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Rutgers Wrestling Opens 2013-14 Season at Hofstra
Three Scarlet Knights to make NCAA debuts
  • Posted on November 01, 2013 8:52:19 PM
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    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Nov. 1, 2013) – The Rutgers wrestling team kicks off its 2013-14 season at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3 at Hofstra. The Scarlet Knights return three NCAA qualifiers from a 16-4 squad that finished the season ranked No. 25 in the NWCA/USA Coaches Poll.

    Three Scarlet Knights are prepared to make their NCAA debuts against the Pride, as RU looks to avenge its 26-10 loss to Hofstra on Jan. 27, 2012. Overall, RU boasts 23 underclassmen on its 26-wrestler squad.

    The list of projected matchups is below:

     

    125

    Freshman Scott DelVecchio (South Plainfield, N.J.)  vs. senior Jamie Franco*

    Delvecchio recorded 160 wins in his career at South Plainfield HS, as he is one of four South Plainfield, N.J. natives that joined the squad this season.

     

    133

    Redshirt senior Vinnie Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.)* vs. redshirt freshman Jamel Hudson

    Dellefave placed third in the 109th EIWA Tournament, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in his career.

     

    141

    Freshman Corey Stasenko (South Plainfield, N.J.) vs. senior Luke Vaith*

    -OR- freshman Tyson Dippery ( Harrisburg, Pa.)

    Stasenko topped Dippery in the duos Oct. 26 wrestle-off at the College Ave. Gym.

     

    149

    Sophomore Ken Theobold ( Toms River, N.J.) vs. redshirt junior Cody Ruggirello

    Theobold returns for the Scarlet Knights after recording a 16-3 overall record last season.

     

    157

    Redshirt sophomore Anthony Perrotti (Roseland, N.J.) vs. redshirt junior Nick Terdick

    Perrotti will wrestle RU for the first time in two years after redshirting for the squad last season.

     

    165

    Redshirt junior Nick Visicaro (Long Branch, N.J.)* vs. graduate Joe Booth

    Visicaro placed fifth at the 109th EIWA Tournament last season and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. He posted a 15-11 overall record and 12-5 record in dual action.

     

    174

    Redshirt freshman Phillip Bakuckas (Hammonton, N.J.) vs. sophomore Victor Pozsonyi

    Bakuckas makes his Scarlet Knights’ debut against the pride at 174 after redshirting in his first season “On the Banks.” He went 22-11 last season wrestling unattached.

     

    184

    Redshirt senior Dan Seidenberg (Red Bank, N.J.) vs. freshman Dwight Howes

    Seidenberg will return to his normal weight of 184 after wrestling up at 197 pounds last season. He went 10-13 overall and 4-9 in duals en route to a seventh place finish at the 109th EIWA Tournament.

     

    197

    Sophomore Hayden Hrymack (Lincroft, N.J.) vs. redshirt sophomore David Heitman

    Hrymack went 12-15 in his first season at Rutgers.

     

    HWT

    Redshirt sophomore Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.)* vs. freshman Robert Hughes

    Last season’s scoring champion, Smith returns after reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2013. Smith went 27-9 overall and 17-3 in duals as a rookie.

    *denotes NCAA qualifier

     

    Scouting Hofstra

     

    The Pride returns 17 grapplers from a year ago, including six starters. Like Rutgers, Hofstra boasts three returning NCAA qualifiers in Franco, Bonanno and Vaith. Head coach Rob Anspach resumes his coaching duties in his third year with the squad, Vaith recorded a Colonial Athletic Association championship last season at 141 pounds, as the Pride begin their first season in the EIWA in 2013-14.

     

    Follow Rutgers Athletics on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RutgersAthletics) and Twitter (@RUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates. For specific updates regarding Rutgers wrestling, follow the program on Twitter (@RUWrestling). Fans can receive timely information, including special offers and giveaways throughout the year on our social media outlets along with www.ScarletKnights.com.

     

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