Offs Results

Nov. 2, 2010

College Ave. Gym

Class Matchup

197: Dan Seidenberg dec. Chris Orzechowski, 4-1

174: Alex Caruso dec. Mike Cucinotta, 12-5

125: Matt Fusco dec. Joe Langel, 5-2

157: Braden Turner dec. Anthony Volpe, 5-2

285: DJ Russo dec. Sean DeDeyn, 7-0

197: Mike Wagner dec. Dan Hopkins, 7-5

141: David Greenwald dec. Cullen Isenberg, 7-2

165: Scott Winston T. Fall Evan Brewer, 25-7

174: Greg Zannetti dec. Brendan Ard, 4-1

184: Dan Rinaldi dec. Jesse Boyden, 6-0

157: Daryl Cocozzo dec. Nick Visicaro, 6-1

149: Mario Mason dec. Joe Mcauley, 7-4
Rutgers Wrestling Season Opener to be Held at the RAC

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (October 12, 2010) - The Rutgers wrestling team announced today that its season opening double dual with Sacred Heart and East Stroudsburg will be held at the Louis Brown Athletics Center (The RAC) on Sunday, Nov. 7.

"We wanted to do it in Franklin Township because they wanted us there, so we tried to coordinate with them, but unfortunately it just didn't work out," said head coach Scott Goodale. "There's a volleyball match at College Ave. so we'll get another chance to wrestle at the RAC. So now we'll have four matches at the RAC and we're obviously excited about that."

Rutgers opens its 2010-11 campaign when it battles the Sacred Heart Pioneers at 4 p.m. Following a brief break, RU will return to the mat to take on the East Stroudsburg Warriors at 6 p.m. The day will start with Sacred Heart taking on ESU at 2 p.m.

Rutgers returns nine of 10 starters from a 2009-10 squad that finished at No. 22 in the final 2009-10 NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll after posting a 19-5-1 record. Additionally, the Scarlet Knights 2010-11 roster will feature nine wrestlers with prior NCAA Championship experience.
Rutger's Coach John Leonardis is Ready for the Campaign

John Leonardis has been with Rutgers head coach Scott Goodale since his first day "On the Banks" and has played a vital role in the resurgence of the program.

He helped guide the Scarlet Knights to a 50-19-1 record during his three years at RU. Leonardis helped make an immediate impact on the recruiting trail as their first recruiting class was ranked nationally by W.I.N. Magazine (No. 3) and InterMat (No. 4).

During Leonardis' tenure, 12 RU wrestlers have earned NCAA bids and 14 Scarlet Knights have placed at the EIWA Championships.

Last season, Leonardis helped Rutgers to a No. 22 finish in the final 2009-10 NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll after posting a 19-5-1 record. Seven Scarlet Knights earned NCAA bids, the most since 1960. The No. 22 ranking is the highest in school history.

The Scarlet Knights put together a 15-match unbeaten streak from early December to late February which was the longest streak in school history. 

Leonardis was a three year varsity wrestling letter winner at Lehigh before graduating in 1997. He was an EIWA Champion in 1996 in the 190-pound weight class. The Sea Girt, N.J. native played football and wrestled for Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J. His senior year he was a captain for both wrestling and football, leading each program to a State Championship during his wrestling career.

Leonardis was a four-time National Prep place winner and champion and an Amateur Wrestling News All-American. On the coaching front, Leonardis has extensive experience. For six years (2000-06), he compiled a .720 winning percentage as the head coach at Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J. Leonardis-coached teams placed in the top-five of the National Prep Championships five times. He coached 32 National Prep Place winners and four Junior National All-Americans. 

The fourth-year assistant coach also worked as the New Jersey Wrestling Federation Coach from 1997 to 2007, receiving Coach of the Year honors three times from the Trenton Times. He personally trained three Junior National champions, two NCAA Division I National Champions and multiple All-Americans.
Rutgers Wrestling Welcomes Minnesota Transfer Mason to Squad

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (June 16, 2010) - Rutgers wrestling coach Scott Goodale announced Wednesday that his office has received signed letter-of-intent papers from Mario Mason of Moorestown, N.J.

Mason wrestled this past season and will transfer from Minnesota. The 149-pound grappler arrived at Minnesota after an outstanding prep career at the established Blair Academy wrestling program.

"We are obviously very excited to have someone of Mario's wrestling abilities enter RU," said Goodale. "He is a kid who we recruited out of high school was the No. 3 overall recruit in America as a high school senior and who has some high expectations for himself. I believe the change of atmosphere will be good for Mario, and being from New Jersey, he will certainly fit in and understand our guys and this coaching staff".

After redshirting the 2008-09 season, Mason earned an NCAA bid as redshirt freshman in 2009-10 after he posted an 19-12 overall record and placed fifth at the Big Ten Championships. He went 0-2 at the NCAA Tournament, falling 1-2 in tie-breaker one to Eric Albright of Pittsburgh and 2-5 to Donald Vinson of Binghamton.

During his Blair Academy career, he was ranked the third-best high school wrestler in the country at 145 pounds by Amateur Wrestling News. He was a four-time All-American and state champion and part of high school national high school championship teams in 2005 and 2006.
Rutgers Wrestling 2010 Recruiting Class Listed as 20th-best by InterMat

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (May 10, 2010) - The Rutgers wrestling team recruiting class for the 2010 season was listed as the nation's 20th-best class by InterMat in the Web site's final rankings for the upcoming season.

Rutgers will welcome Jordan Beverly (Point Pleasant Boro, N.J.), Nick Visicaro (Brachville, N.J.), Anthony Volpe (Miller Place, N.Y.) and Mike Wagner (South Plainfield, N.J.). All four were listed in the top-18 of their respective high school weight class by InterMat.

The Scarlet Knights were one of four EIWA squads listed in the rankings. Cornell had the highest conference billing at No. 8, followed by Lehigh at No. 15 and Penn at No. 19.

Rutgers finished at No. 22 in the final 2009-10 NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll after posting a 19-5-1 record. Seven Scarlet Knights earned NCAA bids, the most since 1960. Nine of Rutgers 10 starters are returning for the 2010-11 campaign.
Rutgers Men's Wrestling Welcomes Nationally-Ranked Recruiting Class

InterMat listed RU class as nation's 17th-best in early signing period

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 22, 2010) - The Rutgers wrestling team will bring in four highly-touted prospects for their 2014 class, head coach Scott Goodale announced Wednesday. The class was listed as the 17th-best in the country by InterMat it the site's early period recruiting class rankings, prior to RU finishing their class.

Rutgers will welcome Jordan Beverly (Point Pleasant Boro, N.J.), Nick Visicaro (Brachville, N.J.), Anthony Volpe (Miller Place, N.Y.) and Mike Wagner (South Plainfield, N.J.). All four were listed in the top-18 of their respective high school weight class by InterMat.

Viscaro attended Long Branch High School and is listed as the seventh-best 160-pound prep wrestler by InterMat. He is projected to compete at 165 pounds for the Scarlet Knights.

Viscaro won the New Jersey 160-pound state Title and placed fifth at the 2010 NHSCA Senior National Tournament. He won the 2009 NHSCA Junior National Championship for his weight class.

As a junior, he was runner-up at the Beast of the EAST Tournament and finished sixth at the Junior National Freestyle Tournament. The Branchville, N.J. native was the 2008 NHSCA National Runner-Up in both his sophomore and freshman year.

"Nick is one of the best New Jersey recruits this year," said Goodale. "He is a two-time state champion and wrestled at a high level in high school. He was a huge get for us."

Beverly joins the Scarlet Knights from Point Pleasant Boro High School. InterMat listed him as the 15th-best 140 pound high school grappler. He was the 2010 NHSCA Senior National Champ and placed third in the state finals. As a junior, he was the New Jersey State Runner-Up at 140 pounds. In 2008, he earned a sixth-place finish at the NHSCA Sophomore National Tournament and placed fifth in the state finals.

Beverly is projected to wrestle at 149 pounds for RU.

"Jordan has tremendous upside," said Goodale. "He won a high school national title. He is a great mat wrestler, which is a great equalizer at this level."

Volpe arrives "On the Banks" from Rocky Point High School and is projected to wrestle at 157 for the Scarlet Knights. He is listed at the 14th-best 160-pound prep grappler by InterMat. The Miller Place, N.Y. native placed fourth at the 2010 NHSCA Senior National Tournament and won the New York DI State Title. In 2009, he finished seventh at the NHSCA Junior National Tournament and placed third at the New York DI State Championship.

During his sophomore campaign, Volpe placed third in the NHSCA Sophomore National event. Volpe earned a seventh place finish at the 2007 Cadet National Greco-Roman and was the runner-up at the 2007 NHSCA Freshman National Tournament.

"Anthony is a blue-collar type kid and experienced a lot of success on the national level," said Goodale. "He placed every year at nationals and is a New York State Champ. It was a great get for a program to get one of New York's top kids. He will fit well in well here."

Wagner attended South Plainfield, N.J. and is projected to wrestle at 197 for Rutgers. InterMat listed Wagner as the 18th best 189-pound high school grappler. He was the runner-up at 2010 New Jersey State Finals and defeated two-time NHSCA Champion Billy George in the semi-finals. He placed fourth n the state finals as a junior and is a three-time Region Champion.

"Mike did great at the state tournament and beat a great wrestler to get to the finals," said Goodale. "He comes from a great program and understands how to train at this level. He is another great mat wrestler. He is raw, but has a tremendous upside."

Rutgers finished at No. 22 in the final 2009-10 NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll after posting a 19-5-1 record. Seven Scarlet Knights earned NCAA bids, the most since 1960. The No. 22 ranking is the highest in school history. Nine of Rutgers 10 starters are returning for the 2010-11 campaign.
Rutgers' Russo Falls Just Short of All-American Status at NCAA Championships

OMAHA, Neb. (March 19, 2010) - Redshirt junior heavyweight Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.) of the No. 22 Rutgers wrestling fell one win short of being an All-American on day two of the 80th NCAA Championships at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb. on Friday.

133-pound junior Billy Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.), 125-pound freshman Joseph Langel (Howell, N.J.) and 174-pound redshirt sophomore Daniel Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) also competed in the consolation bracket on Friday.

Russo earned two pin falls early Friday morning for the right to compete for All-American status. In his first match of the day, Russo eliminated Virginia’s John Danilkowicz in a 6:18 time frame. In round four of the consolation bracket, the RU heavyweight took down Edinboro’s Christopher Birchler with a 5:21 pin.

10th-seeded Russo battled defending NCAA Champion and ninth-seeded Mark Ellis of Missouri for the right to be named an All-American. The two battled to a 2-2 tie after three periods to send the match into sudden-victory over time. Ellis earned a takedown in overtime to earn a 4-2 victory and prevent Russo from becoming the first RU All-American since Tom Tanis in 2002.

“We had a great first round and I thought our guys wrestled hard at this tournament,” said Rutgers assistant coach John Leonardis. “We had some guys score some points for us with some pin falls today.

“DJ scored two falls today and he wrestled the defending national champion and lost a heartbreaker by going out in sudden victory. We are real proud of his effort and I know it is a tough way to go out for him. I am sure he knows exactly what he has to do next year to reach All-American or National Champion status.”

Ashnault pinned Penn’s Bryan Ortenzio in a 5:47 fall but was eliminated by another EIWA grappler Matthew Fisk of Lehigh by a 5-1 decision.

Langel was eliminated by Ross Gitomer of Virginia in a 3-2 decision.

Fifth-seeded Scott Glaser of Minnesota knocked out Rinaldi by a 5-4 decision.

“At the beginning of this season we had Lamar Brown, DJ and Scott Winston as the only returning guys with national experience,” said Leonardis. “Now with what our guys experienced and gained this week, they know how intense it is especially tonight with the round of 12 – the make-or-break round. I am hoping our guys take some confidence from this into next season. With losing Brown and Winston returning, we will have seven NCAA wrestlers next year.

“Our whole staff is proud of our guys and the effort they gave this season. We are still not where we want to be but this NCAA experience was invaluable.”

Seven Rutgers Wrestlers to Participate in NCAA Championships

Seven RU NCAA participants are the most since 1960

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 10, 2010) - The No. 22 Rutgers wrestling team's historic season continued Wednesday night when four Scarlet Knights were announced as at-large selections for the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The four wild cards gives Rutgers a total of seven NCAA participants this season, the most for RU since it sent eight in 1960.

The NCAA Championships will take place March 18-20 at the Qwest Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb.

Redshirt junior heavyweight Dominick Russo's (Netcong, N.J.), 125-pound redshirt freshman Joseph Langel (Howell, N.J.) and 157-pound redshirt junior Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.) qualified for the tournament at the 106th EIWA Championships last weekend.

133-pound junior Billy Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.), 197-pound redshirt senior Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J), 141-pound sophomore Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) and 174-pound redshirt sophomore Daniel Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) earned at-large bids.

Ashnault. Brown, Cocozzo and Russo are making their second trip to the NCAA Championships, with the other three earning their first appearance. Russo competed last season and Ashnault, Brown and Cocozzo participated in the 2008 tournament, but Ashnault attended Lock Haven and Cocozzo was enrolled at Edinboro Universoty at the time.

At the conference championships last weekend, the Scarlet Knights finished sixth with 87 points and earned eight place winners.

Rutgers head coach Scott Goodale has now led 12 student-athletes to the NCAA Tournament as Matt Pletcher, Russo and Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.) earned NCAA invites last season and Brown and Steve Adamcsik participated in the 2008 Championships.

"This is another big step for our program," said Goodale. "It's a reward for the season we had and for the really tough schedule we faced. The system is setup to reward you for the competition you faced and your success against them. This is a pretty big accomplish but now we focus on the next step and that is winning matches in Omaha. To continue our vision and progress we have to go out there and win some big matches. That is our focus right now."

Russo is the only Scarlet Knight to be seeded in his bracket as he earned the 10th-seed and will face Edinboro's redshirt senior Christopher Birchler in the first round. Russo placed second at the EIWA Championships and enters the NCAAs with a 29-6 record and 16 pin fall victories.

Langel earned his NCAA bid by placing third at the EIWA Championships. He will square off with freshman Cashé Quiroga of Purdue. The RU redshirt freshman owns a team-best 30 victories this season against only eight losses. Langel has earned nine major decisions this season.

Cocozzzo's fourth-place EIWA finish booked his ticket to the NCAA Tournament. He will face Indiana's redshirt junior Kurt Kinser.

Cocozzo was inserted in the Rutgers dual lineup in January after sitting out the fall due to NCAA transfer guidelines. The RU newcomer dominated the competition by posting a 12-1 record in dual action. Cocozzo owns an overall record of 16-9 this season.

Brown will look to end his Rutgers career on a high note after a disappointing fifth-place finish at the EIWAs. He will battle CSU Baker's redshirt junior Riley Orozco in the first round. The fifth-year Scarlet Knight enters the NCAAs with a 25-9 record, including an 11-3 mark in tournament action.

Rinaldi will be making his NCAA debut against sophomore Ryan DesRoches of Cal Poly. Rinaldi notched a 29-10 record this season highlighted by nine major decisions.

Ahnault's second NCAA tournament trip will begin against Liberty's redshirt freshman Joe Pantaleo. Ashnault owns a 23-12 record and is second on the team in pins with 11.

Melde will look to bounce back after he was seeded third in the EIWA Championships but finished sixth. Melde is 25-10 on the season and earned five pin falls.

Melde will wrestle junior Germane Lindsey of Ohio University in the opening round.
Russo's Runner-Up Finish Highlights Rutgers' 8 EIWA Place Winners

RU finishes sixth in team standings with 87 points

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (March 7, 2010) Redshirt junior Dominick Russo's (Netcong, N.J.) second-place finish highlighted eight members of the No. 22 Rutgers wrestling team that placed at the 106th EIWA Championships in Lehigh University's Stabler Arena. As a team, the Scarlet Knights finished sixth with 87 points.

Cornell won their fourth-straight EIWA Championship with 160.5 points.

The eight place winners are the most for Rutgers since they placed the same amount in 2004.

125-pound redshirt freshman Joseph Langel (Howell, N.J.) and 157-pound redshirt junior Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.) each finished fourth to join Russo at the NCAA Championships. It will be the second trip to the NCAAs for Russo and Cocozzo. Russo competed last season and Cocozzo participated in the 2008 tournament while attending Edinboro University.

197-pound redshirt senior Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J) and 174-pound redshirt sophomore Daniel Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) placed fifth in their respective bracket. Brown placed second in the 2008 conference tournament.

