NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Seniors Greg Austin (Seaville, NJ) and Amir Khan (Voorhees, NJ) made their last matches in the College Avenue Gymnasium memorable, both earning victories in Rutgers’ 34-3 win over Princeton on Wednesday night. Rutgers finished the dual match season 10-4 and 5-1 in the EIWA while Princeton fell to 2-13 (0-7). The Knights head into the 100th anniversary of the EIWA Championships next weekend at the Palestra in Philadelphia with victories in its past five matches.
Freshman Dan Hilt (Manalapan, NJ) got the Scarlet Knights on the board first with a 10-4 decision at 125 pounds. Brian Kirschbaum tied the match for Princeton with a 7-3 win over senior Dare Ajibade (Bloomfield, NJ) at 133, but senior Donnie Defilippis (New Providence, NJ) registered a 14-2 major decision of Milo Adams at 141 to put Rutgers up for good. The win was Defilippis’ tenth consecutive, moving his season mark to 15-2. Defilippis, ranked 13th nationally, has recorded major decisions in his past two matches.
At 149, Austin defeated Matt Piselli, 6-1, earning his 13th win of the season. The win improved Austin’s career record to 104-41, moving him past Doug Oliver into sole possession of seventh place on Rutgers’ all-time wins list. Khan followed with a second-period pin of Charlie Wiggins at 165 pounds, improving his season record to 15-6.
“I love wrestling at home,” said Khan. “The fans really get going and provide strong support for us. I was happy to go out with a win.”
Junior Chris Ressa (Andover, NJ) won a 3-2 decision at 165 for his 13th win of the season. Junior Andy Roy (Wall, NJ) followed with an 11-4 win at 174 for his 25th victory of the season. The win capped off a perfect 14-0 dual meet season for Roy, currently ranked seventh in the nation. He enters the EIWA Championships with a 14-match winning streak.
Junior Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ) pinned Allen Sista 1:16 into the first period for his team-leading fourth pin of the season, improving his season mark to 16-5. John Foscolo (South Plainfield, NJ) overcame an early deficit to defeat Jake Butler 10-5. Freshman Ramel Meekins (Westwood, NJ) capped off the night with a 3-1 overtime victory over Joe Looke, who entered the night ranked second in the EIWA. Meekins will be riding a six match winning streak into the EIWA Championships.
“We had a strong performance from top to bottom tonight,” said Rutgers head coach John Sacchi. “This is a tight knit group and our guys wouldn’t let the seniors go out without a win. This is a good gear up for the EIWA Championships next weekend.”
Rutgers 34, Princeton 3
125 –Dan Hilt (RU) dec. Kenny Chu (P), 10-4
133 –Brian Kirschbaum (P) dec. Dare Ajibade (RU), 7-3
141 –Donnie Defilippis (RU) maj. dec. Milo Adams (P), 14-2
149 –Greg Austin (RU) dec. Matthew Piselli (P), 6-1
157 –Amir Khan (RU) pin Charlie Wiggins (P), 4:35
165 –Chris Ressa (RU) dec. Matthew DeNichillo (P), 3-2
174 –Andy Roy (RU) dec. Jack Fleming (P), 11-4
184 –Rudy Medini (RU) pin Allen Sista (P), 1:16
197 –John Foscolo (RU) dec. Jake Butler (P), 10-5
285 –Ramel Meekins (RU) dec. Joe Looke (P), 3-1OT