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    Rutgers looks for third-straight EIWA win

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The Rutgers wrestling team will travel East Stroudsburg, Pa. on Wednesday, Jan. 10, for an Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) battle with the Warriors at 7:00 p.m.

    The Scarlet Knights are coming off of a 36-13 win at Franklin & Marshall on Jan. 6. Rutgers head wrestling coach John Sacchi recorded his 159th career win at the helm of the Scarlet Knights program against the Diplomats, moving to the top of the all-time victory with the win as Rutgers moved to 2-2 on the season, including a 2-1 mark in the EIWA.

    Jack Barrett (Metuchen, N.J.) and Lamar Brown (Red Bank, N.J.) posted decision wins at 149 and 197 pounds, respectively. Barrett recorded a 12-7 win over Franklin & Marshall's Steve Gregory, while Brown defeated Sean Logue, 10-3. Due to injuries, the Diplomats forfeited matches at the 125, 133, 174 and 184-pound weight classes. Leading in the heavyweight bout, Mike D'Amico (Kenilworth, N.J.) won by injury default when Nico Summers pulled out of the match at the 5:07 mark

    On the season, the Scarlet Knights are led by Barrett who has an 11-8 record on the season, including a 2-2 mark in dual matches. Chris Norrell (Philipsburg, N.J.) has nine wins on the season, while Dan Hilt (Manalapan, N.J.) has eight victories in his senior campaign.

    East Stroudsburg is coming off a 27th-place finish at the Southern Scuffle (Dec. 30), not having wrestled a dual match since Dec. 5, when the Warriors fell to Army, 25-12, in an EIWA match. Sean Carr leads the team with 10 wins at 141 pounds, while Nate Nauroth is 5-4 on the season.

    Rutgers leads the all-time series with the Warriors, 14-11-1, including a 10-4-1 mark under Sacchi. Last season, the Scarlet Knights came up with an 18-14 win over East Stroudsburg on Jan. 11, 2006. Ryan Jablonski (Norristown, Pa.), Steve Adamcsik (Chester, N.J.), Jamie Lijo (Stanhope, N.J.), and Mike Whalen (Lake Hiawatha, N.J.) all picked up wins for RU last year.

    "It's always a border battle with East Stroudsburg," Sacchi said. "The matches are always tight so we're expecting the same thing this season."

    Following the match-up with the Warriors, Rutgers will host Army and the Merchant Marine Academy on Sunday, Jan. 14, with matches beginning at 2:00 p.m.

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