Dec. 15, 2008

Courtesy of Rutgers

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. (December 14, 2008) – The Rutgers wrestling team (11-3, 4-0 EIWA) won all three contests in the Lock Haven Duals, Sunday in Lock Haven, Pa. Rutgers defeated the host school 24-19, Drexel 21-15 and EIWA foe East Stroudsburg 32-12. The Scarlet Knights are 4-0 in EIWA for the first time since 1960-61, when they started 6-0 in conference action.


Redshirt sophomore David Greenwald (Union, N.J.) went 3-0 on the day at 141, pinning all three of his opponents. He now has 15 falls on the season. Seniors Matt Pletcher (Eastampton, N.J.) at 165 and Mike Whalen (Lake Hiawatha, N.J.) at 174 also went 3-0 to lead RU. The Scarlet Knights recorded six pins and six major decisions in the three contests.


Other RU winners include freshman Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.), who went 2-0 at 157 with a major decision against Lock Haven, and redshirt sophomore DJ Russo (Netcong, N.J.) who finished 2-1 with a pin at heavyweight. Freshmen Matt Fusco (Belleville, N.J.) at 125 and David Seidenberg (Red Bank, N.J.) at 149, as well as sophomore Paul Grogan (Netcong, N.J.) at 133 all picked up victories for the Scarlet Knights.


Rutgers returns to the mat on Saturday, Dec. 20, when No. 9 Lehigh comes to College Ave. Gym at 2:00 p.m.


Rutgers 24 - LHU 19

125: Nick Hyatt (LHU) dec. Mike Demarco (RU) 5-0

133: Billy Ashnault (LHU) major dec. Paul Grogan (RU) 10-0

141: Dave Greenwald (RU) pinned Owen Wilkinson (LHU) 3:05

149: Matt Fittery (LHU) dec. Dave Seidenberg (RU) 8-4

157: Scott Winston (RU) major dec. Dave Richmond (LHU) 14-6

165: Matt Pletcher (RU) major dec. Aaron Earnest (LHU) 8-0

174: Mike Whalen (RU) major dec. Dan Tolbert (LHU) 16-2

184: Tom Kocher (LHU) won by injury default over Keith Dobish (RU)

197: Ben Hepburn (LHU) dec. Karim Mahmoud (RU) 5-2

HWT: Dominick Russo (RU) pinned Gabe Murtorff (LHU) 3:20


Rutgers 21 - Drexel 15

125: Matt Fusco (RU) dec. Michael Gomez (DU) 9-8

133: Frank Cimato (DU) dec. Mike Demarco (RU) 7-5

141: David Greenwald (RU) pinned Matt Dugan (DU) 2:31

149: David Seidenberg (RU) pinned Robert Robinson (DU) 1:42

157: Billy Haydt (DU) tech fall Greg Zannetti (RU) 2:01

165: Matt Pletcher (RU) dec. Scott Hunter (DU) 7-0

174: Mike Whalen (RU) dec. Brian Stouffer (DU) 7-0

184: Justin Wieller (DU) dec. Keith Dobish (RU) 8-6

197: No. 9 Jon Oplinger (DU) dec. Karim Mahmoud (RU) 9-5

HWT: Dominick Russo (RU) dec. Kyle Frey (DU) 9-3


Rutgers 32 - ESU 12
125: Matt Fusco (RU) maj. dec. David Luthy (ESU) 16-5
133: Paul Grogan (RU) won by forfeit
141: David Greenwald (RU) pinned John Menafra (ESU) 2:21
149: David Seidenberg (RU) dec. Scott Heckman (ESU) 4-3
157: Scott Winston (RU) maj. dec. Jesse Dunn (ESU) 18-5
165: Matt Pletcher (RU) dec. Jeff Jacobs (ESU) 10-3
174: Mike Whalen (RU) pinned Nick Tetro (ESU) 4:53
184: Ed Ebewo (ESU), injury forfeit over Mike Cucinotta (RU)
197: Shane Mallory (ESU) dec. Karim Mahmoud (RU) 5-3
285: Chris Birchler (ESU) dec. Dominick Russo (RU) 11-5