PISCATAWAY, N.J. – (Feb. 21, 2014) – In the final dual of the regular season, the Rutgers wrestling team dominated visiting Drexel, 33-6, Friday night at the Rutgers Athletic Center. Rutgers took eight of 10 bouts to cruise to victory, beginning with a fall from redshirt freshman Sean McCabe (Connetquot, N.Y.) at 125 pounds to start the match. The dual ended at heavyweight with a Drexel forfeit, giving No. 14/14/17 Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.) his 10th-straight win.
With the victory, RU improved to 11-5 overall and 7-2 in EIWA action. The Scarlet Knights have won at least 11 duals in every season with head coach Scott Goodale at the helm. Drexel fell to 7-14 and 1-5 in the EIWA.
Following the pin by McCabe, redshirt senior 133-pounder Vinnie Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.) picked up a 4-1 decision to celebrate his senior sendoff. A tough, 3-1 win by Tyson Dippery (Harrisburg, Pa.) at 141 pounds gave the rookie his 21st win of the season, while a pin by sophomore 149-pounder Ken Theobold (Toms River, N.J.) – his team-leading sixth in dual action and seventh overall – made it 18-0 after four bouts.
RU won three straight decisions out of the intermission from 165-184 pounds, capped by another senior sendoff victory at 184 pounds from Dan Seidenberg (Red Bank, N.J.). The Raritan HS product edged Alexander DiCiantis, 5-2, after redshirt freshman Phil Bakuckas (Hammonton, N.J.) posted a dominant, 6-1 decision for his 15th win of the year.
Redshirt junior Nick Visicaro (Long Branch, N.J.) turned in an 8-4 decision against Drexel’s Jason Fugiel out of the intermission at 165 pounds – his second-straight victory. A setback at 197 pounds made It 27-6 entering the final bout, but a Drexel heavyweight closed the match at 33-6.
Prior to the match, the Scarlet Knights honored its two seniors, Dellefave and Seidenberg.
Rutgers moves into postseason play from March 8-9 for the 2014 EIWA Wrestling Championships, hosted by UPenn at the Paalestra in Philadelphia, Pa. The two-day qualifying tournament for the 2014 NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City will be the largest EIWA Championships ever held, with 18 programs looking to lock up berths to the national tournament.
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Rutgers 33, Drexel 6
Dual started at 125 pounds
125: Sean McCabe (RU) wins by fall over Tanner Shoap (DU), (2:38); Rutgers leads, 6-0
133: Vinnie Dellefave (RU) decision over Kevin DeVoy Jr. (DU), 4-1; Rutgers leads, 9-0
141: Tyson Dippery (RU) decision over David Pearce (DU), 3-1; Rutgers leads, 12-0
149: Ken Theobold (RU) wins by fall over Noel Blano (DU), (2:40); Rutgers leads, 18-0
157: Austin Sommer (DU) decision over Anthony Perrotti (RU), 7-5 SV; Rutgers leads, 18-3
165: Nick Visicaro (RU) decision over Jason Fugiel (DU), 8-4; Rutgers leads, 21-3
174: Phil Bakuckas (RU) decision over Kevin Matyas (DU), 6-1; Rutgers leads, 24-3
184: Dan Seidenberg (RU) decision over Alexander DiCiantis (DU), 5-2; Rutgers leads, 27-3
197: No. 17/14/20 Brandon Palik (DU) decision over Hayden Hrymack (RU), 9-3; Rutgers leads, 27-6
HWT: No. 14/14/17 Billy Smith (RU) wins by forfeit; Rutgers wins, 33-6
Rankings (-/-/-): AWN / InterMat / W.I.N. (As of Feb. 18)
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