Maryland took the opening match at 125, but the Scarlet Knights took the final eight bouts en route to the victory. RU’s Dare Ajibade Bloomfield, NJ) got things started for the Scarlet Knights with a 13-6 win over Maryland’s Matt Pandullo at 133, to even the match at 3-3. Senior Donnie Defilippis (New Providence, NJ) extended his winning streak to six with an 11-4 major decision over UMD’s Jason Gribshaw at 141.
Senior 149-pounder Greg Austin (Seaville, NJ) notched his 101st career victory, snapping a three-match losing streak in the process. He decisioned Jared Villecco of Maryland, 8-4. Senior 157-pounder Amir Khan (Voorhees, NJ) returned from injury to defeat Luke Stuffer, 11-6. Saturday marked Khan’s first action since Dec. 29, 2003.
Juniors Chris Ressa (Andover, NJ) and Andy Roy (Wall, NJ) took their matches at 165 and 174 respectively, with Roy earning his fourth fall of the season, taking down the Terrapins’ Pat Cisne in 5:44. Junior Scott McAdoo (Prince Frederick, MD) defeated Sean Fehn, 7-3, at 184, while freshman Tom Rant (Ocean, NJ) and senior John Fleming (South Orange, NJ) wrapped up competition with victories at 197 and 285 respectively.
The Scarlet Knights ended the day winning eight out of 10 bouts against Duke to earn the sweep. Rutgers and Duke traded victories in the first two matches to knot the match at 3-3. The Scarlet Knights captured the following three matches to open up a lead they would never surrender. Defilippis, Khan and Austin all won their second match of the day, winning at 141, 149 and 157 respectively. Duke’s Mike Mitchell decisioned Ressa at 165, 3-1 to snap RU’s streak.
Roy notched his second victory of the afternoon, posting a 10-1 major decision of Levi Craig, to extend his season winning streak to 11. The 174-pound grappler is ranked eighth nationally in the latest Amateur Wrestling News poll with a 22-1 record on the season.
Junior Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ) notched a 10-4 decision over Frank Cornely at 184, followed by a 9-2 win by RU’s John Foscolo (South Plainfield, NJ) at 197. Freshman heavyweight Ramel Meekins (Westwood, NJ) ended the day with a pin of Duke’s Roy Williams in 46 seconds.
“We wrestled real well today,” said Rutgers head coach John Sacchi. “We were aggressive in every match all the way to the end. It was a total team effort.”
The Scarlet Knights return to action next Saturday, Feb. 14, traveling to West Point, NY, to face Army at 4 p.m.
Rutgers 30, Maryland 3
125 –Matt Pandullo (MD) dec. Dan Hilt (RU), 6-4
133 – Dare Ajibade (RU) dec. Mike Lupa (MD), 13-6
141 – Donnie Defilippis (RU) maj. dec. Jason Gribshaw (MD), 11-4
149 – Greg Austin (RU) dec. Jared Villecco (MD), 8-4
157 – Amir Khan (RU) dec. Luke Stuffer (MD), 11-6
165 – Chris Ressa (RU) dec. John Antonelli (MD), 3-1
174 – Andy Roy (RU) pinned Pat Cisne (MD), 5:44
184 – Scott McAdoo (RU) dec. Sean Fehn (MD), 7-3
197 – Tom Rant (RU) dec. Jerry Afari (MD), 6-2
285 – John Fleming (RU) dec. Barry Stein (MD), 8-2
Rutgers 28, Duke 6
125 – Dan Hilt (RU) dec. Christian Smith (DU), 5-3
133 – Adam Benitez (DU) dec. Dare Ajibade (RU), 11-9
141 – Donnie Defilippis (RU) dec. Dan Shvartsman (DU), 7-2
149 – Greg Austin (RU) dec. Antwion Floyd (DU), 6-3
157 – Amir Khan (RU) dec. Brandon Foose (DU), 11-5
165 – Mike Mitchell (DU) dec. Chris Ressa (RU), 3-1
174 – Andy Roy (RU) maj. dec. Levi Craig (DU), 10-1
184 – Rudy Medini (RU) dec. Frank Cornely (DU), 10-4
197 – John Foscolo (RU) dec. Tim Marcantonio (DU), 9-2
285 – Ramel Meekins (RU) pinned Roy Williams (DU), 0:46