RUTGERS (4-0) vs. Rider (3-0, 0-0 CAA); vs. Princeton (0-4, 0-0 EIWA)
Dual No. 5: Rider (3-0, 0-0 CAA)
Dual No. 6: Princeton (0-4, 0-0 EIWA)
Saturday, Dec. 8 • 5 p.m.; 7 p.m.
New Brunswick, N.J. • College Ave. Gym
Video: RVision, presented by AT&T
• The Rutgers wrestling team (4-0) returns home to host in-state opponents Rider and Princeton on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, inside College Ave. Gym. In consecutive road matches last season on Dec. 10, the Scarlet Knights won at Princeton, 29-7, and at Rider, 21-12.
• The Scarlet Knights reenter dual competition after competing at the Nittany Lion Open in University Park, Pa., on Dec. 2. Seven RU wrestlers placed on the podium, including senior 174-pounder Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.) and senior 184-pounder Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.), who placed second and third, respectively.
• In his sixth season leading the Scarlet Knights, head coach Scott Goodale holds an outstanding 88-29-1 dual record as Rutgers’ mat leader.
• The Scarlet Knights currently feature four individuals in the national rankings: 141-pounder Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.), 157-pounder Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.), 174-pounder Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.) and 184-pounder Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.).
• Zannetti returns to the 174-pound starting spot after leading the squad in wins with a 31-6 overall record in 2011-12.
• Rutgers’ lineup features three seniors who have earned qualification for the NCAA Championships in all three seasons of their career. Mason, Winston and Rinaldi have not missed a national tournament.
Rutgers and the Rider Broncs
• Rutgers has posted a 6-12 mark all-time against Rider, but under head coach Scott Goodale, the Scarlet Knights have forged a 4-1 advantage.
• Last year, Goodale led RU to a 21-12 victory on Dec. 10, 2011. Two seasons ago, the Scarlet Knights dominated the matchup, winning 20-3 on Jan. 22, 2011.
Last time: No. 16 Rutgers 21, Rider 12 - Dec. 10, 2011
Current Rutgers wrestlers in bold
125: Chuck Zeisloft (Rider) dec. Vincent Dellefave (RU), 5-1
133: Michael DeMarco (RU) dec. Jimmy Morris (Rider), 8-1
141: Jimmy Kirchner (Rider) dec. Billy Ashnault (RU), 11-6
149: No. 3 Mario Mason (RU) maj. dec. Zac Cibula (Rider), 12-4
157: Ramon Santiago (Rider) dec. Anthony Volpe (Rutgers), 6-1
165: No. 6 Scott Winston (Rutgers) maj. dec. James Brundage (Rider), 12-3
174: No. 14 Greg Zannetti (Rutgers) maj. dec. No. 11 Jim Resnick (Rider), 11-3
184: Daniel Seidenberg (Rutgers) dec. Clint Morrison (Rider), 5-3 (TB1)
197: Daniel Rinaldi (Rutgers) dec. Donald McNeil (Rider), 6-2
HWT: Evan Craig (Rider) dec. Daniel Hopkins (Rutgers), 2-1
Rutgers and the Princeton Tigers
• In a series that dates back to 1930, Rutgers holds a 37-34-5 all-time record against Princeton. The Scarlet Knights have caged the Tigers under Goodale’s guidance, posting a 5-0 record.
• Rutgers’ 37 victories over Princeton are the most dual victories for the Scarlet Knights against one opponent. RU controlled last season’s dual, beating the Tigers 29-7 on Dec. 10, 2011.
Last time: No. 16 Rutgers 29, Princeton 7 - Dec. 10, 2012
Current Rutgers wrestlers in bold
125: Garrett Frey (P) dec. Vincent Dellefave (RU), 3-2
133: Michael DeMarco (RU) dec. Chris Perez (P), 4-2
141: Billy Ashnault (RU) dec. Adam Krop (P), 5-3
149: No. 3 Mario Mason (RU) tech. fall Zach Bintliff (P), 23-8 (7:00)
157: Daniel Kolodzik (P) maj. dec. Anthony Volpe (RU), 8-0
165: No. 6 Scott Winston (RU) maj. dec. Rich Evra (P), 18-5
174: No. 14 Greg Zannetti (RU) dec. Andy Lowy (P), 8-3
184: Dan Seidenberg (RU) dec. Dan Santoro (P), 4-0
197: Daniel Rinaldi (RU) maj. dec. Kurt Brendel (P), 12-2
HWT: Daniel Hopkins (RU) maj. dec. Stephen Turner (P), 12-3
Scouting Rider and Princeton
• RU’s first opponent on Saturday, Dec. 10, Rider, has posted a 3-0 dual record in the 2012-13 season. The Broncs own victories over Shippensburg (37-3), Lock haven (19-14) and Princeton (32-11).
• The Scarlet Knights’ second opponent, Princeton (0-4), has suffered setbacks to Illinois (41-0), Bloomsburg (31-10), Purdue (37-6) and Rider (32-11).
• Rider features No. 15 Ramon Santiago at 165 pounds in its probable lineup, while Princeton is set to travel to New Brunswick, N.J., without a ranked wrestler in its lineup.
• The trio of “Garden State” programs have accumulated a number of student-athletes who hail from New Jersey. Rutgers (23), Rider (15) and Princeton (5) claim a total of 43 wrestlers on its rosters who are wrestling in their home state.
Big Apple is Next for RU
• Rutgers will take part in the first collegiate wrestling event in the history of New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Dec. 16, as RU takes part in the “Grapple at the Garden” duals along with 13 other college wrestling programs.
• Rutgers faces Nebraska and Tennessee-Chattanooga in the “Grapple at the Garden” event. The day of wrestling in the “Big Apple” starts with the Huskers at 10:30 a.m., with the matchup against the Mocs following at 12:30 p.m.
Seven Scarlet Knights Place at Nittany Lion Open
• The RU mat men placed seven Scarlet Knights on the podium at the Nittany Lion Open inside Penn State’s Rec Hall on Dec. 2, with senior 174-pounder Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.) leading RU with a runner-up finish off a 4-1 tournament record. Senior 184-pounder Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) notched a third-place finish behind a 4-1 mark.
• At 157 pounds, senior Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.) placed fifth off a 5-1 showing. Senior 125-pounder Joseph Langel (Howell, N.J.) earned a sixth-place finish, recording a 5-2 mark in his bracket.
• Freshman 174-pounder Phillip Bakuckas (Hammonton, N.J.) placed seventh after going 5-2 as an unattached wrestler. Heavyweight Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.) also placed seventh, posting a 4-2 record with two pins. At 133 pounds, junior Vincent Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.) notched an eighth-place finish with a 4-2 showing.
Scarlet Knights Sweep Northeast Duals, 3-0
• 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 Nov. 24. 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.
Rutgers Hosting EIWA Championships for First Time in Program History
• The Scarlet Knights’ postseason march will begin at home. Rutgers plays host to the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships for the first time in program history from March 8-9 at the RAC. The 14-team event traditionally features some of the top wrestlers in the nation. Last season, 13 wrestlers from the conference earned NCAA All-America honors.
• Season ticket orders can be made online at ScarletKnights.com or by calling the ticket office at 1-866-445-GORU (4678).