No. 23 Rutgers wrestling (10-5, 2-4) earned a key 28-7 victory over RV Maryland (8-7, 0-6) on Saturday on the road. After splitting the first four bouts, RU reeled off six straight wins to take the dual in convincing fashion. The Scarlet Knights have now beaten the Terps in eight straight matchups. In addition, it marked the 14th time in head coach Scott Goodale’s tenure that Rutgers has won double-digit dual victories.
After No. 12 Dean Peterson lost a 8-0 major decision to No. 18 Braxton Brown at 125 pounds, No. 16 Joe Heilmann pitched his own shutout with a 12-0 major decision at 133 pounds. He had three takedowns in what was a dominant performance.
Joey Olivieri won a tight 2-1 decision over Kal Miller at 141 pounds before Tony White fell 4-2 to No. 18 Ethen Miller at 149 pounds.
With the match tied 7-7, Rutgers began to take over. It started with Andrew Clark delivering a 7-2 decision at 157 pounds. His outing included a takedown and a reversal to put RU up 10-7 at intermission.
After the break, Robert Kanniard produced a takedown at the start of his 165 pound match before earning a 7-0 decision over John Martin Best. At 174 pounds, Jackson Turley earned a 5-1 decision with two takedowns of Dom Solis in the final two minutes of the match.
No. 15 Brian Soldano earned a 6-3 win over Kevin Makosy at 184 pounds. Maryland then forfeited the match at 197 pounds. In the finale at heavyweight, No. 26 Boone McDermott returned from injury to earn a 5-4 win over No. 27 Jaron Smith after an escape in the closing seconds of the match.
“I am fired up for the way we bounced back,” Goodale said after the match. “We had it handed to us last week against Northwestern, so I was really proud of the way our guys responded today. Winning is a hard thing to do in this conference, but we had a great week of practice and we’re excited how we performed today.”
It was great to see the Scarlet Knights respond with a such a spirited performance. After a tough loss last weekend to No. 14 Northwestern, Goodale’s team was focused and took the fight to the Terps.
Rutgers will enter its final weekend of dual competitions with two ranked foes. They’ll host No. 1 Penn State on Friday, February 10 followed by visiting No. 10 Nebraska on Sunday, February 12.
Below is the box score courtesy of Rutgers Athletics.
No. 23 Rutgers 28, RV Maryland 7
125: No. 18 Braxton Brown (UMD) over No. 12 Dean Peterson (RU) by MD, 8-0
133: No. 16 Joe Heilmann (RU) over King Sandoval (UMD) by MD, 12-0
141: No. 18 Joseph Olivieri (RU) over Kal Miller (UMD) by dec., 2-1
149: No. 18 Ethen Miller (UMD) over NR/HM Tony White (RU) by dec., 4-2
157: Andrew Clark (RU) over No. 32 Michael North (UMD) by dec., 7-2
165: Robert Kanniard (RU) over John Martin Best (UMD) by dec., 7-0
174: Jackson Turley (RU) over Dominic Solis (UMD) by dec., 5-1
184: No. 15 Brian Soldano (RU) over Kevin Makosy (UMD) by dec., 6-3
197: Billy Janzer (RU) by forfeit
HWT: No. 26 Boone McDermott (RU) over No. 27 Jaron Smith (UMD) by dec., 5-4
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