Grapple at The Garden to Feature Many Local Area Coaches and Wrestlers on Sunday, December 16th

Fox College Sports to Air Inaugural College Wrestling Event at Madison Square Garden


New York, NY (December 14, 2012) - "Grapple at the Garden, presented by," the first-ever college wrestling event to be held at Madison Square Garden, will showcase many athletes and coaches from the local area.  Among the 14 institutions competing in the tournament, there are 66 participants who have roots in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

A field of 14 national programs including Bloomsburg, Bucknell, Chattanooga, Cornell (No. 8), Drexel, George Mason, Hofstra, Iowa (No. 5), Maryland (No. 18), Missouri (No. 7), Nebraska (No. 14), Oklahoma State (No. 2), Ohio State (No. 4) and Rutgers will feature numerous ranked teams and individuals as they compete in two rounds of dual meet action.  There are seven programs currently ranked in the top 25 in the latest NWCA Coaches Poll and up to 65 nationally ranked individuals on the rosters.

A look at the rosters from the teams in the field shows a large number of athletes and coaches who have strong connections with the local area including  one of Sunday's featured wrestlers, three-time NCAA champion Kyle Dake of Cornell. He was a product of Lansing High School in Ithaca, N.Y., and chose to stay at home to pursue his college legacy.

A pair of New Jersey stars who return home this weekend after leaving the region for college are No. 6 James Green of Nebraska at 157 pounds and No. 8 Andrew Campolattano of Ohio State at 197 pounds. Both were New Jersey state champions, Green for Willingboro and Campolattano for Bound Brook.

Long Island has produced some ranked wrestlers in the field at the "Grapple at the Garden, presented by" Hofstra's Steve Bonanno, ranked No. 18 at 125 pounds, is from Wantagh, while Cornell's Nick Arujau, ranked No. 17 at 133 pounds, is from Syosset.

Additionally, many of the coaches in the field have Northeast roots. Among the head coaches on the sidelines from this region are: Ohio State's Tom Ryan, who is from Wantagh, N.Y., Maryland's coach Kerry McCoy, from Middle Island, N.Y., Rutgers coach Scott Goodale from Jackson, N.J.

There are also a number of assistant coaches from these competing teams who have personal links to the Northeast. Included are past NCAA champions Zach Esposito from Three Bridges, N.J with Oklahoma State, Damion Hahn from Lakewood, N.J. with Cornell and Frank Molinaro from Barnegat, N.J. with Rutgers.


Wrestling fans will have the opportunity to watch this much anticipated event on Fox College Sports, which is available to over 60 million homes via FCS Atlantic, FCS Central and FCS Pacific, as the networks air "Grapple at the Garden, presented by" on tape delay beginning on Christmas night at 8:00 p.m. and again on December 26, at 7:00 p.m.  Check your local listing to find FCS on your cable provider.  In addition, FIGHT NOW TV™, America's only 24-hour combat sports and entertainment channel will air "Best of Grapple at the Garden" on New Year's Day, Monday, January 1 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Lastly, all fans attending Sunday's historic event will have the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of many New Jersey residents affected by Hurricane Sandy by participating in the Township of Union Police Department's annual "Santa in Blue" toy drive. Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at Madison Square Garden upon entry to the inaugural "Grapple at the Garden, presented by"

Wrestling fans can purchase tickets for the inaugural "Grapple at the Garden, presented by" at the Madison Square Garden box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and online at Tickets start at $20.00 for the December 16th event at The World's Most Famous Arena, and fans can purchase tickets in the designated fan section for their respective university.

