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Rutgers Wrestling Travels to Face No. 17 Iowa State
Scarlet Knights seek first win over ranked foe this season
  • Posted on January 16, 2014 10:03:56 AM
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    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Jan. 15, 2014) – The Rutgers wrestling team begins a tough road stretch on Friday, Jan. 17 in Ames, Iowa, where the Scarlet Knights will face No. 17/17 (NWCA USA Today Coaches Poll/InterMat) Iowa State. The match, which will begin at 8 p.m. EST,  is RU’s first road dual in over a month, as ISU marks the second ranked opponent of the season. 

    All the action will be streamed live on Cyclones TV, via Cyclones.com. A subscription is required. 

    Rutgers follows the Iowa State match with road duals against No. 5/6 Cornell (Jan. 26) and No. 21/27 Lehigh (Feb. 8).

    “All three programs are top notch year in and year out,” said head coach Scott Goodale. “It’s a huge challenge, but a great opportunity to see where we’re at.”

    The Scarlet Knights enter the dual with one ranked grappler in No. NR/17/18 (AWN/InterMat/W.I.N.) redshirt sophomore heavyweight, Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.). Smith enters the weekend on a five-match winning streak.

    Iowa State enters the match with five ranked wrestlers: No. 16/10/15 Michael Moreno (165 pounds), No. 16/NR/NR Earl Hall (125 pounds), No. 13/12/NR Tanner Weatherman (174 pounds), No. NR/NR/8 Leland Weatherspoon (174 pounds) and No. 2/2/2 Kyven Gadson (197 pounds).

     

    Last Time Out

    RU dismantled EIWA foe American, 31-6, in its last match, as the team recorded three tech falls and a major decision to cruise to victory (Jan. 10). The win bumped the Scarlet Knights’ EIWA dual record to 6-0 this season in their highest point total to date.

     

    Scouting the Cyclones

    Iowa State welcomes the Scarlet Knights to Ames, Iowa after dropping a 27-11 dual to No. 4/4 Oklahoma on Jan. 12 at Hilton Coliseum.

    The Sooners won the first five bouts of the dual before Mike Moreno earned a 13-0 major decision at 165 pounds. After losing the next two bouts, No. 2/2/2 Kyven Gadson defeated Oklahoma’s No. 3/3/4 Travis Rutt, 3-1, in sudden victory one. Gadson is 22-0 in dual matches the last two seasons.

    Despite the match already being lost, heavyweight Quean Smith pulled an upset to close the dual, defeating Oklahoma’s No. 15/18/14 Ross Larson, 13-2.

    Prior to the Oklahoma loss, the Cyclones wrapped up the 2014 Southern Scuffle in eighth place with 71.5 points.

    RU and ISU squared off last season, with the Cyclones coming away victorious, 19-15. The Scarlet Knights are 0-1 against ranked opponents this season, falling, 22-9, to then-No. 11 Virginia at the Asics/Journeymen Northeast Duals on Nov. 30.

     

    Series Info

    All-time: Iowa State leads Rutgers, 2-0-1.

    Under Coach Goodale: Iowa State leads Rutgers, 1-0-1.

    Last meeting: Jan. 11, 2013 (Iowa State 19, Rutgers 15).

     

    Rutgers Probable Starters

    Wt.         Name                    Yr.          Hometown / Prev. School

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

    -OR-         Sean McCabe      R-Fr.        Connetquot, N.Y./ Connetquot 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              

     

    Iowa State Probable Starters

    Wt.         Name                    Yr.          Hometown / Prev. School

    125        Earl Hall                 So.          Homestead, Fla./ Robert Morgan

    -OR-         Kyle Larson           R-Fr.        West Des Moines, Iowa/ Valley

    133        Dakato Bauer      R-Fr.        North Liberty, Iowa/ Iowa City West

    -OR-         Shayden Terukina R-So.     Kamehameha, Hawaii/ Kamehameha

    141        Gabe Moreno       R-Fr.        Urbandale, Iowa/ Urbandale

    149        Luke Goettl            R-Jr.       Clarkdale, Ariz./ Mingus Union

    157        John Nicholson    R-Sr.       Des Moines, Iowa/ Roosevelt

    -OR-         Logan Molina        R-So.       Lincoln, Neb./ Lincoln

    165        Mike Moreno        R-Jr.       Urbandale, Iowa/ Urbandale

    174        Tanner Weatherman R-So.              Huxley, Iowa/ Ballard Huxley

    -OR-         Lelund Weatherspoon R-Fr.              Jackson, Mich./ Napoleon

    184        Boaz Beard           R-Sr.       Witchita, Kan./ Goddard

    197        Kyven Gadson      R-Jr.       Waterloo, Iowa/ Waterloo East

    HWT      Quean Smith        R-Fr.        Detroit, Mich./ Highland Park

    -OR-         Joe Scanlan          R-Fr.        Johnston, Iowa/ Johnston

     

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