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RU Wrestling Knocks off Brown, Harvard in Home Opener
  • Posted on January 08, 2010 9:19:05 PM
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  • NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Jan. 8, 2010) – The Rutgers wrestling team picked up two victories Friday night in its first home event of the season by defeating Brown, 35-8, and Harvard, 46-4, at the College Ave Gymnasium.

    The Scarlet Knights (7-4) won 14 of their 20 matches including five pin falls.
    Franklin and Marshall (0-4) competed at The Barn Friday night as well as it fell by a 29-15 score to Harvard (2-3) in its first match followed by a 46-4 loss to Brown (1-1).
    "We had some good individual matches tonight and it was great to finally compete at home," said Rutgers head coach Scott Goodale. "We were down a few guys, which allowed some other guys to step up. I am pleased with the overall performance and it was about what I expected."
    Junior Billy Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.), redshirt junior David Greenwald (Union, N.J.), redshirt freshman Daniel Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.), redshirt junior Dominick Russo (Netcong, N.J.) and sophomore Gregory Zannetti (Edison, N.J.) all claimed two wins Friday night.
    Ashnault, who is listed at No. 16 in the national rankings, claimed both of his victories by pin fall in a combined time of 5:03. The RU newcomer is 16-5 on the season, including a 10-1 mark in dual action. Ashnault is second on the team in pin falls with nine.
    Greenwald pinned Harvard’s Nick Brazeau in a 2:47 time span for his eighth pin of the season. Greenwald blanked Brown’s Phillip Marano in his second match by a 6-0 mark. The redshirt junior is 12-5 this season.
    Rinaldi had two dominating victories with a 13-2 major decision against Harvard’s David Lalo and a 17-1 (5:10) technical fall against Brown’s Marcos Aranda. Rinaldi owns a 15-5 record this season.
    Russo picked up his EIWA-leading 12th pin of the season against Brown’s Larry Otsuka in a 1:33 time span. Russo won by forfeit against Harvard. The 10th-ranked wrestler is 9-1 in dual action this season.
    Zannetti defeated Brown’s Jeff Lemmer by a 7-4 decision and dominated Harvard’s Michael Sadler by a 20-7 major decision to improve to 12-6 on the season.
    Redshirt junior Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.) won his first dual match as a Scarlet Knight by defeating Brown’s Bryan Tracy 6-1. Cocozzo put up an impressive performance against the nation’s best 157-pounder, Harvard’s J.P. O’Connor, in his next match but fell by a 3-2 score.
    Junior Michael Cucinotta (Gibbstown, N.J.) scored the fastest pin of the night and the loudest ovation in his first dual meet of the season when he brought the crowd to their feet by pinning Brown’s Branden Stearns in 1:02.
    Rutgers will have a quick turnaround after Friday’s competition as the squad will travel to West Point, N.Y. on Sunday for a quad-meet with Army, Boston University and USMMA.
    Rutgers 35, Brown 8
    Weight                                                                                                                        Team Score
    141      Stephen DeLorenzo (BU) major dec. Luke Rigoglisio (RU) 15-1                 0-4
    149      David Greenwald (RU) dec. Philip Marano (BU) 6-0                                   3-4
    157      Daryl Cocozzo (RU) dec. Bryan Tracy (BU) 6-1                                           6-4
    165      Gregory Zannetti (RU) dec. Jeff Lemmer (BU) 7-4                                      9-4                  
    174      Daniel Rinaldi (RU) by tech. fall Marcos Aranda (BU) 17-1 (5:10)              14-4    
    184      Brän Crudden (BU) major dec. Jesse Boyden (RU) 11-3                              14-8                
    197      Michael Cucinotta (RU) pins Branden Stearns (BU) 1:02                             20-8    
    285      #10 Dominick Russo III (RU) pins Larry Otsuka (BU) 1:33                         26-8                
    125      Vincent Dellefave (RU) dec. Greg Einfrank (BU) 5-4                                  29-8                
    133      #16 Bill Ashnault (RU) pins T.J. Popolizio (BU) 4:03                                   35-8
    Rutgers 29, Harvard 14
    Weight                                                                                                                        Team Score
    141      Anthony Buxton (HU) major dec. Luke Rigoglisio (RU) 11-0                      0-4
    149      David Greenwald (RU) pins Nick Brazeau (HU) 2:47                                  6-4                  
    157      #1 J.P. O'Connor (HU) dec. Daryl Cocozzo (RU) 3-2                                  6-7                 
    165      Gregory Zannetti (RU) major dec. Michael Sadler (HU) 20-7                       10-7                
    174      Daniel Rinaldi (RU) major dec. David Lalo (HU) 13-2                                 14-7    
    184      #10 Louis Caputo (HU) major dec. Michael Cucinotta (RU)            10-1                 14-11              
    197      Jesse Boyden (RU) dec. Sean Murphy (HU) 7-4                                           17-11 
    285      #10 Dominick Russo III (RU)            WBFF                                                                        23-11  
    125      Steven Keith (HU) dec. Vincent Dellefave (RU) 6-3                                                23-14  
    133      #16 Bill Ashnault (RU) pins Fermin Mendez (HU) 1:03                               29-14 
    Harvard 35, Franklin and Marshall 21
    Weight                                                                                                            Team Score
    141      Anthony Buxton (HU) pins Matt Murray (F&M) 2:00                      6-0
    149      Eric Norgard (F&M) pins Spencer Friedman (HU) 4:58                    6-6
    157      #1 J.P. O'Connor (HU) pins Matthew Gittleman (F&M) 2:30           12-6    
    165      Anthony Bongarzone (F&M) dec. Michael Sadler (HU) 8-1             12-9
    174      Matt Fullowan (F&M) dec. Bryan Panzano (HU) 8-3                       12-12  
    184      #10 Louis Caputo (HU) by tech. fall Matt Latessa (F&M) 16-0        17-12
    197      Colin Ely (F&M) dec. Sean Murphy (HU) 5-0                                   17-15
    125      Steven Keith (HU) WBFF                                                                  23-15
    133      Fermin Mendez (HU) WBFF                                                              29-15
    285      Double Forfeit                                                                                    29-15
    Brown 46, Franklin and Marshall 4
    Weight                                                                                                                        Team Score
    141      Stephen DeLorenzo (BU) by tech. fall Matt Murray (F&M) 17-1 (1:39)                  5-0      
    149      Ricky Bailey (BU) pins Eric Norgard (F&M) 6:57                                                    11-0    
    157      Bryan Tracy (BU) by tech. fall Matthew Gittleman (F&M) 20-4 (4:02)                    16-0
    165      Jeff Lemmer (BU) dec. Anthony Bongarzone (F&M) 7-5                                         19-0    
    174      Matt Fullowan (F&M) major dec. Jack Roberts (BU) 14-5                                       19-4
    184      Brän Crudden (BU) pins Matt Latessa (F&M) 1:43                                                  25-4    
    197      Branden Stearns (BU) dec. Colin Ely (F&M) 5-4                                                      28-4
    125      Greg Einfrank (BU) WBFF                                                                                        34-4
    133      T.J. Popolizio (BU) WBFF                                                                                         40-4    
    285      Larry Otsuka (BU) WBFF                                                                                          46-4
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