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-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.
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.
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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