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Pletcher and Norrell Lead Rutgers Wrestling to 3-0 Record in Quad Meet
Scarlet Knights Post Dominant Wins Over Boston University, Delaware State and NYU
  • Posted on January 27, 2007 7:36:18 PM
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  • PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Sophomore Matt Pletcher (Eastampton, N.J.) and freshman Chris Norrell (Phillipsburg, N.J.) went undefeated to lead the Rutgers wrestling team to a 3-0 record as it hosted Boston University, Delaware State and New York University on Saturday at the College Avenue Gym.

    "I'm really proud of our kids," said head coach John Sacchi. "They wrestled really well. We had a lot of intensity and really got after it. This is what we've been shooting for and hopefully we are now seeing, and will continue to see, the benefits of our hard work."

    Pletcher recorded three-consecutive decisions at 165 pounds to go 3-0 on the day, while Norrell posted two pins and had one decision win, also finishing with an unblemished 3-0 mark. Ryan Jablonski (Norristown, Pa.), Jack Barrett (Metuchen, N.J.), and Mike D'Amico (Kenilworth, N.J.) all went 3-0, winning two matches and being awarded a forfeit during the day. Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J.) went 2-0 on the day, as did freshman Keith Dobish (Lodi, N.J.), who returned to the mat for the first time since Jan. 9, due to an injury.

    In the opening match, the Scarlet Knights (8-3, 4-2 EIWA) defeated Boston University, 33-6. Senior Jablonskigot RU out to an early 3-0 lead with a 5-0 decision win over Abbie Rush. After BU won the next two bouts, Barrett won an exciting 10-8 overtime match, scoring a takedown 20 seconds into the first extra period.

    Norrell recorded a pin at 157 pounds at the 6:01 mark, while Pletcher won an 8-2 decision at 165 pounds. Mike Whalen (Lake Hiawatha, N.J.) won a 7-2 decision in the next bout, while at 184 pounds, Dobish pinned Boston University's Eli Vidal at the 3:49 mark. Following a 10-4 decision win by Brown at the 197-pound bout, D'Amico recorded a pin over Orey Hall 3:16 into the match.

    Rutgers won a 43-3 dual over Delaware State in the second round, including four forfeits by the Hornets. Barrett recorded a pin at 149 pounds, while Norrell and Pletcher each won by decision. At the 194-pound bout, Mike Elshamy (Brick, N.J.) won a 7-2 decision, followed by a major at 197 pounds by Karim Mahmoud (Wallington, N.J.).

    In the final match of the day, the Scarlet Knights came up with a 41-6 win over New York University. Jablonski and Kyle Milanese (Delran, N.J.) both won by major decision at 125 and 133 pounds, respectively, while Norrell posted his second pin of the day at 157 pounds just 36 seconds into the match.

    Pletcher won his third decision of the day, 6-2, of NYU's Seaon Connors, while Dobish recorded a 18-8 win over Nick Coleman. Brown pinned the Bobcats' Alex Chianurashvili at the 1:04 mark, while D'Amico won a 10-3 decision at heavyweight.

    The Scarlet Knights will host in-state rival Rider on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the College Avenue Gym at 7:00 p.m.

    ROUND 1

    Rutgers 33, Boston University 6

    New Brunswick, N.J.  College Ave Gymnasium

    January 27, 2007

    Match began at the 125-pound weight class

    Wt.          Match Result                                                          Bout Score           Match Score

    125          Ryan Jablonski (RU) dec. Abbie Rush                      5-0                      RU, 3-0

    133          Joey Whitaker (BU) dec. Dan Hilt                           5-3                      Tie, 3-3

    141          Carlo Ferrandino (BU) dec. Kyle Milanese               8-2                      BU, 6-3

    149          Jack Barrett (RU) dec. Mike Roberts                       10-8, OT              Tie, 6-6

    157          Chris Norrell (RU) WBF Mike Cubillos                    6:01                     RU, 12-6

    165          Matt Pletcher (RU) dec. C.J. Inglin                          8-2                      RU, 15-6

    174          Mike Whalen (RU) dec. A.J. Detwiler                     7-2                      RU, 18-6

    184          Keith Dobish (RU) WBF Eli Vidal                            3:49                     RU, 24-6

    197          Lamar Brown (RU) dec. Jim Connors                      10-4                     RU, 27-6

    HWT       Mike D'Amico (RU) WBF Orey Hall                       3:16                     RU, 33-6

    New York University 33, Delaware State 17

    New Brunswick, N.J.  College Ave Gymnasium

    January 27, 2007

    Match began at the 125-pound weight class

    Wt.          Match Result                                                          Bout Score           Match Score

