Winston defeated Eren Civan of Columbia in the finals. Roy DeBoer


LEWISBURG, Pa. (March 6, 2011) ? The No. 9 Rutgers wrestling team finished off day two at the 107th EIWA Championships with a strong showing finishing third as*a team. The third place finish ties the best EIWA finish for the Scarlet Knights who also finished third in 1951.

For the day, RU was led by Scott Winston (Jackson, N.J.) who took first place at 165-pounds and became the first Scarlet Knight to take home an EIWA Championship since Tom Tanis in 2001.

In the finals, Winston took on Eren Civan of Columbia. After a scoreless first, Winston started down in the second and quickly scored a reversal. Civan quickly escaped and the two went to the third with Winston ahead 2-1. Civan started down in the third and earned another escape to tie the match. The two remained scoreless the rest of the way and went to a sudden victory overtime. After the two went scoreless in the sudden victory frame, they went to into two 30-second tiebreaker periods. In the first tiebreaker period, Winston started down and earned an escape setting out a situation where he could ride out Civan for the win. Winston dug deep and was able to keep Civan down to claim his first EIWA Championship.*

In addition to Winston?s championship, the Scarlet Knights also saw five wrestlers place third on the day in Mario Mason (Moorestown, N.J.), Daryl Cocozzo (River Edge, N.J.), Alex Caruso (Green Brook, N.J.), Dan Rinaldi (Lodi, N.J.) and DJ Russo (Netcong, N.J.).

Mason advanced to the consolation bracket finals at 149-pounds after picking up a convincing 9-4 decision over Dan Young of Army. Mason then met up with Ganbayar Sanjaa of American, an opponent he lost to earlier in the season. After the wrestlers exchanged a pair of escapes in the second and third, Mason was able to secure the match?s only takedown when he scored off single leg with 10 seconds left to take a 3-1 lead. Sanjaa escaped but it didn?t matter as Mason walked away with the 3-2 victory.

Cocozzo earned his third place finish after a pair of decision over Dan Kolodzik of Princeton and DJ Meagher of Cornell at 157-pounds. The third place finish was Cocozzo?s best at the EIWA?s and sets him up for a run at the NCAA Tournament.

At 174-pounds, Caruso used a 3-1 overtime decision over Matt Fullowan of Franklin & Marshall and an Austin Meys forfeit to bring home third place. Caruso, who finished fourth in his previous two EIWA Championships with Lehigh, earned an NCAA auto bid by virtue of his third place finish.

Rinaldi used a pair of impressive victories to earn third place honors at 184-pounds. In his first match, Rinaldi cruised to a 9-2 decision over Rob Waltko of Bucknell. In the third place match, Rinaldi met up with Luke Rebertus of Navy, an opponent he lost to earlier in the season. After earning an escape early in the second to take a 1-0 lead into the third, Rinaldi was able to ride out Rebertus in the third to secure the 2-0 victory.

Heavyweight Russo closed out the Scarlet Knights who took home third place with a pair of convincing wins over Andrew Knapp of Harvard and Kevin Lester of Columbia. Russo allowed only a late escape in a 5-1 decision over Knapp and was able to pin Lester a mere 1:14 into the match.

Joe Langel (Howell, N.J.), Trevor Melde (Hewitt, N.J.) and Mike Wagner (South Plainfield, N.J.) also competed for RU on day two.

The Scarlet Knights will return to action on Thursday, March 17, when they compete in the 2011 NCAA Championships in Philadelphia, Pa.***

RU Wrestlers at 107th EIWA Championships Day 2

Joe Langel (125-pounds)

7th Place Match: Joe Langel (RU) wins by forfeit over Nick Arujau (American)


Trevor Melde (141-pounds)

Consolation semifinals: Zach Kemmerer (Penn) dec. Trevor Melde (RU), 3-1

5th place match: Hicks Manson (Cornell) dec. Trevor Melde (RU), 3-2


Mario Mason (149-pounds)

Consolation semifinals: Mario Mason (RU) dec. Dan Young (Army), 9-4

3rd place match: Mario Mason (RU) dec. Ganbayar Sanjaa (American), 3-2


Daryl Cocozzo (157-pounds)

Consolation semifinals: Daryl Cocozzo (RU) dec. Dan Kolodzik (Princeton), 8-1

3rd place match: Daryl Cocozzo (RU) dec. DJ Meagher (Cornell), 5-3


Scott Winston (165-pounds)

Finals: Scott Winston (RU) dec. Eren Civan (Columbia), 3-2 (OT)


Alex Carsuo (174-pounds)

Consolation semifinals: Alex Caruso (RU) dec. Matt Fullowan (F&M), 3-1 (SV)

3rd place match: Alex Caruso (RU) wins by forfeit over Austin Meys (Lehigh)


Dan Rinaldi (184-pounds)

Consolation semifinals: Dan Rinaldi (RU) dec. Rob Waltko (Bucknell), 9-2

3rd place match: Dan Rinaldi (RU) dec. Luke Rebertus (Navy), 2-0


Mike Wagner (197-pounds)

Consolation semifinals: Jay Hahn (Bucknell) dec. Mike Wagner (RU), 7-6

5th place match: Joe Kennedy (Lehigh) dec. Mike Wagner (RU), 3-1 (SV)


DJ Russo (285-pounds)

Consolation semifinals: DJ Russo (RU) dec. Andrew Knapp (Harvard), 5-1

3rd place match: DJ Russo (RU) pins Kevin Lester (Columbia), 1:14**