By:Marvin Chambers:|4.0 Sports Media
RAC, Piscataway-The Scarlets Knights Friday night match against North Carolina marks the second of four matches for Rutgers at home in January.
NO. 17 Rutgers beat No. 24 North Carolina 18-17 in a B10 Conference match before a crowd of 3,511 at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, New Jersey. It took five victories, including major decisions from No. 2 ranked Nick Suriano 125lbs & No. 12 ranked Richie Lewis 165lbs gave Rutgers the win by criteria.
Nick Suriano got it started it early with his 125lbs bout with James Szymanski taking him down and immediatley putting him on his back. Suriano is wrestling this year with one goal in mind, National Championship. Szymanski had a difficult time handling Suriano’s ankle picks and half nelsons. The Bergen Catholic star and 4 times state champion beat Szmanski by a major decision 12-3.
At 133 No.16 Scott Delvecchio had a tough bout with No. 20 Zach Sherman which the bout was scorless in the first period. Delvecchio escaped early in the second period but Sherman remained poise and took Delvecchio down in the closing seconds of that period. The redshirt Senior Delvecchio went into attack mode took Sherman down and received near fall points to go up 5-2 with 1:34 left in the match. Finally closing the match out with a 6-2 victory.
Mark Van Brill exemplies the tough grit that coach Scott Goodale preaches to his wrestlers all the time. In Van Brill bout against No. 17 A.C. Headlee the redshirt freshman pulled it out after being tied 2-2 for two periods. The 141 pounder hit a big reversal with 45 seconds and closed Headlee out with a 7-5 decision.
The Scarlets Knights won the first three bouts had a 10-0 lead over the Tarheels and it looked very promising, for Rutgers to beat their ranked foe.
Rutgers’ senior 149-pounder No.12 Eleazar DeLuca lost a close one to No. 5 Troy Heilman 3-1 by a late take down by the Tarheel. Redshirt senior 165-pounder No.12 ranked Richie Lewis defeated Josh McClure 15-5. Lewis showed his versalitilty with array of takedown moves against McClure. With Lewis win the Scarlet Knights push their lead to 14-7.
“In my match I was just trying to stay agressive. I knew we needed my match and I knew it would come down to the wire. I try to score as many points in my bout to help us.” Rutgers Richie Lewis said.
Joe Grello made easy work of Adis Radoncic in their 174 bout for a 10-3 victory but loses at 184 & 197 Nick Gravina to Chip Ness 4-3, and Kevin Mulligan to No.17 Danny Chaid 18-8. The Tarheels cut into the Scarlet Knights lead 17-14. The fate of the Scarlet Knights was in the hands of their heavy weight Razohnn Gross.
Gross took an early lead against Cory Daniel to lead 1-0 but Daniel tie the match early in the third period and gain momemtum against Gross when he hit a key reversal move with a little more than a minute left in match. Gross finally lost 5-3 but he gave the RU fans a lot to cheer about.
Even though the Tarheels tied the score at 17-17 Rutgers won the dual by criteria.
Next up: Rutgers returns to the RAC on Friday, Jan. 17 for a dual meet against unranked Hofstra.