WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Rutgers wrestling team scored bonus points in three matches, including pins from Chris Norrell and Mike D'Amico (Kenilworth, N.J.), to win an Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) match over American University, 19-18, on Sunday afternoon.
The Scarlet Knights (9-4, 5-2 EIWA) got wins from Kyle Milanese (Delran, N.J.), Keith Dobish (Lodi, N.J.), Norrell and D'Amico.
American jumped out to an early 6-0 lead with decision wins at 125 and 133 pounds. At 141 pounds, Milanese put the Scarlet Knights on the board with a 9-1 major decision win over American's Nick Pitas. In the next bout, Jack Barrett (Metuchen, N.J.) dropped a tight 5-4 decision as American took a 9-4 lead.
In the next match, Norrell gave RU its first lead of the match with a pin over Jimmy Pepper at the 4:11 mark. The pin marked Norrell's seventh of the season.
Following two more decision wins for American, giving the Eagles a 15-10 lead with three bouts remaining, Dobish won a big decision at 184 pounds. The freshman defeated American's Anthony Fuschino, 4-3, cutting the lead to two, 15-13, in favor of the Eagles.
At the 197-pound weight class, Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J.) dropped a 1-0 decision, as American took an 18-13 edge into the final bout. In the heavyweight match, D'Amico pinned the Eagles' Evan Murtaugh at the 5:19 mark to give RU the 19-18 victory.
The Scarlet Knights will close out the home portion of their schedule on Wednesday, Feb. 7, when they host Sacred Heart in a non-conference match-up. Match time is slated for 7:00 p.m.
Rutgers 19, American 18
New Brunswick, N.J. College Ave. Gymnasium
February 4, 2007
Match began at the 125-pound weight class
Wt. Match Result Bout Score Match Score
125: Jasen Borshoff (AU) dec. Ryan Jablonski 9-8 American, 3-0
133: Jordan Lipp (AU) dec. Dan Hilt 6-3 American, 6-0
141: Kyle Milanese (RU) maj. dec. Nick Pitas 9-1 American, 6-4
149: Damian Swietlik (AU) dec. Jack Barrett 5-4 American, 9-4
157: Chris Norrell (RU) WBF Jimmy Pepper 4:11 Rutgers, 10-9
165: Mike Cannon (AU) dec. Matt Pletcher 15-8 American, 12-10
174: Rudy Rueda (AU) dec. Mike Whalen 7-1 American, 15-10
184: Keith Dobish (RU) dec. Anthony Fuschino 4-3 American, 15-13
197: Josh Glenn (AU) dec. Lamar Brown 1-0 American, 18-13
HWT: Mike D'Amico (RU) WBF Evan Murtaugh 5:19 Rutgers, 19-18