By Dan Seifring
Rutgers will host Centenary College, Franklin & Marshall College, and Binghamton University Sunday November 1st at the College Avenue Gym. Since this is the first action for all teams it is hard to predict the matchups without knowing which wrestlers may or may not redshirt. I will try to do my best to highlight some of the better possible matchups. Last year at the Duals Coach Goodale did a good job of getting some backups into the lineup, I would expect that to be the case again this year.
The first match of the day will take place at 10am when Rutgers takes on the Cyclones of Centenary. Centenary is a Division 3 program from New Jersey who participated in the Duals last year. Rutgers came away with a 49-3 victory last season with the lone winner for Centenary being Josh Sibblies beating Anthony Pafumi 6-4 at 184 pounds. All indications are that Sibblies is dropping down to 174 this season and should face Phil Bakuckas for the Knights. Sibblies wrestled for Newton HS and finished 5th in New Jersey as a senior in 2013 at 182 pounds.
The next match for Rutgers will be at noon against Franklin & Marshall College out of Lancaster PA. Although I don’t think the Diplomats match up well against the Knights this match should give us a top 8 match up against Rutgers 2015 All American Anthony Ashnault and Richard Durso who was an All American in 2014 taking 8th place at 141 pounds. Durso took his redshirt last year when Ashnault took 8th at 141 pounds. Both wrestlers are ranked coming into the season with Ashnault ranked 7th and Durso 8th at 141 pounds using Gregg Henry’s rankings at wrestlingreport.com. Franklin & Marshall doesn’t have any another wrestlers ranked in the top 33.
In the final match of the day Rutgers will take on Binghamton University at 2pm. Binghamton has two wrestlers ranked in the top 33, they are Jack McKeever #28 at 174 pounds and Steve Schneider #30 at 184 pounds. To counter those two Rutgers has Phil Bakuckas #29 at 174 pounds and unranked Nicholas Gravina at 184 pounds. Although no other wrestlers are ranked Binghamton has a few guys that will look to turn some heads against Rutgers who as a team is ranked 18th in the nation and have 7 wrestlers ranked. Binghamton is a young team with a few very good freshmen that will probably redshirt this year. A match up I am really interested in is at 157 pounds when Rutgers Richie Lewis looks to start his Division 1 career against a talented Vincent DePrez. DePrez is coming off a 20-18 freshman campaign and as a High School wrestler was 222-14 and a 3 x State Finalist and State Champ as a senior going 46-0 in New York.
Projected Rutgers Line-up with Wrestlingreport.com ranking.
125: #28 Sean McCabe or Josh Patrick
133: #25 Anthony Giraldo or Jalen Ramos
141: #7 Anthony Ashnault or Nicholas Ottaviano
149: #18 Tyson Dippery
157: Richie Lewis or John Van Brill or Dylan Painton
165: #11 Anthony Perrotti or Jordan Pagano or Mikey Simmons
174: #29 Phillip Bakuckas or Anthony Pafumi
184: Nicholas Gravina or Anthony Messner
197: Hayden Hrymack
285: #11 Billy Smith
By Dan Seifring