NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Senior Greg Austin (Seaville, NJ) became just the ninth wrestler in Rutgers history to reach the 100 win plateau, as he led the Scarlet Knights to a pair of dual meet wins over Franklin & Marshall and Wagner, Saturday at the Collage Avenue Gymnasium in New Brunswick. Austin, who has been sidelined with injuries for much of the season, improved his season record to 9-2 and his career record to 100-37. Rutgers first defeated Franlin & Marshall, 32-6. RU followed that up with a 44-4 win over Wagner. Earlier in the day, Franklin & Marshall topped Wagner 45-0.
“I am really happy Greg [Austin] was able to get his 100th victory at home,” said Rutgers head coach John Sacchi. “He has been a leader for us all along and it is only fitting that he got his 100th win on his home mats.”
The Scarlet Knights began action against Franklin & Marshall. Freshman Dan Hilt (Manalapan, NJ) started things off for RU with a 6-3 win at 125. After F&M knotted the match at three, senior Donnie Defilippis (New Providence, NJ) put Rutgers up for good with a second period pin in 4:23 of Joe Perretta at 141. Austin followed that up with a 9-2 victory over Matt McConnell for his 99th career win.
F&M’s Mike Parziale won at 157 to cut the Rutgers lead to six, but RU won the last five matches to wrap up a 32-6 win. Chris Ressa (Andover, NJ) started the run with a 14-5 win over Ted Seemuller at 165. Andy Roy (Wall, NJ) followed with a 5-0 decision over Nate Schy at 174 to earn his team-leading 16th win of the season. Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ) defeated Ben Evans, 10-0, at 184, improving his season record to 12-4. Junior John Foscolo (South Plainfield, NJ) won by technical fall at 197 and freshman Ramel Meekins (Westwood, NJ) earned his first career dual meet victory with a 9-0 major decision at 285.
In Rutgers’ second match of the day against Wagner, Hilt again got the Scarlet Knights on the board first. The freshman 125-pounder scored an 18-1 technical fall to put Rutgers up 5-0. After Wagner cut the lead to 5-3, freshman Steve Adamcsik (Chester, NJ) defeated Justin Ensign at 141, 7-3. The win was Adamcsik’s 12th of the season.
Austin picked up his 100th win with a first period technical fall over Dan Gollin in 2:49. Austin used a takedown and a series of tilts to score the 17-0 victory. Freshman Kyle Poulson (Piscataway, NJ) followed up Austin’s win with a first period pin in 1:17. The win pushed Poulson’s team-leading pin total to four. Sophomore Jim Rosinski (Milford, NJ) won his first dual meet match of the season at 165 pounds with his own first-period pin of Vincent Vazzana, to push the Rutgers lead to 25-4.
Wagner forfeited at 174, handing Roy his team-leading 17th victory of the season. Sophomore Dan Cook (Ridgefield, CT) picked up his first win of the season with a 12-3 decision over Alan Moncayo. Freshman Tom Rant (Ocean, NJ) then made his dual meet debut a successful one with a second-period pin over Evan Weber-Junot at 197. Senior John Fleming (South Orange, NJ) closed out the day with a 5-0 decision over John Cichon.
“This was a good day for us,” added Sacchi. “Our starters wrestled well, completely dominating Franklin & Marshall. A lot of our backups had strong showings against Wagner.”
Rutgers returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 21, when it travels to Lawrenceville, NJ, to face Rider at 7 p.m.
Rutgers 32, Franklin & Marshall 6
125 – Dan Hilt (RU) dec. Trevor Beard (F&M), 6-3 3-0 RU
133 – Rich Gebauer (F&M) dec. Ricky Ringel (RU), 6-0 3-3
141 – Donnie Defillipis (RU) pinned Joe Perretta (F&M), 4:23 9-3 RU
149 – Greg Austin (RU) dec. Matt McConnell (F&M), 9-2 12-3 RU
157 – Mike Parziale (F&M) dec. Jim Rosinski (F&M), 7-4 12-6 RU
165 – Chris Ressa (RU) maj. dec. Ted Seemuller (F&M), 14-5 16-6 RU
174 – Andy Roy (RU) dec. Nate Schy (F&M), 5-0 19-6 RU
184 – Rudy Medini (RU) maj. dec. Ben Evans (F&M), 10-0 23-6 RU
197 – John Foscolo (RU) tech. fall RP Norley (F&M), 16-0 28-6 RU
285 – Ramel Meekins (RU) maj. dec. Shawn Coughlin (F&M), 9-0 32-6 RU
Rutgers 44, Wagner 4
125 – Dan Hilt (RU) tech. fall Michael Rooney (W), 18-1 (5:06) 5-0 RU
133 – Michael Tutunjian (W) maj. dec. Ricky Ringel (W), 16-3 5-4 RU
141 – Steve Adamcsik (RU) dec Justin Ensign (W), 7-3 8-4 RU
149 – Greg Austin (RU) tech. fall Dan Gollin (W), 17-0 (2:49) 13-4 RU
157 – Kyle Poulson (RU) pinned Matt Hartigan (W), 1:17 19-4 RU
165 – Jim Rosinski (RU) pinned Vincent Vazzana (W), 2:12 25-4 RU
174 – Andy Roy (RU) won by forfeit 31-4 RU
184 – Dan Cook (RU) maj. dec. Alan Moncayo (W), 12-3 35-4 RU
197 – Tom Rant (RU) pinned Evan Weber-Junot (W), 4:19 41-4 RU
285 – John Fleming (RU) dec. John Chicon (W), 5-0 44-4 RU
Franklin & Marshall 45, Wagner 0
125 – Trent Dixon (F&M) dec. Michael Rooney (W), 8-6 3-0 F&M
133 – Rich Gebauer (F&M) maj. dec. Michael Tutunjian (W), 11-0 7-0 F&M
141 – Joe Perretta (F&M) pinned Dan Gollin (W), 6:22 13-0 F&M
149 – Greg Soufleris (F&M) pinned Justin Ensign (W), 0:39 19-0 F&M
157 – Mike Parziale (F&M) pinned Pat Larkin (W), 2:28 25-0 F&M
165 – Ted Seemuller (F&M) maj. dec. Matt Hartigan (W), 11-2 29-0 F&M
174 – Nate Schy (F&M) pinned Vincent Vazzana (W), 2:03 35-0 F&M
184 – Ben Evans (F&M) dec. Alan Moncayo (W), 7-1 38-0 F&M
197 – RP Norley (F&M) dec. Evan Weber-Junot (W), 6-0 41-0 F&M
285 – Shawn Coughlin(F&M) maj. dec. John Cichon (W), 12-1 45-0 F&M