NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Nov. 17, 2013) – After winning four of its first five bouts, the Rutgers wrestling team defeated Boston University, 16-15, in its home-opener Sunday afternoon at the College Ave. Gym. The Scarlet Knights (2-0, 2-0 EIWA) won their first home dual of the season for the fourth consecutive year, as sophomore 285-pounder Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.) knocked off No. 14/14/16 Kevin Innis to improve to 6-1 this season. Innis defeated Smith last season in the NCAA Tournament.
RU got off to a hot start, with redshirt senior Dan Seidenberg (Red Bank, N.J.), sophomore Hayden Hrymack (Lincroft, N.J.) and Smith taking a decision, major decision and decision, respectively. Both Seidenberg and Hrymack recorded over five minutes of riding time in their bouts.
Redshirt senior Vinne Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.), who made his 2013 debut at 133 pounds, won by a 5-4 decision over BU’s Dane Harlowe. Dellefave got out to a 5-1 lead after the first two periods to hold Harlowe off for the win.
BU (0-1, 0-1 EIWA) took the lead late after Mitchell Wightman topped redshirt junior Nick Visicaro (Long Branch, N.J.) with a 3-1 decision at 165 pounds, scoring a takedown in sudden victory to give the Terriers a 15-13 lead.
The decision gave redshirt freshman Phil Bakuckas (Hammonton, N.J.) the opportunity to win the bout for RU, as the 174-pounder won, 7-0, to give Rutgers the victory.
The Scarlet Knights hit the road on Friday, Nov. 22, when they square off with Clarion.
Rutgers 16, Boston University 15
Dual started at 184 pounds
184: Dan Seidenberg (RU) dec. over Andrew Maksimovic (BU), 9-3
197: Hayden Hrymack (RU) major dec. over Aaron Conrad (BU), 12-3
HWT: No. 18/NR/NR Billy Smith (RU) dec. over No. 14/14/16 Kevin Innis (BU), 4-1
125: Bubba McGinley (BU) dec. over Scott DelVecchio (RU), 8-5
133: Vinnie Dellefave (RU) dec. over Dane Harlowe (BU), 5-4
141: Peter Ishiguro (BU) dec. over Corey Stasenko (RU), 4-3
149: Nick Tourville (BU) dec. over Ken Theobold (RU), 7-4
157: No. 10/11/10 Nestor Taffur (BU) dec. over Anthony Perrotti (RU), 6-5
165: Mitchell Wightman (BU) dec. over Nick Visicaro (RU), 3-1
174: Phil Bakuckas (RU) dec. over Colin Saunders (BU), 7-0
Rankings (-/-/-): AWN / Intermat / W.I.N. (As of Nov. 12)
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