Lancaster, Pa. – Rutgers head wrestling coach John Sacchi recorded his 159th career win at the helm of the Scarlet Knights program, moving to the top of the all-time victory list as RU defeated Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) rival Franklin & Marshall, 36-13 on Saturday afternoon. With the win, Rutgers moves to 2-2 on the season, including a 2-0 mark in the EIWA.
Before the victory, Sacchi was tied with the late former coach Deane Oliver. Oliver led Rutgers to a 158-147-9 record in 21 years of coaching (1969-1990) and had a winning percentage of .511. Sacchi's current record of 159-98-5 moves him to the top spot in program history with a winning percentage of .616.
"It was good to get back out on the mat after the long lay-off due to exams and the holidays," Sacchi said. "We looked a little bit rusty, but hopefully we'll be able to get back on track and be ready to go on Wednesday against East Stroudsburg."
Jack Barrett (Metuchen, N.J.) and Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J.) posted decision wins at 149 and 197 pounds, respectively. Barrett recorded a 12-7 win over Franklin & Marshall's Steve Gregory, while Brown defeated Sean Logue, 10-3. Due to injuries, the Diplomats forfeited matches at the 125, 133, 174 and 184-pound weight classes. Leading in the heavyweight bout, Mike D'Amico (Kenilworth, N.J.) won by injury default when Nico Summers pulled out of the match at the 5:07 mark.
On Wednesday, Jan. 10, Rutgers will travel to East Stroudsburg, Pa. to take on the Warriors in an EIWA match-up at 7:00 p.m.
Rutgers 36, Franklin & Marshall 13
Lancaster, Pa. Mayser Center
January 6, 2006
Match began at the 125-pound weight class
Wt. Match Result Bout Score Match Score
125: Andrew DelGuercio (R) win by forfeit -- 6-0, Rutgers
133: Dan Hilt (R) win by forfeit -- 12-0, Rutgers
141: Al Gianforti (F) maj. dec. Kyle Milanese 12-4 12-4, Rutgers
149: Jack Barrett (R) dec. Steve Gregory 12-7 15-4, Rutgers
157: Andrew Smith (F) dec. Chris Norrell 7-6 15-7, Rutgers
165: Justin Herbert (F) win by forfeit -- 15-13, Rutgers
174: Mike Whalen (R) win by forfeit -- 21-13, Rutgers
184: Keith Dobish (R) win by forfeit -- 27-13, Rutgers
197: Lamar Brown (R) dec. Sean Logue 10-3 30-13, Rutgers
HWT: Mike D'Amico (R) by inj. def. Nico Somers 5:07 36-13, Rutgers