141-pound sophomore Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) earned a sixth-place finish.

149-pound redshirt junior David Greenwald (Union, N.J.) and 165-pound sophomore Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J) both placed seventh in their field.

At least two Scarlet Knights have earned NCAA bids each season during head coach Scott Goodale's three-year tenure. It marks the second straight year at least three RU grapplers earned NCAA bids. In 2009, Matt Pletcher, Russo and Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.) earned NCAA invites. Brown and Steve Adamcsik participated in the 2008 Championships.

Wrestlers who failed to qualify for NCAAs this weekend will be eligible for one of 46 at-large berths which will be announced on Wednesday, March 10.

"When the dust settles we might have five or six wrestlers in the NCAAs but we will see with the at large bids," said Goodale. "The truth is, it was an up-and-down tournament for us. We got seven guys in their first EIWA tournament. I don't know if it was a little bit of a shock value or nerves.

"I like how some of our guys bounced back after some tough losses. Rinaldi's fifth-place match was huge and might get him a bid to the NCAA tourney. Lamar bounced back after two tough losses to help his NCAA chances. I would have liked to wrestle better early on and we had some opportunities at 133 and 141 that we couldn't capitalize on. We will see what happens with the at-large bids." 

Russo faced top-seeded and second-ranked Zach Rey of host Lehigh in the final bout of the championships. The two heavyweights fought to a 1-1 tie after the third period to go into sudden victory overtime.

Neither EIWA grappler could get the upper hand in the sudden victory overtime as the match would be decided in 30-second tiebreakers. Rey started in the down position and escaped Russo's grasp to take a 2-1 lead. Russo failed to flee from Rey's hold in the next tiebreaker as Rey secured the EIWA heavyweight championship.

Langel opened the day against fourth-seeded and 33rd-ranked Aaron Kalil of Navy. Trailing 4-0 in the early goings, Langel took control of the bout with a takedown and near fall to go ahead 5-4. After another takedown to push his advantage to three points, Langel went on to win 7-5.

Langel fell in the third-place match to Harvard's Steven Keith by a 16-0 (3:11) technical fall.

Cocozzo earned his second trip to the NCAA Tournament by defeating seventh-seeded and 27th-ranked Brantley Hooks of Bucknell with a 4-2 decision in the consolation semifinals. In the third-place match, Cocozzo suffered only his third loss of 2010 as he was defeated by the top 157 grappler in the NCAA Coaches Panel rankings Steve Fittery of American by a 2-1 decision.

In the 197 semifinals, Brown held a 6-4 lead over fifth-seeded Danial Mitchell of American at the end of the second period. After Mitchell took the lead with a minute remaining in the third period at 7-6. Brown scored an escape to tie at 7-7 before Mitchell earned a quick pin at 6:53 to give Brown the heartbreaking defeat.

Brown ended the day on a high note by knocking off fourth-seeded and 21st-ranked Joseph Kennedy of Lehigh by a 4-2 decision in sudden victory overtime to earn fifth place. Brown fell to Kennedy by a 3-2 mark in the regular season finale.

Rinaldi held his own against fourth-seeded and 12th-ranked Robert Hamlin of Lehigh in the consolation semifinals. The two EIWA grapplers went to sudden victory overtime where Hamlin escaped with a 4-2 victory. Rinaldi captured his fifth place title by pinning Brown's Jack Roberts in a 4:09 time span.

Melde had a tough outing on Sunday as he dropped both of his matches. In the consolation semifinals, the RU sophomore fell by a 6-5 mark to eighth-seeded Matt Pagain of Navy.

Melde squared off with second-seeded and 16th-ranked Seth Ciasulli of host Lehigh in the fifth-place match. The Mountain Hawk captured the victory with a 3:09 pin fall.

Zannetti knocked off eighth-seeded Jeffrey Lemmer of Brown in the seventh-place match by a 3-2 score.

Greenwald fell to sixth-seeded and 21st-ranked Hicks Manson of Cornell in the seventh place bout.

Cocozzo, Langel and Russo will be back in action at the NCAA Championships, which takes place March 18-20 at the Qwest Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb.

Final Team Standings

Standing Points Team

1 160.5 Cornell

2 113 Pennsylvania

2 109.5 Lehigh

4 103.5 Bucknell

5 96 American

6 87 Rutgers

7 81.5 Navy

8 65 Army

8 65 Columbia

10 55 Brown

11 52.5 Harvard

12 24 Princeton

13 2 Franklin & Marshall

Rutgers Individual EIWA Championship Results

Preliminaries

125 (2) #18 Joseph Langel (Rutgers) dec. Lance Penhale (Army) 8-5

133 Andrew Grabfelder (Columbia) pins (3) #33 Billy Ashnault (Rutgers) 5:52

149 (2) #10 Kyle Borshoff (American) dec. David Greenwald (Rutgers) 6-2

165 (7) #33 Greg Zannetti (Rutgers) dec. Anthony Bongarzone (Franklin & Marshall) 10-5

174 (6) #29 Daniel Rinaldi (Rutgers) tech. fall Jack Roberts (Brown) 16-0 (3:09)

184 (8) Collin Wittmeyer (Army) pins Jesse Boyden (Rutgers) 1:40

197 (7) #24 Lamar Brown (Rutgers) dec. Colin Ely (Franklin & Marshall) 15-6

Quarterfinals

125 (7) Garrett Frey (Princeton) pins (2) #18 Joseph Langel (Rutgers) 2:12

141 (3) #24 Trevor Melde (Rutgers) dec. (6) John Regan (Bucknell) 6-1

157 (4) #20 Daryl Cocozzo (Rutgers) dec. (5) Matt Dragon (Pennsylvania) 7-4

165 (2) #10 Justin Kerber (Cornell) dec. (7) #33 Greg Zannetti (Rutgers) 10-6

174 (3) #19 Shane Riccio (Bucknell) dec. (6) #29 Daniel Rinaldi (Rutgers) 3-1

197 (2) #14 Richard Starks (Army) dec. (7) #24 Lamar Brown (Rutgers) 7-2

285 (2) #9 Dominick Russo (Rutgers) pins (7) Joseph McMullan (Bucknell) 1:42

Semifinals

141 (7) Jordan Lipp (American) dec. (3) #24 Trevor Melde (Rutgers) 6-3

157 (1) #2 J.P. O'Connor (Harvard) dec. (4) #20 Daryl Cocozzo (Rutgers) 6-3

285 (2) #9 Dominick Russo (Rutgers) dec. (3) Scott Steele (Navy) 4-0

Finals

285 (1) #2 Zack Rey (Lehigh) dec. (2) #9 Dominick Russo (Rutgers) 2-1 tb1

Consolation Second Round

125 (2) #18 Joseph Langel (Rutgers) dec. (8) #24 Kyle Gilchrist (Columbia) 3-2

133 (5) #18 Bryan Ortenzio (Pennsylvania) dec. (3) #33 Billy Ashnault (Rutgers) 2-0

149 David Greenwald (Rutgers) pins (8) Daniel Kolodzik (Princeton) 0:36

165 (7) #33 Greg Zannetti (Rutgers) dec. Christopher Marchetti (Army) 3-1 tb1

174 (6) #29 Daniel Rinaldi (Rutgers) tech. fall Phillip Barreiro (American) 16-1 (6:20)

184 (7) Bran Crudden (Brown) pins Jesse Boyden (Rutgers) 1:09

197 (7) #24 Lamar Brown (Rutgers) major dec. Sean Murphy (Harvard) 15-6

Consolation Third Round

125 (2) #18 Joseph Langel (Rutgers) dec. (6) Mark Rappo (Pennsylvania) 11-7

149 Steve Santos (Columbia) pins David Greenwald (Rutgers) 3:56

165 (6) Robby Neill (Navy) dec. (7) #33 Greg Zannetti (Rutgers) 10-3

174 (6) #29 Daniel Rinaldi (Rutgers) dec. Stephen West (Columbia) 6-1

197 (5) Dennis Mitchell (American) pins (7) #24 Lamar Brown (Rutgers) 6:53

Consolation Semifinals

125 (2) #18 Joseph Langel (Rutgers) dec. (4) #33 Aaron Kalil (Navy) 7-5

141 (8) Matt Pagan (Navy) dec. (3) #24 Trevor Melde (Rutgers) 6-5

157 (4) #20 Daryl Cocozzo (Rutgers) dec. (7) #27 Brantley Hooks (Bucknell) 5-2

174 (4) #12 Robert Hamlin (6) #29 Daniel Rinaldi (Rutgers) 4-2 sv1

Third Place Match

125 #30 Steven Keith (Harvard) tech. fall (2) #18 Joseph Langel (Rutgers) 16-0 (3:11)

157 (2) #1 Steve Fittery (American) dec. (4) #20 Daryl Cocozzo (Rutgers) 2-1

Fifth Place Match

141 (2) #16 Seth Ciasulli (Lehigh) pins (3) #24 Trevor Melde (Rutgers) 3:09

174 (6) #29 Daniel Rinaldi (Rutgers) pins dec. Jack Roberts (Brown) 4:09

197 (7) #24 Lamar Brown (Rutgers) dec. (4) Joseph Kennedy (Lehigh) 4-2 sv2

Seventh Place Match

149 David Greenwald (Rutgers) pins (6) Hicks Manson (Cornell) 6:35

165 (7) #33 Greg Zannetti (Rutgers) dec. (8) Jeffrey Lemmer (Brown) 3-2

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Nine Rutgers Wrestlers Recognized in Final NCAA Coaches Panel Rankings, Second RPI

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Feb. 27, 2010) - The No. 22 Rutgers wrestling team features nine student-athletes in the final NCAA Coaches Panel Rankings and the second Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) for the 2009-10 season, the organization announced.

The RU wrestlers that were listed in the rankings and RPI were 125-pound Joseph Langel (Howell, N.J.), 133-pound Billy Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.), 141-pound Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.), 149-pound David Greenwald (Union, N.J.), 157-pound Daryl Cocozzo (River, Edge, N.J.), 165-pound Gregory Zannetti (Edison, N.J.), 174-pound Daniel Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.), 197-pound Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J.) and heavyweight Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.).

The final rankings and RPI will be two of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by Division I winning percentage, RPI and coaches' rankings to earn spots for the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

Langel moved up three spots to No. 18 in the rankings and is positioned at No. 23 in the RPI. The redshirt freshman owns a 26-6 record this season and had his 17-match winning streak snapped last Saturday against Lehigh's John McDonald.

Ashnault is listed as the 33rd best 133-pounder and placed at No. 19 in the RPI. The first-year Scarlet Knight owns a 23-10 record this season, including a 17-6 mark in dual action. Ashnault is second on the team in pins (11) and dual points (81).

Melde appeared at No. 24 in the rankings and at No. 22 in the RPI. The RU sophomore has earned a 24-7 overall mark this season and has won 18 of his 22 dual matches.

Greenwald's 17-10 record has positioned him at No. 33 in the RPI. Greenwald owns a 10-8 record in dual bouts.

Cocozzo jumped to No. 20 in the rankings and is listed at No. 18 in the RPI. He is on a team-best 11-match winning streak and has dominated his dual opponents with a 12-1 record. The RU newcomer was the only Scarlet Knight to pick up a victory at No. 7 Lehigh last Saturday by defeating 24th-ranked Sean Bilodeau.

Rinaldi is positioned at No. 29 in the rankings and No. 28 in RPI. The redshirt freshman owns a 25-8 overall record and has claimed victory in 17 of his 23 dual contests.

Brown appeared at No. 24 in the rankings and No. 29 in the RPI. The redshirt senior has earned a 21-7 overall record this season and has won 14 of his 20 dual battles.

Russo earned the highest ranking and RPI at No. 9 and No. 8, respectively. The heavyweight saw his 14-match win streak snapped last Saturday at Lehigh when he dropped a 4-2 decision to sixth-ranked Zack Rey. It was only the second time in Russo's 22 dual matches that the RU heavyweight was defeated. Russo leads the team with 27 victories and 100 dual points.

RU will return to action on the weekend of March 6-7 for the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships at the Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa.

Scarlet Knights Listed in NCAA Final Wrestling Coaches' Panel Rankings and Second RPI
Weight Ranking RPI Wrestler
125 18 23 Joseph Langel
133 33 19 Billy Ashnault
141 24 22 Trevor Melde
149 NR 30 David Greenwald
157 20 18 Daryl Cocozzo
174 29 28 Daniel Rinaldi
197 24 29        Lamar Brown
285 9 8 Dominick Russo
No. 7 Lehigh Tops No. 22 Rutgers Wrestling, 28-3

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (Feb. 20, 2010) - The No. 22 Rutgers wrestling team battled No. 7 Lehigh to several close bouts, however the Mountain Hawks (15-3-1) earned a 28-3 victory over the Scarlet Knights (19-5-1) Saturday afternoon in front of 1,806 fans at Stabler Arena in the regular-season finale for both teams.

The dual loss was RU's first since Dec. 12, 2009 when the Scarlet Knights dropped a 21-18 decision to then No. 24 Pittsburgh. It ended a 15-match dual match winning streak for RU. The 19 dual meet victories this season are the second-most in school history.

"It is all part of what usually happens when you are trying to go from a good team to a great one," said Rutgers head wrestling coach Scott Goodale. "You need to be able to win close matches to win big matches."

Rutgers dropped several close decisions, losing by a combined 10 points in six weight classes. Lehigh's John McDonald used an escape late in his bout to edge redshirt freshman No. 21 Joseph Langel III (Howell, N.J.), 5-4, at 125 pounds. No. 17 Seth Ciasulli of Lehigh topped No. 24 Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) of Rutgers, 6-4, on a late reversal at 141 pounds. The Mountain Hawks' Joey Napoli decisioned David Greenwald (Union, N.J.), 4-2, also on a late reversal at 149 pounds. No. 19 Robert Hamlin earned a 3-1 decision over No. 28 Daniel Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) at 174 pounds.. No. 16 Joe Kennedy of Lehigh used a takedown in the final seconds to edge No. 20 Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J.), 3-2, at197 pounds. In a matchup of two top-10 wrestlers, No. 6 Zach Rey of Lehigh earned a 4-2 decision over No. 10 Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.) at heavyweight.

Junior Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.) scored a victory for the Scarlet Knights with a 5-1 decision of No. 24 Sean Bilodeau at 157 pounds.

No. 25 Brandon Hatchett of Lehigh posted an 11-4 decision of Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.) at 165 pounds and No. 14 David Craig of the Mountain Hawks registered a 14-0 major decision of Jesse Boyden (Kenilworth, N.J.) at 184 pounds.

RU will return to Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa. for the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships, Saturday-Sunday, March 6-7.


No. 7 Lehigh 28, No. 22 Rutgers 3

Weight Match Team Score
125 John McDonald (Lehigh) dec. #21 Joseph Langel III (Rutgers), 5-4 3-0
133 #14 Matt Fisk (Lehigh) dec. #20 Bill Ashnault (Rutgers), 8-1 6-0
141 #17 Seth Ciasulli (Lehigh) dec. #24 Trevor Melde (Rutgers), 6-4 9-0
149 Joey Napoli (Lehigh) dec. David Greenwald (Rutgers), 4-2 12-0
157 Daryl Cocozzo (Rutgers) dec. #24 Sean Bilodeau (Lehigh), 5-1 12-3
165 #25 Brandon Hatchett (Lehigh) dec. Greg Zannetti (Rutgers), 11-4 15-3
174 #19 Robert Hamlin (Lehigh) dec. #28 Daniel Rinaldi (Rutgers), 3-1 18-3
184 #14 David Craig (Lehigh) maj. dec. Jesse Boyden (Rutgers), 14-0 22-3
197 #16 Joe Kennedy (Lehigh) dec. #20 Lamar Brown (Rutgers), 3-2 25-3
285 #6 Zach Rey (Lehigh) dec. #10 Dominick Russo (Rutgers), 4-2 28-3
No. 22 Rutgers Wrestling Closes Home Slate with 35-6 Win Over Drexel

Dominating Victory improves RU's unbeaten streak to school record 15 matches

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Feb. 18, 2010) - The No. 22 Rutgers wrestling team capped off its home schedule by extending its school record unbeaten streak to 15 matches with a dominating 35-6 win against Drexel Thursday night at College Ave Gym.

The win improves the Scarlet Knights record to 19-4-1. The 19 victories is the second most in school history. RU set a school record with 20 wins last season. Rutgers owns a 14-0-1 record in 2010 and has not lost a dual match since being edged at then-No. 24 Pittsburgh, 21-18, on Dec. 12, 2009.

