NEW YORK - (December 16, 2012) – The Rutgers wrestling team split dual matches at the “Grapple at the Garden” inside Madison Square Garden on Sunday, falling to No. 14 Nebraska, 22-10, before defeating Chattanooga, 28-12. Led by sixth-year head coach Scott Goodale, the Scarlet Knights’ point-filled effort against the Mocs improved the squad’s record to 7-1 overall in 2012-13. RU was led by redshirt freshman heavyweight Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.), who posted a 2-0 record on the day.
Against No. 14 Nebraska, the Scarlet Knights jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on the Huskers with wins from senior 125-pounder Joe Langel (Howell, N.J.) and junior 133-pounder Vincent Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.). Langel powered to a 9-1 major decision win against Nebraska’s Skylar Wood, ranked 19th in the nation according to Intermat. Dellefave followed at 133 pounds by controlling Shawn Nagel of Nebraska by a score of 9-3.
Rutgers was unable to break through against Nebraska again until the final bout of the dual at heavyweight. Smith turned away NU’s Donny Longendyke by decision, 4-2, to set the final score of 22-10.
The RU-UTC matchup featured three-straight pins from 133 pounds to 149 pounds. Dellefave suffered a defensive fall after being rolled to his back at the 5:35 mark by Chattanooga’s Marvin Lopez. Dellefave was leading 3-1 at the time of the pin.
Rutgers turned the tide in the next two matches with first period pins from senior 141-pounder Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) and freshman 149-pounder Ken Theobold (Toms River, N.J.). Melde stuck Dean Pavlou of UTC with a 1:17 fall. Theobold pinned Chattanooga’s Alex Hudson in 2:51.
Senior 184-pounder Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) also scored bonus points against the Mocs, shutting out UTC’s Robert Prigmore for an 8-0 major decision. Smith closed the dual with a 4-0 decision of Moc heavyweight Kevin Malone.
The Scarlet Knights hit the road for CSU Bakersfield on Thursday, Jan. 3, competing at 7 p.m. ET. The West Coast trip continues the Stanford Duals on Sunday, Jan. 6. Rutgers returns home to the RAC on Friday, Jan. 11 to host Iowa State at 7 p.m.
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No. 14 Nebraska 22, Rutgers 10
125: Joe Langel (RU) major dec. Skylar Wood (NU), 9-1
133: Vincent Dellefave (RU) dec. Shawn Nagel (NU), 9-3
141: No. 19 Ridge Kiley (NU) dec. Trevor Melde (RU), 3-0
149: No. 6 Jake Sueflohn (NU) dec. Ken Theobold (RU), 7-2
157: Brandon Wilbourne (NU) major dec. No. 20 Scott Winston (RU), 13-2
165: Austin Wilson (NU) dec. Nick Visicaro (RU), 3-1 (SV)
174: No. 6 Robert Kokesh (NU) dec. No. 9 Greg Zannetti (RU), 6-2
184: No. 5 Josh Ihnen (NU) dec. No. 13 Dan Rinaldi (RU), 4-0
197: Caleb Kolb (NU) dec. Dan Seidenberg (RU), 1-0
HWT: Billy Smith (RU) dec. Donny Longendyke (NU), 4-2
Rutgers 28, Chattanooga 12
125: No. 10 Nick Soto (UTC) dec. Joe Langel (RU), 10-4
133: Marvin Lopez (UTC) pinned Vincent Dellefave (RU), 5:35
141: Trevor Melde (RU) pinned Dean Pavlou (UTC), 1:17
149: Ken Theobold (RU) pinned Alex Hudson (UTC), 2:51
157: No. 20 Scott Winston (RU) dec. Trey Stavrum (UTC), 9-4
165: Nick Visicaro (RU) dec. Josh Condon (UTC), 11-8
174: No. 9 Greg Zannetti (RU) dec. John Lampe (UTC), 4-0
184: No. 13 Dan Rinaldi (RU) major dec. Robert Prigmore (UTC), 8-0
197: No. 18 Niko Brown (UTC) dec. Dan Seidenberg (RU), 3-1
HWT: Billy Smith (RU) dec. Kevin Malone (UTC), 4-0