The match started at 197, where Ryan McGrath (Blairstown, NJ) got Rutgers off to a 3-0 lead, winning his match, 6-3. Army’s John Paxton evened the score with a 6-2 decision at heavyweight, while the turning point of the match came at 125. Freshman Shaun Sehar (Harrisburg, PA) held a 12-6 lead in the third period when he gave up a defensive pin. This proved to be a nine-point setback for the Knights.
Rutgers climbed out of the hole by winning four of the next five matches. Sophomore Andrew Tilles (Devon, PA) was in a close match at 133 when he took his opponent down to his back, securing a pin to tie the team score at 9-9. After a loss at 141 to eighth-ranked Phillip Simpson, Greg Austin (Seaville, NJ) and Amir Khan (Vorhees, NJ) both scored major decisions as Rutgers reclaimed, 17-14. Chris Ressa (Andover, NJ) won, 3-1, at 165 with a late third period takedown. The forfeit at 174 tied the score, 20-20, with one match remaining. The decisive 184-pound match was close for five minutes, but in the third period, Army’s Luke Calvert wore down Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ), scoring an 8-5 decision.
Rutgers returns to action on Friday, January 14th, when it travels to Princeton. The match starts at 7:00 p.m.
Army 23, Rutgers 20
197-Ryan McGrath (RU) dec. Joe Forsman 6-3
285-John Paxton (A) dec. Frank Sabatino 6-2
125-Jon Anderson (A) pin Shaun Sehar 6:03
133-Andrew Tilles (RU) pin Bernard Gardner 4:16
141-Phillip Simpson (A) tf. Jon Rodriguez 17-0
149-Greg Austin (RU) maj. Anthony Dunkin 15-5
157-Amir Khan (RU) maj. Doug Reynolds 14-3
165-Chris Ressa (RU) dec. Ron Schroeder 3-1
174-Robert Song (A) forf.
184-Luke Calvert (A) dec. Rudy Medini 8-5