Rutgers earns gritty 24-11 road win at Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- No. 18 Rutgers wrestling (10-5, 3-3) captured wins in seven of its 10 individual bouts to defeat Indiana (4-10, 1-6), 24-11, Friday night in Bloomington. The dual win secured the 13th consecutive winning season for the program and 12th since head coach Scott Goodale took over the program in 2007.

No. 4 Nick Suriano (133) Peter Lipari (141) and Christian Colucci (HWT) collected bonus points for the Scarlet Knights with their major decisions, while No. 1 Anthony Ashnault (149), No. 14 John Van Brill (157), Joseph Grello (174) and Matthew Correnti all earned decisions against the Hoosiers.

"I'm proud of the effort our guys showed tonight," Goodale said. "We has some big wins from a lot of guys in the lineup. It was good to see how Ashnault remained composed coming off that big win on Sunday. He found a way to bounce back and win, and that's what the great ones do. It was good to see guys like Colucci, Lipari and Grello all grind out wins. That was a team effort and our guys wrestled hard tonight."

How it Happened
• RU secured seven out of 10 bouts against Indiana, including four decisions and three majors.
• With the match starting at 149 pounds, Ashnault faced Fernando Silva. Silva jumped out to a 4-2 lead with two takedowns after the first period. Ashnault went to work in the middle two minutes, working a late takedown in the second period for a 6-6 tie. Ashnault then turned Silva early in period three after starting top to hold on for an 8-7 decision.
• Van Brill and Grello also worked gritty decisions before intermission. Van Brill had two reversals on Jake Danishek, including one with a minute left in the third period for a 5-2 decision.
• Grello faced Jacob Covaciu, with Grello's escape with 57 seconds left in the match making it a 1-1 score. Grello then caught a single leg with under 10 seconds, as he was awarded two for the 3-1 decision.
• After Willie Scott (184) battled through injury for just a 13-7 loss to Norman Conley, Rutgers led IU, 9-7 at intermission.
• Correnti had a reversal and two takedowns against Jake Kleimola for his 7-4 decision, while Colucci put Fletcher Miller on his back for a takedown and four back points to secure his 10-1 major.
• After a loss at 125 pounds, Suriano followed with his 20-7 major decision over Garrett Pepple, highlighted by his three takedowns in the opening period.
• Lipari closed out the dual with his 11-2 major, spearheaded by a takedown and four-point near fall in the opening three minutes.

• Rutgers moved to 4-1 all-time against Indiana, which includes three consecutive victories since the Scarlet Knights joined the conference.
• Ashnault is now 20-0 this season with 14 of those wins by bonus, including seven pins, four tech falls and three majors. Ashnault leads the team in dual points with 71.
• Ashnault now owns 111 career wins, tied with Anthony Surage for fourth all-time. He needs eight more wins to become the all-time wins leader in program history.
• Suriano collected his eighth major of the season and is now 17-2 with 16 wins by bonus, including eight majors, four tech falls, three pins, and a medical forfeit. His 16 wins by bonus leads the team.
• Suriano is second on the team with 63 dual points in 15 duals this year.
• Jake Benner (165) made his Big Ten dual debut.

149: No. 1 Anthony Ashnault (RU) over Fernando Silva (IU) (Dec 8-7)
157: No. 14 John Van Brill (RU) over Jake Danishek (IU) (Dec 5-2)
165: Bryce Martin (IU) over Jake Benner (RU) (MD 13-0)
174: Joseph Grello (RU) over Jake Covaciu (IU) (D 3-1)
184: Norman Conley (IU) over Willie Scott (RU) (D 13-7)
197: Matthew Correnti (RU) over Norman Conley (IU) (D 7-4)
285: Christian Colucci (RU) over Fletcher Miller (IU) (MD 10-1)
125: Elijah Oliver (IU) over Shane Metzler (RU) (MD 16-5)
133: No. 4 Nick Suriano (RU) over Garrett Pepple (IU) (MD 20-7)
141: Peter Lipari (RU) over Kyle Luigs (IU) (11-2 MD)

Rutgers continues its road swing at No. 20 Purdue on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in West Lafayette.


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