Rutgers captured eight matches from Drexel (11-14), including two technical falls, a major decision and a pin. The Dragons still lead the all-time series by a 11-10 mark.

Prior to the match, four Rutgers seniors - Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J.), Jack Barrett (Metuchen, N.J.), Kellen Bradley (Newton, N.J.) and Matthew Rigoglisio (Wayne, N.J.) - were honored as it was their final home match as a Scarlet Knight.

"For us, the match was perfect," said Rutgers head coach Scott Goodale. "It gave us a chance to get the seniors out there. I was proud of our guys because they took care of their individual matchups to make sure the seniors got in. It was a special night."

During the senior presentation, Barrett got the biggest ovation of the night when he walked to the center of the mat with his family for his senior day picture. The Metuchen, N.J. native won 10 of 16 matches in the fall but was forced to sit out the spring semester due to a medical issue.

"Jack may not know it but he brought this team together," commented Goodale. "He inspired not only our staff but these wrestlers as well. It was great to have him on the bench with us."

Thursday night's battle started at 174 where 28th-ranked redshirt freshman Daniel Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) breezed by Rob Brooks with a 12-3 major decision to give RU the early 4-0 lead. The major decision is Rinaldi's ninth of the season and improves his overall record to 25-7, including a 17-5 mark in dual.

At 184, redshirt freshman Jesse Boyden (Kenilworth, N.J.) increased RU's advantage to 7-0 with a 3-1 victory over Justin Wieller. The win improves Boyden's overall record to 10-12 and 6-8 in dual competition this season.

Brown finished his five-year run at The Barn on a high note with a 3-1 victory over Shawn Fausey. Brown owns a 21-6 record this season and has claimed a victory in 14 of 19 dual battles.

10th-ranked heavyweight Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.) got the night off as Drexel's Kyle Frey was forced to forfeit due to injury. The forfeit ballooned Rutgers lead to 16-0.

21st-ranked and 125-pound Joseph Langel (Howell, N.J.) refuses to lose in 2010 as he dominated Michael Gomez by a 10-3 technical fall (4:53) to increase his win streak to an outstanding 17 matches.

Drexel finally got on the scoreboard at 133 to trim Rutgers' lead to 21-3.
24th-ranked 141-pounder Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) earned his fifth pin fall victory of the season by taking down Shane Fenningham with a 2:37 time. The pin puts Melde's record in 2010 at 24-6 overall and 18-3 in dual.

Bradley exited College Ave Gym a winner by claiming a 4-2 decision over Brett McCurdy to increases RU's lead to 30-3.

23rd-ranked 157-pounder Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.) increased his winning streak to 10 matches by overpowering Charles Aungst with an 18-2 technical fall (5:00). The RU newcomer has won 23 of his 30 matches this season, including 11 of his 12 dual contests.

Drexel picked up a decision in the last match at 165 to put the final score as a Rutgers 35-6 victory. Rutgers will close out the regular season at No. 7 Lehigh on Saturday at 1 p.m.



Rutgers 35, Drexel 6

Weight Match Team Score

174 #28 Daniel Rinaldi (Rutgers) major. dec. Rob Brooks (Drexel) 12-3 4-0

184 Jesse Boyden (Rutgers) dec. Justin Wieller (Drexel) 3-1 (OT) 7-0     

197 #20 Lamar Brown (Rutgers) dec. Shawn Fausey (Drexel) 3-1 10-0   

285 #10 Dominick Russo (Rutgers) WBFF 16-0   

125 #21 Joseph Langel III (Rutgers) tech. fall Michael Gomez (Drexel) 19-3 (4:53) 21-0   

133 #13 Steve Mytych (Drexel) dec. #20 Bill Ashnault (Rutgers) 6-3 21-3   

141 #24 Trevor Melde (Rutgers) pins Shane Fenningham (Drexel) 2:37 27-3   

149 Kellen Bradley (Rutgers) dec. Brett McCurdy (Drexel) 4-2 30-3   

157 Daryl Cocozzo (Rutgers) tech. fall Charles Aungst (Drexel) 18-2 (5:00) 35-3   

165 Alex Rinaldi (Drexel) dec. Matthew Rigoglioso (Rutgers) 11-9 (OT) 35-6 
No. 23 Rutgers Increases Unbeaten Streak to 14 with 26-12 Win at American

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 14, 2010) - The No. 23 Rutgers wrestling team increased its unbeaten streak to a school-record 14 matches Saturday night by knocking off EIWA foe American with a 26-12 score at Bender Arena.

The Scarlet Knights (18-4-1) earned seven victories against the Eagles (7-6). Rutgers owns a 13-0-1 record in 2010 and hasn't lost a dual match since being edged at then-No. 24 Pittsburgh, 21-18, on Dec. 12, 2009.

Rutgers head coach Scott Goodale says the streak hasn't added any pressure to his No. 23 squad.

"It's not about the streak but we have built up expectations now where people expect us to win and wrestle well every time out and that is hard to do," said Goodale. "We are preparing for the EIWA championships right now. We have a huge week with Drexel and Lehigh coming up."

21st-ranked 125-pound Joesph Langel (Howell, N.J.) got the Scarlet Knights started in a big way by earning arguably his biggest win of the season by outlasting 16th-ranked Jason Borshoff in three overtimes for an 8-6 decision. The RU redshirt freshman's upset victory pushes his team-best winning streak to 16. Langel has compiled a 24-5 record, including 13-2 in dual.

"It is a huge win for Joey and he has a lot of momentum right now," commented Goodale. "He has been great since January and he set the tone for us tonight."

20th-ranked133-pound Billy Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.) increased RU's lead to 6-0 with a 7-1 victory over Thomas Williams. Ashnault owns a 22-8 record and has won 16 of his 20 dual matches.

At 141, 24th-ranked Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) took down Jordan Lipp by a 3-1 decision to pad RU's advantage to 9-0. The RU sophomore has claimed 10 of his last 12 bouts, owns a 23-6 record this season and has won 17 of his 20 dual contests.

American got on the scoreboard with a decision at 149 and 23rd-ranked Daryl Cocozzo (River, Edge, N.J.) won by forfeit at 157 to put The Scarlet Knights lead at 15-3.

Rutgers picked up back-to-back major decisions from165-pound Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.) and 28th-ranked 174-pound Daniel Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) to balloon its lead to 23-4 and seal the victory.

The Eagles posted a pin at 184 and a decision at 197 to trim RU's advantage to 23-12 before 10th-ranked heavyweight Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.) ended Saturday night's EIWA bout with a 6-0 victory over Mingo Grant. The RU heavyweight has won 19 of his 20 dual matches and leads the Scarlet Knights with 27 victories.

Rutgers will host its final home match next Thursday when it welcomes Drexel at College Ave Gym for a 6 p.m. contest.

Rutgers 26, American 12
Weight Match Team Score
125 #21 Joseph Langel (Rutgers) dec. #16 Jason Borshoff (American) 8-6 (3OT) 3-0
133 #20 Billy Ashnault (Rutgers) dec. Thomas Williams (American) 7-1 6-0
141 #24 Trevor Melde (Rutgers) dec. Jordan Lipp (American) 3-1 9-0
149 #10 Kyle Borshoff (American) dec. #33 David Greenwald (Rutgers) 8-2 9-4
157 #23 Daryl Cocozzo (Rutgers) WBFF 15-4
165 Greg Zannetti (Rutgers) major dec. Tanner Shaffer (American) 12-4 19-4
174 #28 Daniel Rinaldi (Rutgers) major dec. Phillip Barreiro (American) 15-2 23-4
184  #3 Mike Cannon (American) pins Jesse Boyden (Rutgers) 1:07 23-9
197 Daniel Mitchell (American) dec. #20 Lamar Brown (Rutgers) 7-4 23-12
285 #10 Dominick Russo (Rutgers) dec. Mingo Grant (American) 6-0 26-12

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No. 23 Rutgers Wrestling Dominates Liberty to Push Unbeaten Streak to 13

LYNCHBURG, Va. (Feb. 12, 2010) - The No. 23 Rutgers wrestling team pushed its unbeaten streak to a school-record 13 matches by cruising past Liberty, 39-3, Friday night at the Vines Center.

The Scarlet Knights (17-4-1) claimed nine matches from the Flames (9-9), including three pins and three major decisions.

Rutgers owns a 12-0-1 record in 2010 and hasn't lost a dual match since being edged at then-No. 24 Pittsburgh, 21-18, on Dec. 12, 2009.

"It was good to get back on the mat and compete," said Rutgers head coach Scott Goodale. "I was worried with the long bus ride down here that we might be a little flat but that wasn't the case. (Joseph) Langel started us off well at 125 and it continued. We wrestled hard and we wrestled well."

21st-ranked 125-pound Langel extended his team-best winning streak to 15 matches by cruising past Jonathan Childress with a 9-1 score to start Friday's match. Langel owns a 24-5 record, including 12-2 in dual, and has earned a RU-best nine major decisions this season.

20th-ranked133-pound Billy Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.) claimed his 11th pin of the season dropping Joe Pantaleo in 4:20. Ashnault owns a 21-8 record, including a 15-4 mark in dual action this season.

Rutgers pushed its lead to a 13-0 mark at 141 when 24th-ranked Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) edged Scott Clymer with a 10-8 decision. The RU sophomore has won nine of his last 11 bouts and owns a 22-6 record this season, including a 16-3 mark in dual contests.

The only match between ranked competitors ended up being the quickest as 33rd-ranked 149-pound David Greenwald (Union, N.J.) dropped 25th-ranked Frank Gayeski with a minute pin. With the quick pin, Greenwald improves his record to 17-8 and 10-6 in dual competition. The Union, N.J. native owns 10 pin victories this season.

"Greenwald's pin was huge for us," commented Goodale. "That is what we are looking for right now are those individual matches where our guys can push themselves in the rankings. To beat a guy ranked ahead of him like that was big."

157-pound Daryl Cocozzo (River, Edge, N.J.), who earned his first NCAA Coaches Panel Ranking earlier in the day at No. 23, continues to own his dual competitors as he claimed a 9-1 major decision against Shaun Smith to push RU's lead to a commanding 23-0 score. The RU newcomer owns a 21-7 record this season and has won nine of his 10 dual bouts.

Rutgers picked up its third pin of the night at 165 when Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.) planted Joseph Bayer with his fastest pin of the season at 4:01. The pin is only Zannetti's third of the season and improves his record to 18-9 and 14-5 in dual matches.

28th-ranked174-pound Daniel Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) fought back from a 5-0 deficit to edge Brad Clark by a 7-6 mark for his 23rd win of the season.

Rutgers' one slip up of the night came in the 184 match where Jesse Boyden fell to Nick Knowles by a 9-5 score.

20th-ranked197-pound Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J.) claimed his sixth straight victory with a 3-2 decision over Brandon Johnson. The redshirt senior owns a 20-5 overall mark and has won 13 of his 17 dual battles this season.

10th-ranked heavyweight Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.) capped off the dominating Rutgers victory with his 12th-straight win by claiming an 8-0 major decision over Joshua Pelletier. The RU heavyweight has won 18 of his 19 dual matches and leads the team with 26 victories.

Rutgers will be back in action Saturday night when the squad travels to EIWA foe American for a 7:30 p.m. contest.

Weight Match Team Score

125 #21 Joseph Langel (Rutgers) major dec. Jonathan Childress (Liberty) 9-1 4-0

133 #20 Billy Ashnault (Rutgers) pins Joe Pantaleo (Liberty) 4:20 10-0

141 #24 Trevor Melde (Rutgers) dec. Scott Clymer (Liberty) 10-8 13-0   

149 #33 David Greenwald (Rutgers) pins #25 Frank Gayeski (Liberty) 1:00 19-0    

157 #23 Daryl Cocozzo (Rutgers) major dec. Shaun Smith (Liberty) 9-1 23-0

165 Greg Zannetti (Rutgers) pins Joseph Bayer (Liberty) 4:01 29-0

174 #28 Daniel Rinaldi (Rutgers) dec. Brad Clark (Liberty) 7-6 32-0

184 Nick Knowles (Liberty) dec. Jesse Boyden (Rutgers) 9-5 32-3

197 #20 Lamar Brown (Rutgers) dec. Jacobi Johnson (Liberty) 3-2 35-3

285 #10 Dominick Russo (Rutgers) major dec. Joshua Pelletier (Liberty) 8-0 39-3

# - NCAA Coaches Panel Rankings
No. 23 Rutgers Features Eight Wrestlers in Second NCAA Coaches Panel Rankings, First RPI

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Feb. 4, 2010) - The No. 23 Rutgers wrestling team features eight student-athletes in the second of three NCAA Coaches Panel Rankings and the first Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) for the 2009-10 season, the organization announced Friday.

The RU wrestlers that were listed in the rankings and RPI were 125-pound Joseph Langel (Howell, N.J.), 133-pound Billy Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.), 141-pound Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.), 149-pound David Greenwald (Union, N.J.), 157-pound Daryl Cocozzo (River, Edge, N.J.), 174-pound Daniel Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.), 197-pound Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J.) and heavyweight Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.).

Langel earned a No. 21 ranking and No. 17 in the RPI. The redshirt freshman is on a team-best 14-match win streak and hasn't faltered since falling to Pittsburgh's Anthony Zanetta on Dec. 12, 2009.

Ashnault is listed as the 21st best 133-pounder and listed at No. 17 in the RPI. The first-year Scarlet Knight owns a 21-8 record, including a 15-4 mark in dual action. Ashanult is second on the team in pins (10) and dual points (72).

Melde appeared at No. 24 in the rankings and at No. 23 in the RPI. The RU sophomore has won eight of his last ten bouts and owns a 21-6 overall record and a 15-3 mark in dual competition.

Greenwald's 16-8 record has positioned him at No. 33 in the rankings and No. 17 in the RPI. Greenwald is 9-6 in dual competition.

Cocozzo earned a No. 23 ranking and No. 16 RPI. He has won eight of his nine dual matches this season, with his only loss coming against No. 1 J.P. O'Connor of Harvard.

Rinaldi is positioned at No. 28 in the rankings and No. 27 RPI. The redshirt freshman owns a 22-7 overall record and has won 15 of his last 18 battles.

Brown's five-match win streak pushed him to No. 20 in the rankings and No. 30 in the RPI. The redshirt senior owns a 19-5 record this season, including a 12-4 mark in dual matches.

Russo earned the highest ranking and RPI at No. 10 and No. 11, respectively. The heavyweight leads Rutgers with 25 victories, against only four losses, and has won 18 of his 19 dual bouts.
Russo is currently on an 11-match win streak and leads the EIWA in pins with 15.

The final rankings and RPI will be two of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by Division I winning percentage, RPI and coaches' rankings to earn spots for the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

Rutgers wrestles at Liberty Friday night. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.

Scarlet Knights Listed in NCAA Second Wrestling Coaches' Panel Rankings and First RPI
Weight Ranking RPI Wrestler
125 21 17 Joseph Langel
133 20 15 Billy Ashnault
141 24 23 Trevor Melde
149 33 17 David Greenwald
157 23 16 Daryl Cocozzo
174 28 27 Daniel Rinaldi
197 20 30 Lamar Brown
285 10 11 Dominick Russo
No. 23 Rutgers Wrestling Match Against No. 7 Lehigh Rescheduled for Feb. 20

Feb. 20 match against Bloomsburg Cancelled

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Feb. 11, 2010) - The No. 23 Rutgers wrestling team will face No. 7 Lehigh next Saturday, Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. in the Stabler Arena, Rutgers head coach Scott Goodale announced Thursday. The match was originally scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6, but was cancelled due to heavy snow that prevented the team from traveling.

RU's home match against Bloomsburg on Feb. 20 has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. With the Bloomberg match cancelled, it leaves Thursday, Feb. 18's match against Drexel as the final home match and will serve as senior day for the Scarlet Knights.

Ticketholders for the Feb. 6 Lehigh dual can still use those tickets for the match on February 20. Additionally, tickets to the Lehigh-Rutgers match are available and can be purchased by calling 610-7LU-GAME or by visiting the Lehigh ticket office.

Rutgers Wrestling Remaining 2010 Schedule
February 12 at Liberty 7 p.m.
February 13 at American 7:30 p.m.
February 18 Drexel 6 p.m. 
February 20 at Lehigh 1 p.m.
March 5-6 EIWA's (Bethlehem, Pa.) All Day
March 18-20 NCAA's (Omaha, Neb.) All Day
Rutgers Wrestling Earns Highest Ranking in School History

RU awarded first team ranking since 1992

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Feb. 2, 2010) - The Rutgers wrestling team's school record 12-match unbeaten streak has propelled the squad to No. 23 in the NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll, the highest in school history, the organization announced Monday.

