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The Rutgers wrestling team emphasized gaining bonus points as essential to success given its youth. The Scarlet Knights stuck to that plan Friday night against Clarion, as the Knights (3-0) downed the Golden Eagles (2-3), 30-12, in Clarion, Pa. Senior 133-pounder Vincent Dellefave was Rutgers’ catalyst. The Toms River, N.J., native captured a 15-6 major decision against Clarion’s Sam Sherlock for his second dual victory of the season.
Senior 133-pounder Vincent Dellefave captured his second dual victory of the season Friday against Clarion.
Standing with his arm raised at the end of the dual meet against Boston University on Sunday was a redshirt freshman with much to prove. Before this season, 174-pounder Phil Bakuckas never officially grappled for the Rutgers wrestling team and had to gain his experience wrestling unattached to the program.
Phil Bakuckus, at 174 pounds, understood the Rutgers wrestling team’s fate came down to his performance against Boston University’s Colin Saunders.Whether he pulled through was another story. “I wasn’t expecting that at all honestly,” Bakuckus said. “… I didn’t think it was going to come down to me, but that happens, so I just had to keep my mind clear and wrestle.”
The Rutgers wrestling team began its season Nov. 3 at Hofstra, where the Scarlet Knights pulled off their 22-21 victory on pin criteria. Sophomore heavyweight Billy Smith, an NCAA qualifier last season, produced the pin fall vital to Rutgers’ victory following the fellow sophomore 197-pounder Hayden Hrymack’s pin. While the Knights learned they won by criteria, another former NCAA qualifier had to celebrate the team’s first victory as a spectator donning street clothes.
Jimmy Lawson had two sports to choose from during his senior year at Manchester (N.J.) High School. If he went with wrestling in college, he would grapple for Rutgers wrestling and head coach Scott Goodale in New Brunswick. Accepting football would mean Lawson would continue his career at Monmouth. “If I was going to college to wrestle, I’d definitely go to? no other place than Rutgers. I like the guys there,” Lawson told the Asbury Park Press back in December 2009.
Heavyweight Billy Smith wrestled Penn State’s Jimmy Lawson twice in his career, resulting in two overtime losses for Smith.
Billy Smith and Jimmy Lawson met on the mat before Saturday’s heavyweight final at the 2013 Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open, formerly known as the Binghamton Open. Lawson registered a reversal on Smith within the last three seconds in overtime last season, capturing a 3-2 decision to cap the Nittany Lions’ 34-0 victory against Rutgers at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
Sophomore heavyweight Billy Smith lost in the finals to a familiar Penn State foe.
Freshman 125-pounder Scott DelVecchio posted a 7-1 record Sunday at the Binghamton Open en route to a third-place finish.
It was not the most comfortable situation when Anthony Ashnault faced Tyson Dippery last weekend in the Clarion Open. “It was awkward,” Ashnault said. “As teammates, it’s always kind of weird when you wrestle.” The freshman 141-pounders wrestled to a 4-3 decision in favor of Ashnault, one of the many tests Dippery will face this season wrestling unattached.
Freshman 141-pounder Anthony Ashnault will will be one of Rutgers’ redshirts to compete in the Binghamton Open.
When the Rutgers wrestling team took the mat last weekend in Hempstead, N.Y., 10 wrestlers donned their singlets for the first time this season. All were ready except for senior 133-pounder Vincent Dellefave, who wore street clothes with a wrist injury. “It is just a ligament sprain in the wrist,” said head coach Scott Goodale. “It won’t heal itself, but with rest, scar tissue will build around it and stabilize it. We don’t want to push him to return too quickly since it is a long year.”
Senior 133-pounder Vincent Dellefave sat out of Rutgers’ 22-21 victory Sunday against Hofstra. Redshirt freshman Sean McCabe took over, avoiding a major-decision loss, which allowed Rutgers to win a tiebreaker.
A season full of agony because of a shoulder injury left Rutgers wrestling senior Daniel Seidenberg with an important decision to make. He had to either go through with surgery on his shoulder, or rehab extensively and avoid the average recovery time of four-to-six months needed after the procedure. Seidenberg chose the latter.
Head coach Scott Goodale said 184-pounder Dan Seidenberg “is too valuable” to lose because of injury.
Senior 184-pounder Dan Seidenberg experienced an injury-plagued campaign last season. Seidenberg chose rehab instead of surgery and is one of only two seniors returning for Rutgers this season.
Heavyweight Billy Smith did not realize the significance when he pinned Hofstra’s Michael Hughes. “I wasn’t really thinking about that,” Smith said. “All week long I knew we needed bonus points up top, we talked about it with the coaches and stuff. Once the match started going I didn’t really think about it.” The pin in the 5:17 mark of the heavyweight bout gave the Rutgers wrestling team a 2-1 advantage in pins.
Redshirt fresman 174-pounder Phillip Bakuckus, right, collected a 3-0 decision for the Knights Sunday against Hofstra. The win was one of four straight for the Knights against the Pride.
Junior 165-pounder Nick Visicaro, right, dropped his bout to Hofstra’s Joe Booth, 11-7, which was one of five individual Rutgers losses.