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.”
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“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.
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.
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
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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