PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Rutgers wrestling team won eight of 10 bouts to drop Princeton, 27-9, Saturday night at Jadwin Gym. The Scarlet Knights (6-2, 3-0 EIWA) took four of the first five bouts and never looked back, as redshirt sophomore Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.) pinned the Tigers Cole Lampan in the first round of the heavyweight bout to seal the win.
RU improved to 39-33-5 all-time with the win over the Tigers, winning for the 18th straight time.
Redshirt freshman Phil Bakuckas (Hammonton, N.J.) won in exciting fashion at 174 pounds, earning a takedown with less than 10 seconds remaining to defeat Princeton's Brett Harner. Redshirt senior Dan Seidenberg (Red Bank, N.J.) and redshirt junior Nick Visicaro (Long Branch, N.J.) also earned victories at 184 and 165 pounds, respectively.
The Scarlet Knights entered the intermission with a 12-6 lead, winning four of the first five bouts while also gaining the riding time point in the wins. Highlighting the victories was a 5-0 decision by freshman Corey Stasenko (South Plainfield, N.J.) at 149 pounds, the first dual victory of his career.
Redshirt sophomore Anthony Perrotti (Roseland, N.J.) controlled the 157 pound bout, earning a 7-2 victory over Princeton's Matt Gancayco.
Freshman 125-pounder Scott DelVecchio (South Plainfield, N.J.), who wrestled at 133 pounds against the Tigers in the place of redshirt senior Vinnie Dellefave (Toms River, N.J.), scored a comeback win over Princeton's Jordan Laster. DelVecchio trailed, 3-1, entering the final period, but used a pair of takedowns and escapes to capture an 8-5 win. Dellefave did not wrestle due to illness.
Filling in for DelVecchio at 125 pounds was freshman Sean McCabe (Connetquot, N.Y.), who picked up his second dual win of the season with a 7-2 decision over Princeton's Ryan Cash.
RU is in action next on Jan. 3, 2014, when the squad welcomes Columbia to the College Ave. Gym for its second home dual of the season.
125: Sean McCabe (RU) dec. over Ryan Cash (PU), 7-2
133: Scott DelVecchio (RU) dec. Jordan Laster (PU), 8-5
141: No. 11/16/17 Adam Krop (PU) pinned Tyson Dippery (RU), 2:44
149: Corey Stasenko (RU) dec. over Kevin Moylan (PU), 5-0
157: Anthony Perrotti (RU) dec. over Matthew Gancayco, 7-2
165: Nick Visicaro (RU) dec. over Judd Ziegler, 9-4
174: Phil Bakuckas (RU) dec. over Brett Harner, 7-6
184: Dan Seidenberg (RU) dec. over Scott Gibbons, 3-0
197: Abe Ayala (PU) dec, over Hayden Hrymack, 6-4
HWT: Billy Smith (RU) pinned Cole Lampman, 1:59