NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Rutgers wrestling program, under the guidance of second-year head coach Scott Goodale, competed in the annual Scarlet & Black match, Friday night at the College Ave. Gym in New Brunswick, N.J. Each weight class featured two wrestlers battling for starting spots during the 2008-09 season.
The returning starters from last season more than held their own, as sophomore Mike Demarco (Lyndhurst, N.J.) at 125, redshirt junior Jack Barrett (Metuchen, N.J.) at 149, senior Matt Pletcher (Eastampton, N.J.) at 165, redshirt senior Mike Whalen (Lake Hiawatha, N.J.) at 174 and junior Keith Dobish (Lodi, N.J.) at 184 all retained their starting positions with wins over their opponents.
Demarco pulled out a 4-2 victory over freshman Matt Fusco (Belleville, N.J.), Barrett defeated freshman David Seidenberg (Red Bank, N.J.) 8-2, Pletcher stopped junior Matt Rigoglioso (Wayne, N.J.) 8-1, Whalen earned a 13-4 major decision over freshman Ryan Roddy (Woodbridge, Conn.) and Dobish defeated sophomore McPaul Ogbonna (East Hanover, N.J.) 3-1.
In the other weight classes, redshirt freshman Tyler Milonas (Oak Ridge, N.J.) defeated fellow classmate Brian Bollette (Newton, N.J.) 8-1 at 133, newcomer David Greenwald (Union, N.J., 141-pounds for Iowa Central Community College ... Finished year with a record of 38-4, including 26 pins … Finished second at JUCO Nationals) picked up an 11-1 major decision over freshman Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) at 141 and freshman Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.) earned a major decision over fellow classmate Greg Zannetti (Edison, N.J.), 12-4 at 157. In the heavyweight class, redshirt sophomore DJ Russo (Netcong, N.J.) defeated newcomer Sean DeDeyn (Bayville, N.J.) 5-0. Karim Mahmoud Abduel (Wallington, N.J.) was leading 5-0 when his match against Jesse Boyden (Kenilworth, N.J.) was stopped because of a medical default charged to Boyden.
After the wrestle-offs, RU returns to the mat on Saturday, Nov. 8, in the Oklahoma-Brockport Gold Tournament, held in Brockport, N.Y.
It's been a while since Melde has been bounced around the mat like that.