Rutgers sweeps Rutgers Duals, Ashnault tops Durso

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- No. 18 Rutgers wrestling opened the 2015-16 season with three shutout wins against Centenary, 46-0, Franklin & Marshall, 47-0, and Binghamton, 38-0, Sunday at the College Ave. Gym. The Scarlet Knights (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) won all 30 matches on the day, with 19 coming in bonus-point fashion.

"We wrestled a bunch of matches, which I thought was really good for us this time of year. That's what we wanted," said ninth-year head coach Scott Goodale. "We still have a lot of work to do. Some of us aren't finishing matches. If you can be critical of something, maybe it's that we have to do a good job of finishing matches."

The most significant win of the day for the Scarlet Knights came at 141 pounds between No. 8/8/7/8/6 (Intermat, FloWrestling, The Open Mat, Amateur Wrestling News, WIN Magazine) redshirt sophomore Anthony Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J.) and No. 9/9/9/11/NR Rick Durso (Franklin & Marshall). A battle of All-Americans and a potential NCAA Championships matchup, Ashnault eased his way to a 7-1 decision against Durso.

Ashnault's first takedown came with 0:41 seconds left in the first period, but the momentum swung when Ashnault chose bottom to start the second period and reversed the Durso 19 seconds in. Ashnault, who tallied 2:13 of riding time, sealed the win with a takedown late, conceding an escape to Durso as time expired.

Ashnault (2-0) closed his day with a 12-2 major decision against Jesse Dellevecchia (Binghamton).

Four Scarlet Knights went a perfect 3-0 on the afternoon.

Redshirt freshman 133-pounder Anthony Giraldo (Guttenberg, N.J.), in his Rutgers debut, was the first to accomplish the feat, ending the day with an 8-4 decision against Binghamton's Jacob Nicholson.

Giraldo, listed at No. 19 in the latest FloWrestling Rankings, added two tech falls to begin his RU career unblemished.

A trio of decisions for redshirt sophomore Tyson Dippery (Harrisburg, Pa.) gave him a perfect start to the season at 149 pounds. Dippery was the starter at 141 pounds for Rutgers during the 2013-14 season.

Senior Hayden Hrymack (Point Pleasant, N.J.) was impressive to start the 2015-16 campaign, winning all three of his matches by bonus points. A 14-0 major decision shook the rust off before Hrymack scored a fall - RU's fastest of the day - in 0:56 seconds vs. Charles Kerkenser (Franklin & Marshall).

Redshirt senior heavyweight Billy Smith (Wantage, N.J.) tallied three bonus-point wins in three different forms, scoring a 15-0 tech fall against Centenary's James Valley, a 10-2 major decision against Franklin & Marshall's Antonio Pelusi, and a pin over Connor Calkins (Binghamton) in 2:48. Smith is ranked No. 8/9/11/12/8 at heavyweight.

Hrymack concluded the Rutgers Duals with an 8-0 major, earning a takedown in the final minute versus Mark Tracy (Binghamton).

2014 All-American Anthony Perrotti (Roseland, N.J.) displayed his comfort in the bump to 165 pounds by posting pins against Franklin & Marshall and Binghamton. Perrotti (2-0) opened the year ranked 9/13/11/11/12.

Other Scarlet Knights to post 2-0 records on the afternoon were redshirt junior 125-pounder Sean McCabe (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.), junior 157-pounder Richie Lewis (Toms River, N.J.), redshirt junior 174-pounder Phillip Bakuckas (Hammonton, N.J.), and 184-pounder Nicholas Gravina (Allendale, N.J.).

Five Scarlet Knights made their Rutgers debuts, including, Giraldo, redshirt freshman 141-pounder Nicholas Ottaviano (Marlboro, N.J.), redshirt freshman 157-pounder John Van Brill (Mullica Hill, N.J.), redshirt freshman 165-pounder Jordan Pagano (South Brunswick, N.J.), and Lewis.

Seeing his lone bout of the day versus Centenary, Pagano registered a pin against Anthony Kubish in 3:49 to begin his Rutgers career with an exclamation point.

Lewis followed suit in his debut, ending his first match in a scarlet singlet in 2:31. The Toms River East HS product got the fall against Franklin & Marshall's Andy Francos to push the match to 21-0 before RU closed out the 47-0 win.

Ottaviano and Van Brill took the mat against Centenary for their first varsity action, but did not wrestle. The Cyclones forfeited both matches at 141 and 157 pounds in the 46-0 RU victory.

