PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- With the help of five consecutive victories from 149 pounds to 184 pounds, the Rutgers wrestling team put away West Virginia, 26-10, in Morgantown, W. Va., on Friday night. Sixth-year head coach Scott Goodale's squad won seven of the 10 contested bouts and senior Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.) earned his 100th career victory in a Scarlet Knight singlet.
Rutgers improved to 14-2 on the season, downing West Virginia (1-6) to tie the all-time series between the squads, 2-2. Goodale improved his record to 2-1 against the Mountaineers.
At 157-pounds, Winston became the 13th grappler in school history to record 100 career wins and did it in the form of a first-period pin at the 1:58 mark over Jason Luster of WVU. It was Winston's fifth win by fall this season and his second-straight as he pinned Christopher Howard of Brown at the 4:51 mark on Jan. 20.
The senior joined teammate and classmate Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.), who moved into the 100-win court on Jan. 20 with a win over Harvard's Josh Popple. No. 11 Rinaldi picked up his 101st career-win with a 6-0 decision over WVU's Lance Bryson at 184 pounds. He is now tied for 11th on RU's all-time wins list.
Including Winston, the Scarlet Knights recorded three bonus-point victories on the evening, starting with an 11-3 major decision by junior 133-pounder Vincent Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.) over West Virginia's Sean Fee. Despite losing two of its first three bouts, Rutgers won the next five contests, including a major decision by freshman 149-pounder Ken Theobold (Toms River, N.J.) over Mountaineer Roman Perryman. It marked the second dual-meet bonus-point win for Theobold this season.
Rinaldi wrapped up the match with his decision at 184-pounds as Rutgers took a 23-6 lead and moved out of reach of the Mountaineers.
The Scarlet Knights are back in action tomorrow, Jan. 26, taking on Navy in an EIWA matchup in Annapolis, Md., at 7:30 p.m.
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125: Shane Young (WVU) dec. Joe Langel (RU), 4-3
133: Vincent Dellefave (RU) major dec. Sean Fee (WVU), 11-3
141: No. 12 Nathan Pennesi (WVU) dec. Trevor Melde (RU), 6-3
149: Ken Theobold (RU) major dec. Roman Perryman (WVU), 12-3
157: Scott Winston (RU) pinned Jason Luster (WVU), 1:58
165: Nick Visicaro (RU) dec. Ross Renzi (WVU), 12-5
174: No. 12 Greg Zannetti (RU) dec. Bubba Scheffel (WVU), 2-1
184: No. 11 Dan Rinaldi (RU) dec. Lance Bryson (WVU), 6-0
197: A.J. Vizcarrondo (WVU) major dec. Hayden Hrymack (RU), 12-4
HWT: Billy Smith (RU) dec. Phil Mandzik (WVU), 5-0