No. 23 Rutgers wrestling (9-5, 1-4) lost a hard fought dual to No. 14 Northwestern (5-2, 4-2) by the score of 28-6 on Sunday at Jersey Mike’s Arena. The final tally didn’t reflect as much of battle it was with RU losing several closely contested matches. That included a pair of both one point and two point defeats, as well as two others that were close to the end. It was the program’s first ever loss to the Wildcats.
Head coach Scott Goodale summed up the day by stating, “You have to wrestle for seven minutes. I’ll leave it at that.”
It was a tough start as No. 11 Dean Peterson (125) just missed the buzzer with takedown that would have defeated No. 6 Michael DeAugustino. The call was reviewed and challenge lost with Peterson dropping a 3-2 decision.
No. 16 Joe Heilmann (133) lost by 7-3 decision to No. 13 Chris Cannon after a strong start with a reversal in the first period. No. 17 Joey Olivieri (141) lost a 5-3 decision to No. 11 Frankie Tal-Shahar. At 157, Andrew Clark lost by the same a 5-3 decision to No. 12 Trevor Chumbley. Robert Kannaird (165) registered the first takedown for Rutgers but lost his 9-4 decision to No. 18 Maxx Mayfield in the final ten seconds of the match. Jackson Turley (174) lost a 11-10 decision to No. 19 Troy Fisher after scoring six points in the first period.
There were two Rutgers wrestlers who were victorious in the match. Billy Janzer (197) earned a ranked win over No. 28 Andrew Davison with a 3-1 decision by sudden victory. It was Janzer’s second straight win after winning his dual against Michigan last weekend. No. 15 Brian Soldano (184) bounced back with a come from behind victory with a 9-5 decision in which he scored the final six points of the bout. It was Soldano’s second Big Ten win in his rookie campaign.
“We know what we are in for in this conference,” said head coach Scott Gooddale. “We have to bring the fight to them, and they brought it to us. So that is on me. I have to be able to get them ready to go. I knew this was going to be a tough day.”
Rutgers is back on Saturday, February 4 agaibst RV Maryland (8-6; 0-5) on the road. The dual will air live on the Big Ten Network at 2 p.m. ET.
Here is the full box score courtesy of Rutgers and head coach Scott Goodale’s post-match press conference.
No. 14 Northwestern 28, No. 23 Rutgers 6
125: 6/6 Michael DeAugustino (NU) over 11/12 Dean Peterson (RU) by dec., 3-2; NU leads, 3-0
133: 13/11 Chris Cannon (NU) over 16/14 Joe Heilmann (RU) by dec., 7-3; NU leads, 6-0
141: 11/13 Frankie Tal-Shahar (NU) over 17/HM Joseph Olivieri (RU) by dec., 5-3; NU leads, 9-0
149: 4/4 Yahya Thomas (NU) over NR/HM Tony White (RU) by MD, 12-4; NU leads, 13-0
157: 12/15 Trevor Chumbley (NU) over NR/HM Andrew Clark (RU) by dec., 5-3; NU leads, 16-0
165: 18/17 Maxx Mayfield (NU) over Robert Kanniard (RU) by dec., 9-4; NU leads, 19-0
174: 19/19 Troy Fisher (NU) over Jackson Turley (RU) by dec., 11-10; NU leads, 22-0
184: 15/16 Brian Soldano (RU) over Evan Bates (NU) by dec., 9-5; NU leads, 22-3 197: Billy Janzer (RU) over 28/HM Andrew Davison (NU) by SV1; 3-1; NU leads, 22-6
HWT: 4/4 Lucas Davison (NU) over Kyle Epperly (RU) by fall (3:44); NU wins, 28-6
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