Returning NCAA 125-pound fourth-place finisher Michael DeAugustino (125) got the Wildcats off to a 3-0 lead by hanging on for a hard-fought 3-2 win over Rutgers’ redshirt freshman Dean Peterson.
Peterson was close to a takedown as the buzzer sounded, but it was not awarded and the challenge by Rutgers’ head coach Scott Goodale was denied even though the crowd chanted loudly “2” to signify the takedown should be awarded. The crowd booed loudly when the challenge was denied.
A takedown 33 seconds into the bout by DeAugustino was the difference as Peterson was handed his first defeat in a Big Ten bout.
Northwestern’s two-time NCAA 133-pound seventh-place finisher Chris Cannon made it 6-0 with a 7-3 win over Joe Heilmann.
Cannon, a former Blair Academy wrestler and Oceanport native, pulled away from a 3-3 tie after two periods with an escape, takedown and riding time point.
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NORTH WESTERN 9, RUTGERS 0
125: Michael DeAugustino (N) d. Dean Peterson 3-2
133: Chris Cannon (N) d. Joe Heilman 7-3
141: Frankie Tal Shahar (N) d. Joey Olivieri 5-3.
Here are the possible lineups for the match. Rankings are from intermatwrestle.com and flowrestling. org.
RUTGERS (9-4, 1-3) VS. NORTH WESTERN (3-2, 2-2)
141: 17/HM Joey Olivieri (Rutgers, 12-2) vs. 11/13 Frankie Ta-Shahar (Northwestern, 4-4).
149: NR/HM Anthony White (Rutgers, 11-7) vs. 4/4 Yahya Thomas (16-1, Northwestern)
157: NR/HM Andrew Clark (Rutgers, 16-10) vs. 12/15 Trevor Chumbley (18-4) or Aidan Vandenbush (16-8, Northwestern)
165: Robert Kanniard (3-2) vs. 18/17 Maxx Mayfield (Northwestern, 19-7)
174: Jackson Turley (Rutgers, 7-6) vs. 19/19 Troy Fisher (Northwestern, 14-4).
184: 15/16 Brian Soldano (Rutgers, 16-6) vs Evan Bates (Northwestern, 11-12).
197: Billy Janzer (Rutgers, 4-8)) vs. 28/HM Andrew Davison (Northwestern, 14-9)
HWT: Kyle Epperly (5-3 (Rutgers)) vs. 4/4 Lucas Davison (Northwestern, 14-2).
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