NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Navy won the first three matches of the day en route to a 25-10 victory over the Rutgers wrestling team on Saturday afternoon in the College Avenue Gym. Rutgers came up short on a number of tightly-contested bouts, as Navy won five matches decided by three points or less. Navy improves to 5-3 while Rutgers drops to 1-2.
The Mids’ John Cox started the day off by beating senior Greg Austin (Seaville, NJ), 6-5, at 149. Austin fought back from a 4-1, first period deficit, but an escape late in the third period sealed the match for Cox. The loss snaps Austin’s victory streak at five.
Mike Carbonaro pinned freshman Anthony Cavico (North Brunswick, NJ), who was making his dual meet debut on Saturday. The victory extended the Navy lead to 9-0. At 165, Mike Barikian came from behind to defeat junior Chris Ressa (Andover, NJ), 8-5, giving the Midshipmen a 12-0 lead.
Junior Andrew Roy (Wall, NJ) got the Scarlet Knights on the board with a 10-1 major decision over Andrew Hemminger at 174. With the win, Roy’s season record improves to 14-1. Junior Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ) cut the Navy lead to five with a 12-5 win over Jon Kane at 184. With the win, Medini improves to 10-4 on the season.
Thayer Paxton beat John Foscolo (South Plainfield, NJ) by major decision, 15-7, at 197 to shift momentum back in Navy’s favor. Foscolo controlled the match for the first period, before an injury to the Scarlet Knight grappler gave control of the match to Paxton. After battling Rutgers freshman Ramel Meekins (Westwood, NJ) to a tie at 285, Navy’s Tanner Garrett earned the 7-6 victory on riding time. Navy put the match out of reach when 125-pounder Sam Gray defeated senior Dare Ajibade (Bloomfield, NJ), 8-6, on a late third-period takedown.
Freshman Ed Labatch (Wilson, PA) got Rutgers going again with a 5-2 victory over Brad Canterbury at 133. Down 2-1 entering the third, Labatch hit a spladle half-way through the period to go up 4-2, and kept control the rest of the period for riding time. At 141, Donnie Defilippis (New Providence, NJ) tied the match, 12-12 with a late third-period takedown, only to fall in overtime to Navy’s Nathan Gulosh.
“Navy is a good team,” said Rutgers head coach John Sacchi. “I was disappointed with the effort today. We made too many mistakes. Hopefully we will come out against Sacred Heart with a better all-around team effort.”
Rutgers returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 15, traveling to Fairfield, CT, to face Scared Heart at 6 p.m. The Scarlet Knights return to the College Avenue Gym on Saturday, Jan. 17, for a tri-meet with Wagner and Franklin & Marshall, beginning at noon.
Match Sequence/Results RU-Navy
149 – John Cox (N) dec. Greg Austin (RU), 6-5 0-3
157 – Mike Carbonaro (N) pin Anthony Cavico (RU), 2:38 0-9
165 – Michael Barikian (N) dec. Chris Ressa (RU), 8-5 0-12
174 – Andy Roy (RU) maj. dec. Andrew Hemminger (N), 10-1 4-12
184 – Rudy Medini (RU) dec. Jon Kane (N), 12-5 7-12
197 – Thayler Paxton (N) maj. dec. John Foscolo (RU), 15-7 7-16
285 – Tanner Garrett (N) dec. Ramel Meekins (RU), 7-6 7-19
125 – Sam Gray (N) dec. Dare Ajibade (RU), 8-6 7-22
133 – Ed Labatch (RU) dec. Brad Canterbury (N), 5-2 10-22
141 –Nathan Gulosh (N) dec. Donnie Defilippis (RU), 14-12 (OT) 10-25