The ranking is the first for the Scarlet Knights since being listed at No. 25 the week of Nov. 23-29, 1992 following a opening season quad-meet that featured RU defeating 13th-ranked Edinboro, 21-14, and 18th-ranked California (Pa.) University by a 26-12 score.

After receiving votes in the poll all year, the Scarlet Knights (16-4-1) earned the No. 23 spot following a dominating weekend with a 25-12 victory over then-No.23 Virginia on Friday and a 23-10 win against Navy on Saturday.

Rutgers owns an 11-0-1 record in 2010 and hasn't lost a dual match since being edged at then-No. 24 Pittsburgh, 21-18, on Dec. 12, 2009.

Six Scarlet Knights are listed in the latest NCAA Division I Wrestling Coaches Panel Rankings with 125-pound Joseph Langel (No. 26), 133-pound Billy Ashnault (No. 16), 141-pound Trevor Melde (No. 22), 174-pound Daniel Rinaldi (No. 28), 197-pound Lamar Brown (No. 26) and heavyweight Dominick Russo (No. 9).

The individual rankings will only be released two more times prior to the NCAA Tournament.

Brown, Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.) and Russo were listed in the latest InterMat Individual Rankings. Russo earned his highest listing in the publication at No. 8 and Brown and Cocozzo appeared at No. 17 and No. 20, respectively.

Russo leads Rutgers with 25 victories, against only four losses, and has won 18 of his 19 dual bouts. The RU heavyweight is currently on a 11-match win streak and leads the EIWA in pins with 15. Russo picked up one of the biggest wins of his career last Saturday by outlasting No. 6 Scott Steele of Navy by a 7- 6 score.

Brown has won five straight bouts, including a match-clinching victory over 17th-ranked Brent Jones of No. 23 Virginia last Friday night. The redshirt senior owns a 19-5 record this season, including a 12-4 mark in dual matches.

Cocozzo has been a sure bet for RU in his first year at Rutgers, as he has won eight of his nine dual matches this season, with his only loss coming against No. 1 J.P. O'Connor of Harvard.

Langel is on a team-best 14-match win streak and hasn't faltered since falling to Pittsburgh's Anthony Zanetta on Dec. 12, 2009.

Melde has won eight of his last ten bouts and owns a 21-6 overall record and a 15-3 mark in dual competition. The sophomore rebounded from a frustrating loss Friday night by dominating Navy's Matt Pagan with an 18-2 (6:36) technical fall on Saturday night.

Rinaldi owns a 22-7 overall record and has won 15 of his last 18 battles. Last Saturday against Navy, the 174-pound redshirt freshman put Rutgers on the board first with a 3-0 decision against Mike Billings.

Rutgers will have a tough task for its first opponent as a ranked squad as the Scarlet Knights travel to Bethlehem, Pa. to face EIWA foe and seventh-ranked Lehigh on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Rutgers Wrestling Knocks Off No. 23 Virginia, 25-12, in the RAC

Dramatic Victory Pushes RU's unbeaten streak to 11

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Jan. 29, 2010) - The Rutgers wrestling team pushed its unbeaten streak to 11 by knocking off No. 23 Virginia, 25-12, in dramatic fashion Friday night in front of 1,655 fans at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.

The Scarlet Knights (15-4-1) claimed seven wins against the Cavaliers (13-5). The victory improves RU's all-time record over VU to a 3-2 advantage.

The 11-match unbeaten streak is the longest for RU since it went the same distance in the 1992-93 season from late November to late January.

"Great win for this school and our program," said Rutgers head coach Scott Goodale. "Wins like this, and this environment is what I envisioned when I came here. It was exciting. The fans were great and the atmosphere is what college wrestling is all about."  

26th-ranked Joseph Langel (Howell, N.J.) opened Friday's contest by pushing his winning to 13 by claiming an 8-4 decision over 22nd-ranked Ross Gitomer. The redshirt freshman owns a 22-5 record, including a 10-2 mark in dual action.

No. 16 Billy Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.) extended Rutgers lead to 6-0 by defeating Matt Snyder by a 6-4 decision. The RU newcomer now owns a 20-8 record, including a 14-4 record in dual competition.

The Cavaliers got on the scoreboard at 141 when 27th-ranked Derek Valenti picked up a 6:39 pin fall over 22nd-ranked Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) to knot the score at 6-6. Melde was leading 6-4 before the pin. The loss snapped an eight match winning streak for the RU sophomore.

At 149, redshirt junior David Greenwald (Union, N.J.) regained the lead for the Scarlet Knights by earning a 10-1 major decision over David Ebbott. The major decision is only the second of the season for Greenwald.

157-pounder Daryl Cocozzo (Malvern, Pa.) continues to dominate in dual action, as he put the crowd on their feet heading into intermission by dropping Dan Gonsor with a 4:39 pin fall to give RU a 16-6 advantage at the midway point.

Following the intermission, sophomore Gregory Zannetti (Edison, N.J.) continued the RU momentum by claiming a 2-0 victory over Pat Riley to balloon the squad's lead to 19-6.

No. 28 Daniel Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) held his own against fourth-ranked Chris Henrich in the 174 match, but Henrich won by a 7-1 decision to trim RU's lead to 19-12.

The biggest match of the night came at 197 when 18th-ranked redshirt senior Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J.) went up against 17th-ranked redshirt senior Brent Jones. The two fifth-year warriors battled back and forth and the match went to four overtimes before Brown captured the 14-8 record to seal the victory for RU.

Redshirt junior and 10th-ranked Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.) capped off the exciting victory with a 7-3 decision over Jack Danilkkowicz to give Rutgers the 25-12 victory. Russo leads Rutgers with 24 wins.

Rutgers will have little time to celebrate as the team is back on the mat Saturday night when it returns to College Ave Gym to host Navy for a 6 p.m. match.

Rutgers 25, #23 Virginia 12  

Weight Team Score

125      #26 Joseph Langel (RU) dec. #22 Ross Gitomer (VU), 8-4 3-0

133      #16 Billy Ashnault (RU) dec. Matt Snyder (VU) 6-4                        6-0      

141 #27 Derek Valenti (VU) pins #22 Trevor Melde (RU) 6:39 6-6      

149      David Greenwald (RU) major. dec. David Ebbott (VU) 10-1 10-6                

157      Daryl Cocozzo (RU) pins Dan Gonsor (VU) 4:39 16-6    

165      Gregory Zannetti (RU) dec. Pat Riley (VU) 2-0 19-6    

174      #4 Chris Henrich (VU) dec. #28 Daniel Rinaldi (RU) 7-1 19-9                            

184      #20 Mike Salopek (VU) dec. Daniel Seidenberg (RU) 6-3 19-12            

197      #18 Lamar Brown (RU) dec. #17 Brent Jones (VU) 14-8 (4ot) 22-12              

285      #10 Dominick Russo (RU) dec. Jack Danilkowicz (VU) 7-3 25-12  

# - NCAA Wrestling Coaches Panel Rankings
SAAC to Accept Haiti Relief Donations at Rutgers-Virginia Wrestling Match

Donations will go to AmeriCares for earthquake-stricken country

PISCATAWAY, NJ. (Jan. 29, 2010) - Members of Rutgers' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be accepting donations tonight at the RU wrestling match against No. 23 Virginia in the Louis Brown Athletic Center to go to AmeriCares to support the Haiti earthquake relief efforts. The match is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Reserved tickets for Friday night's match are $10, while general admission seats are $7 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens.

Haiti was struck by a series of earthquakes on Jan. 12 and SAAC is raising funds to donate to AmeriCares to help those affected by the disaster. SAAC members will be stationed on the RAC's concourse to accept donations.

AmeriCares is a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization which provides immediate response to emergency medical needs - and supports long-term humanitarian assistance programs - for all people around the world, irrespective of race, creed or political persuasion. To date, over $11 million worth of AmeriCares medical aid has been delivered to help Haitian earthquake survivors.

SAAC is a committee made up of student-athletes from Rutgers' 24 intercollegiate teams and acts as a liaison between student-athletes and the athletics administration. The SAAC offers input on the student-athlete experience, as well as rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses, and participates in community outreach projects throughout the year.
Rutgers Wrestling Looks to "Pack the RAC" by Hosting No. 23 Virginia Friday Night

The Scarlet Knights hold a 10-match unbeaten streak

PISCATAWAY, NJ. (Jan. 27, 2010) - The Rutgers wrestling team looks to "Pack the RAC" and extend its 10-match unbeaten streak Friday night when it hosts No. 23 Virginia at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.

Friday night's match will be streamed live through Knightvision Broadband on www.scarletknights.com. Danny Breslauer will give the play by play and redshirt junior heavyweight Sean DeDeyn (Bayville, N.J.) will provide color.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the Rutgers marketing department will hand out shirts to the first 100 fans that arrive.

The Scarlet Knights (14-4-1) are coming off a 20-15 victory at East Stroudsburg last Monday night. RU's 10-match unbeaten streak is the longest streak since the 1992-93 season when the Scarlet Knights went 11 straight matches from late November to late January without a defeat.

Virginia (13-4) fell to No. 14 Virginia Tech by a 19-16 score in its last contest this past Saturday. The Cavaliers won four straight matches prior to the loss to the Hookies.

Rutgers and Virginia are tied 2-2 in the all-time series. Last season, the Scarlet Knights won at Virginia by a 28-15 score.

In last season's match at the RAC, Rutgers defeated Rider 18-6 in front of 4,067 fans.

"This is a great opportunity this weekend as we face Virginia on Friday and Navy on Saturday," said Rutgers head coach Scott Goodale. "With back-to-back matches, it simulates a postseason tournament feel. We have to weigh in, compete and do it all over again the next day. It should be an exciting weekend of wrestling."

Six Scarlet Knights and Five Cavaliers were listed in the first NCAA Division I Wrestling Coaches Panel Rankings released last week. For Rutgers, 125-pound Joseph Langel (No. 26), 133-pound Billy Ashnault (No. 16), 141-pound Trevor Melde (No. 22), 174-pound Daniel Rinaldi (No. 28), 197-pound Lamar Brown (No. 26) and heavyweight Dominick Russo (No. 9) were recognized.

Virginia represents 125-pound Ross Gitomer (No. 22), 141-pound Derek Valenti (No. 27), 174-pound Christopher Henrich (No. 4), 184-pound Michael Salopek (No. 20) and 197-pound Brent Jones (No. 17) in the coaches rankings.

Rutgers will return to the mat the next day when it hosts Navy at the College Ave Gym this Saturday at 6 p.m.
Rutgers Wrestling Pushes Unbeaten Streak to 10 at East Stroudsburg

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. (Jan. 25, 2010) - The Rutgers wrestling team remains undefeated in 2010 as it knocked off  East Stroudsburg, 20-15, Monday night at the Koehler Fieldhouse.

The Scarlet Knights (14-4-1) have gone 10 straight matches without a loss, the longest streak since the 1992-93 season when the Scarlet Knights went 11 straight matches from late November to late January without a defeat.

RU won five matches against East Stroudsburg (7-6) despite resting six starters. The win improves the Scarlet Knights all-time record over the Warriors to 18-11-1. Rutgers head coach Scott Goodale is a perfect 3-0 against East Stroudsburg.

"We gave some guys an opportunity to wrestle tonight," said Goodale. "Some guys took advantage of it and now we have to focus on a big match against Virginia."

Redshirt freshmen Joseph Langel (Howell, N.J.) and Daniel Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) earned major decisions. Redshirt senior Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J), freshman Cullen Isenberg (Stewartsville, N.J.) and sophomore Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) also claimed victories.

Langel improved his team-best win streak to 12 by picking up a 14-4 major decision against David Luthy. The victory improves Langel's record to 21-5 and 9-2 in dual play.

Rinaldi defeated Devon Passman by a 12-4 major decision to improve to 21-6 and 13-4 in dual action.

Melde is now on an eight-match win streak after taking down Adam Hluschak by a 9-5 decision. Melde owns a 20-5 overall record and 14-2 mark in dual competition this season.

Brown picked up his 10th dual win by earning a 6-3 decision over Ed Ebewo.

Isenberg won only his second dual match of the season by a medical forfeit.

Rutgers returns home for its next match when it looks to "Pack the RAC" this Friday when it hosts No. 23 Virginia at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. The contest is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Rutgers 20, East Stroudsburg 15

Weight                                                                                       Team Score

125: Joe Langel (RU) major dec. David Luthy (ES) 14-4 4-0     

133: Cullen Isenberg (RU) med. forfeit Andrew Arnold (ES) 10-0

141: Trevor Melde (RU) dec. Adam Hluschak (ES) 9-5 13-0

149: Eddie Stephenson (ES) dec. Kellen Bradley (RU) 3-2 13-3

157: Thad Frick (ES) dec. Braden Turner (RU) 6-3 13-6

165: Jeff Jacobs (ES) dec. Matt Rigoglioso (RU) 6-0 13-9 

174: Dan Rinaldi (RU) major dec. Devon Passman (ES) 12-4 17-9                                       

184: Shane Mallory (ES) dec. Jesse Boyden (RU) 5-1 17-12                         

197: Lamar Brown (RU) dec. Ed Ebewo (ES) 6-3 20-12

HWT: Will Weaver (ES) dec. Sean DeDeyn (RU) 6-3 20-15  
Rutgers Wrestling Extends Unbeaten Streak to Nine with 23-9 Win at Rider

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (Jan. 22, 2010) - The Rutgers wrestling team extended its unbeaten streak to nine Friday night by defeating in-state rival Rider, 23-9, at Rider's Alumni Gymnasium.

The Scarlet Knights (13-4-1) won seven matches against the Broncs (7-7). Rider still leads the all-time series by a 12-4 advantage but Rutgers has won the previous two.

The nine-match unbeaten streak is the longest for Rutgers since the 1992-93 season when the Scarlet Knights went 11 straight matches from late November to late January without a defeat.

Redshirt freshman Joseph Langel (Howell, N.J.) and sophomore Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) each picked up a major decision. Redshirt senior Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J.) redshirt junior Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.), redshirt junior Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.), freshman Daniel Seidenberg (Red Bank, N.J.) and sophomore Gregory Zannetti (Edison, N.J.) also picked up victories.

Langel extended his win streak to 11 and improved his record to 20-5 on the season by blanking Ilyass Elmsaouri by an 8-0 score.

Melde improved his win streak to seven by defeating Aaron Nestor by a 10-1 score. The victory puts Melde's record at 19-5.

Brown claimed a 5-2 decision over Tyler Smith for his 16th victory of the season.

Cocozzo sealed Rutgers victory my earning a 5-3 decision over Zac Ciula. Cocozzo is 6-1 in dual action this season.

No. 9 Russo picked up an impressive victory by knocking off No. 19 Ed Bordas with a 4-0 decision. Russo owns a team-best 23 victories.

Seidenberg edged Mike Ward by a 3-2 score. The RU rookie's record is 13-11 this season.

Zannetti took out Rob Morrison with a 7-5 decision. Zannetti owns a 16-8 record this season.

Redshirt freshman Daniel Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) saw his 14-match win streak come to an end when he fell to Jim Resnick by a 5-2 decision. The last time Rinaldi lost a match was on Nov. 27 when he fell to then-No. 10 Shane Riccio of Bucknell by a 6-2 decision. The loss drops Rinaldi's record to 20-6.


Rutgers 23, Rider 9

Weight Team Score

165: Greg Zannetti (RU) dec. Rob Morrison (Rider) 7-5 3-0

174: Jim Resnick (Rider) dec. Dan Rinaldi (RU) 5-2 3-3

184: Daniel Seidenberg (RU) dec. Mike Ward (Rider) 3-2 6-3                             

197: Lamar Brown (RU) dec. Tyler Smith (Rider) 5-2 9-3     

HWT: No. 9 Dominick Russo (RU) dec. No. 19 Ed Bordas (Rider) 4-0 12-3     

125: Joe Langel (RU) major dec. Ilyass Elmsaouri (Rider) 8-0 16-3   

133: Jimmy Kirchner (Rider) dec. No. 20 Bill Ashnault (RU) 9-6 16-6

141: Trevor Melde (RU) major dec. Aaron Nestor (Rider) 10-1 20-6

149: Michael Kessler (Rider) dec.Dave Greenwald (RU) 3-0 20-9

157: Daryl Cocozzo (RU) dec. Zac Ciula (Rider) 5-3 23-9
Rutgers Ashnault, Russo Remain in Latest in InterMat Rankings

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Jan. 20, 2010) - Redshirt junior Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.) and junior Billy Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.) remained in the latest InterMat individual rankings, the Web site announced Wednesday.

