PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Jan. 9, 2014) – The Rutgers wrestling team wraps up its three-match home stretch on Friday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m., welcoming EIWA opponent American University to the College Ave. Gym. The match will be broadcast live on RVision, presented by AT&T, with Danny Breslauer on play-by-play and former RU grappler Sean DeDeyn on color.
A total of three ranked wrestlers will compete in Friday’s match, including RU’s redshirt sophomore heavyweight Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.). Smith is ranked No. NR/18/19 (AWN/InterMat/WI.N.), while American University wrestlers No. 8/12/7 David Terao (125 pounds) and No. 6/9/10 Dan Mitchell (197 pounds) are the two nationally recognized Eagles.
Two Scarlet Knights enter the weekend with winning streaks of at least four bouts. Smith has won his last four matchups, while redshirt freshman 125-pounder Sean McCabe (Connetquot, N.Y.) has won six straight.
Last Time Out
RU edged EIWA foe Harvard in its last match (Jan. 5), as Smith outlasted Nicholas Gadzjik in the first round of tiebreakers, 3-2, to seal a 24-15 Scarlet Knights win. Back-to-back pins by freshman Tyson Dippery (Harrisburg, Pa.) and sophomore Ken Theobold (Toms River, N.J.) at 141 and 149 pounds, respectively, gave Rutgers enough cushion to hold off the Crimson late.
Scouting the Eagles
American enters the match after last competing at the Franklin & Marshall Open on Jan. 4 and the Southern Scuffle from Jan. 1-2. Five Eagles placed at the Franklin & Marshall Open, including four projected starters in 174-pounder Keithen Cast, 157-pounder John Boyle, 133-pounder Esteban Gomez-Rivera and 149-pounder Cole Moseley.
Cast finished as the runner-up at 174 pounds, Boyle placed fourth at 157 pounds, Rivera finished fifth at 133 pounds and Mosely ended his tournament in third place at 149 pounds.
At the Southern Scuffle, American placed 23rd out of 34 teams. David Terao paced the Eagles with a fourth place finish, reaching the Scuffle podium for the second consecutive year.
Heavyweight Blake Herrin, who was ranked earlier this season, came one win shy of reaching the podium, going 3-2 overall at the tournament.
American last competed in a dual match on Dec. 19 against George Mason, beating the Patriots, 26-10. American won seven of 10 bouts to capture the win, its only this dual season. The Eagles' match against Rutgers represents the first EIWA dual of the season.
All-time: Rutgers leads American, 11-1.
Under Coach Goodale: Rutgers leads American, 4-0.
Last meeting: Feb. 9, 2011 (Rutgers 19, No. 11 American 15).
Rutgers Probable Starters
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
American Probable Starters
125 David Terao R-So. Honolulu, Hawaii / Mid-Pacific Institute
133 Esteban Gomez-Rivera So. Miami, Fla. / Belen Jesuit Preparatory School
141 Tom Page R-Fr. Hamburg, N.Y. / Eden Central
149 Cole Moseley R-Fr. Nashville, Tenn. / Father Ryan
157 John Boyle So. Rutherford, N.J. / Rutherford
165 Marcos Peralta So. Denver, Colo. / Arvada
174 Keithen Cast Sr. Broken Arrow, Okla. / Broken Arrow.
184 Jason Grimes Fr. Atlanta, Ga. / Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School
197 Danny Mitchell R-Sr. Broomfield, Colo. / Legacy
HWT Blake Herrin R-Sr. Huntsville, Ala. / Huntsville
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