NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Rutgers wrestling team won six of 10 bouts to take a 23-13 victory over EIWA foe Brown on Saturday at the College Avenue Gymnasium in New Brunswick, NJ. With the victory, the Scarlet Knights improve to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the EIWA.
Sophomore Dan Cook (Ridgefield, CT) replaced regular starter Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ) at 184 pounds to open the match. Brown’s Nick Ciarcia gave the Bears a 4-0 lead with a 12-3 major decision of Cook.
Rutgers pulled within a point as junior John Foscolo (South Plainfield, NJ) used a first-period take-down to post a 6-0 decision over Brown’s Peter Mosely at 197.
Freshman Ramel Meekins (Westwood, NJ), like Foscolo, earned a first-period take-down at 285 and then put the match away in the second period with a pin of Lee Bean in 3:24. The fall not only ignited the crowd but gave Rutgers control of the match at 9-4. The Scarlet Knights would not relinquish the lead en route to their fifth dual win of the season.
At 125, freshman Dan Hilt (Manalapan, NJ) nearly recorded his first collegiate pin but could not seal the first-period fall as the buzzer sounded. He earned three backpoints in the process and cruised to an 8-3 victory, opening up a 12-4 lead on Brown.
Brown chipped away at the RU lead with a win at 133, but senior 141-pounder Donnie Defilippis (New Providence, NJ) put momentum back in the Scarlet Knights’ favor. He recorded four take-downs en route to a 15-4 major decision over Brown’s Frank Gill. The victory improves Defilippis’ win streak to four. He has registered a pin, a technical fall and two major decisions during the stretch.
In the match of the afternoon at 149 pounds between Rutgers senior Greg Austin (Seaville, NJ) and Brown’s David Dies, ranked 18th nationally, Austin struck first with a reversal in the second period. Dies, however, tied the match in the third period to force overtime and defeated the RU grappler in the extra session, 4-2.
Brown pulled as close as three points at 16-13, after BU’s Mike Savino scored a slim, 2-1 decision over Jim Rosinski (Milford, NJ) at 157.
With the Bears threatening, junior Chris Ressa (Andover, NJ) registered a 4-2 overtime victory over Brown’s Sean Jenkins to give RU a commanding six-point lead at 19-13, heading into the final bout of the afternoon.
Junior Andy Roy (Wall, NJ), ranked ninth nationally, sealed a Scarlet Knight victory with a 13-0 major decision of Brown’s Adam Santee. The RU grappler used a reversal and a pair of takedowns while accumulating six backpoints to earn his fourth major decision of the season. Roy is now 19-1 on the season and currently in the midst of an eight-match winning streak.
“I was really pleased with our performance today,” said Rutgers head coach John Sacchi. “Both teams competed with a great level of intensity, but we just wanted it more and we won the matches we should have.”
Rutgers will travel to Boston, MA, next Saturday, Jan. 31, to take on Boston University at 4 p.m.
Rutgers 23, Brown 13 BU RU
184 – Nick Ciarcia (BU) major dec. Dan Cook (RU), 12-3 4 0
197 – John Foscolo (RU) dec. Peter Mosely (BU), 6-0 4 3
285 – Ramel Meekins (RU) pinned Lee Beane (BU), 3:24 4 9
125 – Dan Hilt (RU) pinned Greg Pace (BU), 8-3 4 12
133 – Dan Apello (BU) dec. Ricky Ringel (RU), 6-3 7 12
141 – Donnie Defilippis (RU) major dec. Frank Gill (BU), 15-4 7 16
149 – David Dies (BU) dec. Greg Austin (RU), 4-2 (OT) 10 16
157 – Mike Savino (BU) dec. Jim Rosinski (RU), 2-1 13 16
165 – Chris Ressa (RU) dec. Sean Jenkins (BU), 2-1 (OT) 13 19
174 – Andy Roy (RU) major dec. Adam Santee (BU), 13-0 13 23