LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Dec. 6, 2013) – The Rutgers wrestling team wrapped up its first day of competition at the 32nd Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite Friday afternoon at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Redshirt senior 133-pounder Vinnie Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.) led the Scarlet Knights on Day One of the invitational, advancing to the quarterfinals before falling, 1-0, to Northern Iowa’s Joe Colon.
Both No. 19 (W.I.N.) Dellefave and redshirt senior heavyweight Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.), ranked No. 19/18/18 (AWN/InterMat/W.I.N.), will continue at their weights tomorrow in the consolation brackets.
Dellefave, RU’s lone representative in the quarterfinals, dropped a highly contested, 1-0, decision to No. 4/8/8 Joe Colon of Northern Iowa. The loss dropped Dellefave to 6-3 on the season, as he will battle in the 133 pound consolation bracket tomorrow at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
North Carolina State ended a pair of Scarlet Knights’ tournaments in wrestle backs, as Micha Perez bested freshman Scott DelVecchio (South Plainfield, N.J.), 5-2, at 125 pounds and freshman Tyson Dippery (Harrisburg, Pa.) suffered a 3-1 loss to the Huskies’ Sam Speno at 141 pounds.
Wyoming’s No. 18 (W.I.N.) Brandon Richardson defeated sophomore 149-pounder Ken Theobold (Toms River, N.J.) by fall at the 5:00-minute mark, ending Theobold’s day. Redshirt sophomore 157-pounder Anthony Perrotti (Roseland, N.J.) began his run in the consolation bracket by pinning San Francisco State’s Tavis Ino, but lost, 5-1, to Ohio State’s Randall Languis in his second bout.
Redshirt junior Nick Visicaro (Long Branch, N.J.) topped Hunter Riggs (Western Wyoming College) by a 13-2 major decision in his consolation-opener, but fell in his second consolation bout, 8-2, to Oklahoma’s Clark Glass.
Redshirt freshman Phil Bakuckas (Hammonton, N.J.) was edged by a 9-5 decision against Oregon State’s Joe Latham, losing consecutive bouts for the first time this season. Redshirt senior Dan Seidenberg (Red Bank, N.J.) opened wrestle backs with a 4-2 tiebreaker win against Utah Valley University’s Ethan Smith, but lost, 5-1, to Army’s Ryan Tompkins in his next bout.
Sophomore Hayden Hrymack (Lincroft, N.J.) kicked off wrestle backs by defeating Colorado State’s Riley Argyle, 8-3, to earn a match with Michigan’s Christopher Heald. He later fell to Heald, 8-7, to end his tournament after Day One.
Smith began the heavyweight consolation bracket with a 17-4 major decision over Spencer Empey for his 10th win of the season. He later defeated Hoftstra’s Michael Huges, 10-2, to advance to the second day of competition.
DelVecchio earned a tough draw in his second round bout, facing No. 4/6/5 Tyler Cox of Wyoming. DelVecchio fell, 9-4, in the match. At 133 pounds, Dellefave defeated Devon Lotito of Cal Poly by a 3-2 decision. Dippery fell to future Big Ten opponent Danny Sabatello of Purdue, 7-5, in his second round bout, while Theobold fell to No. 8/13/12 Chris Villalonga of Cornell, 7-2.
Iowa State’s John Nicholson handed Perrotti a 5-3 tiebreaker loss at 157 pounds. Hrymack fell to Ohio State’s No. 5/6/7 Nick Heflin, 6-0, in the second round as Smith dropped a 4-2 decision to Nebraska’s Collin Jensen.
DelVecchio earned a 4-2 tiebreaker decision at 125 pounds over Britain Longmire of Cal Poly in his first round bout, as RU went 7-3 in the first round in the tourney. Dellefave dropped Cal Poly’s Devon Lotito and Dippery made it 10 wins in 11 bouts with his 17-8 major decision over American’s Tom Page.
Theobold dropped Iowa State’s Luke Goettl by a 12-4 decision, while Perrotti began the tournament with 15-0 tech fall – his first of the season – against Colorado State’s Larry Schmueser at 157 pounds.
Visicaro, Bakuckas and Seidenberg each dropped their first round bouts. Visicaro fell, 7-2, to Boise State’s Taylor West, Bakuckas dropped a tight, 5-4, bout to Army’s Brian Harvey and Seidenberg lost, 3-0, to Cal Poly’s Sean Dougherty.
Hrymack defeated North Carolina State’s Stacy Davis, 3-0, in the first round, while Smith topped Harvard’s David Ng, 2-1.
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