Four Crimson Grapplers Pick Up Two Wins as Harvard Splits With F&M and Rutgers

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Harvard wrestling team split its two dual matches Friday evening at Rutgers’ College Ave. Gymnasium. The Crimson defeated Franklin & Marshall, 35-21 and fell to Rutgers, 29-14.

The Crimson won five matches against the Diplomats, including taking two by fall and another by technical fall. Harvard picked up four wins against the host Scarlett Knights and scored bonus points in two contests.

Four Harvard grapplers picked up two wins on the night, including No. 1 J.P. O’Connor at 157 pounds and No. 10 Louis Caputo at 184 pounds, who contributed two wins by bonus points. O’Connor pinned F&M’s Matthew Gittleman in 2:30 and then handed Daryl Cocozzo of Rutgers a 3-2 loss to improve to 16-0 in the season. Caputo posted a 16-0 victory against Matt Latessa of F&M and topped Rutgers’ Michael Cucinotta, 10-1.

Freshmen Anthony Buxton and Steven Keith also picked up two wins tonight. Buxton got the Crimson going against the Diplomats with a pin of Matt Murray in 2:00. He followed his performance with an 11-0 major decision over Luke Rigoglisio of Rutgers. Keith won his first match by forfeit and then pulled out a 6-3 win over Vincent Dellefave.

The Crimson returns to the mat tomorrow at Hofstra. The first match is slated to begin at 5 p.m.