LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - Junior Andy Roy (Wall, NJ) opened with a 10-0 major decision victory at 174 pounds, but No. 23 Rider captured the next five bouts on its way to a 22-12 win over Rutgers in wrestling action tonight in Lawrenceville. With the loss, RU falls to 4-3 overall.
Roy, ranked ninth nationally, was one of three bright spots for the Scarlet Knights this evening. He shut down Rider’s Joe Maroney to open the match, winning his sixth-straight match and improving his season record to 18-1 in the process. RU’s 4-0 lead was short-lived however, as the Broncs rattled off 16-straight points to seal the win.
At 184, 11th–ranked Nick Catone fended off Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ), 9-3, which started the string. Rutgers’ Donnie Defilippis (New Providence, NJ) halted the stretch with a 16-1 tech fall at 141, closing the gap to 16-9. Defilippis, ranked 15th nationally, Rider won the next two matches before Chris Ressa (Andover, NJ) closed the evening with a 2-1 win over Ryan Cunningham.
Catone, currently ranked 11th in the nation, heavyweight Carmelo Marrero, currently ranked 14th in the nation, Labe Black, currently ranked 17th in the nation and Bobby Stinson, currently ranked 19th in the nation, emerged victorious for the Broncs.
"We wrestled tough tonight, they just had a little more than we did,” said Rutgers head coach John Sacchi.
“It was a tough match for us. We were a little undermanned and suffered some very close defeats. We need to get refocused for Saturday.”
Rutgers’ next match is this Saturday, Jan. 24, when it hosts Brown at 1:00 p.m. at the College Avenue Gymnasium in New Brunswick.
Rider 22, Rutgers 12
174 Andy Roy-RU major dec. Joe Maroney-Rid 10-0 0-4
184 Nick Catone-Rid dec. Rudy Medini-RU 9-3 3-4
197 Jared Terrell-Rid dec. John Foscolo-RU 12-6 6-4
hwt Carmelo Marrero-Rid dec. Ramel Meekins-RU 7-4 9-4
125 Bobby Stinson-Rid dec. Dan Hilt-RU 4-2 12-4
133 Don Fisch-Rid major dec. Ed Labatch-RU 15-4 16-4
141 Donnie Defilippis-RU tech fall Rick Bauer-Rid 16-1 16-9
149 Labe Black-Rid dec. Greg Austin-RU 3-1 19-9
157 Dave Miller-Rid dec. Jim Rosinski-RU 11-4 22-9
165 Chris Ressa-Rut dec. Ryan Cunningham-Rid 2-1 22-12