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Wrestling Travels to Princeton for Rivalry Match
Match highlights Tigers’ ‘Celebration of New Jersey Wrestling’
  • Posted on December 12, 2013 2:55:08 PM
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    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Dec. 12, 2013) – The Rutgers wrestling team heads down Route 1 to take on in-state and EIWA rival Princeton on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. at Jadwin Gym. The dual between the Scarlet Knights and Tigers highlights Princeton’s “Celebration of New Jersey Wrestling.”

    Live Coverage

    Live Video: Ivy League Digital Network

    “It was a good job by Princeton, setting the match up. New Jersey wrestling is a big deal, so great job by them setting it up,” said head coach Scott Goodale. “It will be a great atmosphere. Jadwin Gym is a historic place when it comes to wrestling in New Jersey so I look forward to getting back there.

    RU recently competed in the 32nd Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev., from Dec. 6-7. Redshirt sophomore heavyweight Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.) was the Scarlet Knights’ lone placewinner, taking seventh with a 5-2 overall mark. Redshirt senior Vinnie Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.) won his first two bouts to advance to the quarterfinals at 133 pounds before falling in his subsequent bouts, ending his tournament.

    In facing the Tigers Saturday, the Scarlet Knights will compete in their first dual match in two weeks. RU’s last dual came against Maryland (Dec. 1) to close out the Second Annual “Grapple at the Garden.” Rutgers dropped the tight dual, 19-18.

    The Scarlet Knights enter the match with ranked grapplers at two weights. Dellefave is ranked No. 20 at 133 pounds by W.I.N., while Smith enters the week ranked No. 20/19/19 (AWN/InterMat/W.I.N.) among heavyweights. With a win, RU would begin the season 3-0 in EIWA action for the fourth consecutive season.

    RU got off 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.


    Series Info

    Rutgers has won its last 17 matches against Princeton dating back to the 1992-93 season and leads the series, 38-33-5 all-time. The Scarlet Knights last lost to the Tigers on Dec. 8, 1990, 19-15. Under head coach Scott Goodale, Rutgers is 6-0 against its in-state rival.


    Scouting the Tigers

    Princeton enters the matchup 3-0 in duals thus far, holding a 2-0 mark in EIWA matches. The Tigers picked up both of their conference victories at the Second Annual “Grapple at the Garden” on Dec. 1, defeating Drexel, 21-14, and Army, 21-15.

    The Tigers enter the matchup with one ranked grappler in 141-pounder Adam Krop. Krop is ranked No. 11/16/17 (AWN/InterMat/W.I.N.). 125-pounder Garrett Frey is a three-time NCAA Tournament qualifier, while Krop qualified for his first NCAA Tournament in 2013.


    Projected Starters

    Rutgers University

    Wt.                         Name                                       Yr.                        Hometown / Prev. School              

    125                        Scott DelVecchio                     Fr.                        South Plainfield, N.J./ South Plainfield HS    

    133                        Vinnie Dellefave*                 R-Sr.                        Toms River, N.J./ Toms River East HS         

    141                        Tyson Dippery                          Fr.                        Harrisburg, Pa./ Central Dauphin HS          

    149                        Ken Theobold                         So.                        Toms River, N.J./ Toms River HS South      

    157                        Anthony Perrotti                  R-Fr.                        Roseland, N.J./ West Essex HS

    165                        Nick Visicaro*                      R-Jr.                        Long Branch, N.J./ Long Branch HS

    174                        Phillip Bakuckas                   R-Fr.                        Hammonton, N.J./ Hammonton HS            

    184                        Dan Seidenberg                  R-Sr.                        Red Bank, N.J./ Raritan HS            

    197                        Hayden Hrymack                   So.                        Lincroft, N.J./ Christian Brothers Academy

    HWT                      Billy Smith*                          R-So.                        Wantage, N.J./ High Point

    Princeton University

    Wt.                         Name                                       Yr.                        Hometown / Prev. School

    125                        Garrett Frey***                     Sr.                        Pittsburgh, Pa./ Blair Academy

    133                        Jordan Laster                         Fr.                        Bolingbrook, Ill./ Bolingbrook HS

    141                        Adam Krop*                           Jr.                        Urbana, Md./ Urbana HS

    149                        Kevin Moylan                           So.                        Palos Park, Ill./ Amos Alonzo Stagg

    -OR-                         Max Rogers                           So.                        Basking Ridge, N.J./ Delbarton School

    157                        Matt Gancyaco                        Fr.                        Lusby, Md./ Patuxent

    165                        Judd Ziegler                            So.                        Myersville, Md./ Middletown HS

    174                        Brett Harner                            Fr.                        Norristown, Pa./ Norristown HS

    -OR-                         Ryan Callahan                         Sr.                        Franklin, N.J./ Wallkill Valley

    184                        Scott Gibbons                         So.                        Metairie, La./ Archbishop Rummel

    197                        Abe Ayala                                So.                        Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./ Blair Academy

    -OR-                         Ray O’Donnell                          Fr.                        Bethlehem, Pa./ Saucon Valley

    HWT                      Cole Lampman                       So.                        Clifton Park, N.Y./ Shenendehowa

    *denotes previous NCAA qualifiers


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