197 – Bloomsburg – No. 15 Richard Perry, Meriden, Conn./Middletown

125 – Bloomsburg – Sean Boylan, Seaville, N.J./St. Marks (Del.)
125 – George Mason – Rich Lavorato, Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell
125 – Rutgers – Joe Langel, Howell, N.J./Howell
133 – Rutgers – Vincent Dellefave, Toms River, N.J./Toms River East
141 – Bucknell – Derrik Russell, Jackson, N.J./Jackson
141 – Drexel – Frank Cimato, Yardley, Pa./Peddie School (N.J.)
141 – Rutgers – Trevor Melde, Hewitt, N.J./DePaul Catholic
149 – Cornell – No. 18 Chris Villalonga, Totowa, N.J./Blair Academy
149 – Cornell – Ryan Dunphy, Little Falls, N.J./Passaic Valley
149 – Maryland – Lou Mascola, East Hanover, N.J./Seton Hall Prep
149 – Hofstra – Matt Spataro, Garfield, N.J,/Bergen Catholic/W. New England
149 – Rutgers – Mario Mason, Moorestown, N.J./Blair Academy/Minnesota
149 – Rutgers – Ken Theobold, Toms River, N.J./Toms River South
157 – Nebraska – No. 6 James Green, Willingboro, N.J./Willingboro
157 – Cornell – Chris Dowdy, Millstone, N.J./St. Benedicts Prep
157 – Bucknell – Vincent Favia, Brick, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy
157 – Bucknell – Robert Schlitt, Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield
157 – George Mason – Jaaziah Bethea, Trenton, N.J./Trenton Central
157 – Rutgers – No. 20 Scott Winston, Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial
165 – Rutgers – Nick Visicaro, Long Branch, N.J./Long Branch
174 – Iowa – No. 11 Mike Evans, Enola, Pa./Blair Academy (N.J.)
174 – Rutgers – Greg Zannetti, Edison, N.J./J.P. Stevens
184 – Drexel – Bryan Sternlieb, Toms River, N.J./Toms River East
184 – Rutgers – No. 13 Dan Rinaldi, Lodi, N.J./Lodi
197 – Ohio State – No. 8 Andrew Campolattano, Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook
197 – Cornell – Billy George, Long Branch, N.J./Long Branch
197 – Bucknell – Tyler Lyster, Wanamassa, N.J./Ocean Township
197 – Hofstra – Victor Pozsonyi, Roselle Park, N.J./Roselle Park
197 – Rutgers – Dan Seidenberg, Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank
197 – Rutgers – Hayden Hrymack, Lincroft, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy
285 – Rutgers – Billy Smith, Wantage, N.J./High Point
Head Coach – Rutgers – Scott Goodale, Jackson, N.J.
Head Assistant Coach – Hofstra – Zach Tanelli, Millburn, N.J.
Assistant Coach – Oklahoma State – Zach Esposito, Three Bridges, N.J.
Assistant Coach – Cornell – Damion Hahn, Lakewood, N.J.
Assistant Coach – Hofstra – Dan Vallimont, Lake Hopatcong, N.J.
Assistant Coach – Rutgers – John Leonardis, Sea Girt, N.J.
Assistant Coach – Rutgers – Frank Molinaro, Barnegat, N.J.
Volunteer Assistant – Cornell – Mike Grey, Rockaway, N.J.
Volunteer Assistant – Iowa – Kurt Backes, Neshanic Station, N.J.
Volunteer Assistant – Rutgers – Joe Pollard, Heightstown, N.J.

125 – Hofstra – No. 18 Steve Bonanno, Wantagh, N.Y./Wantaugh
133 – Hofstra – Jamie Franco, Monroe, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury
133 – Cornell – No. 17 Nick Arujau, Syosset, N.Y./Syosset
133 – Bloomsburg – No. 19 Nick Wilcox, Greene, N.Y./Greene Central
141 – Cornell – No. 7 Mike Nevinger, Perry, N.Y./Letchworth Central
141 – Maryland – Danny O'Malley, Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem East
157 – Hofstra – Cody Ruggirello, Walden, N.Y./Valley Central
165 – Cornell – No. 1 Kyle Dake, Ithaca, N.Y./Lansing
165 – Bloomsburg – Josh Veltre, Rochester, N.Y./Greece Olympia
165 – Hofstra – Nick Terdick, East Northport, N.Y./John Glenn
165 – Rutgers – Anthony Volpe, Miller Place, N.Y./Rocky Point
174 – Bloomsburg – Kevin Hartnett, Staten Island, N.Y,/Monsignor Farrell
174 – Drexel – Kevin Matyas, Johnson City, N.Y./Johnson City
174 – Hofstra – Jermaine John, Brooklyn, N.Y./Bethpage
184 – Cornell – Craig Scott, Palmyra, N.Y./Palmyra-Macedon
197 – Maryland – No. 13 Christian Boley, Brockport, N.Y./Brockport
285 – Ohio State – No. 12 Peter Capone, Johnson City, N.Y./Johnson City
Head Coach – Ohio State – Tom Ryan, Wantagh, N.Y.
Head Coach – Maryland – Kerry McCoy, Middle Island, N.Y.
Associate Head Coach – Ohio State – Lou Rosselli, Middleport, N.Y.
Assistant Coach – Bloomsburg – Danny Song, Hauppauge, N.Y.
Assistant Coach – Bucknell – David Marble, Harpursville, N.Y.
Assistant Coach – Chattanooga, Rocco Mansueto, Middletown, N.Y.
Assistant Coach – Hofstra – Ryan Patrovich, Islip, N.Y.

Complete event schedule:

Mat 1 – PSAL Holiday Tournament (High School)
Mat 2 – Drexel vs. George Mason
Mat 3 – Rutgers vs. Nebraska
Mat 4 – Iowa vs. Hofstra
Mat 5 – Ohio State vs. Maryland
Mat 6 – Cornell vs. Missouri
Mat 7 – Oklahoma State vs. Chattanooga
Mat 8 – PSAL Holiday Tournament (High School)

Mat 1 – PSAL Holiday Tournament (High School)
Mat 2 – Iowa vs. Bucknell
Mat 3 – Rutgers vs. Chattanooga
Mat 4 – Ohio State vs. Hofstra
Mat 5 – Nebraska vs. Maryland
Mat 6 – Cornell vs. Oklahoma State
Mat 7 – Missouri vs. Bloomsburg
Mat 8 – PSAL Holiday Tournament (High School)

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