WEST POINT, NY - In a tightly contested match that saw the lead change hands five different times, the Rutgers wrestling team won four of the final five bouts to secure a 21-15 victory over Army in dual meet competition on Saturday in West Point, NY. The victory improves the Scarlet Knights to 8-4 overall this season and 4-1 in EIWA competition, while snapping the Black Knights’ five-match winning streak.
Rutgers took two of the first three matches of the day with seniors Donnie Defilippis (New Providence, NJ) and Greg Austin (Seaville, NJ) earning victories for the Scarlet Knights at 141 and 149 pounds respectively. Defilippis improved his season record to 12-2 and extended his current wining streak to eight matches.
Army stormed back with victories at 157 and 165, highlighted by Army’s Phillip Simpson’s, ranked seventh nationally, pin of RU’s Amir Khan (Voorhees, NJ) in 6:30. With the two wins, the Black Knights opened up a 12-6 lead halfway through the match.
Junior Andy Roy (Wall, NJ) put the match back in the Scarlet Knights’ favor with a technical fall of Ron Schroeder, 17-2, at 174 pounds. Junior Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ) followed that up with a 5-3 decision of Matt Bernard at 184 to give RU a 14-12 lead.
Army won at 197 to give the Black Knights a 15-14 advantage, but Rutgers responded once again and sealed it with victories in the final two bouts of the afternoon.
Freshman Ramel Meekins (Westwood, NJ) won his fourth straight match at 285 and fellow newcomer Dan Hilt (Manalapan, NJ) sealed it with an 11-3 major decision over Andy Henry of Army at 125. RU used a seven-point turnaround in the final two matches to earn the 21-15 victory.
“This was a great victory for us,” said Rutgers head coach John Sacchi. “Andy Roy and Rudy Medini opened the door for us. I was happy with our persistence and the way we battled back for the victory. Our kids did a great job this afternoon.”
After nearly a month away from home, Rutgers returns to the College Avenue Gymnasium on Thursday at 7 p.m. for a dual match with Drexel.
March Sequence/Results RU-Army
133 – Bernard Gardner (A) dec. Dare Ajibade (RU), 6-2 0-3
141 – Donnie Defilippis (RU) dec. Patrick Simpson (A), 9-6 3-3
149 – Greg Austin (RU) dec. Anthony Dunkin (A), 7-6 6-3
157 – Phllip Simpson (A) pinned Amir Khan (RU), 6:38 6-9
165 – Kurt Pryor (A) dec. Chris Ressa (RU), 3-2 6-12
174 – Andy Roy (RU) technical fall Ron Schroeder (A), 17-2 11-12
184 – Rudy Medini (RU) dec. Matt Bernard (A), 5-3 14-12
197 – Todd Wisman (A) dec. John Foscolo (RU), 6-5 14-15
285 – Ramel Meekins (RU) dec. Bo Reynolds (A), 3-2 17-15
125 – Dan Hilt (RU) major dec. Andy Henry (A), 11-3 21-15