Heavyweight Russo held his No. 9 ranking and Ashnault is listed at No. 20 in the 133-pound class.

Four other Scarlet Knights were recognized in the national rankings - sophomore Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.), redshirt freshman Joseph Langel (Howell, N.J.) redshirt senior Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J.) and redshirt freshman Daniel Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.)
Last weekend, Rutgers (12-4-1) extended its unbeaten streak to eight matches, as it defeated Eastern Michigan (30-9), tied Michigan State (16-16) and knocked off Findlay (34-9) Saturday afternoon at the inaugural Spartan Duals.

Along with InterMat, four other publications list Russo as the ninth best heavyweight in the country with Win-Magazine, WrestlingReport.com, Amateur Wrestling News and D1CollegeWrestling.net.

Russo leads the team, and ranks seventh in the EIWA, with 22 wins. The heavyweight has claimed a conference-best 15 pins, which ranks sixth in the country. At the Spartan Duals, Russo won all three of his matches and has won eight straight matches with four of those victories coming by pin fall.

Ashnault is listed as high as No. 18 by WrestlingReport.com and D1CollegeWrestling.net, while Win-Magazine and Amateur Wrestling News post him at No. 19.

Ashnault owns a 19-7 record this season with 11 of his victories coming by pin. The RU newcomer's 11 pins ranks third in the conference.

Melde has won six straight matches and has compiled an 18-5 record this season. Both WrestlingReport.com and Amateur Wrestling News listed Melde as the 20th best 141-pound wrestler and D1CollegeWrestling.net position him at No. 23.

WrestlingReport.com named Langel the 27th best 125-pound wrestler in the nation. He has won 10 straight matches and has tallied a 19-5 mark this season. Langel has earned six major decisions this season, which ranks tied for sixth in the EIWA.

Brown was recognized by D1CollegeWrestling.net (No. 24) and WrestlingReport.com (No. 26). The redshirt senior owns a 15-5 record this season.

Rinaldi entered the national rankings at No. 30 by WrestlingReport.com after winning 14 straight matches. The redshirt freshman is second in the team in wins with a 20-5 record and is tied for sixth in the conference with six major decisions.

Rutgers next contest will be in New Jersey, when it travels to in-state rival Rider this Friday, Jan. 22 for an 8 p.m. match.

Rutgers Wrestling 2009-10 National Rankings
(As of Jan. 20)

Joseph Langel - 125 Pounds
Rank               Publication    
27 WrestlingReport.com

Billy Ashnault - 133 Pounds
Rank Publication
20 InterMat
19 Win-Magazine
18 WrestlingReport.com
19 Amateur Wrestling News
18 D1CollegeWrestling.net

Trevor Melde - 141 Pounds
Rank Publication
20 WrestlingReport.com
20 Amateur Wrestling News
23 D1CollegeWrestling.net

Daniel Rinaldi - 174 Points
30 WrestlingReport.com

Lamar Brown - 197 Pounds
Rank Publication
26 WrestlingReport.com
24 D1CollegeWrestling.net

Dominick Russo - Heavyweight
Rank Publication
9 InterMat
9 Win-Magazine
9 WrestlingReport.com
9 Amateur Wrestling News
9 D1CollegeWrestling.net
The Rutgers Wrestling Captures Two Victories at Spartan Duals

EAST LANSING, Mich. (Jan. 16, 2010) - The Rutgers wrestling team extended its unbeaten streak to eight matches as it defeated Eastern Michigan (30-9), tied Michigan State (16-16) and knocked off Findlay (34-9) Saturday afternoon at the inaugural Spartan Duals in the Jenison Field House.

The Scarlet Knights (12-4-1) claimed 21 of the 30 individual matches, including three pin falls and three major decisions. The eight-match unbeaten streak is the longest for Rutgers since it went the same amount of matches without a loss in late December-early January of the 2000-01 season.

Redshirt junior Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.), redshirt freshman Joey Langel (Howell, N.J.), sophomore Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) and redshirt junior Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.) all went 3-0 on the day.

"We had a good day but not a great day and we leave here with a bitter taste in our mouth because of the Michigan State match," said Rutgers head coach Scott Goodale. "We had a great opportunity but got upset at 197. We had other matches that could have gone better for us so it is disappointing."

Russo knocked off Eastern Michigan's David Wade in his first match by a 5-1 decision.

With Rutgers trailing 16-13 against Michigan State, Russo kept Rutgers' unbeaten streak alive by defeating Alan O'Donnel by a 6-3 score to give Rutgers the 16-16 tie. Russo claimed his 15th pin of the season against Findlay by taking down Matt Clum in a 2:14 time span. The heavyweight has won eight straight matches with four of those victories coming by pin fall.

For the second straight event, Langel gave Rutgers a strong start by claiming convincing victories at 125 in all three matches. Langel picked up a 7-5 decision against Eastern Michigan's Chris Jenkins. Langel blanked Michigan State's Brennan Lyon by a 12-0 score in his next match. The redshirt freshman capped off his outstanding day with a technical fall victory over Findlay's Nick Weisjahn. Langel is currently on a 10-match winning streak.

"Langel has a little less pressure taken off him with the arrival of (Vincet) Dellafave this year and he is on fire right now," said Goodale. "He is wrestling great right now and is getting us off to great starts and that is important."

Melde extended his winning streak to six with a 7-5 decision over Eastern Michigan's Chris Jenkins, a 10-4 victory over Michigan State's Dan Osterman and a 17-3 major decision against Findlay's Joshua Falk.

Cocozzo claimed three decisions on the day to improve his win streak to five and his dual record to 6-1.

Rutgers next contest will be in New Jersey when it travels to in-state rival Rider on Jan. 22 for an 8 p.m. match.

Rutgers 30, Eastern Michigan 9

Weight Team Score

125: Joe Langel (RU) dec. Chris Jenkins (EM) 7-5 3-0

133: Sean Clair (EM) pins No. 17 Bill Ashnault (RU) 3:56 6-3

141: Trevor Melde (RU) pins Corey Phillips (EM) 4:34 9-6

149: Dave Greenwald (RU) dec. David Pienaar (EM) 14-11 12-6

157: Daryl Cocozzo (RU) dec. Aaron Sulzer (EM) 5-0 15-6

165: Greg Zannetti (RU) pins Justin Brandel (EM) 4:50 21-6

174: Dan Rinaldi (RU) dec. Nick Hendrick (EM) 3-2 24-6

184: Phil Joseph (EM) dec. Jesse Boyden (RU) 7-5 24-9

197: No. 19 Lamar Brown (RU) dec. Josh Lewis (EM) 7-3 27-9

HWT: No. 9 DJ Russo (RU) dec. David Wade (EM) 5-1 30-9

Michigan State 16, Rutgers 16

Weight Team Score

125: Joe Langel (RU) maj. dec. Brennan Lyon (MS) 12-0 4-0

133: No. 1 Franklin Gomez (MS) dec. No. 17 Bill Ashnault (RU) 4-1 4-3

141: Trevor Melde (RU) dec. Dan Osterman (MS) 10-4 7-3

149: David Cheza (MS) maj. dec. Dave Greenwald (RU) 15-3 Tied, 7-7

157: Daryl Cocozzo (RU) dec. Anthony Jones, 2-0 10-7

165: Kyle Bounds (MS) dec. Greg Zannetti (RU) 5-2 10-10

174: Dan Rinaldi (RU) dec. Ian Hinton (MS) 7-5 13-10

184: Nick Palmieri (MS) dec. Dan Sedenberg (RU) 3-2 Tied, 13-13

197: Tyler Dickenson (MS) dec. No. 19 Lamar Brown (RU) 2-1 16-13

HWT: No. 9 DJ Russo (RU) dec. Alan O'Donnel (MS) 6-3 Match Ends as Tie, 16-16

Rutgers 34, Findlay 9

Weight Team Score

125: Joe Langel (RU) tech fall Nick Weisjahn (F) 19-4 5-0

133: Cullen Isenberg (RU) maj. dec. Jan Ulinski (FU) 12-1 9-0

141: Trevor Melde (RU) maj. dec. Joshua Falk (F) 17-3 13-0

149: Kellen Brandley (RU) dec. Jeremy Espenoza (F) 5-1 16-0

157: Daryl Cocozzo (RU) dec. Michael Lybarger (F) 5-4 19-0

165: Matt Rigoglioso (RU) dec. Kris Bowser (F) 5-3 22-0

174: Justin Shannon (F) dec. Greg Zanetti (RU) 6-3 22-3

184: Jesse Boyden (RU) WBFF 28-3

197: Dan Stevenson (F)WBFF 28-9

HWT: No. 9 DJ Russo (RU) pins Matt Clum (F) 2:14 34-9
Rutgers Russo Rises, Ashnault and Brown Remain in InterMat Rankings

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Jan. 13, 2010) - Redshirt junior Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.) of the Rutgers wrestling team rose to No. 9 and junior Billy Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.) and redshirt senior Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J.) remained in the InterMat individual rankings, the Web site announced Wednesday.

Ashnault is listed at No. 17 in the 133-pound class and 197-pounder Brown appears at No. 19.

Sophomore Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) and redshirt freshman Joseph Langel (Howell, N.J.) were also listed in national rankings.

Last weekend, Rutgers picked up convincing victories over Army, Boston University, Brown, Harvard and USMMA to improve to 10-4.

Russo and Ashnault are tied with a team-best 19 wins. Russo owns a RU-best 14 pins and Ashnault is right behind him with 10 pins.

Along with InterMat, Russo is listed as the ninth-best heavyweight by three other publications - Win-Magazine, Amateur Wrestling News and D1CollegeWrestling.net. WrestlingReport.com posted Russo at No. 10.

Ashnault is listed as high as No. 15 by D1CollegeWrestling.net and given recognition by three other outlets, with WrestlingReport.com (No. 16), Amateur Wrestling News (No. 20) and Win-Magazine (No. 20).

Brown owns a 14-4 record this season, including a 7-3 dual mark. The fifth-year senior is also ranked by D1CollegeWrestling.net (No. 17) and WrestlingReport.com (No. 22).

Melde has compiled a 15-5 record this season, including a 9-2 mark in dual competition. The Hewitt, N.J. native is listed as high as No. 20 via Amateur Wrestling News. WrestlingReport.com posted Melde at No. 21 and D1CollegeWrestling.net gave him a No. 23 ranking.

Langel had a dominating performance last Sunday as he claimed major decisions in all three of his matches. Langel is 16-5 this season with five major decisions. WrestlingReport.com listed Langel as the 29th-best 125-pounder in the country.

Rutgers will be back in action this Saturday when the squad travels to East Lansing, Mich. for a quad-meet with Michigan State, Findlay and Eastern Michigan.

Rutgers Wrestling 2009-10 National Rankings
(As of Jan. 13)

Joseph Langel - 125 Pounds
Rank               Publication    
29 WrestlingReport.com

Billy Ashnault - 133 Pounds
Rank Publication
17 InterMat
20 Win-Magazine
16 WrestlingReport.com
17 Amateur Wrestling News
15 D1CollegeWrestling.net

Trevor Melde - 141 Pounds
Rank Publication
21 WrestlingReport.com
20 Amateur Wrestling News
23 D1CollegeWrestling.net

Lamar Brown - 197 Pounds
Rank Publication
19 InterMat
22 WrestlingReport.com
17 D1CollegeWrestling.net

Dominick Russo - Heavyweight
Rank Publication
9 InterMat
9 Win-Magazine
10 WrestlingReport.com
9 Amateur Wrestling News
9 D1CollegeWrestling.net
Rutgers Wrestling Completes Weekend Sweep with Three Victories at USMMA

WESTPOINT, N.Y. (Jan. 10, 2010) - The Rutgers wrestling team defeated Boston University, 39-0, USMMA, 39-3, and Army, 28-10,  on Sunday at the Christl Arena in West Point, N.Y. to cap off a 5-0 weekend

RU (10-4) won 26 of 30 matches including five pin falls and five major decisions. Seven Scarlet Knights went 3-0 on the day.

Redshirt freshman Joseph Langel (Howell, N.J.) got the Scarlet Knights off to strong starts by claiming major decisions in all three matches. Langel is 16-5 this season with five major decisions.

Redshirt junior Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.) claimed his fastest pin of the season by taking down USMMA's Judd Connell in 40 seconds. Russo went 3-0 on Sunday to improve his overall record to 19-3 and 12-1 in dual action.

Redshirt junior Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.) dominated his opponents Sunday by picking up three victories, including a major decision and technical fall. The RU newcomer is 4-1 in dual competition with his only loss coming against top-ranked Harvard's J.P. O'Connor.

16th-ranked junior Billy Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.) won all three of his matches, including a pin fall, to improve to 19-5 and 13-1 in dual play.

Sophomore Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) claimed three victories, with his most impressive win coming against USMMA's Garrick Skubon by a 2:33 pin. Melde is 15-5 and 9-2 in dual matches this season.

Redshirt freshman Daniel Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) and sophomore Gregory Zannetti (Edison, N.J.) also went 3-0 on Sunday.

Rutgers will be on the road again for its next competition this Saturday for another quad meet in East Lansing, Mich., where the squad will face Michigan State, Findlay and Eastern Michigan.

Rutgers 39, Boston 0

Weight Team Score   

125: Joseph Langel (RU) major dec. Ryan Dowd (BU) 10-2 4-0

133: #16 Billy Ashnault (RU) dec. Fred Santaite (BU) 2-1 7-0

141: Trevor Melde (RU) dec. Abbie Rush (BU) 7-1 10-0

149: David Greenwald (RU) pinned Matt Morgenstern (BU) 3:25 16-0

157: Daryl Cocozzo (RU) tech. fall Nestor Taffur (BU) 21-6 (4:36) 21-0

165: Greg Zannetti (RU) dec. Kyle Czarnecki (BU) 3-2 24-0

174: Daniel Rinaldi (RU) dec. Hunter Meyers (BU) 2-0 27-0

184: Daniel Seidenberg (RU) dec. Brock Mantella (BU) 3-0 30-0

197: #18 Lamar Brown (RU) dec. Dan Kennedy (BU) 6-4 33-0

285: #10 Dominick Russo (RU) won by forfeit 39-0   

Rutgers 39, United States Merchant Marine Academy 3

Weight Team Score

125: Joseph Langel (RU) major dec. Jordan Alfaro (USMMA) 12-4 4-0

133: #16 Billy Ashnault (RU) won by forfeit 10-0

141: Trevor Melde (RU) pinned Garrick Skubon (USMMA) 2:33 16-0

149: David Greenwald (RU) dec. Martin Bell (USMMA) 8-4 19-0

157: Daryl Cocozzo (RU) major dec. Dan Twito (USMMA) 12-1 23-0

165: Greg Zannetti (RU) dec. Logan Torgison (USSMA) 12-7 26-0

174: Daniel Rinaldi (RU) major dec. Justin Diesel (USSMA) 9-1 30-0

184: Jesse Boyden (RU) dec. Erik Schott (USSMA) 7-3 33-0

197: Eric Vincent (USMMA) dec. Michael Cucinotta (USSMA) 8-6 33-3

285: #10 Dominick Russo (RU) pinned Judd Connell (USSMA):40 39-3

Rutgers 28, Army 10

Weight Team Score

125: Joseph Langel (RU) major dec. Steven West (Army) 8-0 4-0

133: #16 Billy Ashnault (RU) pinned Travis Coffey (Army) 1:33 10-0

141: Trevor Melde (RU) dec. Casey Thome (Army) 10-5 13-0

149: #8 Matt Kyler (Army) major dec. David Greenwald (RU) 16-3 13-4

157: Daryl Cocozzo (RU) dec. Daniel Young (Army) 4-0 16-4

165: Greg Zannetti (RU) dec. Rudy Chelednik (Army) 2-1 19-4               

174: Daniel Rinaldi (RU) dec. Jacob Vetter (Army) 5-1 22-4

184: Collin Wittmeyer (Army) dec. Daniel Seidenberg (RU) 3-2 22-7

197: #17 Richard Starks (Army) dec. #18 Lamar Brown (RU) 3-1 22-10 

285: #10 Dominick Russo (RU) pinned Ryan Cook (Army) :47 28-10 
Rutgers Wrestling Heads to USMMA for Quad Meet

WESTPOINT, N.Y. (Jan. 9, 2010) - The Rutgers wrestling team will hit the road for a quad meet against Army, Boston University and USMMA this Sunday at the Christl Arena in West Point, N.Y.

