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Rutgers Wrestling closing duals, prepping for B1G Tourney

With one dual match left, the Knights are eyeing the Big Ten tournament in less than three weeks. There's a lot left to do - and a lot left to prove - for the new kids on the block.

Roy DeBoer - used with permission

The regular season is quickly winding down, with the Big Ten Championships, the first for the Scarlet, just 17 days away.  The Knights wrapped up their home schedule over the weekend with a solid win over Princeton.

RU Recap   13-7, 2-7 B1G

Rutgers won the first five bouts, setting the tone in a 24-11 dual win over in-state rival Princeton.  Rutgers moved up to 13-7 (2-7 B1G) on the year.  Princeton dropped to 8-6.

"It was great to finish the home schedule with a big win for our fans," said head coach Scott Goodale. "The fans gave us a great home match environment this season. We really appreciate the support."

125-pounderSean McCabe and No. 18/15/NR/17 133-pounder Scott DelVecchio each earned major decisions in their matchups to start the dual. McCabe (15-8, 11-6 Duals) converted his takedown as time expired to secure the major, while DelVecchio (18-7, 12-5 Duals) controlled his match throughout.

Decisions from No. 17/14/17/20 149-pounder Ken Theobold and No. 9/7/12/9 141-pounder Anthony Ashnault made the dual score 14-0. Theobold (22-5, 16-3 Duals) bounced back from a loss last week to keep pace with Ashnault (22-4, 18-2 Duals) for the team wins lead. Ashnault has won his last five matches, grinding out a 3-2 decision against Jordan Laster Saturday.

No. 14/18/12/17 157-pounder Anthony Perrotti also extended his winning streak to five with a 14-2 major decision against Rich Eva. The West Essex HS product has won three of his last four matches by major decision and is now 17-6 on the season.

While being recognized prior to the match as the only senior, 165-pounder Nick Visicaro kept pace with No. NR/18/NR/NR Jonathan Schleifer through the first, but fell behind after surrendering a takedown and two back points in the second period in a 12-3 loss.  Schleifer is a 2014 NJSIAA champion from East Brunswick. 174-pounder Phil Bakuckas anked No. 20 in the latest NCAA Coaches Panel, got back on track with an 8-3 decision against Judd Ziegler.

A pair of takedowns and a reversal from heavyweight Billy Smith (13-6, 10-6 Duals) in a commanding 7-2 win allowed RU to end the dual on top. Smith controlled Ray O'Donnell from the top position, accruing 5:11 of riding time in the win.

Prior to the match, the program honored Visicaro and senior manager Carly Ashnault.

RU Wrestling Senior Nick Visicaro - photo by Roy DeBoer, used with permission

The Scarlet Knights also welcomed the Embrace Kids Foundation and nine-year-old Brandon to a match for the second consecutive year. Brandon is paired with the Rutgers wrestling team through the RU4Kids program.

The Scarlet Knights close out their 2014-15 dual schedule on the road Thursday, Feb. 19 at Drexel. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be streamed free of charge by Drexel Dragons TV.

No. 21 Rutgers 24, Princeton 11

125: Sean McCabe (RU) major dec. over Trey Aslanian (PU), 10-2

133: No. 18/15/NR/17 Scott DelVecchio (RU) major dec. over Jordan Reich (PU), 13-5

141: No. 9/7/12/9 Anthony Ashnault (RU) dec. over Jordan Laster (PU), 3-2

149: No. 17/14/17/20 Ken Theobold (RU) dec. over Chris Perez (PU), 5-3

157: No. 14/18/12/17 Anthony Perrotti (RU) major dec. over Rich Eva (PU), 14-2

165: No. NR/18/NR/NR Jonathan Schleifer (PU) major dec. over Nick Visicaro (RU

174: No. NR/20/NR/NR Phil Bakuckas (RU) dec. over Judd Ziegler (PU), 8-3

184: Brett Harner (PU) major dec. over Anthony Pafumi (RU), 10-2

197: No. 13/15/15/10 Abe Ayala (PU) dec. over Hayden Hrymack (RU), 13-6

285: No. 14/18/20/11 Billy Smith (RU) dec. over Ray O'Donnell (PU), 7-2

Rankings (-/-/-): InterMatThe Open MatWIN Magazine/ Flo Wrestling (Feb. 10)

RU Rankings

The coaches who do the voting apparently weren't happy enough with Rutgers' win over Princeton.  The Knights were No. 21 last week but fell in the USA Today/NWCA poll.  Rutgers wrestling team will enter its final dual of the 2014-15 season ranked No. 23 in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll and Intermat Dual Rankings. Individually, six Scarlet Knights remain ranked this week by Intermat, The Open Mat, WIN Magazine or FloWrestling after all six picked up wins over the weekend in a 24-11 dual victory over Princeton.

