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Rutgers Wrestling Travels to Philadelphia for 2014 EIWA Championships
Ten Scarlet Knights will fight for 47 NCAA Championship Allocations
  • Posted on March 06, 2014 3:16:24 PM
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  • PISCATAWAY, N.J. – (March 6, 2014) – The Rutgers wrestling team heads to Philadelphia to compete in the 2014 EIWA Championships, hosted by Penn, from March 8-9 at the Palestra. The two-day tournament will be the largest EIWA Championships ever held, as 18 programs will have their grapplers fight for 47 NCAA allocations.



    Live Coverage

    Live Stream: Flo Wrestling

    Live Brackets: Track Wrestling


    Schedule of Events

    Saturday, March 8

    Session I: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    (Championship First Round, Championship Second Round, Consolation First Round, Championship Quarterfinals,

    Consolation Second Round, Consolation Third Round)

    Sunday, March 9

    Session II: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    (Championship Semifinals, Consolation Fourth Round, Consolation Semifinals, Consolation Finals)

    Session III: 4 p.m.

    (Championship Finals)

    ** Please Note: EIWA Hall of Fame Inductions Will Take Place at 3:45 p.m. **


    The Scarlet Knights reached 11 dual victories for the eighth consecutive year, finishing the 2014 campaign with their fifth straight win over Drexel dating back to 2010.

    Rutgers enters the dual with one ranked grappler in No. 16/13/17 (The Open Mat/InterMat/W.I.N.) redshirt sophomore heavyweight Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.). Smith enters the weekend on a 10-match winning streak and boasts his highest ranking of the season.

    RU had four wrestlers ranked in the second RPI of the season, released on Feb. 27. Redshirt senior 133-pounder Vinnie Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.) ranked No. 32 at 133 pounds, freshman Tyson Dippery (Harrisburg, Pa.) ranked No. 25 among 141 pounders, redshirt sophomore Anthony Perrotti (Roseland, N.J.) was ranked No. 32 at 157 pounds and Smith pulled in the highest ranking at No. 10 among heavyweights.

    Rutgers enters the EIWA Championships with five wrestlers who placed last season in the tournament. Dellefave pulled in the highest ranking, finishing third at 133 pounds, while redshirt junior 165-pounder Nick Visicaro (Long Branch, N.J.) finished fifth, Smith finished sixth, sophomore 149-pounder Ken Theobold (Toms River, N.J.) finished sixth and redshirt senior 184-pounder Dan Seidenberg (Red Bank, N.J.) who wrestled at 197 pounds last season, finished seventh.  



    • Rutgers starter/record (dual): Sean McCabe/ 20-10 (6-5)

    • NCAA Allocations:  Six

    • Ranked wrestlers: Cornell’s Nashon Garret (No. 1/1/1) and American’s David Terao (No. 8/10/7)

    • Returning top-three EIWA finishers: Nashon Garrett (Champion), David Terao (Third Place)

    • Returning All-Americans: Nashon Garrett (Third Place at NCAAs)

    • McCabe’s EIWA Dual Record in 2013-14: 4-4


    • Rutgers starter/record (dual): Vinnie Dellefave/ 10-8 (8-6)

    • NCAA Allocations: Four

    • Ranked wrestlers: Lehigh’s Mason Beckman (No. 5/7/6), Cornell’s Mark Grey (No. 14/14/14) and Hofsra’s Jamel Hudson (No. 18 by InterMat)

    • Returning top-three EIWA finishers: Columbia’s Matt Bystol (Second), Rutgers’ Vinnie Dellefave (Third Place)

    • Returning All-Americans: None

    • Dellefave’s EIWA Dual Record in 2013-14: 5-2


    • Rutgers starter/record (dual): Tyson Dippery/ 21-11 (9-5)

    • NCAA Allocations: Five

    • Ranked wrestlers: Hofstra’s Luke Vaith (No. 6/9/10), Cornell’s Mike Nevinger (No. 7/11/8), Franklin & Marshall’s Richard Durso (No. 10/8/13) and Lehigh’s Laike Gardner (No. 13 by InterMat)

    • Returning top-three EIWA finishers: Richard Durso (Champion) and Mike Nevinger (Third Place)

