Friday, March 31

Rutgers wrestling rolls over Maryland; Kyle Cochran over John Poznanski in featured bout | Match results


Rutgers rolled over Maryland, as expected. But the No. 15 Scarlet Knights won’t walk away with one of their top priorities accomplished.

Much of the focus for this dual meet — a 31-13 win by Rutgers with a 7-3 bout split — was getting All-American 184-pounder John Poznanski back on track. That did not happen. The No. 8-ranked Poznanski’s slump continued with a 9-4 loss to No. 16 Kyle Cochran in the featured bout of the afternoon Saturday at Jersey Mike’s Arena in Piscataway.

Cochran, a state champion at Paramus, controlled the bout from the start with three takedowns and a riding point. Poznanski managed a second-period reversal for a brief lead, but that was it. The Colonia state champion has now lost four of his last five bouts (with an injury thrown in) and has not looked the same since he was majored by Penn State’s No. 1 Aaron Brooks, the reigning national champion, in mid-January.

Rutgers (14-5, 3-5) romped otherwise as it closed out its Big Ten schedule. Greg Bulsak, ranked 12th at 197 pounds, did get a get-well matchup. The Terrapins did not weigh in No. 30 Jaron Smith, but Bulsak got back to winning ways as he pinned backup Chase Mielnik in the first period. Bulsak had lost four of five entering the day, and losses by him and Poznanski helped cost the Scarlet Knights a breakthrough upset over No. 6 Ohio State last week.

The Terrapins (5-12, 0-8) have lost 57 straight conference duals (and 69 of 70 since joining the league). But they had their moments in this one. In addition to Cochran’s win, King Sandoval packed Rutgers backup Devon Britton in 59 seconds at 133 pounds for an early lead in the team score (Rutgers did weigh in No. 16 Joey Olivieri, the usual starter). The Scarlet Knights then rattled off four straight wins from there to take control before Dom Solis broke the run for the Terps with a major decision at 174.

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Boone McDermott ended the day with a 3-1 win over Zach Schrader at heavyweight. McDermott scored the winning takedown with under 10 seconds left.

Next up. Rutgers will host No. 19 Princeton on Friday, Feb. 18 in the Big Ivy rivalry match (7 p.m., BTN+). It will be the first meeting since the Tigers ended a decades-long drought against the Scarlet Knights in 2020. The teams did not wrestle last season due to Big Ten and Ivy League COVID-19 policies.

RUTGERS 31, MARYLAND 13
125: No. 28 Dylan Shawver (R) tf. Tommy Capul, 16-0 4:25.
133: King Sandoval (M) pin. Devon Britton, 0:59.
141: No. 3 Sebastian Rivera (R) tf. Danny Bertoni, 20-3 6:02.
149: No. 15 Mike VanBrill (R) dec. Michael North, 6-0.
157: Rob Kanniard (R) md. Connor Decker, 13-1.
165: Andrew Clark (R) tf. Gaven Bell, 16-0 3:47.
174: Dom Solis (M) md. Connor O’Neill, 10-1.
184: No. 16 Kyle Cochran (M) dec. No. 8 John Poznanski, 9-4.
197: No. 12 Greg Bulsak (R) pin. Chase Mielnik, 2:11.
HWT: Boone McDermott (R) dec. Zach Schrader, 3-1.

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