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Rutgers picks up 3 dual meet victories at RAC

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers wrestling picked up three dual victories over LIU (43-3), Centenary (38-6) and Pitt-Johnstown (22-9) to open the 2019-20 season on Saturday in front of 3,332 fans at the RAC. The Scarlet Knights won 25 out of 30 individuals bouts during their three dual matches, including 13 by bonus points. Brett Donner (165), Joseph Grello (174), Jordan Pagano (197) and Christian Colucci all recorded pins to highlight action for the Scarlet Knights.

In a lineup that featured nine varsity debuts for RU, true freshman JoJo Aragona finished his day 3-0, including an impressive 6-2 decision over Nick Ealy of Pitt-Johnstown with more than 2:20 of riding time. True freshmen Sammy Alvarez (133) and Jackson Turley (165) also picked up their first career victories during the quad.

Aragona, Billy Janzer (184) and Michael Van Brill (157) all went 3-0 on Saturday, while Colucci, Grello, Pagano and Malcolm Robinson (125) all won multiple matches on the day.

"I'm happy with our effort today," said head coach Scott Goodale. "Forget how much youth we have. A lot of guys who don't have experience wrestling at the RAC in front of this environment got a chance to perform and I'm happy with that. We have a long way to go and a lot to work on."

NOTEBALES
• First Varsity Appearance (9): Malcolm Robinson (125), Sammy Alvarez (133), Zach Firestone (133), JoJo Aragona (141), Gerard Angelo (149), Jackson Turley (165), Billy Janzer (184), Kyle Lightner (197), Alex Esposito (HWT)
• First Varsity Win (8): Malcolm Robinson (125), Sammy Alvarez (133), Zach Firestone (133), JoJo Aragona (141), Gerard Angelo (149), Jackson Turley (165), Billy Janzer (184), Alex Esposito (HWT)
• Pins (4): Brett Donner (1), Joseph Grello (1), Jordan Pagano (), Christian Colucci (1)
• Tech Falls (5): Michael Van Brill (2), Sammy Alvarez (1), Zach Firestone (1) Nick Santos (1)
• Major Decisions (3): Alex Esposito (1), Billy Janzer (1), Jordan Pagano (1)
• Win by Forfeit (1): Billy Janzer (1)

MATCH 1: RUTGERS 43, LIU 3
125: Malcolm Robinson (RU) over James Ryan (LIU) by decision, 4-1; RU leads, 3-0
133: Sammy Alvarez (RU) over Michael Blando (LIU) by tech fall, 18-2; RU leads, 8-0
141: JoJo Aragona (RU) over Anthony Dushaj (LIU) by decision, 11-6; RU leads, 11-0
149: Nick Santos (RU) over Rhise Royster (LIU) by tech fall, 16-0; RU leads, 16-0 1:53
157: Michael Van Brill (RU) over Dominick Demarco (LIU) by tech fall, 18-2; Rutgers leads, 21-0
165: Brett Donner (RU) over Nicholas Provenzano (LIU) by fall (6:41); Rutgers leads, 27-0
174: Joseph Grello (RU) over James Langan (LIU) by fall (0:40); Rutgers leads, 33-0
184: Billy Janzer (RU) over Dan McClure (LIU) by major decision, 16-6; Rutgers leads, 37-0
197: Mark Malico (LIU) over Kyle Lightner (RU) by decision, 5-3; Rutgers leads, 37-3
HWT: Christian Colucci (RU) over Timothy Nagosky (LIU) by fall (2:21); Rutgers wins, 43-3

MATCH 2: RUTGERS 38, CENTENARY 6
125: Dylan Luciano (CENT) over Malcolm Robinson (RU) by fall (x:xx); CENT leads, 6-0
133: Zach Firestone (RU) over Jacy Jones (CENT) by tech fall, 19-4; CENT leads, 6-5
141: JoJo Aragona (RU) over Cameron Buffy (CENT) by decision, 7-1; RU leads, 8-6
149: Gerard Angelo (RU) over Ryan Anderson (CENT) by decision, 4-3 (TB4); RU leads, 11-6
157: Michael Van Brill (RU) over Stanley Wojoylak (CENT) by tech fall, 18-3; RU leads, 16-6
165: Jackson Turley (RU) over Jeremy Numberger (CENT) by decision, 9-3; RU leads, 19-6
174: Anthony Olivieri (RU) over Haakon Matthewson (CENT) by decision, 8-3; RU leads, 22-6
184: Billy Janzer (RU) by forfeit; RU leads, 28-6
197: Jordan Pagano (RU) over Justin Hopman (CENT) by fall (1:17); RU leads, 34-6
HWT: Alex Esposito (RU) over Jase Crouse (CENT) by major decision, 14-4; RU wins, 38-6

MATCH 3: RUTGERS 22, PITT-JOHNSTOWN 9
125: Malcolm Robinson (RU) over Brendan Howard (PJU) by decision, 3-1 (SV1); RU leads, 3-0
133: Tyler Warner (PJU) over Sammy Alvarez (RU) by decision, 9-4; RU-PJU tied, 3-3
141: JoJo Aragona (RU) over Jacob Ealy (PJU) by decision, 6-2; RU leads, 6-3
149: Chris Eddins (PJU) over Nick Santos (RU) by decision, 5-0; RU-PJU tied, 6-6
157: Michael Van Brill (RU) over Nathan Smith (PJU) by decision, 9-3; RU leads, 9-6
165: Devin Austin (PJU) over Brett Donner (RU) by decision, 4-3; RU-PJU tied, 9-9
174: Joseph Grello (RU) over Brock Biddle (PJU) by decision, 9-6; RU leads, 12-9
184: Billy Janzer (RU) over Connor Craig (PJU) by decision, 5-0; RU leads, 15-9
197: Jordan Pagano (RU) over Mike Guyer (PJU) by major decision, 11-1; RU leads, 19-9
HWT: Christian Colucci (RU) over Allan Beattie (PJU) by decision, 4-0; RU wins, 22-9

UP NEXT
Rutgers will send six attached wrestlers to the Princeton Open on Sunday. RU's next varsity competition will be on Friday, Nov. 15 when the Scarlet Knights face Fresno State in Fresno, California.

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