Rider’s Nick Harrington won by decision over Chris Ressa (Andover, NJ) to start the match and give the Broncs a quick, 4-0 lead. Sophomore Andy Roy (Wall, NJ) then started a Rutgers run of four straight victories with a 4-1 decision at 174. Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ) won at 184 with a 7-1 decision. At 197, senior Ryan McGrath (Columbia, NJ) avenged a loss he suffered last year, by beating Greg Sawyer 8-2, at 197. McGrath won his ninth-straight match, improving to 18-4. Frank Sabatino (Hazlet, NJ) finished off the run with a 5-3 victory at 285.
Bobby Stinson, New Jersey’s all-time winningest wrestler, took 125 for Rider, with a 8-3 decision over Shaun Sehar (Harrisburg, PA) to cut the lead to 12-7. Andrew Tilles (Devon, PA) got Rutgers back on track with an 8-3 win over Jim DiCicco. Rider took two of the last three matches, but Austin’s win at 149 clinched a Rutgers victory.
“Getting Austin back was a big lift for us,” said head coach John Sacchi. “We knew we’d have a tough start at 165, but we have a lot of confidence in Andy Roy, Ryan McGrath and Frank Sabatino. The guy who really picked us up was Rudy Medini at 184 – his win gave us a huge boost.”
Rutgers returns to action on Wednesday, January 29, when it hosts University of Maryland for a dual meet at College Ave. Gymnasium. The match is scheduled for 7:00 pm.
Rutgers 19, Rider 14
165-Nick Harrington (Rider) maj. Chris Ressa 8-0
174-Andy Roy (RU) dec. Bob Pizzuto 4-1
184-Rudy Medini (RU) dec. Mike Robinson 7-1
197-Ryan McGrath (RU) dec. Greg Sawyer 8-2
285-Frank Sabatino (RU) dec. Carmelo Marrero 5-3
125-Bobby Stinson (Rider) dec. Shaun Sehar 8-3
133-Andrew Tilles (RU) dec. Jim DiCicco 8-3
141-Jason Smith (Rider) dec. Jon Rodriguez 2-1
149-Greg Austin (RU) maj. Joe Pollard 10-2
157-Derek Jenkins (Rider) maj. Amir Khan 11-1