BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (Nov. 10, 2013) – The Rutgers wrestling team enjoyed a successful outing at the 2013 Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open, formerly known as the Binghamton Open, on Sunday, Nov. 10. RU ended the tournament with four top-four finishers, as redshirt sophomore Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.) was narrowly defeated in the 285 final to finish as runner-up.
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Smith, ranked No, 20 by AWN, went 4-1 with a pin and major decision in the tournament. His only loss came to Penn State’s Jimmy Lawson in the final, occurring on a takedown in overtime to seal the 3-1 defeat. Lawson is ranked No. 10/12/13 by Intermat, W.I.N. Magazine and AWN, respectively.
At 197 pounds, sophomore Hayden Hrymack (Lincroft, N.J.) recorded the most wins of any Scarlet knight in the tournament, going 7-1 to finish third. Hrymack lost in his second round bout to Penn State’s Morgan McIntosh, but would win his next seven bouts in wrestle backs to take third. He defeated Cornell’s Steve Congerie by a 9-5 decision in the third-place match.
After dropping the first dual bout of his career against Hofstra last weekend, freshman 125-pounder Scott DelVecchio (South Plainfield, N.J.) did well in his first collegiate tournament. DelVecchio posted a 7-1 clip Sunday, losing his first match by a 4-3 decision to Binghamton’s David White before wrestling all the way back to finish third.
DelVecchio settled the score with White in the third-place match, taking a 5-2 decision.
Classmate and former South Plainfield HS teammate Corey Stasenko (South Plainfield, N.J.) also enjoyed success in his first tournament. Stasenko went 4-2 at 141 pounds en route to a fourth-place finish, taking down Lock Haven sophomore Dan Neff by fall to advance to the semifinals. Neff is ranked No. 17/14/14 by Intermat, W.I.N. Magazine and AWN, respectively.
Four Scarlet Knights finished in fifth/sixth place in the tournament – freshman 125-pounder Josh Patrick (Ligonier Valley, Pa.), redshirt freshman 125-pounder Sean McCabe (Connetquot, N.Y.), redshirt sophomore 157-pounder Anthony Perrotti (Roseland, N.Y.) and redshirt junior 165-pounder Nick Visicaro (Long Branch, N.J.). Redshirt freshman 174-pounder Phil Bakuckas (Hammonton, N.J.) closed the day in the seventh/eight place spot.
RU returns to its dual slate on Sunday, Nov. 17, when the Scarlet Knights host their first home match of the season at the College Ave Gym against Boston University. The match will being at 1 p.m.
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