RIT wins pair of matches at John Reese Duals
January 27, 2019

 


Tigers improve to 10-2 in 2018-19; one win shy of single-season school mark

WILKES BARRE, PA – The No. 21 RIT wrestling team improved to 10-2 in 2018-19 after winning two of three dual matches at the John Reese Duals, hosted by Wilkes University Sunday. RIT knocked off Scranton (7-6), 37-10, before suffering a tough 21-19 defeat to No. 13 The College of New Jersey (13-1), 21-19. The Tigers rebounded by defeating Keystone (4-18), 50-3.

Kaidon Winters (Athens, PA/Athens Area) (157 lbs.), Dempsey King (New Hartford, NY/New Hartford) (165 lbs.), Joe Cutugno (Ventnor, NJ/Atlantic City) (184 lbs.) and Connor Calkins (Almond, NY/Alfred-Almond) (285 lbs.) all went undefeated on the day for the Tigers. Winters, who is ranked third nationally at 157 lbs., improved to 25-0 in 2018-19 with 13 pins. King, ranked eighth at 165 lbs. is now 20-4, while Cutugno moved 19-5. Calkins moved into second on the Tigers in wins this season with 21 after two victories.

RIT won eight of 10 matches in the victory over Scranton. Winters picked up his 13th fall of the season, while Cutugno earned a win by technical fall. Isaiah Ocasio (Vineland, NJ/Vineland) (141 lbs.) and King garnered victories by major decision.

The Tigers found themselves down 18-0 after the first four matches against The College of New Jersey before embarking on a furious rally, winning five of the final six bouts. Winters picked up a win by medical forfeit before King won by major decision. After Dan Kilroy, ranked eighth nationally for TCNJ extended their lead to 21-9, Cutugno, Joe Lupisella (Webster, NY/Webster Schroeder) and Calkins all won tight matches for the Tigers.

RIT breezed to the win over Keystone, as six matches were decided by forfeit. Shane Murphy (Mt. Olive, NJ/Mt. Olive) and Owen Albanese (Canastota, NY/Canastota) picked up wins, while King earned a victory by pin.

RIT's 10 dual wins are now tied for the second most in one season in program history, matching the 1953-54 squad that went 10-0. That team was inducted into the RIT Sports Hall of Fame in 2016. RIT needs one more win and two to surpass the 1958-59 team that won 11 dual matches.

RIT is off next weekend. The Tigers return to action on Sunday, Feb. 10 as they host Pennsylvania College of Technology and Alfred State College in the Tiger Duals from Clark Gym.

No. 21 RIT 37, Scranton 10
125 – Chris Dean (Long Branch, NJ/Long Branch) (R) wins by decision over Matthew Murawski (S), 8-3
133 – Chris Horton (Athens, PA/Athens Area) (R) wins by forfeit
141 – Isaiah Ocasio (Vineland, NJ/Vineland) (R) wins by major decision over Brandon Altieri (S), 11-0
149 – Thomas Conlon (S) wins by major decision over Joey Brillo (R), 20-6
157 – Kaidon Winters (Athens, PA/Athens Area) (R) wins by fall over Kyle Shaffer (S), 4:37
165 – Dempsey King (New Hartford, NY/New Hartford) (R) wins by major decision over Kevin Merle (S), 16-4
174 – John Donohue (Smithtown, NY/Hauppauge) (R) wins by fall over Aidan McNally (S), 6:09
184 – Joe Cutugno (Ventnor, NJ/Atlantic City) (R) wins by technical fall over Justin Weimer (S), 17-1 (No time given)
197 – Daniel D'Agostini (S) wins by fall over Joe Monteleone (R), 2:34
285 – Connor Calkins (Almond, NY/Alfred-Almond) (R) wins by decision over Keegan Connelly (S) 8-3

No. 13 TCNJ 21, No. 21 RIT 19
125- Dan Ortega (NJ) wins by major decision over Chris Dean (Long Branch, NJ/Long Branch) (R), 12-3
133- Jake Giordano (NJ) wins by decision over Chris Horton (Athens, PA/Athens Area) (R), 2-0
141- Robert Dinger (NJ) tech fall Isaiah Ocasio (Vineland, NJ/Vineland) (R), 20-3 (No time given)
149- Anthony Rua (NJ) wins by forfeit
157- Kaidon Winters (Athens, PA/Athens Area) (R) wins by medical forfeit (Team point deducted)
165- Dempsey King (New Hartford, NY/New Hartford) (R) wins by major decision over John Garda (NJ), 9-0
174- Daniel Kilroy (NJ) wins by decision over John Donohue (Smithtown, NY/Hauppauge) (R), 6-3
184- Joe Cutugno (Ventnor, NJ/Atlantic City) (R) wins by decision over Thom Anderson (NJ), 6-2
197- Joe Lupisella (Webster, NY/Webster Schroeder) (R) wins by decision over Quinn Haddad (NJ), 6-5
285- Connor Calkins (Almond, NY/Alfred-Almond) (R) wins by decision over Thomas Maretta (NJ), 6-0

No. 21 RIT 50, Keystone 3
125- Chris Dean (Long Branch, NJ/Long Branch) (R) wins by forfeit
133- Chris Horton (Athens, PA/Athens Area) (R) wins by forfeit
141- Shane Murphy (Mt. Olive, NJ/Mt. Olive) (R) wins by technical fall over Jason Jones (K), 16-0 (No time given)
149- Colby Bronzburg (K) wins by decision over Joey Brillo (R), 7-2
157- Kaidon Winters (Athens, PA/Athens Area) (R) wins by forfeit
165- Dempsey King (New Hartford, NY/New Hartford) (R) wins by fall over Alec Talanca (K), 3:45
174- John Donohue (Smithtown, NY/Hauppauge) (R) wins by forfeit
184- Joe Cutugno (Ventnor, NJ/Atlantic City) (R) wins by forfeit
197- Joe Monteleone (R) wins by forfeit
285- Owen Albanese (Canastota, NY/Canastota) (R) wins by decision over Cam Smith (K), 8-3





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