PRINCETON, NJ – Rutgers’ severely-depleted roster got some help on Friday as a several members returned from injury to make the difference in a 30-9 victory over Princeton in wrestling action. With the victory, the Scarlet Knights even their overall record to 6-6 and their EIWA mark to 2-4.
“I thought we wrestled well tonight, said Rutgers head coach John Sacchi. “It was nice to pull this one out. We finally got some guys healthy. We have two tough matches coming up before the EIWAs so we need to continue the momentum.”
Redshirt junior Ricky Ringel (South Plainfield, NJ) earned one of the fastest pins in school history, taking Audrey Pang to the mat in eight seconds to give RU an early 6-0 lead.
Rutgers continued its momentum, capturing victories at 133 and 141 as sophomores Dan Hilt (Manalapan, NJ) and Steve Adamscik (Chester, NJ) posted decisions to give the Scarlet Knights a 15-0 advantage through the first three bouts.
Princeton finally got on the board at 149 when the Tigers’ Andrew Iannuzzi earned an 18-14 decision over RU sophomore Mike Ferrara (Effort, PA).
That was one of just two matches Princeton would win all night as the Scarlet Knights won five of the final six bouts. Red-shirt sophomore Gene Zannetti (Edison, NJ), red-shirt freshman Joe Sacco (Johnson City, NY) and seniors Andy Roy (Wall, NJ) and Chris Ressa (Andover, NJ) earned decision victories to give RU a 27-3 advantage heading into the final two bouts of the night.
The Tigers got their final victory of the evening as Princeton’s Jake Butler pinned freshman Ken Stiles (Little Falls, NJ) in 2:50. Rutgers rebounded as senior John Foscolo (South Plainfield, NJ) returned from injury to decision Kris Berr, 5-0.
Rutgers returns to action next Thursday, traveling to Philadelphia to take on Drexel at 7 p.m.
Rutgers 30, Princeton 9
125 - Ricky Ringel (RU) p. Audrey Pang (P), 0:08 (6-0)
133 - Dan Hilt (RU) d. Greg Redman (P), 4:28 (12-0)
141 - Steve Adamscik (RU) d. Eric Marcotulli (P), 6-3 (15-0)
149 - Andrew Iannuzzi (P) d. Michael Ferrara (RU), 18-14 (15-3)
157 - Gene Zannetti (RU) d. Alex Enriquez (P), 10-4 (18-3)
165 - Joe Sacco (RU) d. Charlie Wiggins (P), 3-2 (21-3)
174 - Andy Roy (RU) d. Matthew DeNichilo (P), 9-3 (24-3)
184 - Chris Ressa (RU) d. Jack Fleming (P), 9-5 (27-3)
197 - Jake Butler (P) p. Ken Stiles (RU), 2:50 (27-9)
HWT - John Foscolo (RU) d. Kris Berr (P), 5-0