New Brunswick, NJ – Senior Ben Clymer and junior Tyler Banks each posted major decisions and the Pride captured eight of the 10 matches as #24 Hofstra defeated Rutgers, 26-10 at the College Avenue Gymnasium Friday night.
Hofstra improved to 9-0 on the season and won its 14 thconsecutive dual match dating back to a loss to then-#1 Cornell last February. The Scarlet Knights slipped to 12-4.
Banks opened the match at 157 pounds against Dave Seidenberg and posted a nine-point second period to win, 12-0. Banks is now 9-8 on the season. Hofstra senior P.J. Gillespie, ranked 19th, gave the Pride a 7-0 lead in the match with a 2-0 victory over #9 Scott Winston at 165 pounds. Gillespie posted a third period escape and the riding time point to record his 20th win of the season. It was also his 100th career victory.
Rutgers got on the board at 174 as 18 th-ranked Greg Zannetti pinned Hofstra freshman Jermaine John in 2:25 to close the match deficit to 7-6. John is now 7-11. Clymer gave the Pride some breathing room with a 12-3 major decision over Dan Seidenberg. Clymer is now 21-5 on the year. The Scarlet Knights came right back at 197 as Dan Rinaldi rolled to an 11-3 major decision over Pride sophomore Tim Murphy (10-14), 11-3.
Clinging to a one point lead at 11-10, the Pride then reeled off five consecutive victories to win going away. First, junior Paul Snyder won his 15 th match of the season with a 7-4 decision over Carl Buchholz at 285 to boost the lead to 14-10. Junior Steve Bonanno then won his 20th match of the season with a 9-3 decision over Vinny Dellefave at 125. At 133, Jamie Franco, after being down 4-1 early in the second period, rallied for a 5-4 victory over Joe Langel on a third period escape. Franco is now 15-8 on the year. Sophomore Luke Vaith rallied from a 7-4 deficit in the third to post a 12-8 decision over Billy Ashnault at 141 pounds. Vaith is now 14-7 in 2011-12. Junior Justin Accordino closed out the match with an 8-1 decision over Anthony Perrotti at 149 for the 26-10 final. Accordino, who won his seventh straight match, is now 17-8 this season.
The Pride return home to the Mack Sports Complex on Sunday, January 29 when they host the Quakers of the University of Pennsylvania at 1 p.m.
— Courtesy of Hofstra Athletic Communications