NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers’ severely-depleted roster continued to limit the Scarlet Knights’ wrestling team as RU was forced to forfeit two matches in a 34-7 loss to Rider on Wednesday at the College Avenue Gymnasium in New Brunswick, NJ. The Scarlet Knights move to 5-6 on the season, while the Broncs improve to 9-5.
The Scarlet Knights competed with only half their lineup against Rider, with several key starters out with injuries.
Ryan Smith of Rider opened the night with a pin of red-shirt junior Ricky Ringel (South Plainfield, NJ) at 125 in 3:50 to give the Broncs a 6-0 lead.
Sophomore Dan Hilt (Manalapan, NJ) dropped a 7-2 decision at 133 pounds, and sophomore Steve Adamcsik (Chester, NJ) lost a 13-4 major decision at 141 pounds, opening the Broncs’ lead to 13-0 through three matches.
The Scarlet Knights got on the board after sophomore Mike Ferrara (Effort, PA) registered a 9-4 victory over Rider’s Mike Palma at 149. Ferrara nearly scored his fourth pin of the season in the first period, however time ran out. He recorded a two-point takedown and added three back points to open a 5-0 lead after the first period en route to the victory.
Red-shirt sophomore Gene Zannetti (Edison, NJ) continued Rutgers’ winning streak with a 19-6 major decision of Dan Silberman at 157. The major decision victory is Zannetti’s third of the season. He improves his season record to 11-8.
Rider ended Rutgers’ momentum with a three-point decision at 165 pounds. Ryan Cunningham held off a hard-charging Jim Rosinski (Milford, NJ) towards the end of the match to pull out the 6-3 victory.
In the most exciting match of the evening, red-shirt freshman Ken Stiles (Little Falls, NJ) and Rider’s Chris Marold battled back and fourth, needing overtime to decide their match. With the match tied at 7-7 late in the third period, each guy struggled to gain advantage. Chris Marold posted a two-point takedown in overtime to win the match.
In what ended up being the final match of the evening at 184 pounds, senior Chris Ressa (Andover, NJ) lost an 8-1 decision to TJ Morrison to give the Broncs a 22-7 lead. The Scarlet Knights were then forced to forfeit the final two bouts of the evening, handing Rider the 34-7 victory.
Rutgers will rest the next week before returning to action on Feb. 11 in Princeton, NJ, to face the Tigers next Friday at 7 p.m.
Rider 34, Rutgers 7
125 – Ryan Smith (Rider) pinned Ricky Ringel (Rutgers), 3:50
133 – Tim Harner (Rider) dec. Dan Hilt (Rutgers), 7-2
141 – Don Fisch (Rider) maj. dec. Steve Adamcsik (Rutgers), 13-4
149 – Mike Ferrara (Rutgers) dec. Mike Palma (Rider), 9-4
157 – Gene Zannetti (Rutgers) maj. dec. Dan Silberman (Rider), 19-6
165 – Ryan Cnningham (Rider) dec. Jim Rosinski (Rutgers), 6-3
174 – Chris Marold (Rider) dec. Ken Stiles (Rutgers), 9-7 (OT)
184 – TJ Morrison (Rider) dec. Chris Ressa (Rutgers), 8-1
197 – Nick Ciufo (Rider) won by forfeit
285 – Tyler Rees (Rider) won by for forfeit