    125          Kyle Christensen (NYU) won by forfeit                   --                         NYU, 6-0

    133          Joe Ranzenbach (NYU) won by forfeit                     --                         NYU, 12-0

    141          Byron Tuyay (NYU) won by forfeit                         --                         NYU, 18-0

    149          Nathan Meyer (NYU) inj. def. Will Saylor                4-5, 4:23               NYU, 24-0

    157          Shacoi Berry (DSU) WBF Jon Moyet                      3:56                     NYU, 24-6

    165          Brandon Gardner (DSU) dec. Sean Connors             8-4                      NYU, 24-9

    174          Kyle Skinner (DSU) maj. dec. Patrick Knight           10-1                     NYU, 24-13

    184          Nick Coleman (NYU) dec. Zumarr Archer               11-5                     NYU, 27-13

    197          Shawn Nowrey (DSU) maj. dec. Alex Chianurashvili 13-5                    NYU, 27-14

    HWT       James Layman (NYU) won by forfeit                      --                         NYU, 33-17

    ROUND 2

    Rutgers 43, Delaware State 3

    New Brunswick, N.J.  College Ave Gymnasium

    January 27, 2007

    Match began at the 125-pound weight class

    Wt.          Match Result                                                          Bout Score           Match Score

    125          Ryan Jablonski (RU) won by forfeit                          --                         RU, 6-0

    133          Dan Hilt (RU) won by forfeit                                   --                         RU, 12-0

    141          Kyle Milanese (RU) won by forfeit                          --                         RU, 18-0

    149          Jack Barrett (RU) WBF Andre Bland                      2:52                     RU, 24-0

    157          Chris Norrell (RU) dec. Shacoi Berry                       3-1                      RU, 27-0

    165          Matt Pletcher (RU) dec. Ryan Gibbons                    6-2                      RU, 30-0

    174          Kyle Skinner (DSU) dec. Matt Rigoglioso                 3-2                      RU, 30-3

    184          Mike Elshamy (RU) dec. Zumarr Archer                  7-2                      RU, 33-3

    197          Karim Mahmoud (RU) maj. dec. Shawn Nowrey      12-3                     RU, 37-3

    HWT       Mike D'Amico (RU) won forfeit                              --                         RU, 43-3

    Boston University 35, New York University 10

    New Brunswick, N.J.  College Avenue Gymnasium

    Match began at the 125-pound weight class

    Wt.          Match Result                                                          Bout Score           Match Score

    125          Abbie Rush (B) dec. Kyle Christensen                     10-3                     BU, 3-0

    133          Joey Whitaker (B) won by forfeit                             --                         BU, 9-0

    141          Carlo Ferrandino (B) WBF Jon Moyet                      2:54                     BU, 15-0

    149          Mike Roberts (B) won by forfeit                              --                         BU, 21-0

    157          Mike Cubillos (B) maj. dec. Nathan Meyer               12-4                     BU, 25-0

    165          C.J. Inglin (B) maj. dec. Sean Connors                     13-4                     BU, 29-0

    174          Sam Thorner (NYU) WBF A.J. Detwiler                 4:00                     BU, 29-6

    184          Nick Coleman (NYU) maj. dec. Eli Vidal                 10-0                     BU, 29-10

    197          James Connors (B) dec. Alex Chianurashvili             7-3                      BU, 32-10

    HWT       Orey Hall (B) dec. James Layman                           6-2                      BU, 35-10

    ROUND 3

    Rutgers 41, New York University 6

    New Brunswick, N.J.  College Ave Gymnasium

    January 27, 2007

    Match began at the 125-pound weight class

    Wt.          Match Result                                                          Bout Score           Match Score

    125          Ryan Jablonski (RU) maj. dec. Kyle Christensen       10-2                     RU, 4-0

    133          Dan Hilt (RU) won by forfeit                                   --                         RU, 10-0

    141          Kyle Milanese (RU) maj. dec. Jon Moyet                 8-0                      RU, 14-0

    149          Jack Barrett (RU) won by forfeit                             --                         RU, 20-0

    157          Chris Norrell (RU) WBF Nathan Meyer                   0:36                     RU, 26-0

    165          Matt Pletcher (RU) dec. Sean Connors                    8-2                      RU, 29-0

    174          Sam Thorner (NYU) WBF Matt Rigoglioso              6:40                     RU, 29-6

    184          Keith Dobish (RU) dec. Nick Coleman                     10-8                     RU, 32-6

    197          Lamar Brown (RU) WBF Alex Chianurashvili          1:04                     RU, 38-6

    HWT       Mike D'Amico (RU) dec. James Layman                 10-3                     RU, 41-6

    Boston University 40, Delaware State 6

    New Brunswick, N.J.  College Avenue Gymnasium

    Match began at the 125-pound weight class

    Wt.          Match Result                                                          Bout Score           Match Score

    125          Abbie Rush (B) won by forfeit                                 --                         BU, 6-0

    133          Joey Whitaker (B) won by forfeit                             --                         BU, 12-0

    141          Carlo Ferrandino (B) won by forfeit                          --                         BU, 18-0

    149          Mike Roberts (B) maj. dec. Andre Bland                  10-2                     BU, 22-0

    157          Mike Cubillos (B) dec. Shacoi Berry                         5-4                      BU, 25-0

    165          C.J. Inglin (B) WBF Ryan Gibbons                           4:00                     BU, 31-0

    174          Kyle Skinner (D) dec. A.J. Detwiler                         8-5                      BU, 31-3

    184          Zumarr Archer (D) dec. Carmen Rondash                6-0                      BU, 31-6

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