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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
For those just arriving to the party, consider Friday night a
To a man, the Rutgers wrestling team did not believe it needed
Friday's win to arrive.
Five times the Rutgers wrestling team competed at the Louis
Brown Athletic Center and five times it came away victorious.
Sophomore Mario Mason took down No. 4 Kevin LeValley less than
20 seconds into the overtime period of his 149-pound decision. The
win gives the Minnesota transfer an inside track to one of the
top-two seeds in this year's EIWA'Tournament.
Sophomore Scott Winston won his 165-pound bout over Bucknell's
Corey Lear on Friday at the Louis Brown Athletic Center with a
last-second reversal that gave him a 4-3 decision. The 10th-ranked
Scarlet Knights took down Bucknell, 33-3.
The Rutgers wrestling team kicked off another calendar year the
only way it knows how — by winning.
Sophomore Joe Langel got himself back in the national rankings
discussion at 125 pounds after taking down No. 13 Garrett Frey of
Princeton, coming from behind in the third period to win the match,
6-4, as the Knights cruised at the Barn.
On the surface, it was nothing new for the Rutgers wrestling
team. The No. 18 Scarlet Knights demolished George Mason and
Princeton Saturday night at the College Ave Gym by scores of 36-9
and 42-0, respectively.
Sophomores Joe Langel, left, and Matt Fusco, right, split time
thus far at 125 pounds and placed in the top five at the Nittany
When the Rutgers wrestling team takes the mat in a dual meet
this season, the biggest question outside of who will win has been
who will be the team's first grappler in the ring.
Redshirt sophomore Mario'Mason is ranked No. 5 nationally at 149
pounds after going 6-0 this past weekend, including a win over
then-No. 2 Frank Molinaro of Penn'State. The Minnesota transfer is
14-3 thus far in his Rutgers career.
In one fell swoop, Mario Mason erased two years of
Fifth-year senior Alex Caruso, right, placed third this past
weekend at the Nittany Lion Open in the 174-pound weight class.
Freshman forward Gilvydas Biruta led all scorers with 20 points
and added seven rebounds last night in the Scarlet Knights' 66-54
win over visiting NJIT. The St. Benedict's Prep product scored in
double figures for the third consecutive game.
Junior Trevor Melde, top, underwent knee surgery in the
offseason and recovered to finish fourth in the Nittany Lion
If the competition was not enough for the Rutgers wrestling team
at the Nittany Lion Open, then the tournament itself set forth a
daunting task for the No. 18 Scarlet Knights.
Senior Daryl Coccozzo captured an 11-3 major decision against
Missouri's Dan Gonsor as the Knights came from behind to best the
Tigers for their first win over a ranked opponent this season.