NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (December 8, 2012) – The Rutgers wrestling team improved to 6-0 with two strong dual performances, defeating Rider 25-5 and EIWA foe Princeton 30-6 on Saturday in College Ave. Gym. Led by sixth-year head coach Scott Goodale, the Scarlet Knights won 16 of the 20 contested matches. Included in the victories were 2-0 outings by senior 174-pounder Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.), senior 184-pounder Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.), junior 197-pounder Dan Seidenberg (Red Bank, N.J.), redshirt freshman heavyweight Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.) and senior 125-pounder Joseph Langel (Howell, N.J.).
Both Langel and Smith won their two matches by major decision margins. Langel first won by an 8-0 advantage over Rider’s Patrick Skinner, then defeated Princeton’s Max Rogers by a score of 11-3. Smith shutout Greg Velesco of Rider, 9-0, then controlled Princeton’s Charles Fox, 13-1.
The wins by Zannetti and Rinaldi improved their identical season records to 14-1 overall.
Sophomore 165-pounder Nick Visicaro (Long Branch, N.J.) turned in an upset victory in RU’s victory over Rider, winning a 4-1 decision over No. 16 Ramon Santiago. The win finalized RU’s controlling performance against the Broncs, in which RU won the initial five bouts to open a 17-0 lead.
The Scarlet Knights won the opening six matches against the Tigers to jump out to a 24-0 advantage. Junior 133-pounder Vincent Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.) capped the initial run with the maximum amount of points by pinning Princeton’s Andrew Hirai in 5:48. Dellefave held a 9-3 lead at the time of the fall.
Rutgers will next take part in the first collegiate wrestling event in the history of New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Dec. 16. The “Grapple at the Garden” duals feature RU and 13 other college wrestling programs. Rutgers faces Nebraska and Tennessee-Chattanooga, with the Scarlet Knights starting with the Huskers at 10:30 a.m. and following with the Mocs at 12:30 p.m.
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Rutgers 25, Rider 5*
174: No. 9 Greg Zannetti (RU) dec. James Brundage (Rider), 3-1
184: No. 13 Dan Rinaldi (RU) dec. Clint Morrison (Rider), 4-0
197: Dan Seidenberg (RU) dec. Donald McNeil (Rider), 5-2
HWT: Billy Smith (RU) major dec. Greg Velesco (Rider), 9-0
125: Joe Langel (RU) major dec. Patrick Skinner (Rider), 8-0
133: Jimmy Morris (Rider) dec. Vincent Dellefave (RU), 2-0
141: No. 15 Trevor Melde (RU) dec. Vinny Fava (Rider), 4-2
149: Ken Theobold (RU) dec. Curt Delia (PU), 6-4
157: Zac Cibula (Rider) dec. No. 16 Scott Winston (RU), 6-4
165: Nick Visicaro (RU) dec. No. 16 Ramon Santiago (Rider), 4-1
*Rider and Rutgers both lost one team point due to unsportsmanlike conduct following the 141-pound match
Rutgers 30, Rider 6
174: No. 9 Greg Zannetti (RU) major dec. Ryan Callahan (PU), 8-0
184: No. 13 Dan Rinaldi (RU) dec. Scott Gibbons (PU), 7-5
197: Dan Seidenberg (RU) dec. Dan Santoro (PU), 6-0
HWT: Billy Smith (RU) major dec. Charles Fox (PU), 13-1
125: Joe Langel (RU) major dec. Max Rogers (PU), 11-3
133: Vincent Dellefave (RU) pinned Andrew Hirai (PU), 5:48
141: Kevin Moylan (PU) dec. No. 15 Trevor Melde (RU), 7-5 (SV)
149: Zach Bintliff (PU) dec. Ken Theobold (RU), 11-4
157: No. 16 Scott Winston (RU) dec. Kyle Roddy (PU), 5-4
165: Anthony Volpe (RU) dec. Judd Ziegler (PU), 3-1