TROY, N.Y. (Nov. 30, 2013) – The Rutgers wrestling team defeated future Big Ten opponent, Michigan State, by a 20-18 margin Saturday afternoon to close out the 11th Annual Asics/ Journeyman Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y. RU split the competition, falling to No. 11 Virginia, 22-9, in its first dual match of the afternoon.
RU and the Spartans split the bouts in their match, 5-5, but key results at 141 and 149 pounds made the difference for the Scarlet Knights.
Freshman 141-pounder Tyson Dippery (Harrisburg, Pa.) won his bout by tech fall over Brian Gibbs (2:01) to give RU an 8-3 lead. Dippery is now 3-0 in duals this season, winning the first three duals to start his career and last eight bouts overall.
In the 149-pound bout, sophomore Ken Theobold (Toms River, N.J.) earned his first dual win of the season in thrilling fashion, pinning MSU’s Matt Pasqualini (1:27) to extend the lead to 14-3.
From there, decisions by 157-pound redshirt sophomore Anthony Perrotti (Roseland, N.J.) – who topped No. 18/19/NR Ryan Watts – and 174-pound Phil Bakuckas (Hammonton, N.J.) gave the Scarlet Knights a 20-9 lead through seven bouts. Despite winning the final three bouts of the match, the Spartans were unable to register the necessary bonus points in order to earn the win.
The Scarlet Knights (4-1, 2-0) picked up their first win over a Big Ten opponent since topping Purdue, 28-15, on Nov. 26, 2011at the Northeast Duals. The victory also gave RU a 1-0-1 edge in the all-time series with the Spartans.
Against the Cavaliers, RU was unable to string together consecutive wins until late, dropping six-straight bouts between 149 and 184 pounds before losing, 22-9. Dippery topped UVA’s Justin Van Hoose to give the Scarlet Knights their first points and cut the lead to 6-3 entering the heart of the match.
But RU was unable to recover from six consecutive defeats, despite wins by sophomore Hayden Hrymack (Lincroft, N.J.) and redshirt sophomore Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.) to close out the match. With the loss to UVA, the Cavaliers took a 4-3 advantage in the all-time series.
Rutgers is back in action tomorrow in New York, N.Y., where the Scarlet Knights will square off against George Mason and Maryland in the Second Annual “Grapple at the Garden.”
MATCH 1 – 11:30 a.m.
No. 11 Virginia 22, Rutgers 9
Dual started at 125 pounds
125 – Hermann (UVA) DEC Delvechio (RU), 7-5
133 – No, NR/19/NR Martinez (UVA) DEC No. 18/18/NR Dellefave (RU), 6-2
141 – Dippery (RU) DEC Van Hoose (UVA), 8-2
149 – No. 11/10/10 Sako (UVA) DEC Theobold (RU), 5-2
157 – No. NR/NR/13 Butler (UVA) DEC Perrotti (RU), 3-0
165 – No. 4/4/4 Sulzer (UVA) MAJ Visicaro (RU), 12-4
174 – No. 17/10/12 Doty (UVA) DEC Bakuckas (RU), 5-3
184 – No. 17/16/NR Fausey (UVA) DEC Seidenberg (RU), 6-0
197 – Hrymack (RU) DEC Gillen (UVA), 8-4
285 – No. 16/18/17 Smith (RU) DEC Hayes (UVA), 3-1
MATCH 2 – 1:30 p.m.
Rutgers 20, Michigan State18
Dual started at 125 pounds
125 – Delvechio (RU) DEC Esquivel (MSU), 11-8
133 – Yenter (MSU) DEC No. 18/18/NR Dellefave (RU), 5-2
141 – Dippery (RU) TF Gibbs (MSU), 2:01
149 –Theobold (RU) WBF Pasqualini (MSU), 1:27
157 – Perrotti (RU) DEC No. 18/19/NR Watts (MSU), 10-7
165 – Nash (MSU) WBF Visicaro (RUTGERS), 2:25
174 – Bakuckas (RU) DEC Nash (MSU), 7-0
184 – No. 19/NR/NR Rizqallah (MSU) DEC Seidenberg (RU), 2-0
197 – McDiarmid (MSU) DEC Hrymack (RU), 3-1
285 – No. 20/12/9 McClure (MSU) DEC No. 16/18/17 Smith (RU), 8-5
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