    • Returning All-Americans: Mike Nevinger (Fifth Place at NCAAs)

    • Dippery’s EIWA Dual Record in 2013-14: 4-3


    • Rutgers starter/record (dual): Ken Theobold/ 18-11 (9-6)

    • NCAA Allocations: Four

    • Ranked wrestlers: Cornell’s Chris Villalonga (No. 4/3/4), Lehigh’s Mitch Minotti (No. 13/13/12) and Hofstra’s Cody Ruggirello (No. 19 by InterMat)

    • Returning top-three EIWA finishers: Navy’s Raymond Borja (Third Place)

    • Returning All-Americans: None

    • Theobold’s EIWA Dual Record in 2013-14: 6-2


    • Rutgers starter/record (dual): Anthony  Perrotti/ 13-11 (7-7)

    • NCAA Allocations: Five

    • Ranked wrestlers: Boston University’s Nestor Taffur (No. 7/9/6), Cornell’s Brian Realbuto (No. 10/10/8) and Lehigh’s Joey Napoli (No. 11/12/12)

    • Returning top-three EIWA finishers: Joey Napoli (Champion)

    • Returning All-Americans: None

    • Perrotti’s EIWA Dual Record in 2013-14: 3-4


    • Rutgers starter/record (dual): Nick Visicaro/ 13-14 (7-9)

    • NCAA Allocations: Five

    • Ranked wrestlers: Cornell’s Dylan Palacio (No. 9/14/16), Hofstra’s Joe Booth (No. 16/15/17), Navy’s Peyton Walsh (No. 17 by InterMat) and Penn’s Casey Kent (No. 19 by InterMat/No. 20 by W.I.N.)

    • Returning top-three EIWA finishers: Columbia’s Josh Houldsworth (Runner-up) and Army’s Paul Hancock (Third Place)

    • Returning All-Americans: None

    • Visicaro’s EIWA Dual Record in 2013-14: 3-6


    • Rutgers starter/record (dual): Phil Bakuckas/ 15-9 (11-5)

    • NCAA Allocations: Three

    • Ranked wrestlers: Columbia’s Shane Hughes (No. 9/16/10), Navy’s Mathew Miller (No. 10/15/18), and Lehigh’s Elliot Riddick (No. 12/17/15),

    • Returning top-three EIWA finishers: Matthew Miller (Runner-up)

    • Returning All-Americans: None

    • Bakuckas’s EIWA Dual Record in 2013-14: 6-3


    • Rutgers starter/record (dual): Dan Seidenberg/ 11-11 (7-7)

    • NCAA Allocations: Four

    • Ranked wrestlers: Cornell’s Gabe Dean (No. 2/3/3), Penn’s Lorenzo Thomas (No. 11/10/9) and Brown’s Ophir Bernstein (No. 12/12/11)

    • Returning top-three EIWA finishers: Ophir Bernstein (Third Place)

    • Returning All-Americans: None

    • Seidenberg’s EIWA Dual Record in 2013-14: 5-3


    • Rutgers starter/record (dual): Hayden Hrymack/ 13-14 (4-11)

    • NCAA Allocations: Seven

    • Ranked wrestlers: Cornell’s Jace Bennett (No. 13/20/NR), Drexel’s Brandon Palik (No. 17/15/20), Binghamton’s Cody Reed (No. 19 by The Open Mat), Harvard’s James Fox (No. 20 by The Open Mat) and American’s Daniel Mitchell (No. 11 by InterMat/ No. 13 by W.I.N.)

    • Returning top-three EIWA finishers: James Fox (Runner-Up) and Jace Bennett (Third Place)

    • Returning All-Americans: None

    • Hrymack’s EIWA Dual Record in 2013-14: 2-7


    • Rutgers starter/record (dual): Billy Smith/ 22-5 (13-2)

    • NCAA Allocations: Four

    • Ranked wrestlers: Rutgers’ Billy Smith (No. 16/13/17) and Bucknell’s Joe Stolfi (No. 18/20/16)

    • Returning top-three EIWA finishers: American’s Blake Herrin (Runner-Up) and Joe Stofli (Third Place)

    • Returning All-Americans: None

    • Smith’s EIWA Dual Record in 2013-14: 9-0


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