NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Despite an impressive dual meet debut by George Mason transfer, Donnie DeFilippis (New Providence, NJ), the Rutgers wrestling team fell to seventh-ranked Nebraska, 35-12, at the College Avenue Gym on Saturday. With the loss, RU falls to 0-1 on the season, while the Cornhuskers improve their dual mark to 4-0.
The match opened at 125 pounds, and Nebraska raced to an 11-0 lead with a
technical fall at 125 pounds, and a forfeit at 133. Nebraska's Josh Powell,
ranked #1 nationally, earned a technical fall over freshman Dare Ajibade (Bloomfield,
DeFilippis cut the Nebraska lead to eight, with a 12-6 decision over Nebraska’s Matt Murray at 141 pounds. Murray pressured DeFilippis with an arm-bar for the better part of the first period, but DeFilippis never gave up backpoints, and took control of the match with a reversal at the end of the second period.
Nebraska then reeled off three straight wins, to put the match out of reach. Nebraska’s Travis Shufelt, ranked fourth nationally, earned a technical fall against freshman Kyle Poulson (Piscataway, NJ) at 149. B.J. Wright of the Cornhuskers pinned senior Amir Khan (Voorhees, NJ) at 157 before Jacob Klein put Nebraska up 25-3 with an 8-3 decision over junior Chris Ressa (Andover, NJ) at 165.
Junior Andy Roy (Wall, NJ) of Rutgers defeated Jason High, 10-4, at 174, cutting the Rutgers deficit to nineteen. Roy used two third period takedowns to break open a close match, and improve his record to 8-0 for the season.
Eleventh-ranked Travis Pascoe pinned Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ) at 184 before junior John Foscolo (South Plainfield, NJ) provided the largest win for Rutgers on the day. Down late in the match, Foscolo took down Nebraska’s B.J. Padden to his back, securing a pin :46 into the third period. The win evened Foscolo’s season mark at 2-2. Nebraska’s Nathan McClain decisioned John Fleming (South Orange, NJ), 10-2, to close out the match, 35-12.
“We wrestled a tough team today in Nebraska,” Rutgers head coach John Sacchi said. “I thought we wrestled well. The guys never quit. We gained valuable experience that we can build on as the season continues.”
The Scarlet Knights return to action next Saturday, Dec. 6, as they travel to Lehigh, PA for a dual meet with nationally-ranked Lehigh at 10 a.m.
No. 7 Nebraska 35, Rutgers 12
125 – Jason Powell (N) tech fall Dare Ajibade 15-0 UN 5, RU 0
133 – Matt Keller (N) wins by forfeit UN 11, RU 0
141 – Donnie DeFilippis (RU) dec. Matt Murray 12-6 UN 11, RU 3
149 – Travis Shufelt (N) tech fall Kyle Poulsen 18-3 UN 16, RU 3
157 – B.J. Wright (N) pin Amir Khan 1:45 UN 22, RU 3
165 – Jacob Klein (N) dec. Chris Ressa 8-3 UN 25, RU 3
174 – Andy Roy (RU) dec. Jason High 10-4 UN 25, RU 6
184 – Travis Pascoe (N) pin Rudy Medini :26 UN 31, RU 6
197 – John Foscolo (RU) pin B.J. Padden 5:46 UN 31, RU 12
285 – Nathan McClain (N) maj. dec. John Flemming 10-2 UN 35, RU 12