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Scarlet Knights Compete in 32nd Annual Las Vegas Cliff Keen Invite
RU faces field of 10 ranked foes, four top-10 programs
  • Posted on December 05, 2013 4:02:44 PM
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    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Dec. 5, 2013) – The Rutgers wrestling team travels to Las Vegas, Nev., to compete in the 32nd Annual Cliff Keen Collegiate Wrestling Invitational from Dec. 6-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. RU will bring its 10 starters on the trip to one of the most prestigious collegiate invitationals in the country. This year’s edition features 10 opponents ranked in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll, including four top-10 foes and eight EIWA Conference programs.

    For the full tournament schedule, click here.

    Live Coverage

    Live Video: FloWrestling

    Live Blog: InterMat


    The full list of competitors is listed below:

    Air Force

    American University*


    Arizona State University

    No. 25 Boise State University

    Brown University*

    Cal Poly

    Cal State Bakersfield

    California Baptist University


    Colorado State University Pueblo

    No. 6 Cornell University*

    Grand Canyon University

    Harvard University*          


    No. 16 Iowa State             

    No.20 University of Michigan          


    NC State              

    No. 10 Nebraska              

    No. 12 Northern Iowa

    North Idaho College          

    No. 8 Ohio State University              

    No. 4 Oklahoma

    No. 20 Oregon State        

    No. 19 Purdue   

    San Francisco State University

    Utah Valley University        

    No. 13 Virginia   

    No. 14 Virginia Tech

    Western Wyoming           

    Wyoming (RV)

    *denotes EIWA opponent


    The Scarlet Knights wrapped up the 2013 Asics/Journeymen Northeast Duals and “Grapple at the Garden” by going 2-2. RU fell to No. 11 Virginia, 21-9, before beating Michigan State, 20-18, at the Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y. The following day the Scarlet Knights dropped George Mason, 29-10, before losing a tight match to Maryland, 19-18 in the “Grapple at the Garden” (Dec. 1).

    Four of the Scarlet Knights’ dual starters – freshman 125-pounder Scott DelVecchio (South Plainfield), freshman 141-pounder Tyson Dippery (Harrisburg, Pa.), redshirt freshman 174-pounder Phil Bakuckas (Hammonton, N.J.) and sophomore 197-pounder Hayden Hrymack (Lincroft, N.J.) - boast double-digit wins entering the weekend. Dippery had a nine-match winning streak snapped against Maryland’s Shyhiem Brown, the longest streak of any Scarlet Knight this season. He began his dual career with four-straight victories.

    With the 5-2 start, head coach Scott Goodale has guided the Scarlet Knights to at least a 5-2 start in each of the past four seasons. Goodale led the squad to 6-1 starts in 2012-13, 2011-12 and 2010-11.

    RU’s trip to Las Vegas will mark the program’s first outing in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in Goodale’s tenure.


    Rutgers Wrestling Dual Starters

    125: Scott DelVecchio (South Plainfield, N.J.)

    133: Vinnie Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.)            

    141: Tyson Dippery (Harrisburg, Pa.)

    149: Ken Theobold (Toms River, N.J.)

    157: Anthony Perrotti (Roseland, N.J.)

    165: Nick Visicaro (Long Branch, N.J.)

    174: Phil Bakuckas (Hammonton, N.J.)  

    184: Dan Seidenberg (Red Bank, N.J.)

    197: Hayden Hrymack (Lincroft, N.J.)  

    285: Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.)

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