Tickets are available at the arena for $5 and a video stream of USMMA's matches will be available on <http://www.usmmasports.com>www.usmmasports.com, via the school's subscription-based service ITT KnightVision.

The Scarlet Knights (7-4) will battle the Terriers (0-1-1) at 2 p.m., the Marines (2-4) at 4 p.m. and the Black Knights (1-2) at 6 p.m.

Last season, Rutgers hosted the three schools on Jan. 11 at The Barn where RU went 3-0 by beating Army (20-18) USMMA (39-0) and Boston (44-3).

RU picked up two victories Friday night in its first home event of the season by defeating Brown, 35-8, and Harvard, 46-4, at the College Ave Gymnasium. The Scarlet Knights have won four of their last five contests.

Following Sunday's quad meet, Rutgers will be on the road again for another quad meet in East Lansing, Mich., where the squad will face Michigan State, Findlay and Eastern Michigan.
Three Rutgers Wrestlers Begin 2010 Listed in InterMat National Rankings

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Jan. 5, 2010) - Three Rutgers wrestlers open 2010 listed in the InterMat rankings, the Web site announced Tuesday. Rutgers also continues to receive votes in the NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll.

Junior Billy Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.), redshirt senior Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J.) and redshirt junior Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.) appeared in their respective weight classes of the InterMat Rankings. Russo earned the highest billing at No. 10 followed by Ashnault at No. 16 and Brown at No. 18.

Sophomore Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) and redshirt freshman Joseph Langel (Howell, N.J.) were also listed in national rankings.

Russo and Ashnault each earned five national rankings, are tied with a team-best 14 wins and each placed eighth in their bracket at the 47th Midlands Championships last week.

Along with InterMat, WrestlingReport.com, Amateur Wrestling News and D1CollegeWrestling.net gave Russo a No. 10 ranking. Win-Magazine placed the heavyweight at No. 11.

Ashnault was ranked as high as No. 15 by D1CollegeWrestling.net while earning three additional top-20 rankings by WrestlingReport.com (No. 16), Amateur Wrestling News (No.17) and Win-Magazine (No. 20).

InterMat and D1CollegeWrestling.net both gave Brown No. 18 billing, while Win-Magazine recognized him at No. 20 and WrestlingReport.com posted him at No. 24. Brown owns a 13-3 record and two major decision victories.

WrestlingReport.com and D1CollegWrestling.net ranked Melde at No. 20 and No. 23, respectively. Melde has compiled a 12-5 record this season and reached the quarterfinals of the Midlands Championship before falling to No. 10 Alex Krom of Maryland.

Langel earned a No. 30 ranking from WrestlingReport.com. The redshirt freshman owns a 13-5 record this season.

Rutgers will compete in its first home event this Friday when it hosts Brown and Harvard. RU will battle Harvard at 5 p.m. followed by Brown at 7 p.m.

Rutgers Wrestling 2009-10 National Rankings
(As of Jan. 5)

Team
Rank               Publication    
RV NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll

Joseph Langel - 125 Pounds
Rank               Publication    
30 WrestlingReport.com

Billy Ashnault - 133 Pounds
Rank Publication
16 InterMat
20 Win-Magazine.com
16 WrestlingReport.com
17 Amateur Wrestling News
15 D1CollegeWrestling.net

Trevor Melde - 141 Pounds
Rank Publication
20 WrestlingReport.com
23 D1CollegeWrestling.net

Lamar Brown - 197 Pounds
Rank Publication
18 InterMat
20 Win-Magazine.com
24 WrestlingReport.com
18 D1CollegeWrestling.net

Dominick Russo - Heavyweight
Rank Publication
10 InterMat
11 Win-Magazine.com
10 WrestlingReport.com (EIWA Ranking)
10 Amateur Wrestling News
10 D1CollegeWrestling.net
Rutgers Ashnaut and Russo Each Place Eighth at Midlands Championships

EVANSTON, Ill. (Dec. 30, 2009) — Redshirt junior Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.) and junior Billy Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.) of the Rutgers wrestling team each placed eighth in their respective brackets at the 47th Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill. at the Welsh-Ryan Arena on Wednesday. Rutgers as a team was in 15th place in the latest team rankings with 31 points.

Sophomore 141-pounder Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) also competed on Wednesday.

Eighth-ranked and seventh-seeded Russo, competing in the heavyweight bracket, picked up his third pin of the tournament and 11th of the season by taking down Eric Thompson of No. 2 Iowa State in his first wrestleback match by a 5:52 mark. Russo dropped his next match to sixth-seeded Mark Ellis of Missouri by a 10-5 decision.

In the seventh-place match, seventh-ranked and fifth-seeded Ryan Tomei defeated Russo by a 3-0 decision.

17th-ranked and eighth-seeded Ashnault, wrestling at 133, bounced back from his quarterfinals loss by knocking off Nathan McCormick of Missouri by a 6-3 decision. Ashnault was eliminated by 14th-ranked and fifth-seeded Kyle Hutter in the next round by a 6-1 score.

Oregon State’s Kelly Kubec, who is ranked 15th and seeded fifth, pinned Ashnault in the seventh-place match by a 2:08 time.

19th-ranked and 11th-seeded Melde fell in his first wrestleback match against 12th-seeded Juan Archuleta of Purdue by a 3-2 decision.

The Scarlet Knights will be back in action on Jan. 8 for their first home event when they host a tri-meet with Brown and Harvard.

47th Midlands Championships
Evanston, Ill. at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Dec. 29-30, 2009

Rutgers Results

133-Pound Bracket
Second Round
No. 17/8th Billy Ashnault (RU) pins Akif Eren (PU), 5:32
Third Round
No. 17/8th Billy Ashnault (RU) pins No. 18/9th David Marble (Bucknell) 6:54
Quarterfinals
No. 5/1st Nick Fanthorpe (Iowa State) dec. No. 17/8th Billy Ashnault (RU) 6-2

Wrestleback (consolation round)
No. 17/8th Billy Ashnault (RU) dec. Nathan McCormick(Missouri) 6-3
No. 14/5th Kyle Hutter (unattached) dec. No. 17/8th Billy Ashnault (RU) 6-1

7th Place Match
#6 Kelly Kubec (Oregon St.) pins No. 17/8th Billy Ashnault (RU) 2:08

141-Pound Bracket
Second Round
No. 19/11th Trevor Melde (RU) major dec. Vince Vercelli (Ill.) 9-1
Third Round
No. 19/11th Trevor Melde (RU) dec. No. 15/6th Seth Ciasulli (Lehigh) 8-6
Quarterfinals
No. 10/3rd Alex Krom (MD) pins No. 19/11th Trevor Melde (RU) 1:45

Wrestleback (consolation round)
12th Juan Archuleta (PU) dec. No. 19/11th Trevor Melde (RU) 3-2

157-Pound Bracket
First Round
11th Daryl Cocozzo (RU) dec. Joey Deaguero (Adams St.) 6-3
Second Round
11th Daryl Cocozzo (RU) dec. Trent Weatherman (unattached) 6-3
Third Round
No. 13/6th Jake Deitchler (unattached) dec. 11th Daryl Cocozzo (RU) 5-2

Wrestleback (consolation round)
Andrew Sorenson (Iowa St.) dec. 11th Daryl Cocozzo (RU) 5-2

165-Pound Bracket

Second Round
6th Scott Winston (RU) pins Dan Brascetta (Oregon St.) 6:30
*Winston forfeited due to injury
Mike Finch (Iowa St.) dec. Gregory Zannetti (RU) 8-4

Wrestleback (consolation round)
Rob Morrison (Rider) dec. Gregory Zannetti (RU) 9-3

285-pound Bracket
Second Round
No. 8/7th Dominic Russo (RU) pins Chris Weber (Cleveland St.) 1:29
Third Round
No. 8/7th Dominic Russo (RU) pins Bubba Owens (Oregon St.) 2:15
Quarterfinals
No. 3/2nd Zak Rey (Lehigh) dec. No. 8/7th Dominic Russo (RU) 5-2

Wrestleback (consolation round)
No. 8/7th Dominic Russo (RU) pins Eric Thompson (Iowa St.) 5:52
#6 Mark Ellis (Missouri) dec. No. 8/7th Dominic Russo (RU) 10-5

Seventh Place Match
No. 7/5th Ryan Tomei (Pitt) dec. No. 8/7th Dominic Russo (RU) 3-0

No. – National ranking/seed
Rutgers Maintains Four Wrestlers in InterMat National Rankings

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Dec. 18, 2009) - Four Rutgers wrestlers were listed in the latest InterMat rankings released this week. Rutgers also continues to receive votes in the NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll.

Redshirt senior Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J.) joined junior Billy Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.), sophomore Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) and redshirt junior Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.) in their respective weight classes of the InterMat Rankings. Russo (No. 8), Ashnault (No. 18) and Melde (No. 19) all kept their previous ranking as Brown appeared at No. 18.

Joseph Langel (Howell, N.J.) and freshman Vincent Dellefave (Toms River, N.J) were also listed in national rankings.

Russo and Ashnault each own a team-best 11 wins. Russo suffered his first loss of the season last Saturday against No. 12 Ryan Tomei of Pittsburgh by a defensive pin. Along with InterMat, Russo is listed in four other national rankings and as high as No. 7 by WrestlingReport.com. D1CollegeWrestling.net (No. 8) and Amateur Wrestling News (No. 9) also listed Russo as a top-10 heavyweight. Win-Magazine.com ranks Russo at No. 12

Ashnault picked up his sixth pin of the season against Pittsburgh by knocking off Jimmy Conroyin in 6:53.

Ashnault leads the team with 39 dual points. Ashnault is listed as high as No. 14 by both WrestlingReport.com and Amateur Wrestling News. D1CollegeWrestling.net boasts Ashnault at No. 15.

Brown is 9-3 on the season and defeated Pittsburgh's Matt Wilps by a 3-1 decision in overtime in his last match. Brown was listed as high as No. 16 by D1CollegeWrestling.net. Win-Magazine.com and WrestlingReport.com ranked Brown at No. 20 and No. 22, respectively.

Melde has posted a 10-3 record this season and notched two pins and three major decisions.WrestlingReport.com and D1CollegeWrestling net acknowledged Melde in their rankings at No. 17 and No. 18, respectively.

WrestlingReport.com put both Vincet Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.) and Joseph Lagel (Howell, N.J.) at No. 28 in the 125-pound listing. Dellefave is 4-3 on the season and Langel is 9-5.

Rutgers will be back in action at the Midlands Tournament. The event runs Dec. 29-30.

Rutgers Wrestling 2009-10 National Rankings
(As of Dec. 17)

Team
Rank               Publication    
RV NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll
5 WrestlingReport.com EIWA Ranking

Vincent Dellefave - 125 Pounds
28t WrestlingReport.com

Joseph Langel - 125 Pounds
28t WrestlingReport.com

Billy Ashnault - 133 Pounds
Rank Publication
18 InterMat
14 (3) WrestlingReport.com (EIWA Ranking)
14 Amateur Wrestling News
15 D1CollegeWrestling.net

Trevor Melde - 141 Pounds
Rank Publication
19 InterMat
17 (4)              WrestlingReport.com (EIWA Ranking)
18 D1CollegeWrestling.net

Gregory Zannetti - 165 pounds
(6) WrestlingReport.com (EIWA Ranking)
 
Lamar Brown - 197 Pounds
Rank Publication
18 InterMat
20 Win-Magazine.com
22 (5) WrestlingReport.com (EIWA Ranking)
16 D1CollegeWrestling.net

Dominick Russo - Heavyweight
Rank Publication
8 InterMat
12 Win-Magazine.com
7 (2) WrestlingReport.com (EIWA Ranking)
9 Amateur Wrestling News
8 D1CollegeWrestling.net

RV - receiving votes.
Rutgers Wrestling Edged by No. 24 Pittsburgh, 21-18

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (Dec. 12, 2009) - The Rutgers wrestling team fell to No. 24 Pittsburgh in a hard fought match that came down to the heavyweight bout in the Fitzgerald Field House on Saturday night.

The Scarlet Knights (5-4, 1-1 EIWA) split the 10 matches with the Panthers (1-0) but Pittsburgh claimed two pin falls to give it an 21-18 victory.

RU was leading 18-15 heading into the final match between two top-15 wrestlers - No. 8 Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.) of Rutgers and No. 12 Ryan Tomei of Pittsburgh. Neither heavyweight could get on the scoreboard in the first period. Russo took the bottom in the second period and quickly scored a reversal to take a 2-0 advantage. However, Russo got called for a defensive pin at the 4:02 mark, giving the Panthers the win.

"We did a good job of fighting back, but unfortunately with only 10 weight classes you can't get pinned at this level - it is too many bonus points," said Rutgers head coach Scott Goodale. "It's an unfortunate ending but it happens in wrestling.

"DJ Russo has won a lot of matches for us and a defensive pin is something you rarely see. I also look at other spots like 125 and 141. If you want to knock off nationally-ranked programs you have to win those matches, especially matches you are ahead. Hopefully our young guys will learn from this and move forward."

Pittsburgh took a 3-0 lead with Anthony Zanneta clamming a 7-4 decision over redshirt freshman Joseph Langel (Howell, N.J.).

No. 18 Billy Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.) continues to be a star for Rutgers as he picked up his sixth pin of the season and improved his record to 11-2 by pinning high school teammate Jimmy Conroy in 6:53.

"Billy is the way we want our guys to wrestle," commented Goodale. "He is nonstop and he finds a way to win. He is not the best wrestler but he keeps at it and doesn't quit. Hopefully it catches up to our younger guys."

The Panthers quickly stole the momentum by claiming a comeback decision at 141 and a 2:06 pin at 149 to go ahead 12-6.

The Scarlet Knights began to crawl back in the contest by picking up decisions from three underclassmen - sophomore Gregory Zannetti (Edison, N.J.), redshirt freshman Daniel Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) and freshman Daniel Seidenberg (Red Bank, N.J.) - to go ahead 15-12.

After Pittsburgh claimed an 8-3 decision at 184 to tie the score at 15-all, redshirt senior Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J.) went into overtime with Matt Wilps. Brown executed a takedown in OT to gain a 3-1 victory giving Rutgers' an 18-15 lead heading into the heavyweight match.

Rutgers will be out of action for the next two weeks before returning to the mat on Dec. 29 at the Midlands tournament.

No. 24 Pittsburgh 21, Rutgers 18

125 Anthony Zanneta (Pitt) dec. Joseph Langel (RU) 7-4 3-0
133 #18 Billy Ashnault (RU) pins Jimmy Conroy (Pitt) 6:53 3-6
141 #13 Tyler Nauman (Pitt) dec. #19 Trevor Melde (RU) 8-7 6-6
149 Eric Albright (Pitt) pins #19 David Greenwald (RU) 2:06 6-12
157 Cullen Isenberg (RU) dec. Mark Powell (Pitt) 2-1 9-12
165 Greg Zannetti (RU) dec. Karl Deciantis (Pitt) 6-4 12-12
174 Daniel Rinaldi (RU) dec. Dave Sullivan (Pitt) 15-12 15-12
184 Zac Thomusseit (Pitt) dec. Daniel Seidenberg (RU) 8-3 15-15
197 Lamar Brown (RU) dec. Matt Wilps (Pitt) 3-1 in overtime 18-15
285 #12 Ryan Tomei (Pitt) pins #8 Dominick Russo (RU) 21-18
Rutgers Wrestling Dominates In-State EIWA Foe Princeton, VMI

PRINCETON, N.J. (Dec. 5, 2009) - The Rutgers wrestling team picked up two convincing victories Saturday afternoon against in-state EIWA rival Princeton and VMI at the Dillon Gymnasium in Princeton, N.J. The Scarlet Knights won 19 of their 20 matches.

RU (5-3, 1-1 EIWA) blanked VMI (0-2) by a 44-0 score and Princeton (2-1, 0-1 EIWA) by a 34-3 mark.

"It was a good bounce back from last weekend," said Rutgers head coach Scott Goodale. "I thought we wrestled hard in all of our matches. We are really benefiting from the tough tournaments and teams we are facing right now."

Rutgers won all 10 matches against VMI and No. 9 Bill Ashnault (South Plainfield), Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) and No. 20 David Greenwald (Union, N.J.) all picked up pin falls against VMI. Greenwald has claimed three pin fall victories this season.

The Scarlet Knights claimed nine victories against the Tigers. No. 9 Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.) remains undefeated (11-0) after winning by forfeit against VMI and picking up RU's fastest pin fall of the season against Princeton's Bobby Grogran by a 1:08 time.