Winning in their only action of the day were Josh Patrick (Rector, Pa.), 16-1, against Centenary's Joey Zargo, Anthony Messner (Somerset, N.J.), 4-0, against Centenary's Joey Ragsdale, and Anthony Pafumi (Westfield, N.J.), 9-7, against Centenary's Josh Sibblies in sudden victory.

The Scarlet Knights continue their season next Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Binghamton Open.

No. 18 Rutgers 46, Centenary 0
125: Josh Patrick (RU) tech fall over Joey Zargo (CC), 16-1; Rutgers leads, 5-0
133: No. NR/19/15 Anthony Giraldo (RU) tech fall over Christian Sable (CC), 18-0; Rutgers leads, 10-0
141: Nicholas Ottaviano (RU) wins by forfeit; Rutgers leads, 16-0
149: Tyson Dippery (RU) dec. over Chris Muce (CC), 10-8; Rutgers leads, 19-0)
157: John Van Brill (RU) wins by forfeit; Rutgers leads, 25-0
165: Jordan Pagano (RU) wins by fall over Anthony Kubish (CC), 3:49; Rutgers leads, 31-0
174: Anthony Pafumi (RU) dec. over Josh Sibblies (CC), 9-7 (SV); Rutgers leads, 34-0
184: Anthony Messner (RU) dec. over Joey Ragsdale (CC), 4-0; Rutgers leads, 37-0
197: Hayden Hrymack (RU) major dec. over Etiini Udott (CC) 14-0; Rutgers leads, 41-0
285: No. 8/9/11 Billy Smith (RU) tech fall over James Valley (CC), 15-0; Rutgers wins, 46-0
Rankings (-/-/-): InterMat / FloWrestling/The Open Mat

No. 18 Rutgers 47, Franklin & Marshall 0
125: Sean McCabe (RU) major dec. over Edgar Garcia (F&M), 10-2; Rutgers leads, 4-0
133: No. NR/19/15 Anthony Giraldo (RU) tech fall over Paddy Quinlan (F&M), 17-1; Rutgers leads, 9-0
141: No. 8/8/7 Anthony Ashnault (RU) dec. over No. 9/9/9 Rick Durso (F&M), 7-1; Rutgers leads, 12-0
149: Tyson Dippery (RU) dec. over Jason Bing (F&M), 11-5; Rutgers leads, 15-0
157: Richie Lewis (RU) wins by fall over Andy Francos (F&M), 2:31; Rutgers leads, 21-0
165: No. 9/13/11 Anthony Perrotti (RU) wins by fall over Gordon Bolig (F&M), 2:41; Rutgers leads, 27-0
174: Phil Bakuckas (RU) tech fall over Colin Gironda (F&M), 16-0; Rutgers leads, 32-0
184: Nicholas Gravina (RU) tech fall over Anthony Mancini (F&M), 19-1; Rutgers leads, 37-0
197: Hayden Hrymack (RU) wins by fall over Charles Kerkenser (F&M) 0:56; Rutgers leads, 43-0
285: No. 8/9/11 Billy Smith (RU) major dec. over Antonio Pelusi (F&M), 10-2; Rutgers wins, 47-0
Rankings (-/-/-): InterMat / FloWrestling/The Open Mat

No. 18 Rutgers 38, Binghamton 0
125: Sean McCabe (RU) dec. over Thierno Diallo (BU), 10-4; Rutgers leads, 3-0
133: No. NR/19/15 Anthony Giraldo (RU) dec. over Jacob Nicholson (BU), 8-4; Rutgers leads, 6-0
141: No. 8/8/7 Anthony Ashnault (RU) major dec. over Jesse Dellevecchia (BU), 12-2; Rutgers leads, 10-0
149: Tyson Dippery (RU) dec. over Frankie Garcia (BU), 4-0; Rutgers leads, 13-0
157: Richie Lewis (RU) dec. over Vincent DePrez (BU), 3-1; Rutgers leads, 16-0
165: No. 9/13/11 Anthony Perrotti (RU) wins by fall over Anthony DePrez (BU), 6:46; Rutgers leads, 22-0
174: Phil Bakuckas (RU) dec. over Jack McKeever (BU), 3-2; Rutgers leads, 25-0
184: Nicholas Gravina (RU) dec. over Steve Schneider (BU), 6-2; Rutgers leads, 28-0
197: Hayden Hrymack (RU) major dec. over Mark Tracy (BU) 8-0; Rutgers leads, 32-0
285: No. 8/9/11 Billy Smith (RU) wins by fall over Connor Calkins (BU), 2:48; Rutgers wins, 38-0
Rankings (-/-/-): InterMat / FloWrestling/The Open Mat

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