The Crimson will look to bounce back next weekend at the Boston Duals (Robert Preston).
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Harvard wrestling team suffered its first loss of the season at Rutgers Sunday afternoon, 24-15, despite winning five of the 10 bouts.
Rutgers (8-2, 5-0 EIWA) picked up bonus points in three bouts, including a forfeit at 125 lbs., which proved to be the difference.
Harvard (1-1, 0-1 EIWA) cut its deficit in half at 133 lbs. as Jeffrey Ott notched a 4-2 win in sudden victory overtime over Vinnie Dellefave. After falling behind 2-0 in the final seconds of the first period, Ott rode Dellefave for the entirety of the second. The sophomore scored an escape in the third and sent the match into overtime with his riding time advantage, before scoring the winning takedown in overtime.
The Scarlet Knights registered falls at 141 lbs. and 149 lbs. to extend its advantage to 18-3.
Harvard bounced back with wins at both 157 lbs. and 165 lbs. Tyler Grimaldi was up first, taking an 8-5 decision over Corey Stasenko thanks to a takedown with 15 seconds remaining and riding time advantage. Devon Gobbo earned a 7-3 victory versus Nick Visicaro, scoring a takedown in each period with riding time.
Another decision for Rutgers at 174 lbs. put the score at 21-9 before Cameron Croy's 6-4 win over Dan Seidenberg at 184 lbs. Croy registered a decision in all three periods, and got an escape late in the third to earn the final margin and pick up a point for riding time.
James Fox followed Croy with a victory at 197 lbs., defeating Hayden Hrymack, 6-4, to pull Harvard within 21-15 in the team scores. Fox led 3-0 after two periods, and tacked on a takedown in the third period to secure the win.
Rutgers earned the final victory of the day at heavyweight, with No. 19 Billy Smith defeating Nicholas Gajdzik in the second sudden victory overtime period, 3-2.
Harvard returns to the mats Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Boston Duals hosted by Boston University. The Crimson will first face American at 10 a.m. before returning to take on Binghamton at 2 p.m. and Army at 4 p.m.
Rutgers 24, Harvard 15
125: Sean McCabe (RU) win by forfeit, 0-6
133: Jeffrey Ott (HU) dec. Vinnie Dellefave (RU), 4-2 SV, 3-6
141: Tyson Dippery (RU) fall Colby Knight (HU), 2:09, 3-12
149: Ken Theobold (RU) fall Nicholas Stager (HU), 0:36, 3-18
157: Tyler Grimaldi (HU) dec. Corey Stasenko (RU), 8-5, 6-18
165: Devon Gobbo (HU) dec. Nick Visicaro (RU), 7-3, 9-18
174: Phil Bakuckas (RU) dec. Eric Morris (HU), 7-2, 9-21
184: Cameron Croy (HU) dec. Dan Seidenberg (RU), 6-4, 12-21
197: James Fox (HU) dec. Hayden Hrymack (RU), 6-4, 15-21
HWT: No. 19 Billy Smith (RU) dec. Nicholas Gadzjik (HU), 3-2 SV2, 15-24