NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Nov. 15, 2013) – The Rutgers wrestling team returns to “The Barn” on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. for its first dual match of the season against EIWA opponent Boston University. The Scarlet Knights look to improve to 2-0 this season against a Terriers squad that boasts two ranked opponents.
A quartet of RU grapplers enter the dual after a successful outing at the 2013 Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open in Binghamton, N.Y. Four Scarlet Knights placed fourth or better in the tourney, including freshman 125-pounder Scott DelVecchio (South Plainfield), freshman 141-pounder Corey Stasenko (South Plainfield, N.J.), sophomore 197-pounder Hayden Hrymack (Lincroft, N.J.) and redshirt sophomore 285-pounder Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.).
DelVecchio went 7-1 en route to a third-place finish, Stasenko ended the day in fourth place, Hrymack also posted a 7-1 clip to take third and Smith fell to Penn State’s Jimmy Lawson in the final to earn second.
As a team the Scarlet Knights finished 5-2 overall against Boston University wrestlers at the Bearcat Open. At 125 pounds, BU’s Bubba McGinley fell to redshirt freshman Sean McCabe (Connetquot, N.Y.) and freshman Josh Patrick (Ligonier Valley, Pa.)
At 141 pounds Peter Ishiguro fell to Stasenko by a 10-2 major decision, while Mitchell Wightman earned BU’s only victories over RU grapplers by defeating redshirt freshman Anthony Pafumi (West Orange, N.J.) and redshirt junior Nick Visicaro (Long Branch, N.J.).
Redshirt freshman Phil Bakuckas (Hammonton, N.J.) defeated Eric Des Lauriers by a 4-0 decision and redshirt senior Dan Seidenberg (Red Bank, N.J.) topped Aaron Conrad for the other two RU wins.
RU will be especially tested at 285 and 157 pounds, where the Terriers boast a pair of top-15 grapplers. Senior 157-pounder Nestor Taffur, a Bound Brook, N.J., native, is 6-0 to start the season after winning the 157-pound title at the Bearcat Open. Taffur is ranked No. 10/11/10 in the nation (AWN/ Intermat/ W.I.N.)
Senior 285-pounder Kevin Innis, ranked No. 14/14/16 (AWN/ Intermat/ W.I.N.), is the other BU wrestler to be ranked entering the matchup. Innis has not yet seen action this season and will present a revenge opportunity for Smith, who fell to Innis last season in the NCAA Tournament.
Redshirt senior Vinnie Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.) expects to see his first action of the season at 133 pounds against the Terriers.
Rutgers vs. Boston University (Probable Matchups)
125: Bubba McGinley vs. Scott DelVecchio
133: Dane Harlowe vs. Vinnie Dellefave
141: Tyler Scotton vs. Corey Stasenko
149: Nick Tourville vs. Ken Theobold
157: 10/11/10 Nestor Taffur vs. Anthony Perrotti
165: Mitchell Wightman vs. Nick Visicaro
174: Colin Saunders -OR- Andrew Maksimovic vs. Phil Bakuckas
184: Aaron Conrad -OR- Kristian Meyer vs. Dan Seidenberg
197: Alex Najjar vs. Hayden Hrymack
285: 14/14/16 Kevin Innis vs. Billy Smith
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