LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (December 10, 2011) – The 16th-ranked Rutgers wrestling team finished off its double-dual Saturday in its second location of the day with a 21-12 win over Rider in Alumni Gym. In earlier action, the Scarlet Knights topped Princeton, 29-7, in Dillon Gym. RU was led by two-win performances by Mike DeMarco (Lyndhurst, N.J.), Maro Mason (Moorestown, N.J,), Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.), Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.), Daniel Seidenberg (Raritan, N.J.) and Daniel Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.).
The Scarlet Knights improved to 5-1 overall with the dual wins, while the Broncs dropped to 3-2 overall. The Tigers fell to 1-4 with their earlier loss. RU wrestlers won eight of the 10 contested bouts against Princeton and took six of the 10 matches against Rider.
In the most anticipated battle of the day, Zannetti turned away Rider’s Jim Resnick at 174 pounds by major decision, 11-3. The Scarlet Knight, ranked 14th nationally according to Intermat, controlled No. 11 Resnick throughout the match en route to bonus points for Rutgers. Zannetti improved to a perfect 9-0 on the season with the win.
Mason (149 pounds) and Winston (165 pounds) also contributed bonus points for head coach Scott Goodale’s squad, scoring 12-4 and 12-3 wins over their Bronc opponents, respectively.
In earlier action, Mason scored the biggest win of the Princeton dual with a 23-8 (7:00) technical fall over Zach Bintliff. The victory, coupled with his win against Rider, improved the Rutgers 149-pounder’s overall record to 9-0.
Winston, Rinaldi and Daniel Hopkins (Jackson, N.J.) also scored bonus points for RU with major decision victories in their respective matches against the Tigers. Ranked sixth nationally at 165 pounds, Winston controlled Princeton’s Rich Eva for an 18-5 win. Rinaldi and Hopkins paired to end the dual strongly for Rutgers, scoring 12-2 and 12-3 wins over their Tiger foes at 197 pounds and heavyweight, respectively.
The Scarlet Knights next travel to the prestigious Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill., inside Welsh-Ryan Arena on the campus of Northwestern University. The tournament, set to run from Dec. 29-30, annually features some of the top wrestling talent from around the nation.
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No. 16 Rutgers 29, Princeton 7
125 pounds: Garrett Frey (P) dec. Vincent Dellefave (RU), 3-2
133 pounds: Mike DeMarco (RU) dec. Chris Perez (P), 4-2
141 pounds: Billy Ashnault (RU) dec. Adam Krop (P), 5-3
149 pounds: No. 3 Mario Mason (RU) tech. fall Zach Bintliff, 23-8 (7:00)
157 pounds: Daniel Kolodzik (P) maj. dec. Anthony Volpe (RU), 8-0
165 pounds: No. 6 Scott Winston (RU) maj. dec. Rich Eva (P), 18-5
174 pounds: No. 14 Greg Zannetti (RU) dec. Andy Lowy (P), 8-3
184 pounds: Daniel Seidenberg (RU) dec. Dan Santoro (P), 4-0
197 pounds: Daniel Rinaldi (RU) maj. dec. Kurt Brendel (P), 12-2
HWT: Daniel Hopkins (RU) maj. dec. Stephen Turner (P), 12-3
No. 16 Rutgers 21, Rider 12
125 pounds: Chuck Zeisloft (Rider) dec. Vincent Dellefave (Rutgers), 5-1
133 pounds: Michael DeMarco (Rutgers) dec. Jimmy Morris (Rider), 8-1
141 pounds: Jimmy Kirchner (Rider) dec. Billy Ashnault (Rutgers), 11-6
149 pounds: No. 3 Mario Mason (Rutgers) maj. dec. Zac Cibula (Rider), 12-4
157 pounds: Ramon Santiago (Rider) dec. Anthony Volpe (Rutgers), 6-1
165 pounds: No. 6 Scott Winston (Rutgers) maj. dec. James Brundage (Rider) , 12-3
174 pounds: No. 14 Greg Zannetti (Rutgers) maj. dec. No. 11 Jim Resnick (Rider), 11-3
184 pounds: Daniel Seidenberg (Rutgers) dec. Clint Morrison (Rider), 5-3 (TB1)
197 pounds: Daniel Rinaldi (Rutgers) dec. Donald McNeil (Rider), 6-2
HWT: Evan Craig (Rider) def. Daniel Hopkins (Rutgers), 2-1