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Wrestling Heads Into Dual Season with a Trip to Rutgers Friday

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 01/02/2014
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NEW YORK – Following a successful showing at the Midlands Championships, the Columbia wrestling team will commence the dual portion of its 2013-14 season with a trip to Rutgers Friday evening.

Junior Shane Hughes, senior Josh Houldsworth and junior Chad Ryan each placed at the Midlands, with Hughes capturing runner-up honors after posting a 5-1 record. The Lions as a team posted a 12th-place showing at the 40-plus team tournament.

Columbia has three duals under its belt already, posting a 1-2 record at the Northeast Duals back on Nov. 30 in Troy, N.Y. At the Northeast Duals, the Lions accomplished a feat that had not been done since 1911. With a 16-15 defeat of Michigan State, Columbia topped a Big Ten team for the first time since beating Penn State on March 4, 1911 by a score of 5-2.

Rutgers has wrestled to a 6-2 dual mark already this season. The Scarlet Knights last took the mats against Princeton on Dec. 14, defeating the Tigers, 27-9. Columbia is the second of three straight Ivy League opponents for Rutgers, with Harvard visiting on Jan. 5.

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125 Pounds
Penn Gottfried, 11-6 (Columbia) vs. Scott Delvecchio, 12-6 (Rutgers)
Gottfried faced a tough draw at the Midlands Championships with the No. 1 ranked Jesse Delgado defeating him in the second round, but senior from Hartsdale, N.Y. tallied three wins in Evanston, Ill. to move to 11-6 on the year. Delvecchio has won two-thirds of his bouts during his first-year campaign to stand at 12-6. After going 1-2 at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, Delvecchio bounced back to defeat Princeton’s Jordan Laster at 133 pounds.

133 Pounds
Angelo Amenta, 8-7 (Columbia) vs. Vinnie Dellefave, 6-4 (Rutgers)
Amenta earned a pair of victories in the wrestlebacks at Midlands, downing Indiana’s Chris Caton and Eastern Michigan’s Vinny Pizzuto, each by decision. Of Amenta’s eight wins this season, two have come by way of major decision against foes from NYU and Clarion. Dellefave, an NCAA qualifier last season, split four bouts at Cliff Keen. In his two opening round bouts, the red-shirt senior came away with two decisions in his favor, but was then beaten by two ranked opponents in the next rounds.

141 Pounds
Matt Bystol, 12-4 (Columbia) vs. Tyson Dippery, 16-8 or Corey Stasenko, 6-4 (Rutgers)
Bystol is third on the team with 12 victories, including three pins and two major decisions. In four bouts at Midlands, Bystol went 2-2 with wins over Michigan’s Cameron Kennedy and Lehigh Drew Longo. Dippery and Stasenko, both first-years, each enter Friday’s match with winning records. Dippery has seen more mat time, posting a 16-8 record, but has lost his last three bouts, while Stasenko is 6-4 after downing Princeton’s Kevin Moylan at 149 pounds.

149 Pounds
Connor Sutton, 5-8 (Columbia) vs. Ken Theobold, 8-8 (Rutgers)
Taking over at 149 pounds this season for the Lions, Sutton has tallied five victories. Following a tough loss in the opening round at Midlands, the sophomore responded with a pin of Northern Iowa’s Gunnar Wolfensperger in 4:46. Theobold brings an even 8-8 mark into Friday’s match. At Cliff Keen, Theobold began competition with a major decision over Iowa State’s Luke Goetti, but then fell to a pair of ranked opponents in the next two rounds.

157 Pounds
Markus Scheidel, 14-7 (Columbia) vs. Anthony Perrotti, 10-8 (Rutgers)
Scheidel is off to a strong start to his rookie campaign, posting a team-high 14 wins and six major decisions. At Midlands, he earned three wins, two of which came via 12-4 major decisions against opponents from Rider and North Dakota State. Perrotti is also 3-2 in his last five bouts. In the Scarlet Knights’ dual against Princeton, Perrotti registered a 7-2 decision against Matthew Gancayco.

165 Pounds
Josh Houldsworth, 13-7 (Columbia) vs. Nick Visicaro, 7-8 (Rutgers)
Houldsworth competed seven times at Midlands, claiming four victories. He recorded his third fall of the season against Grand View’s Chad Lowman in 3:17, while winning his other three matches by way of decision. Visicaro went 1-2 at Cliff Keen, but rebounded with a 9-4 decision over Princeton’s Judd Ziegler.

174 Pounds
Shane Hughes, 9-6 (Columbia) vs. Phillip Bakuckas, 11-5 (Rutgers)
Hughes entered Midlands with four wins on the year, but rattled off five straight victories before falling in the finals to finish as the runner-up at 174 pounds. Along the way, Hughes earned a major decision against South Dakota State’s John Nething and a fall versus Kutztown Andre Petroski. Bakuckas dropped his first two bouts at Cliff Keen by decision, but got back in the win column in dual action against Princeton’s Brett Harner, 7-6.

184 Pounds
Zack Hernandez, 11-6 (Columbia) vs. Dan Seidenberg, 9-7 (Rutgers)
Hernandez, with three wins at Midlands, has been victorious in 11 bouts thus far. He recorded his third pin this season in the wrestlebacks, needing just 1:49 to put Jayden DeVilbiss from Luther on his back. Seidenberg is 2-2 in his last four bouts, including a 1-2 showing at Cliff Keen. In the dual against Princeton, Seidenberg blanked Scott Gibbons, 3-0.

197 Pounds
Matt Idelson, 4-6 (Columbia) vs. Hayden Hrymack, 13-6 (Rutgers)
Idelson will look to snap a four-bout losing streak when he hits the mat Friday. Idelson’s last win came back on Nov. 24, a 3-2 decision at the New York State Championships against Cornell Daniel Choi. After going 10-3 to start the year, Hrymack has lost three of his last five bouts, including a 6-4 decision versus Princeton’s Abe Ayala.

285 Pounds
Wyatt Baker, 6-8 (Columbia) vs. Billy Smith, 14-5 (Rutgers)
Baker went 2-2 at Midlands, earning victories over Princeton’s Ray O’Donnell and Purdue’s Alex White, both by decision. With a 5-2 mark at Cliff Keen, Smith claimed seventh place in the heavyweight division. He followed that with a pin of Princeton’s Cole Lampman in 1:59 in dual competition.

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