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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