PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Jan. 26, 2013) – In a tightly-contested match that came down to the last bout of the evening, the Rutgers wrestling team fell to Navy, 19-15, in Annapolis, Md., Saturday. The Scarlet Knights, led by sixth-year head coach Scott Goodale, won five of the 10 contested bouts.
Rutgers moved to 14-3 overall (6-1 EIWA), dropping its first conference matchup of the season. The Midshipmen improved to 4-1 (1-1 EIWA). The Scarlet Knights are now 6-21 all-time against Navy, ending a four-match win streak over Midshipmen. Goodale is now 4-2 all-time against Navy.
Senior 184-pounder Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.), ranked No. 11, continued to move up Rutgers’ all-time wins list, downing No. 20 Mason Bailey of the Midshipmen in double-overtime, 5-0, with a reversal and three-point nearfall. Rinaldi is now tied for 10th on the school’s list with 102 career victories.
The match started at 174 pounds with a two ranked opponents as No. 12 senior Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.) dropped a 9-6 decision to No. 14 Mathew Miller of Navy. After a Rinaldi win and an RU loss at 197 pounds, the Scarlet Knights won four-straight bouts.
Freshman heavyweight Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.) started it off, earning a 8-5 decision over Dan Miller. Senior 125-pounder Joe Langel (Howell, N.J.) continued with a 5-2 decision over Patrick Prada of the Midshipmen. Junior Vincent Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.) then tallied a hard-fought 6-5 decision over Navy’s Colton Rasche at 133 pounds before senior 141-pounder Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) finished off the Rutgers wins, notching a 2-0 win with an escape and the riding time advantage against Navy’s Joe Locksmith.
Rutgers led 15-9 following Melde’s win, but Navy won three-straight bouts to take the match.
After a week off from competition, the Scarlet Knights continue the season at home on Friday, Feb. 8, hosting Bloomsburg in College Ave. Gym at 6:30 p.m.
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Navy 19, Rutgers 15
Dual started at 174 pounds
174: No. 14 Mathew Miller (Navy) dec. No. 12 Greg Zannetti (RU), 9-6
184: No. 11 Dan Rinaldi (RU) dec. No. 20 Mason Bailey (Navy), 5-0 (TB1)
197: Oscar Huntley (Navy) pinned Hayden Hrymack (RU), 4:20
HWT: Billy Smith (RU) dec. Dan Miller (Navy), 8-5
125: Joe Langel (RU) dec. Patrick Prada (Navy), 5-2
133: Vincent Dellefave (RU) dec. Colton Rasche (Navy), 6-5
141: Trevor Melde (RU) dec. Joe Locksmith (Navy), 2-0
149: Raymond Borja (Navy) major dec. Ken Theobold (RU), 19-9
157: Bobby Burg (Navy) dec. Scott Winston (RU), 9-2
165: Peyton Walsh (Navy) dec. Nick Visicaro (RU), 11-5