Rutgers Scarlet Knights defeat Drexel Dragons in Jack Childs Last home dual meet in Philly
By David A. Willauer-Contributing Editor-Sunday, February 20, 2011-Daskalakis Athletic Center-Drexel University-Philadelphia, PA-After a 21-9 defeat by Lehigh University last Thursday at the Rutgers Athletic Center to snap their 16 match winning streak, the Scarlet Knights came away with 2 major decisions 3 pins 2 tech falls 2 decisions defeated the Drexel Dragons by a 39-6 score.
Before the wrestling season started, and after 35 years at the helm Head Coach Jack Childs announced his retirement at the Dragons. After the match, head wrestling coach Jack Childs was honored by Athletic Director Eric Zillmer and spoke to fans about his achievements. Jack's career credentials are as follows as he recorded his 421 wins 270 losses and 9 ties. With the 421 victories, he leads all Division I wrestling coaches in all time victories, has amassed a total of 521 career wins while coaching at Stevens Trade in Lancaster, PA and with the Dragons during his 44 years of coaching. With the match vs. Rutgers, this is his 700th and last time that he has been coaching on the sidelines and has led 18 individuals to their conference wrestling champions, qualified a total of 35 of his wrestlers to the NCAA tournament, won 1 East Coast Conference team title in 1984-85, and was named CAA Wrestling Coach of the Year in 2001-02 and produced his 2 NCAA All Americans in Rob Rebmann in 2004 where he finished 7th and Ryan Hluschak in 2007 where he finished 8th. Jack Child's was honored with a banner with his name hung above the rafters of the DAC.
From 1991-93, Jack was president of the National Wrestling Coaches Association and served on the NWCA board for 4 years. At the 107th Philadelphia Association Awards Banquet, Jack was honored with the Special Achievement Award. In January of 2010, Jack registered his 500th career coaching victory in a 21-11 win over George Mason. Jack has been inducted into a lot of Hall of Fames. The PA Wrestling Hall of Fame, Athens (PA) High School Hall of Fame and the East Stroudsburg Athletic Hall of Fame, the Northeast Regional PA Wrestling Hall of Fame, the Southeastern Regional PA Hall of Fame and has been inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, OK for the lifetime award recipient.
On May 6th, Drexel University will be holding their wrestling banquet for the benefit of the Jack Childs Locker Room.
Jack Childs on his last regular season dual meet at Drexel: "If we were win 2 matches today we would have had victories at 149 and Joe Booth at 165 we would have won 4 meets." "Rutgers is a very stronger squad this year and they're well balanced, but for our squad, next year will be a different story as we have Jamie Calender in at 184 and Kyle Frey at 285, I feel that we'll make more progress for our squad." "For my last match here at Drexel, it's very bittersweet for me and am very sad to leave these guys as it's not like closing the book but am starting another chapter I'm recruiting and putting our schedule together." "It's something I am looking forward to for the next four or five years these are still my guys but I won't be sitting in the coaches chair anymore." The Colonial Athletic Association tournament at Rider University is coming up in 2 weeks and it's very wide open either Rider, Hofstra or Binghamton all have shots for the title I would be more then happy with our 2 or 3 guys to the NCAA's but in 2012 will be a different story."
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