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No. 24 Rutgers falls to No. 3 Michigan 24-9



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In front of 4,560 fans on Sunday at Jersey Mike’s Arena, No. 24 Rutgers wrestling fell short in an upset bid of No. 3 Michigan. After winning two of the first three bouts, the Scarlet Knights ultimately fell 24-9. It was a tightly contested dual meet in which RU lost three matches decided by two points or less and gave up bonus points just once. The Wolverines won the match split 7-3.

No. 11 Dean Peterson earned his second straight win over a ranked opponent with a 3-1 decision over No. 23 Jack Medley at 125 pounds. No. 17 Joey Olivieri also earned a ranked win at 141 pounds, his second in three matches, defeating No. 23 Cole Mattin in a 3-1 decision. Both wrestlers are off to perfect 4-0 starts in Big Ten matches. Peterson has been consistent at the top of the lineup all season. Olivieri has stepped up in a big way since replacing Sammy Alvarez in the lineup and scrapping his redshirt just a little more than two weeks ago.

At 197 pounds, Billy Janzer won a 3-2 decision over Brendin Yatooma for RU’s final victory of the match.

“Not disappointed in the effort,” said head coach Scott Goodale. “I knew there was going to be a lot of close matches today. It was a great crowd and I thought we were going to make it happen, but maybe they are just a little better in some spots. If you want to pick off the No. 3 team in the country, you have to win those matches, and we just did not do that today.”

The Scarlet Knights are now 9-4 overall and 1-3 in Big Ten competition this season. RU earned its first conference win against Michigan State on Friday night. Michigan improved to 8-1 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten.

Next up, No. 24 Rutgers hosts No. 14 Northwestern (3-2; 2-2) on Sunday, January 29 at Jersey Mike’s Arena. The match will begin at 4 p.m. ET and will stream live on Big Ten Plus. You can purchase tickets here.

Here is the box score courtesy of Rutgers Athletics:

No. 3 Michigan 24, No. 24 Rutgers 9
Attendance: 4,560
125: 11/12 Dean Peterson (RU) over 23/23 Jack Medley (UM) by dec., 3-1; RU leads, 3-0
133: 12/10 Dylan Ragusin (UM) over 17/14 Joe Heilmann (RU) by dec., 2-0; Match tied, 3-3
141: 17/HM Joseph Olivieri (RU) over 23/22 Cole Mattin (UM) by dec., 3-1; RU leads, 6-3
149: Fidel Moyora (UM) over NR/HM Tony White (RU) by dec., 7-3; Match tied, 6-6
157: 10/6 Will Lewan (UM) over NR/24 Andrew Clark (RU) by dec., 3-1; UM leads, 9-6
165: 5/5 Cameron Amine (UM) over Connor O’Neill (RU) by dec., 10-4; UM leads, 12-6
174: 30/NR Max Maylor (UM) over Jackson Turley (RU) by dec., 5-4; UM leads, 15-6
184: 9/10 Matt Finesilver (UM) over 13/16 Brian Soldano (RU) by dec., 7-2; UM leads, 18-6
197: Billy Janzer (RU) over Brendin Yatooma (UM) by dec., 3-2; UM leads, 18-9
HWT: 2/2 Mason Parris (UM) over John O’Donnell (RU) by fall (2:44); UM wins, 24-9

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  1. Biochemist01

    January 24, 2023 at 2:27 am

    This was another gritty tough performance for the team against the #3 ranked team in the country. RU lost the bouts 7-3, but they lost 4 close bouts that could have won the dual had they all gone the other way. Another good performance by the team as a whole against a wrestling blue blood.

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