PISCATAWAY, N.J. – (March 12, 2014) – The NCAA released the brackets and announced Wednesday the at-large selections for the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships, to be held in Oklahoma City, Okla., from March 20-22. The Scarlet Knights had their NCAA-qualifier tally bumped to four, as redshirt senior 133-pounder Vinnie Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.) received an at-large bid to qualify for his second consecutive NCAA Championships.
Dellefave will face No. 1 seed Joe Colon (Northern Iowa) in his opening match. Colon (30-1) is currently ranked No. 1/1/1 (The Open Mat/ InterMat/ W.I.N.) and narrowly edged Dellefave (13-10), 1-0, at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Dec. 6, 2013.
Colon’s only loss this season came on Dec. 6, 2013 against Ohio State’s No. 11/12/13 Johnni DiJulius by a 6-2 margin.
Redshirt sophomore 157-pounder Anthony Perrotti (Roseland, N.J.) will also get a rematch in his opening bout of the tournament, as he faces No. 10 Blaise Butler (Virginia). Butler (20-6), who is ranked No. 11/14/13, topped Perrotti (18-12), 3-0, on Nov. 30, 2013, when Rutgers and Virginia squared off at the Asics/ Journeymen Northeast Duals in Albany, N.Y.
Sophomore 149-pounder Ken Theobold (Toms River, N.J.) will take on No. 10 Zach Neibert (Virginia Tech) to begin his run at an NCAA Championship. Neibert (20-7) was ranked No. 12/16/11 in the most recent polls and has never faced off against Theobold (22-12).
Redshirt sophomore heavyweight Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.) will take on No. 15 Adam Fager (Utah Valley) in his NCAA Championships-opener. Smith (25-6) and Fager (20-12) will meet on the mat for the first time.
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