Individual Rankings

Intermat

The Open Mat

WIN Magazine

FloWrestling

Scott DelVecchio 133 lb  (18-7, 12-5 Dual)

17

15

NR

16

Anthony Ashnault 141 lb (22-4, 18-2 Dual)

9

7

11

9

Ken Theobold 149 lb (22-5, 16-3 Dual)

18

14

16

19

Anthony Perrotti 157 lb (17-6, 12-5 Dual)

13

18

10

16

Phillip Bakuckas 174 lb (18-11, 11-9 Dual)

NR

19

NR

NR

Billy Smith 285 lb (13-6, 10-6 Dual)

15

17

19

13

B1G Scores

Top-ranked Iowa clinched the outright Big Ten Wrestling Dual Meet Championship with its 22-9 win over No. 16 Michigan on Friday evening. The regular season conference title marks the seventh in the past eight years for the Hawkeyes. Iowa finished the conference season with a 9-0 record and currently sits at 14-0 overall.  

The Hawkeyes claimed seven bouts against the Wolverines, with wins from Thomas Gilman (125), Cory Clark (133), Josh Dziewa (141), Brandon Sorensen (149), Nick Moore (165), Michael Evans (174) and Nathan Burak (197).

The 2015 Big Ten Wrestling Championships will be held from March 7-8 at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Last season, Penn State won its fourth straight Big Ten Championships title, while Iowa leads all schools with 34 Big Ten Championships titles.

B1G Rankings  - Intermat


Dual ranking




RANK

SCHOOL

RECORD

CONFERENCE

PREV

1

Iowa

15-0

Big Ten

1

2

Missouri

21-0

MAC

2

3

Ohio State

13-3

Big Ten

3

4

Minnesota

12-2

Big Ten

4

5

Cornell

15-1

EIWA

5

6

Oklahoma St

10-3

Big 12

7

7

Penn State

10-4

Big Ten

6

8

Iowa State

10-2

Big 12

8

9

Virginia Tech

13-2

ACC

9

10

Nebraska

12-1

Big Ten

10

11

Illinois

13-4

Big Ten

11

17

Michigan

6-6

Big Ten

17

18

Wisconsin

9-3

Big Ten

18

23

Rutgers

13-7

Big Ten

23

24

Purdue

9-8

Big Ten

24

B1G Standings


Conference

Overall


W-L-T

%

W-L-T

%

Iowa*

9-0-0

1.000

14-0-0

1.000

Nebraska

8-1-0

.889

12-1-0

.923

Ohio State

8-1-0

.889

12-3-0

.800

Minnesota

7-2-0

.778

11-2-0

.846

Wisconsin

7-2-0

.778

9-3-0

.750

Penn State

6-3-0

.667

10-3-0

.769

Illinois

6-3-0

.667

12-4-0

.750

Michigan

4-5-0

.444

6-6-0

.500

Rutgers

2-7-0

.222

13-7-0

.650

Northwestern

2-7-0

.222

10-8-0

.556

Purdue

1-6-0

.143

8-8-0

.500

Michigan State

1-7-0

.125

5-10-0

.333

Indiana

0-8-0

.000

2-9-0

.182

Maryland

0-9-0

.000

5-15-0

.250

Through Feb. 14.
* Big Ten Dual Meet Champion

B1G Wrestler of the Week

Isaiah Martinez, Illinois, Fr. - Lemoore, Calif.

  • Pinned No. 4 Ian Miller of Kent State in 6:35
  • Guided No. 12 Illinois to a 38-0 win over Kent State in the NWCA National Duals, helping the Illini advance to the finals
  • Improved to 26-0 on the season, including a 6-0 mark against ranked opponents
  • Has won 33 consecutive matches