Redshirt freshman Daniel Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) scored his second major decision of the season by knocking off Princeton's Kurt Brendel, 13-4.

Freshman Daniel Seidenberg (Red Bank, N.J.) picked up his first major decision of his college career with an 8-0 victory over Princeton's Travis Erdman.

RU Newcomer Ashnault improved his record to 10-2 on the season and 7-1 in dual action by defeating Princeton's Zach Bintliff, 8-1.

Rutgers will travel to Pittsburgh for its next match on Saturday, Dec.12, at 5 p.m.

Rutgers 44, VMI 0

Individual results were not available.

Rutgers 34, Princeton 3

125: Vincent Dellefave (RU) dec. Garrett Frey (PU) 4-2

133: No. 19 Bill Ashnault (RU) dec. Zach Bintliff (PU) 8-1

141: Trevor Melde (RU) tech. fall Luis Ramos (PU) 19-4 (5:00)

149: Daniel Kolodzik (PU) dec. No. 20 David Greenwald (RU) 8-5

157: Kellen Bradley (RU) dec. Danny Scotton (PU) 4-3

165: Gregory Zannetti (RU) dec. Andrew Lowy (PU) 6-2

174: Daniel Seidenberg (RU) major dec. Travis Erdman (PU) 8-0

184: Daniel Rinaldi (RU) major dec. Kurt Brendel (PU) 13-4

197: Lamar Brown (RU) dec. Charles Fox (PU) 5-2

285:No. 9 Dominick Russo (RU) pins Bobby Grogan (PU) 1:08
Russo Highlights Rutgers Wrestling in National Rankings

Undefeated Russo Listed in Top-Nine of Four National Rankings

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Dec. 2, 2009) - Redshirt junior Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.), highlights the Rutgers wrestling team's presence in the national rankings released this past week as he was listed in the top-10 of four polls.

Additionally, Rutgers (3-3, 0-1 EIWA) is receiving votes in the NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll.

Russo is listed in the top-nine of four different national listings. The undefeated heavyweight is placed as high as No. 7 by WrestlingReport.com and InterMat, Amateur Wrestling News and D1CollegeWrestling.net have him at No. 9. Russo is a perfect 9-0 on the season and seven of his victories have come by pin fall. Russo has claimed four victories over ranked opponents this season

Along with Russo, Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J.), Bill Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.) , Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.), David Greenwald (Union, N.J.) and Joesph Langell, (Howell, N.J.), are still listed in national rankings of their respective weight class.

Ashnault is listed at No. 19 by both InterMat and D1CollegeWrestling.net. WrestlingReport.com ranks the RU newcomer as the 24th best 133-pounder in the country. Ashnault is tied with Russo for the most dual points this season with 24. Ashnault picked up his biggest win of the season last Friday when he defeated No. 13 David Marble of Bucknell by an 8-3 decision.

Greenwald, Langel and Melde are all listed in three different national rankings.

Langel earned a No. 18 spot by Amateur Wrestling News and a No. 24 posting by D1CollegeWrestling.net and WrestlingReport.com. The Howell, N.J. native is 9-4 on the season.

At 141 pounds, Melde is positioned as high as No. 17 by D1CollegeWrestling.net. WrestlingReport.com (18) and Amateur Wrestling News (No. 20) also recognized Melde. The Hewitt, N.J. native has tallied three major decisions this season.

Greenwald's highest ranking comes from WrestlingReport.com at No. 19. Intermat and D1CollegeWrestling.net posted Greenwald at No. 20 and 23, respectively. The Union, N.J. is 5-3 this season, including two pin fall victories.

Brown appears at No. 17 by D1CollegeWrestling.net and No. 20 by WrestlingReport.com. The fifth-year senior owns a 6-3 record this season.

Rutgers will be back in action this Saturday when it travels to Princeton for a tri-meet with VMI.

Rutgers Wrestling 2009-10 National Rankings
(As of Dec. 2)

Team
Rank               Publication    
RV NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll

Joseph Langel - 125 Pounds
Rank Publication
18 Amateur Wrestling News
24 D1CollegeWrestling.net
24                    WrestlingReport.com

Billy Ashnault - 133 Pounds
Rank Publication
19 InterMat
19 D1CollegeWrestling.net
24 WrestlingReport.com

Trevor Melde - 141 Pounds
Rank Publication
20 Amateur Wrestling News
17 D1CollegeWrestling.net
18 WrestlingReport.com

David Greenwald - 149 Pounds
Rank Publication
20 InterMat
23 D1CollegeWrestling.net
19 WrestlingReport.com

Lamar Brown - 197 Pounds
Rank Publication
17 D1CollegeWrestling.net
20 WrestlingReport.com

Dominick Russo - Heavyweight
Rank Publication
9 InterMat
9 Amateur Wrestling News
9 D1CollegeWrestling.net
7 WrestlingReport.com
Rutgers Wrestling Falls to No. 1 Iowa, Bucknell

LEWISBURG, Pa. (Nov. 27, 2009) - The Rutgers wrestling team fell to defending NCAA Champion and No. 1 Iowa, 33-9, and EIWA foe Bucknell, 26-12, Friday night in Lewisburg, Pa. at Bucknell's Sojka Pavilion.

The Scarlet Knights (3-3, 0-1 EIWA) were only able to claim two matches against the Hawkeyes (7-0) and three against the Bison (3-3, 1-0 EIWA).

Redshirt junior Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J,), ranked No. 10 nationally, won both of his matches by pin fall and both under two minutes to improve to 9-0 on the season. Six of Russo's victories this season have come by pin fall.

Junior Billy Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.) picked up the biggest win of the night for Rutgers by knocking off No. 13 David Marble of Bucknell with an 8-3 score. Ashnault fell in his first match to No. 4 Daniel Dennis of Iowa by a technical fall score of 21-5 (7:00). Ashnault is now 8-2 on the season.

Sophomores Gregory Zannetti (Edison, N.J.) and Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) also picked up victories for Rutgers.

Rutgers will be back on the mat next Saturday when the squad battles Princeton and VMI in Princeton, N.J.

No. 1 Iowa 33, Rutgers 9

125: No. 17 Matt McDonough (I) pinned Vinny Dellafave (R), 3:39

133: No. 4 Daniel Dennis (I) tech. fall Billy Ashnault (R), 21-5 (7:00)

141: No. 9 Dan LeClere (I) dec. No. 20 Trevor Melde (R), 7-3

149: No. 1 Brent Metcalf (I) tech. fall Kellen Bradley (R), 20-5 (6:27)

157: Aaron Janssen (I) dec. Braden Turner (R), 2-0

165: Gregory Zannetti (R) dec. Jake Kerr (I), 8-6 (OT)

174: No. 3 Jay Borschel (I) maj. dec. Daniel Rinaldi (R), 16-3

184: Grant Gambrall (I) maj. dec. Jesse Boyden (R), 11-3

197: No. 10 Chad Beatty (I) dec. No. 16 Lamar Brown (R), 9-3

285: No. 10 Dominick Russo (R) pinned Jordan Johnson (I), 1:24

Bucknell 26, Rutgers 12

125: Derrik Russell (B) dec. Joseph Langel (R), 5-0

133: Billy Ashnault (R) dec. No. 13 David Marble (B), 8-3

141: No. 20 Trevor Melde (R) dec. Zac Hancock (B), 7-0

149: No. 17 Kevin LeValley (B) tech. fall Kellen Bradley (R), 15-0 (5:21)

157: Brantley Hooks (B) dec. Braden Turner (R), 6-2

165: No. 6 Andy Rendos (B) pinned Gregory Zannetti (R), 0:58

174: No. 10 Shane Riccio (B) dec. Daniel Rinaldi (R), 6-2

184: David Thompson (B) dec. Daniel Seidenberg (R), 5-4

197: Jay Hahn (B) dec. No. 17 Lamar Brown (R), 9-2

285: No. 10 Dominick Russo (R) pinned Conor Sweeney (B), 1:52
Rutgers Wrestling Captures Two Wins at Sprawl and Brawl Duals

Scarlet Knights Won 21 of 30 Individual Matches

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (Nov. 22, 2009) - The Rutgers wrestling team captured two dominating victories and fell two points short of knocking off No. 19 Penn State Sunday at the Sprawl and Brawl Duals at Binghamton University in Binghamton, N.Y.

RU (3-1) split its matches against No. 19 Penn State (4-1) but PSU squeaked by with an 18-17 score in the opening match. The Scarlet Knights quickly rebounded with a strong 42-6 victory over Scared Heart (1-4). RU claimed a convincing 25-10 win against Northern Iowa (1-4) in its final match.

Junior Billy Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.) and redshirt junior Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J,) played huge roles in Rutgers' successful outing as Ashnault went 3-0 with two pins and Russo knocked off two top-20 wrestlers. Russo is 7-0 on the season and has won four straight matches against ranked wrestlers.

Ashnalt is 7-1 in his first season as a Scarlet Knight and four of his seven victories have come by pin fall.

"Billy has been great all year for us," said Rutgers head coach Scott Goodale. "He has scored a lot of bonus points and he really got after it today with two pins. He has brought a lot to our lineup."

Rutgers jumped out to a 7-3 advantage against Penn State behind a decision from Ashnault at 133 and a major decision from sophomore Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) at 141.

The Nittany Lions stole the momentum with major decisions at 149 and 157 to go up 11-7.

Redshirt freshman Daniel Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) closed the gap with RU's second of three major decisions of the match with a 15-5 win against Michael Lorenzo at 174.

At 184, Dave Erwin placed Penn State in a comfortable 18-11 advantage with an 11-2 major decision against redshirt freshman Jesse Boyden (Kenliworth, N.J.)

No. 16 Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J) improved his record to 5-1 with a 2-1 decision against Clay Steadman to cut PSU's lead to 18-14.

Russo knocked off No. 19 Cameron Wade by a 6-0 decision in the final contest of the Penn State match.

"It was a good match against Penn State and it came down to bonus points," said Goodale. "They have three All-Americans and just maybe one or two more weapons than us. I feel we missed out on an opportunity. We certainly aren't satisfied with the final result but we will continue to work and improve."

Against Sacred Heart, Rutgers won nine matches, including five by pin, for a 42-6 victory. RU earned pin falls from Ashnault, Greenwald, Rinaldi, Daniel Seidenberg (Red Bank, N.J.) and Sean DeDeyn (Bayville, N.J.).

Rutgers continued to dominate in its final contest against Northern Iowa as the Scarlet Knights claimed seven victories, highlighted by Russo beating No. 15 Christian Brantley by an 8-3 score, to capture the 25-10 victory.

Rutgers will be back in action next Friday when it travels to Lewisburg, Pa. for a tri-meet with Bucknell and defending NCAA Champion Iowa.

Sprawl and Brawl Duals
November 22, 2009
At Binghamton University

No. 19 Penn State 18, Rutgers 17
Score
PSU-RU
125 #6 Brad Pataky (PSU) dec. Vinny Dellafave (RU), 6-3 3-0
133 Billy Ashnault (RU) dec. Bryan Pearsall (PSU). 7-4 3-3
141 Trevor Melde (RU) major dec. Adam Lynch (PSU) 14-5 3-7
149 #8 Frank Molinaro (PSU) major dec. David Greenwald (RU) 11-3 7-7
157 #4 Cyler Sanderson (PSU) major dec. Braden Turner (RU) 18-8 11-7
165 #9 Dan Vallimont (PSU) dec. Gregory Zanetti (RU) 5-3 14-7
174 Daniel Rinaldi (RU) major dec. Michael Lorenzo (PSU) 15-5 14-11
184 Dave Erwin (PSU) major dec. Jesse Boyden (RU) 11-2 18-11
197 #16 Lamar Brown (RU) dec. Clay Steadman (PSU) 2-1 18-14
285 #10 Dominick Russo (RU) dec. #19 Cameron Wade (PSU) 6-0 18-17

Rutgers 42, Sacred Heart 6
Score
RU-SHU
125 Joseph Langel (RU) WBFF 6-0
133 Billy Ashnault (RU) pins Anthony Ricco (SHU) 3:31 12-0
141 Tom Hogan (RU) dec. Cory Dunn (SHU) 2-0 12-3
149 David Greenwald (RU) pins Zach Morana (SHU) 1:36 18-3
157 Kellen Bradley (RU) dec. Anthony Priore (SHU) 6-5 21-3
165 Matt Rigoglosa (RU) dec. Jonathon Rizzitello (SHU) 6-2 24-3
174 Daniel Rinaldi (RU) pins Michael Hartman (SHU) 4:22 30-3
184 Daniel Seidenberg (RU) pins Sam Sheppard (SHU) 1:38 36-3
197 Brandon Lapp (SHU) dec. Jesse Boyden (RU) 4-3 36-6
285 Sean DeDyn (RU) pins Paul Schweighardt (SHU) 1:23 42-6

Rutgers 25, Northern Iowa 10
Score
RU-NIU
125 Joseph Langel (RU) dec. Caleb Flores (NIU) 3-0
133 Billy Ashnault (RU) pins Joey Lazor (NIU) 4:40 9-0
141 Trevor Melde (RU) dec. Trent Washington (NIU) 5-3 12-0
149 David Greenwald (RU) major dec. Jamal Lawrence (NIU) 10-1 16-0
157 Tyson Reiner (NIU) major dec. Braden Turner (RU) 116-6 16-4
165 Gregory Zanetti (RU) dec. David Boinn (NIU) 3-2 19-4
174 Jarion Beets (NIU) dec. Daniel Rinaldi (RU) 5-3 19-7
184 Andy O'Loughlin (NIU) dec. Daniel Seidenberg (NIU) 3-2 19-10
197 #16 Lamar Brown (RU) dec. Dustin Bauman (NIU) 4-3 22-10
285 #10 Dominick Russo (RU) dec. #15 Christian Brantley (NIU) 8-3 25-10
Six Rutgers Wrestlers Listed in National Rankings
RU Listed at No. 24 in D1CollegeWrestling.Net Rankings

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Nov. 17, 2009) - Six members of the Rutgers wrestling team appeared in multiple national rankings released this week after a shutout victory against Sacred Heart. 43-0, in its season opener on Nov. 8 and a third-place finish at the Oklahoma Gold Tournament last Saturday.

Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.), Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J.), Bill Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.) , Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.), David Greenwald (Union, N.J.) amd Joesph Langell, (Howell, N.J.), were listed in national rankings of their respective weight class.

Additionally, Rutgers was listed at No. 24 in the D1CollegeWrestling.net.

The Scarlet Knights went 39-29 overall at the Oklahoma Gold Tournament.Rutgers totaled 13 pin fall victories, including four from Russo. Russo knocked off two wrestlers ranked in the top-20 in his final pair of matches to claim the heavyweight title.

Russo highlights RU's presence in the national rankings with three top-10 appearances in the heavyweight division, listed as high as No. 7 by WrestlingReport.com. Intermat (No. 10) and D1CollegeWrestling.net (No. 9) also recognized Russo in their rankings.

Russo is 5-0 on the season with all of his victories coming by pin fall. Russo is averaging a 4:03 time span per pin this season.

Brown also earned three national listings and is positioned as high as No. 16 by both Intermat and D1CollegeWrestling.net. The Red Bank, N.J. native is listed as the 17th best 197-pound wrestler by WrestlingReport.com.

Last weekend, Brown reached the finals of his bracket at the Oklahoma Gold Tournament and defeated then ranked No.18 Richard Starks of Army in the semifinals.
Along with Brown and Russo, Ashnault and Langel also reached the finals of their respective brackets.

Ashnault jumped from No. 24 to No. 20 in D1CollegeWrestling.net's 133-pound rankings.
The RU newcomer jumped four spots in WrestlingReport.com's listing to No. 23. Ashnault boasts a 4-1 on the season with two pin falls.

Langel appeared in the national rankings for the first time this season as he was selected as the 24th-best 125-pound wrestler by both WrestlingReport.com and D1CollegeWrestling.net. The Howell, N.J. native went 3-1 at the Oklahoma Gold Tournament, including a 7-1 victory over then-No. 14 Nikko Triggas of Ohio State.

Rutgers will be back in action this Sunday when it travels to Binghamton, N.Y. for the Sprawl & Brawl College Wrestling Duals. RU will battle No. 17 Penn State, Northern Iowa and Sacred Heart.

