ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Rutgers wrestling team dropped a 35-7 decision to 19th-ranked Navy Wednesday night at Halsey Field House on the campus of the United States Naval Academy. Riddled with injuries, RU was forced to compete with a limited lineup, forfeiting at 197 and heavyweight. The Scarlet Knights move to 5-4 overall and 1-4 in the EIWA with the loss, while the Midshipmen improve to 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the EIWA.
Navy took the night’s first two matches, jumping out to a 6-0 lead on Rutgers. Alex Usztics of Navy decisioned Ricky Ringel (South Plainfield, NJ), 8-3, at 125 followed by Branden Beasley’s slim, 3-2 decision over Dan Hilt (Manalapan, NJ) at 133.
Sophomore Steve Adamcsik (Chester, NJ) got the Scarlet Knights on the board with an 8-3 victory over Navy’s Spencer Manley at 141. However, Navy bounced right back as 17th-ranked John Cox of Navy earned a technical fall of sophomore Mike Ferrara (Effort, PA) at 149 to open an 11-3 lead.
RU suffered its second close defeat at 157 as Gene Zannetti (Edison, NJ) dropped a tough, 5-3 decision to Navy’s Adam Brochetti. The Mids then pushed their winning streak to four matches with a victory at 165 as Joe Sacco (Johnson City, NY) lost a 9-3 decision to Craig Dziewiatkowski at 165.
Rutgers’ brightest spot of the night occurred at 174 pounds as fifth-ranked Andy Roy (Wall, NJ) pushed his personal winning streak to eight matches with a 15-5 major decision of Navy’s Matt Stolpinski to cut the Mids’ lead to 17-7 with three bouts remaining.
However, Rutgers would not get any closer as the Scarlet Knights’ injury-riddled roster caught up with them. Absent were senior starters Chris Ressa (Andover, NJ) at 184 and John Foscolo (South Plainfield, NJ) at 197, along with sophomore NCAA qualifier Ramel Meekins (Westwood, NJ) at heavyweight. Following Jon Kane’s pin of RU’s Ken Stiles (Little Falls, NJ) in 4:21 at 184, Rutgers was forced to forfeit the final two matches of the evening, surrendering 12 points to the Mids and handing Navy the 35-7 victory.
Wednesday night’s match marked the second of three trips to the United States Naval Academy for Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights made the trip south Nov. 20, earning a fourth-place finish at the Navy Classic. RU will return one final time March 4-5 to compete in the EIWA Championships.
Rutgers will look to bounce back on Saturday against Boston University at the College Avenue Gymnasium. Action is set to get underway at 4 p.m.
Navy 35, Rutgers 7
125 - Alex Usztics (Navy) dec. Ricky Ringel (RU), 8-3 (3-0)
133 - Branden Beasley (Navy) dec. Dan Hilt (RU), 3-2 (6-0)
141 - Steve Adamcsik (RU) dec. Spencer Manley (Navy), 8-3 (6-3)
149 - #17 John Cox (Navy) tech. fall Mike Ferrera (RU), 18-3 (7:00) (11-3)
157 - Adam Brochetti (Navy) dec. Gene Zannetti (RU), 5-3 (14-3)
165 - Craig Dziewiatkowski (Navy) dec. Joe Sacco (RU), 9-3 (17-3)
174 - #6 Andy Roy (RU) major dec. Matt Stolpinski (Navy), 15-5 (17-7)
184 - Jon Kane (Navy) pinned Ken Stiles (RU), 4:21 (23-7)
197 - #20 Thayer Paxton (Navy) won by forfeit (29-7)
HW - #15 Tanner Garrett (Navy) won by forfeit (35-7)