PROVIDENCE, RI – With its roster severely depleted, the Rutgers wrestling team dropped a 29-9 decision to Brown on Saturday evening at the Pizzitola Center in Providence, RI. With the loss, the Scarlet Knights drop to 5-3 overall and 1-3 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA). The win is Brown’s third-straight, moving the Bears to
3-3 on the season.
The match got underway at 125 with Brown’s Jeff Schell earning a 3-1 decision over RU’s Ricky Ringel (South Plainfield, NJ). The Bears then took a 7-0 lead after Dan Appello major decisioned Dan Hilt (Manalapan, NJ), 13-5, at 133.
The Scarlet Knights cut the lead to 7-3 after the third bout as Steve Adamcsik (Chester, NJ) posted a 6-1 victory over Mark Savino of Brown.
Rutgers was unable to get any closer as it felt the effect of its depleted roster, beginning with a forfeit at 149. Regular starter Gene Zannetti (Edison, NJ) then lost a tough, 8-6, decision to Brown’s Mike Savino at 157 and fellow regular starter Joe Sacco (Johnson City, NY) lost a 5-0 decision to Heath Lohman at 165.
At 174, Rob Kaiser (Lodi, NJ), who normally competes at 165 pounds, suffered a 14-5 major decision loss to Mike Pedro. Senior 174-pounder Andy Roy (Wall,
NJ) won his second-straight match at 184 pounds, this time without being contested. The forfeit victory gave RU its second win of the evening but the Scarlet Knights still faced an insurmountable 23-9 deficit heading into the final two bouts of the evening.
Rutgers’ Chris Ressa (Andover, NJ), the regular starter at 184, was forced to bow out of his match with Brown’s Dorian Heist at 197 due to injury. The forfeit victory gave the Bears another six points. The heavyweight match was not contested and Brown took the 29-9 victory.
Rutgers will try and rebound on Wednesday, traveling to Annapolis, MD, to face EIWA foe Navy at 7 p.m.
Brown 29, Rutgers 9
125 – Jeff Schell (BU) dec. Ricky Ringel (RU), 3-1
133 – Dan Appello (BU) maj. dec. Dan Hilt (RU), 13-5
141 – Steve Adamcsik (RU) dec. Mark Savino (BU), 6-1
149 – Brown won by forfeit
157 – Mike Savino (BU) dec. Gene Zannetti (RU), 8-6
165 – Heath Lohman (BU) dec. Joe Sacco (RU), 5-0
174 – Mike Pedro (BU) maj. dec. Rob Kaiser (RU), 14-5
184 – Andy Roy (RU) won by forfeit
197 – Dorian Heist (BU) def. Chris Ressa (RU), injury default