PISCATAWAY, N.J. (December 2, 2011) – The 16th-ranked Rutgers wrestling team got big points from 174-pounder Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.) in the squad’s 20-13 dual win over Old Dominion in the RAC on Friday. Zannetti, ranked 16th according to Amateur Wrestling News, turned the tide in the contest with a 27-12 (5:42) technical fall of seventh-ranked Te Edwards of ODU.
The Scarlet Knights improved to 3-1 overall with the victory, while the Monarchs dropped to 4-2 overall. RU won six of the 10 contested bouts, with bonus points coming from Zannetti at 174 pounds and at 157 pounds for ODU with a major decision.
A junior, Zannetti fought from his back to score the biggest win of the evening. The RU wrestler avoided allowing the fall to ODU’s Edwards in the first period and went on to notch eight takedowns in second and third periods to overpower Edwards. The five-point match win pushed RU’s lead out to 17-10 with two matches left in the dual. Zannetti moved his season record to 7-0 (4-0 duals) with the victory.
Daniel Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) closed the dual on a high note for Rutgers, defeating Old Dominion 197-pounder Joe Budi by decision, 9-4. Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.) opened the second half of the dual with a Rutgers victory, winning by a 5-4 decision over ODU’s Tristan Warner.
Prior to the intermission, Rutgers and Old Dominion exchanged blows in the first five matches. ODU scored an initial win at heavyweight before Vincent Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.) struck back at 125 pounds. Dellefave put the Scarlet Knights on the scoreboard with a 5-4 win by decision over Eric Dunnet of Old Dominion.
RU took a 6-3 dual lead with an overtime win at 133 pounds by Michael DeMarco (Lyndhurst, N.J.) over Scott Festejo of ODU. Tied with two points apiece in the sudden victory period, DeMarco put Festejo in an awkward position, resulting in the Monarch wrestler scissoring his legs around DeMarco’s head. A technical violation, one point was awarded to end the match for RU with a 3-2 win by decision.
Mario Mason (Moorestown, N.J.) sent Rutgers into the break with a victory at 149 pounds, edging Monarch wrestler Brennan Brumley by decision, 3-2. The fourth-ranked 149-pounder in the country improved his overall record to 7-0 (4-0 duals) with the win.
The Scarlet Knights hit the road to face Princeton and Rider on Saturday, Dec. 10. RU takes on Princeton at 1 p.m., with the match against Rider set to begin at 7 p.m.
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No. 16 Rutgers 20, Old Dominion 13
HWT – Matt Tourdot (ODU) dec. Daniel Hopkins (Rutgers), 8-7
125 pounds – Vincent Dellafave (Rutgers) dec. Eric Dunnet, 5-4
133 pounds – Michael DeMarco (Rutgers) dec. Scott Festejo (ODU), 3-2 (SV)
141 pounds – Justin LaValle (ODU) dec. No. 16 Billy Ashnault (Rutgers), 4-1
149 pounds – No. 4 Mario Mason (Rutgers) dec. Brennan Brumley (ODU), 3-2
157 pounds – John Nicholson (ODU) major dec. Anthony Volpe (Rutgers), 15-6
165 pounds – No. 6 Scott Winston (Rutgers) dec. Tristan Warner (ODU), 5-4
174 pounds – No. 16 Greg Zannetti (Rutgers) tech. fall No. 7 Te Edwards (ODU), 27-12 (5:42)
184 pounds – Billy Curling (ODU) dec. Dan Seidenberg (Rutgers), 5-1
197 pounds – Daniel Rinaldi (Rutgers) dec. Joe Budi (ODU), 9-4