PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Jan. 24, 2014) – The Rutgers wrestling team continues its difficult road stretch at No. 3/6 (USA Today Division I Coaches/ InterMat) Cornell on Sunday, Jan. 26 beginning at 2 p.m. The dual is the second of three consecutive road matches for the Scarlet Knights, all of which come against ranked foes.
A live video stream of the match will be available via the Ivy League Digital Network. ESPN Ithaca will be on hand to provide radio play-by-play of the match, as well.
The Scarlet Knights enter the dual with one ranked grappler in No. NR/16/18 (AWN/InterMat/W.I.N.) redshirt sophomore heavyweight, Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.). Smith enters the weekend on a six-match winning streak.
Cornell enters the match with eight of its 10 starters ranked: No. 1/1/2 (AWN/InterMat/W.I.N.) 125-pounder Nashon Garrett, No. NR/12/12 133-pounder Mark Grey, No. 7/7/11 141-pounder Mike Nevinger, No. 4/6/8 149-pounder Chris Villalonga, No. 7/9/8 157-pounder Brian Realbuto, No. 12/13/17 165-pounder Chris Palacio, No. 2/3/3 184-pounder Gabe Dean and No. 18/NR/NR 197-pounder Jace Bennett.
Last Time Out
RU fell to No. 17/17 Iowa State last Friday in Ames, Iowa. The teams were tied, 13-13, after seven bouts, but RU dropped the final three by decision to secure the Cyclones victory at Hilton Coliseum.
Scouting the Big Red
Cornell enters the weekend after taking down Ivy League foe Harvard, 33-6, on Jan. 18 at the Friedman Wrestling Center. Despite Nahshon Garrett, Mark Grey, Chris Villalonga and Brian Realbuto all sitting, the Big Red still won eight of 10 bouts, including a tech fall at 184 pounds from Gabe Dean, a major decision at 149 pounds from Conner David and a pin at 165 pounds from Dylan Palacio.
Cornell is a perfect 5-0 in duals this season and has placed fourth or better in all three team tournaments it has entered: The New York State Intercollegiate Championships (First, 207 points), the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Fourth, 115.5 points) and the Southern Scuffle (Fourth, 114.5 points).
Cornell is 64-12-1 (.838) in dual meet competition in the last six seasons and has won 29 straight duals against EIWA competitors dating back to 2010-11. Further, Cornell is 68-3-1 in dual meet action against EIWA teams dating back to 2004-05, including 64-0 against teams other than Lehigh.
Overall, Cornell has five returning NCAA qualifiers from last season: Garrett, Nevinger, Villalonga, Bennett and Lane. Garrett and Nevinger achieved All-America status, as Garrett placed third at 125 pounds and Nevinger placed fifth at 141 pounds.
All-time: Cornell leads Rutgers, 4-2-1
Under Coach Goodale: First meeting
Last meeting: Jan. 31, 1998 (Rutgers 18, Cornell 16)
RU defeated Cornell, 18-16, in the last meeting between the two schools. The Scarlet Knights trailed, 16-15, heading into the heayweight bout, before Tom Petko scored a 5-2 decision to seal an 18-16 victory on Jan. 31, 1998.
Rutgers Probable Starters
Wt. Name Yr. Hometown / Prev. School
125 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
Cornell Probable Starters
Wt. Name Yr. Hometown / Prev. School
125 Nahshon Garrett So. Chico, Calif.
133 Mark Grey Fr. Rockaway, N.J.
-OR- Logan David So. Wrentham, Mass.
141 Mike Nevinger Sr. Perry, N.Y.
149 Chris Villalonga Sr. Totowa, N.J.
157 Brian Realbuto Fr. Somers, N.Y.
165 Dylan Palacio Fr. Long Beach, N.Y.
174 Duke Pickett So. Culpeper, Va.
-OR- Jesse Shanaman Sr. Blairstown, N.J.
184 Gabe Dean Fr. Lowell, Mich.
197 Jace Bennett Jr. Amarillo, Texas
HWT Jacob Aiken-Phillips Jr. Lawrenceville, Ga.
-OR- Stryker Lane Sr. Redvale, Colo.
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