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Sophomore Scott Wintson, ranked No. 5 nationally in the
165-pound brackett, lost his second dual-match bout this season
after falling to No. 19 Brandon Hatchett of Lehigh last night at
the Louis Brown Athletic Center. The Knights then dropepd the
match's final four bouts, failing to earn the program's first
victory over the Mountain Hawks in over half a century.
When Matt Fusco approached Scott Goodale two days before the
Rutgers wrestling team's match against Lehigh, it confirmed what
the head coach already knew.
The match could not have started out any better for the Rutgers
wrestling team against conference powerhouse Lehigh.
Sophomore 125-pounder Joe Langel, top, took down three ranked
opponents at three home meets throughout the season, including last
week's 7-4 decision over Nick Arujau of American. The Howell, N.J.,
native lost his match last year against Lehigh.
If you were to look up conventional wrestling technique, chances
are you would not see the name "Joe Langel."
Junior Mike DeMarco evened his dual-match record at 9-9 last
night with a critical 7-5 victory at 133 pounds over American's
Kevin Tao. The decision gave Rutgers an early 6-0 advantage.
Midway through its match with American, the Rutgers wrestling
team found itself in a precarious position — losing. Not only were
the No. 7 Scarlet Knights trailing, but they were down to a team
ranked below them.
Sophomore 165-pounder Scott Winston is 16-2 in his first season
back from a redshirt and is ranked No. 6 in the nation.
Senior heavyweight DJ'Russo owns a 20-3 record on the year with
one of his losses coming at the Midlands Championships to
American's Ryan Flores.
It may not come with the prestige of a dual at the Louis Brown
Athletic Center or the recognition a wrestling powerhouse might
bring, but tonight's matchup between the Rutgers wrestling team and
American is going to be a test.
Senior Daryl Cocozzo upset Navy's sixth-ranked wrestler Bryce
Saddoris, 3-2, in their 157-pound bout in Annapolis, Md. The win
brought Cocozzo's career total to 96, and the nation's 16th-ranked
157-pounder will have an opportunity to reach 100 at the
Freshman Mike Wagner, black, won his 197-pound bout Saturday in
Annapolis, Md., against Navy's Greg Prioleau, 6-1. The South
Planfield, N.J., native sat out the Scarlet Knights' previous match
against Rider in favor of Middlesex Community College transfer Dan
Hopkins but boasts a 10-11 record on the season.
Despite the attempts of Mother Nature to slow it down, the
Rutgers wrestling team shoveled its way out of New Jersey this
weekend and trekked to Annapolis, Md., for a match against
conference foe Navy.
The Rutgers wrestling team canceled its Friday duel with
Virginia due to the inclement weather. The No. 9 Scarlet Knights
will still be put to the test this weekend as the team still plans
to travel Saturday to Annapolis, Md., to face Navy.
Sophomore Dan Rinaldi owns a 17-5 record in his first year
wrestling at 184 pounds. The Lodi, N.J., native won each of his
past five matches and will be tested this weekend against Navy's
Luke Rebertus, who is ranked No. 11 in the nation in the 184-pound
The Rutgers wrestling team took a monumental leap in the
program's goals last Friday by defeating No. 3 Virginia Tech.
Fifth-year senior Alex'Caruso held on to a 3-2 decision over
Matt Epperly on Friday night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center to
increase Rutgers' lead to 15-7 heading into the final three bouts.
The'Scarlet Knights topped third-ranked Virginia Tech, 24-7.
Sophomore Joe Langel got the start at 125 pounds and responded
by upsetting No. 13 Jarrod Garnett with an 8-7 decision. It is the
second time this year that Langel upset a top-15 opponent after
defeating Princeton's Garret Frey on Dec. 11 at the College Avenue
Head coach'Scott Goodale celebrates a Rutgers win.
Junior Trevor Melde gave Rutgers a lead it never relinquished
with a 7-6 decision in his 141-pound bout against No. 13 Chris