Philadelphia, Pa. (Feb. 20, 2010) â€“ The No. 7 Rutgers wrestling team (21-2) picked up its 21st dual win of the season with a convincing 39-6 victory over Drexel. The 21 dual victories are a new program high for the Scarlet Knights, topping the previous mark of 20 set in the 2008-09 season.
Joe Langel (Howell, N.J.) got the Scarlet Knights off to a quick start at 125 pounds when he earned a 9-1 major decision over Michael Gomez to give RU and early 4-0 lead.
After Drexel earned a decision at 133 pounds, Rutgers regained the momentum with pins from Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) and Dave Greenwald (Union, N.J.).
Following the pins by Melde and Greenwald, No. 15 Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.) and Nick Visicaro (Long Branch, N.J.) each earned tech falls to push the RU lead to 26-3. Cocozzoâ€™s win was the 99th of his career.
Alex Caruso (Green Brook, N.J.) and Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) kept the RU momentum going picking up a decision and a major decision, respectively.
After Drexel earned a decision at 197 pounds, No. 4 DJ Russo (Netcong, N.J.) picked up his 98th career win when he pinned Jack Callender. With his 98 wins at Rutgers, Russo moves into a tie for 10th place in all-time wins at RU.
The Scarlet Knights will return to action when they wrestle at the EIWA Tournament in Lewisburg, Pa. on March 5 and 6.
Rutgers 39, Drexel 6
125: Joe Langel (RU) m. dec. Michael Gomez (DU), 9-1; Rutgers leads, 4-0
133: Frank Cimato (DU) dec. Mike DeMarco (RU), 6-3; Rutgers leads, 4-3
141: Trevor Melde (RU) pins Josh Yurasits (DU), 6:04; Rutgers leads, 10-3
149: David Greenwald (RU) pins Garth Mahosky (DU), 5:23; Rutgers leads, 16-3
157: No. 15 Daryl Cocozzo (RU) t. fall Charles Aungst (DU), 17-1 (5:16); Rutgers leads, 21-3
165: Nick Visicaro (RU) t. fall TJ Laky (DU), 21-5 (5:56); Rutgers leads, 26-3
174: Alex Caruso (RU) dec. Justin Wieller (DU), 6-4; Rutgers leads, 29-3
184: Dan Rinaldi (RU) m. dec. Shawn Fausey (DU), 17-5; Rutgers leads, 33-3
197: Brandon Palik (DU) dec. Dan Hopkins (RU), 7-4; Rutgers leads, 33-6
285: No. 4 DJ Russo (RU) pins Jack Callender (DU), 3:48; Rutgers wins, 39-6
Courtesy of Rutgers Sports Information