Rutgers Wrestling 2009-10 National Rankings
(As of Nov. 17)

Team
Rank               Publication    
24                    D1CollegeWrestling.net

Joseph Langel - 125 Pounds
Rank Publication
24 D1CollegeWrestling.net
24                    WrestlingReport.com

Billy Ashnault - 133 Pounds
Rank Publication
20 D1CollegeWrestling.net
23 WrestlingReport.com

Trevor Melde - 141 Pounds
Rank Publication
22 D1 College Wrestling.net
20 WrestlingReport.com

David Greenwald - 149 Pounds
Rank Publication
22 D1 College Wrestling.net
21 WrestlingReport.com

Lamar Brown - 197 Pounds
Rank Publication
16                    InterMat NCAA Division I Rankings
16 D1 College Wrestling.net
17 WrestlingReport.com

Dominick Russo - Heavyweight
Rank Publication
10 InterMat NCAA Division I Rankings
9 D1CollegeWrestling.net
7 WrestlingReport.com
Rutgers Finishes Third, Russo Wins Bracket Title at Oklahoma Gold Tournament

BROCKPORT, N.Y. - (November 14, 2009) - Redshirt-junior Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J) of the Rutgers wrestling team won the 285-pound bracket title of the 11th Annual Oklahoma Gold Tournament Saturday night to highlight RU's impressive third-place finish at the event hosted by Brockport at the Tuttle North Gymnasium.

Russo won the title with a tournament-best four pins totaling 16:48. The Netcong, N.J. native is 5-0 on the season, with all of his victories coming by pin. The Scarlet Knights scored 12 pin falls on the day.

No. 18 Oklahoma won the event with a team score of 144.5. Following Oklahoma was No. 3 Ohio State (144), Rutgers (120.5), No. 12 Edinboro (110), Kent State (100.5), Army (81), Liberty (37.5) and host Brockport (11.5).

Along with Russo, Redshirt freshmen Joseph Langel (Howell, N.J.) junior Bill Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.) redshirt senior Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J.) all reached the finals of their respective bracket.

Rutgers head coach Scott Goodale was very pleased with his team's performance and called it the best tournament showing for the Scarlet Knights during his tenure.

"It was a very complete effort by our guys today," said Goodale. "To finish ahead of some ranked teams and to have a winner, four finalists and eight semifinalists was incredible. The amount of falls we got was tremendous. We have had a great start to the season so far. We are right in the thick of it.

"Russo continues to show hard work pays off. He stepped up big for us today with four pins in four matches. He pinned some of the best guys in the country."

Rutgers will be back on the mat next Sunday when it travels to Binghamton, N.Y. for a quad-meet with No. 14 Penn State, Northern Iowa and Sacred Heart.

Oklahoma Gold Tournament Final Team Standings
Pl. Points Team
1 144.5 #18 Oklahoma
2 144 #3 Ohio State
3 120.5 Rutgers
4 110 #12 Edinboro
5 100.5 Kent State
6 81 Army
7 37.5 Liberty
8 11.5 Brockport

Outstanding Wrestler - Dustin Kilgore - 184 lbs. - Kent State
Most Falls - Dominck Russo - Rutgers - 4 falls - 16:48
Fastest Fall - Sean Katz - Liberty - 0:33
Rutgers Wrestling Dominates Sacred Heart, 43-0, in 2009-10 Season Opener

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (November 8, 2009) The Rutgers wrestling team opened the 2009-10 season Sunday afternoon with a dominating performance as the Scarlet Knights won all 10 matches against the Pioneers for a 43-0 victory at the William H. Pitt Center in Fairfield, Conn.

"We got after it today and I was excited about how we performed," said Rutgers head coach Scott Goodale. "It was good to go against somebody else and it gave us a chance to see where we are at."

Senior Kellen Bradley (Newton, N.J.), redshirt junior Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.) newcomer junior Bill Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.) and freshman Jesse Boyden (Kelinworth, N.J.) all claimed pin victories.

14th-ranked Russo won the quickest bout as he pinned Paul Schweighardt in 1:32.

19th-ranked Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J.) showed no rust after redshirting last season as he won by major decision over Brandon Lapp, 12-1.

Along with Boyden, freshmen Vincent Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.), Daniel Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) and Braden Turner (Edison, N.J.) all picked up victories.

Turner defeated Anthony Priore by a 4-2 decision. Priore was ranked fifth in the 157-weight class of the preseason Colonial Athletic Association rankings.

"I was concerned about how they (freshmen) would do with their first match and how they would react," said Goodale. "Dellefave started us off with the first win. They all did a good job of competing and scoring bonus points today and that was exciting."

Sophomores Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) and Gregory Zanetti (Edison, N.J.) also picked up victories for Rutgers.

The Scarlet Knights will be back in action next Saturday at the Brockport Gold Tournament in Brockport, N.Y.

Rutgers 43, Sacred Heart 0
November 8, 2009
Fairfield, Conn.
William H. Pitt Center

125 -Vincent Dellefave (RU) dec. Pat Feely (SHU) 3-1
133 - Bill Ashnault (RU) pins Justin Belanger (SHU) 3:45
141 - Trevor Melde (RU) dec. Cory Dunn (SHU) 6-3
149 - Kellen Bradley (RU) pins Paul Galipeau (SHU) 4:50
157 -Braden Turner (RU) dec. Anthony Priore (SHU) 4-2
165 - Gregory Zanetti (RU) dec. Jonathon Rizzitello (SHU) 6-4
174 - Daniel Rinaldi (RU) dec. Michael Hartman (SHU) 10-4
184 - Jesse Boyden (RU) pins Sam Sheppard (SHU) 2:01
197 - #19 Lamar Brown (RU) major dec. Brandon Lapp (SHU) 12-1
285 - #14 Dominick Russo (RU) pins Paul Schweighardt (SHU) 1:32
Rutgers Wrestling Opens 2009-10 Season at Sacred Heart

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (November 7, 2009) The Rutgers wrestling team opens the 2009-10 season Sunday on the road against Sacred Heart at the William H. Pitt Center in Fairfield, Conn. for a 1 p.m. contest.

The Scarlet Knights are coming off a school record 20-win season in 2008-09. Five members of the Rutgers wrestling team were listed in the preseason national rankings of their respective weight class which were released this past week.

"I like where we are right now and our guys are ready to wrestling someone else for a change," said third-year Rutgers head coach Scott Goodale. "Sacred Heart is a good squad with some New Jersey guys that I know. It should be a good match."

Redshirt senior Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J.) and redshirt junior Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.) highlighted the rankings for Rutgers as they were listed on the InterMat 2009-10 NCAA Division I preseason individual lists.

InterMat ranks the top-20 individual wrestlers in each weight class and the top-25 teams.

Brown was listed at No. 19 in the 197-pound division. Russo appeared at No. 14 in the 285-pound weight class.

Sacred Heart head coach Casey Brewster is entering his third season at the helm. The Pioneers had three student-athletes listed in the CAA preseason rankings with redshirt senior Cory Dunn, redshirt sophomore Justin Belanger and junior Anthony Priore.
Five Rutgers Wrestlers Listed in Preseason National Rankings

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Nov. 4, 2009) - Five members of the Rutgers wrestling team were listed in national rankings of their respective weight class which were released this past week.

InterMat, Amateur Wrestling News, D1CollegeWrestling.net and WrestlingReport.com all released national and or conference rankings.

Redshirt junior Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.) led the way for the Scarlet Knights as he was listed in the top-16 in the heavyweight division of four national rankings and ranked as high as No. 12 by both WrestlingReport.com and D1CollegeWrestling.net.

Redshirt senior Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J.) earned three top-20 national rankings in the 197-weight class and was ranked as high as No. 18 by WrestlingReport.com.

Newcomer junior Bill Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.) earned two national rankings in the 133-pound class as he was listed at No. 24 by D1CollegeWrestling.net and No. 27 by WrestlingReport.com. Both sites listed the 2008 NCAA Qualifier in the top-five of the 133-pound class in the EIWA.

Sophomore Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) was listed at No. 24 in the national 141-pound class rankings by WrestlingReport.com. WrestlingReport.com and D1CollegeWrestling.net listed Melde as the second-best 141-pound wrestler in the EIWA.

Redshirt junior David Greenwald (Union, N.J.) appeared in WrestlingReport.com's national rankings. The Scarlet Knights' 20008-09 highest dual meet point scorer was listed at No. 22 in the 149-pound class.

Freshman Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.), redshirt freshmen Jesse Boyden (Kelinworth, N.J.)  and Joe Langell, (Howell, N.J.), sophomore Greg Zannetti. (Edison, N.J.) and redshirt junior  Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.) were all listed in conference rankings.

The RU wrestling squad has a big weekend coming up as head coach Scott Goodale will be inducted into the South Jersey Wrestling Hall of Fame Saturday evening at Masso's Columbus Manor on the Black Horse Pike in Williamstown, N.J. On Sunday, Rutgers will travel to Fairfield, Conn. to face Sacred Heart in the first dual meet off the season.

Rutgers Wrestling 2009-10 Preseason Individual Rankings

Joseph Langel - 125 Pounds
Rank Publication
NR/8 D1CollegeWrestling.net (Nationally/EIWA)
NR/HM/NR    WrestlingReport.com (Nationally/Atlantic Regional/EIWA)

Billy Ashnault - 133 Pounds
Rank Publication
24/4 D1CollegeWrestling.net (Nationally/EIWA)
27/11/5 WrestlingReport.com (Nationally/Atlantic Regional/EIWA)

Trevor Melde - 141 Pounds
Rank Publication
NR/2 D1CollegeWrestling.net (Nationally/EIWA)
24/9/2 WrestlingReport.com (Nationally/Atlantic Regional/EIWA)

David Greenwald - 149 Pounds
Rank Publication
NR/6 D1 College Wrestling.net (Nationally/EIWA)
22/14/NR WrestlingReport.com (Nationally/Atlantic Regional/EIWA)

Daryl Cocozzo - 157 Pounds
Rank Publication
NR/5 D1CollegeWrestling.net (Nationally/EIWA)
NR/HM/4 WrestlingReport.com (Nationally/Atlantic Regional/EIWA)

Gregory Zannetti - 165 Pounds
Rank Publication
NR/9 D1CollegeWrestling.net (Nationally/EIWA)
NR/HM/4 WrestlingReport.com (Nationally/Atlantic Regional/EIWA)

Daniel Rinaldi - 174 Pounds
Rank Publication
NR/6 D1CollegeWrestling.net (Nationally/EIWA)

Jesse Boyden - 184 Pounds
Rank Publication
NR/8 D1CollegeWrestling.net (Nationally/EIWA)
NR/HM/NR WrestlingReport.com (Nationally/Atlantic Regional/EIWA)

Lamar Brown - 197 Pounds
Rank Publication
19                    InterMat NCAA Division I Rankings
20/3 D1CollegeWrestling.net (Nationally/EIWA)
18/8/3 WrestlingReport.com (Nationally/Atlantic Regional/EIWA)

Dominick Russo - Heavyweight
Rank Publication
14 InterMat NCAA Division I Rankings
16 Amateur Wrestling News National Rankings
12/3 D1CollegeWrestling.net (Nationally/EIWA)
12/5/4 WrestlingReport.com (Nationally/Atlantic Regional/EIWA)

NR - Not Ranked
HM - Honorable Mention
Rutgers Wrestling Coaches Clinic set for October 18
 
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 24, 2009) - The 2009 Rutgers Wrestling Coaches Clinic is slated for Sunday, Oct. 18 at the College Avenue Gym, the RU coaching staff announced Monday.
 
The Rutgers staff and guests will cover all aspects of wrestling including coaching techniques, practice plans and match preparation. The head coach of Council Rock South, Brad Silimperi, will be this year's guest clinician.
 
The Rutgers coaching staff led the Scarlet Knights to a school-best 20-win season last year and guided three wrestlers to the NCAA Championships.
 
Registration prior to the day of the event is $50, while it is $60 at the door. To preregister for the event please send your name, school/club, and shirt size along with a check payable to the Scarlet Knight Wrestling Club to 130 College Ave. Gym, New Brunswick, NJ 08903. Each coach who attends will receive a Rutgers wrestling shirt and lunch.
 
The Scarlet Knights open the 2009 season at Sacred Heart at the William H. Pitt Health and Recreation Center on Nov. 7.
 
2009 Rutgers Coaches Clinic Schedule
October 18
College Avenue Gym
 
8:00-9:00am: Registration at College Avenue Gym/observe Rutgers team practice.
9:00-11:30am: Session 1: Brad Silimperi - technique, Cory Cooperman - Situational Drilling and Scott Goodale - recruiting, marketing your program and getting the most from your athletes
11:30-12:30pm: Lunch
12:30-2:30pm: Session 2: Silimperi - drills/ideas about running HS program and a "Council Rock South" practice.
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Rutgers' Pletcher Earns Wildcard Bid to Wrestling Nationals

Senior Becomes Third Scarlet Knight To Reach NCAAs

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 11, 2009) - Rutgers senior 165-poonder Matt Pletcher (Eastampton, N.J.) was awarded a wildcard bid to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships when national qualifiers were announced Wednesday. He will join freshman 157-pounder Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.) and sophomore heavyweight D.J. Russo (Netcong, N.J.) at Nationals, which will be held Thursday - Saturday, March 19-21 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.

Pletcher owns a 33-11 record on the season and finished fourth in the 165-pound weight class at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships last weekend. He is tied with Lee Getz (1984-87) for 21st in school history with 77 career victories.

It marks the first time since 2004 RU has sent three Scarlet Knights to Nationals.
Four Rutgers Scarlet Knight Wrestlers Place In EIWA Championships

Winston And Russo Earn Automatic Bids To Nationals

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (March 8, 2009) - Four Scarlet Knights placed in their respective weight brackets, highlighted by freshman Scott Winston's (Jackson, N.J.) third place performance at 157 pounds, in the final day of the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships Sunday at the Palestra in Philadelphia. Rutgers finished just behind Harvard (48.5) in ninth with a final team score of 47.5 in the highly-competitive 14-team tournament.

Winston and heavyweight D.J. Russo (Netcong, N.J.), who finished in fourth place in his weight class, earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championships, which will take place March 19-21 in St. Louis, Mo. Senior Matt Pletcher (Eastampton, N.J.) placed fourth at 165 pounds and freshman Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) placed fifth at 141 pounds. Pletcher and Melde now await possible at-large bids to Nationals, which will be announced later this week. It marks the second-straight year, under the direction of second-year head coach Scott Goodale, Rutgers will send multiple competitors to Nationals.

In a matchup of two of the best wrestlers in the nation in the 157 pound weight class, Winston, ranked 12th nationally, dropped a 4-2 decision to Harvard's J.P. O'Connor, ranked fourth nationally, in the semifinal round. Winston, the fourth seed, rebounded with 10-5 victory over Bucknell's Scott Sechler in the consolation bracket and pinned Penn's Matt Dragon, the third seed and 17th ranked wrestler nationally, in 2:26 to place third in the weight class and earn the bid to nationals in his first season of collegiate action.

Russo, the sophomore heavyweight and eighth seed in the bracket, earned three wins in the consolation bracket Sunday to advance to the bracket's final bout. He suffered a hard-fought, 8-6 loss to Chris Burchler of East Stroudsburg to finish fourth in the weight class. His three victories on the day came against Quinton Pruett of American (9-1), Andrew Knapp of Harvard (8-0) and third-seeded Trey McLean of Penn (11-8). He finished the two-day tournament with a 4-2 record.

Pletcher was pinned by top-seeded and undefeated Mack Lewness of Cornell, the No. 1 ranked wrestler in the nation in the 165-pound weight class, in 2:39 in the semifinal round. Lewness went on to take the weight class title. Pletcher, however, rebounded to take fourth place. He posted a 5-2 victory over Christopher Stout of American in consolation action. In the finals of the bracket, the Scarlet Knight suffered a 7-3 loss to Mike Galante of Lehigh, the third seed in the tournament and 14th ranked wrestler nationally.

Melde, the fourth seed at 141 pounds, dropped a 4-2 decision to Harvard's Corey Jantzen, the top seed in the weight class and the fourth-ranked wrestler nationally, in the semifinal round and Army's William Simpson pinned the Scarlet Knight in 4:49 in consolation action. However, Melde rebounded with a 6-1 victory over Matt Mariacher of American to place sixth in the weight class. It was his second victory over Mariacher in the two-day tournament.

Senior 174-pounder Mike Whalen (Lake Hiawatha, N.J.), the eighth seed in the weight class, was defeated by fifth-seeded Alex Caruso of Lehigh, 4-0, in the consolation bracket, eliminating him from the tournament. He finished 2-2 in the two-day event.


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