No. 7 Rutgers Hosts No. 10 Lehigh in EIWA Showdown at the RAC
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 15, 2011) ? Coming off a 19-15 dual win over No. 11 American, the seventh-ranked Rutgers wrestling team (20-1, 8-0 EIWA) will return to the Louis Brown Athletic Center for a 7 p.m. dual with EIWA rival No.10 Lehigh (13-6, 5-1 EIWA) on Thursday, Feb. 17.
The dual with Lehigh will be broadcast live on KnightVision Broadband via www.scarletknights.com*with Danny Breslauer on play-by-play and redshirt senior heavyweight Sean DeDeyn (Bayville, N.J.) providing the color commentary.
Additionally, the dual will be aired tape delayed on Verizon FiOS with Ralph Bednarczyk on play-by-play and National Wrestling Hall of Famer John DeMarco on color. The dual will air on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m.
The dual with Lehigh will also serve as the final home meet for six Scarlet Knight seniors-DJ Russo (Netcong, N.J.), Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.), Alex Caruso (Green Brook, N.J.), David Greenwald (Union, N.J.), Mike Cucinotta (Gibbstown, N.J.) and DeDeyn. The six Scarlet Knights have combined for 365 career wins.
Lehigh, who owns a 39-1 advantage in the all-time series with Rutgers, comes into the match with a 13-6 overall record, which includes wins over wrestling powerhouses Cornell and Michigan.*
For the season, the Mountain Hawks have been led by seven grapplers who are ranked in the InterMat top-20 at their respective weights. Zach Rey leads the way ranking first at hevyweight. He is followed closely by Robert Hamlin who is the fourth-ranked 184-pounder. Austin Meys (174-pounds), Frank Cagnina (133-pounds), Brandon Hatchett (165-pounds) and Joe Kennedy (197-pounds) round out the ranked Lehigh wrestlers.
Lehigh is coached by Pat Santoro, who is in his third season with the program.
The Scarlet Knights, who are riding a 16 dual winning streak, have been led on the season by four wrestlers who are ranked in the InterMat top-20 at their respective weight classes.*
Heavyweight Russo and 165-pounder Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.) are the two highest ranked Scarlet Knights rated fourth and fifth in the nation at their respective weight classes. Mario Mason (Moorestown, N.J) also ranks in the top-10, ranking ninth at 149-pounds. Cocozzo rounds out the ranked Scarlet Knights, placing 15th at 157-pounds.
Following the dual with the Mountain Hawks on Thursday, RU will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 20, when it travels to Philadelphia to face Drexel in a 5 p.m. dual.*
Tickets are on sale now for the Lehigh dual. To purchase tickets please visit http://tickets.scarletknights.com or call 866-445-GoRU (4678). MATCH NOTES
Probables for RU-LU Dual
125: Joe Langel (15-6) OR Matt Fusco (17-9) vs. Mitch Berger (8-15)
133: Mike DeMarco (17-12) vs. No. 17 Frank Cagnina (15-3)
141: Trevor Melde (24-9) vs. Stephen Dutton (15-10)
149: No. 9 Mario Mason (22-4) vs. Joey Napoli (12-9)
157: No. 15 Daryl Cocozzo (22-8) vs. Sean Bilodeau (7-7)
165: No. 5 Scott Winston (16-2) vs. No. 19 Brandon Hatchett (13-8)
174: Alex Caruso (27-7) vs. No. 10 Austin Meys (17-8)
184: Dan Rinaldi (18-6) vs. No. 4 Robert Hamlin (22-2)
197: Mike Wagner (12-12) OR Dan Hopkins (8-3) vs. No. 19 Joe Kennedy (15-8)
285: No. 4 DJ Russo (25-4) vs. No.1 Zach Rey (24-0)