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Anthony Perrotti Becomes First All-American Since 2002
The 157-pounder will wrestle for seventh place Saturday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena
  • Posted on March 21, 2014 3:56:26 PM
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  • Noah Whittenburg

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (March 21, 2014) – For the first time since 2002, Rutgers wrestling boasts an All-American. The unseeded redshirt sophomore 157-pounder Anthony Perrotti (Roseland, N.J.) upset three top-16 opponents Friday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena en route to All-America status, defeating No. 6 Nestor Taffur in the consolation fourth round by a 10-2 major decision.

    Perrotti used two falls and a major decision on Friday to become the 9th All-American wrestler in school history and first under eighth-year head coach Scott Goodale. After falling in his consolation quarterfinal match, he will wrestle in the seventh place bout Saturday against No. 5 Isaac Jordan (Wisconsin).

    Redshirt sophomore heavyweight Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.) came up short, 6-3, in his consolation third round match against No. 10 Jeremy Johnson (Ohio), ending his tournament.

    Session V will feature a four mat setup and begin at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. The wrestle-back semifinals will take place on all four mats followed by third, fifth and seventh place medal round matches.


    Session IV

    Perrotti completed his run at becoming an All-American in the consolation fourth round with a 10-2 major decision over No. 6 Nestor Taffur (Boston University). Taffur edged Perrotti twice in 2013-14 prior to the match, but the West Essex HS product won when it mattered most to become just the 9th All-American wrestler in Rutgers wrestling history. He achieved the 10th All-American status in school history with the win, as 142-pounder Anthony Surage (1980, 83) was a two-time All-American – the only grappler in RU history to achieve that feat.

    In his consolation quarterfinal match, Perrotti nearly maintained his Friday magic for another wild win. He drew No. 2 Derek St. John (Iowa) and found himself down, 5-2, heading into the final period. An escape in the period followed by a takedown with five seconds remaining tied the match at 5-5, as Perrotti nearly scored the two back points he needed to win.

    However, time ran out, and despite a Rutgers challenge, the call was upheld. With 3:17 of riding time, St. John sealed the 6-5 win. Perrotti will take on No. 5 Isaac Jordan (Wisconsin) Saturday in the seventh place match.


    Session III

    Perrotti won his second consecutive match by fall against No. 16 Zach Brunson (Illinois) at the 4:29 mark, using a reversal after being down 2-1 to turn Brunson for the pin.

    Perrotti wasted no time in advancing to the consolation third round, taking down No. 8 Roger Pena along the edge of the mat and driving down to win by fall in 10 seconds. The pin was the second-fastest by collegiate rules in NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships history. Clarence Richardson (LSU) holds the record, as he pinned Scot Mansur (Portland State) in nine seconds at 177 pounds in 1983.

    Smith dropped a 6-3 decision in his consolation third round match against No. 10 Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) ending his 2014 NCAA Championships. Johnson recorded the first takedown and never looked back, holding Smith without a takedown in the match.

    Smith exacted some revenge in his consolation second round match, topping Joe Stolfi (Bucknell), 10-6. Smith used three takedowns in the final period to seal the victory and move him into the consolation third round. Stolfi edged Smith, 9-7, in the 2014 EIWA Championships heavyweight finals.

    Anthony Perrotti | R-So. (4-2)

    157 Pounds

    Consolation Second Round – No. 8 Roger Pena (Oregon State)

    First Period

    2:53 Perrotti takedown, 2-0

    2:50 Perrotti pin

    FINAL: W-F, 0:10

    Consolation Third Round – No. 16 Zach Brunson (Illinois)

    First Period

    No scoring

    Second Period

    Perrotti starts down

    1:55 Perrotti escape, 1-0

    1:19 Brunson takedown, 1-2

    0:33 Perrotti reversal, 3-2

    0:31 Perrottin pin

    FINAL: W-F, 4:29

    Consolation Fourth Round – No. 6 Nestor Taffur (Boston University)

    First Period

    No scoring

    Second Period

    Perrotti starts down

    1:17 Perrotti reversal, 2-0

    0:24 Perrotti near fall, 4-0

    0:18 Taffur escape, 4-1

    Third Period

    Taffur starts down

    1:54 Taffur escape, 4-2

    0:26 Taffur pentalty, 5-2

    0:14 Perrotti takedown, 7-2

    0:08 Perrotti near fall, 10-2

    FINAL: W-MD, 10-2

    Consolation Quarterfinals – No. 2 Derek St. John (Iowa)

    First Period

    1:20 St. John takedown, 0-2

    0:22 Perrotti escape, 1-2

    Second Period

    St. John starts down

    1:58 St. John escape, 1-3

    1:17 St. John takedown, 1-5

    0:00 Perrotti escape, 2-5

    Third Period

    Perrotti starts down

    0:50 Perrotti escape, 3-5

    0:05 Perrotti takedown, 5-5

    St. John riding time point (3:17)

    FINAL: L-D, 6-5



    Billy Smith | R-So.
    285 Pounds

    Consolation Second Round – Joe Stolfi (Bucknell)

    First Period

    1:49 Smith takedown, 2-0

    0:29 Stolfi escape, 2-1

    Second Period

    Smith starts down

    0:55 Smith reversal, 4-1

    0:42 Stolfi escape, 4-2

    Third Period

    Stolfi starts down

    1:57 Stolfi escape, 4-3

    1:40 Smith takedown, 6-3

    1:38 Stolfi escape, 6-4

    1:21 Smith takedown, 8-4

    1:10 Stolfi escape, 8-5

    0:33 Smith takedown, 10-5

    0:20 Stolfi escape, 10-6

    FINAL: W-D, 10-6

    Consolation Third Round – No. 10 Jeremy Johnson (Ohio)

    First Period

    1:19 Johnson takedown, 0-2
    1:02 Smith escape, 1-2

    Second Period

    Smith starts down

    1:50 Smith escape, 2-2

    1:29 Smith stall, 2-3

    Third Period

    Johnson starts down

    1:51 Johnson escape, 2-4

    0:41 Johnson takedown, 2-6

    0:14 Smith escape, 3-6

    FINAL: L-D, 6-3

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