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Rutgers Wrestling: OMG! Criteria decides match for Wisconsin

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It can't get much closer than this!

Roy DeBoer - used with permission

I looked at the match ups.  Hey, I'm no expert but I thought Rutgers had a really good shot at beating No. 18 Wisconsin.  The Badgers were 8-2, 6-1 in the B1G.  But there were just some good match ups.  I even posted my thoughts:

Oh, and for the record....

I think we beat Wisconsin. And if we do that, we beat Northwestern, too.

Bring back Rutgers men's swimming and crew!

On Friday night in Madison, Rutgers and Wisconsin squared off on UW's Senior Night.  After ten bouts, each team had won five and the score was tied at 18 all.  Next step?  You go to the rule book to determine the winner.  NCAA criteria are found in Rule  3.15.3:
Match points from decisions, major decisions and tech falls.

Count up the individual bout scores and you get Rutgers with 52 bout points, Wisconsin with 64. Wisconsin wins the match 19-18.  Rutgers falls to 11-7, 1-7 B1G.

But in the heartbreak,what a performance.  What character and determination.  Against a team that had already beaten then-No. 8 Nebraska...in Lincoln.

Hayden Hrymack, coming into the match with a 10-7 record, topped the No. 9 wrestler in the country at 197 to start of the evening.  Sean McCabe, just 13-7 on the year, also won.  Anthony Ashnault, KenTheobold, and Anthony Perrotti reeled off three major decisions in a row to put the Knights up 18-7, with three bouts to go.  But a tech fall by the Badger's No. 3/3/3/4 Isaac Jordan was crucial down the stretch.  It led to UW ending up with the tie, and the match being turned over to the rule book....which reads:

3.15.1 Greater number of victories - each team won five

3.15.2 Total number of falls, defaults, disqualifications and forfeits - none

3.15.3 Total match points - Wisconsin 64, Rutgers 52

Wisconsin fans were duly impressed by the Knights.  A Tweet on their live feed:

Comment From Heavyweight275
Sure don't look like a 1-6 record in the big 10.

That is just painfully close.  But it shows the Knights are not that far off the pace.  Not up there with Minnesota, Iowa, or Penn State (yet), but very competitive with the rest.  A great performance, an upsetting ending.  The Knights, though, need to maintain their focus as they continue their travels to Evanston, Illinois and Northwestern on Sunday evening.  The Wildcats are 9-7, 1-6 in the B1G.  I'll go back to my earlier comment.  RU can and will win on Sunday.

No. 18 Wisconsin 19, No. 21 Rutgers 18, Criterion 3.15.3

Dual started at 197 pounds

197: Hayden Hrymack (RU) dec. over No. 9/10/10/10 Timmy McCall (UW), 6-5; Rutgers leads, 3-0

285: No. 3/2/2/4 Connor Medbery (UW) dec. over No. 14/18/20/11 Billy Smith (RU), 4-1; Match tied, 3-3

125: Sean McCabe (RU) dec. over Johnny Jimenez (UW), 2-1; Rutgers leads, 6-3

133: No. 9/7/7/13 Ryan Taylor (UW) major dec. over No. 18/16/NR/17 Scott DelVecchio (RU), 17-3; Wisconsin leads, 7-6

141: No. 9/7/12/9 Anthony Ashnault (RU) major dec. over Jesse Thielke (UW), 11-2; Rutgers leads, 10-7

149: No. 17/16/17/20 Ken Theobold (RU) major dec. over Rylan Lubeck (UW), 8-0; Rutgers leads, 14-7

157: No. 16/16/14/18 Anthony Perrotti (RU) major dec. over  Jarod Donor (UW), 12-4; Rutgers leads, 18-7

165: No. 3/3/3/4 Isaac Jordan (UW) tech fall over Nick Visicaro (RU), 19-4; Rutgers leads, 18-12

174: No. NR/NR/NR/20 Frank Cousins (UW) dec. over No. NR/16/NR/NR Phil Bakuckas (RU), 3-2; Rutgers leads, 18-15

184: No. NR/19/14/19 Ricky Robertson (UW) dec. over Anthony Pafumi (RU), 9-3; Match tied, 18-18

FINAL: Wisconsin wins by criterion 3.15.3 (Match points from decisions, major decisions and tech falls), 19-18

Rankings (-/-/-): InterMat / The Open Mat / WIN Magazine/ Flo Wrestling (Feb. 3)