PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Nov. 26, 2013) – Redshirt senior 133-pounder Vinnie Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.) is the latest Rutgers wrestler to appear in the national rankings, earning the No. 18 spot in the AWN and InterMat polls this week. No. 18/18/ NR (AWN/InterMat/W.I.N.) Dellefave missed the first two weeks of the season due to injury, but returned to RU’s lineup with a 5-4 decision on Nov. 17 against Boston University’s Dane Harlowe.
Dellefave defeated then-No. 18 (InterMat) Sam Sherlock by a 15-6 major decision on Friday, Nov. 22, to become the second ranked grappler on the squad this season and improve to 2-0.
The RU captain was tabbed the No. 17 wrestler in the country at 133 pounds by W.I.N. Magazine during the preseason, but dropped out of the rankings after missing two weeks of action.
Redshirt sophomore Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.) is the Scarlet Knights’ other ranked wrestler, earning the No. 16/18/17 (AWN/InterMat/W.I.N.) spots at 285 pounds. He is 7-1 this season with a 3-0 dual clip.
RU competes in four duals in two days this weekend, when the Scarlet Knights take on No. 11 Virginia and Michigan State at the 11th Annual Asics/ Journeyman Northeast Duals (Nov. 30). Rutgers then faces Maryland and George Mason at the Second Annual “Grapple at the Garden” (Dec. 1).
Tickets for this year’s “Grapple,” held at Madison Square Garden, are available for the designated Rutgers section – section 106 – for $55 each. They can be purchased by calling the RU Ticket Office at 1-866-445-GORU (4678) or by visiting ScarletKnights.com.
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