No. 17 Indiana defeats No. 16 Rutgers, 24-16, at Bloomington

Action picture of the Indiana vs. Rutgers duel
Photo courtesy of Indiana Athletics

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– Indiana Wrestling continued their winning streak Friday night, defeating No. 16 Rutgers 24-16 in the doubles meet at Wilkinson Hall.

The 17th-ranked Hoosiers have won two straight games, improving to 6-1 in the season and 2-1 in the Big Ten with the win.

This was Indiana’s third ranked win of the season and her first win over Rutgers since November 29, 2008.

KEY MOMENTS
• Indiana suffered three consecutive losses in the opening bouts, trailing 10-0.
• From then on, the Hoosiers won three straight games in the 149, 157 and 165 lbs. Weight classes lead by 12-10.
• At 157 lbs., Indiana’s No. 18, Derek Gilcher, timed his drive in a sudden victory against No. 23 Andrew Clark to put it 3-3 into overtime. In Sudden Victory, Gilcher notched a takedown and a 5-3 win.
• Redshirt junior Nick South (165) reversed the momentum of the duel after outperforming Robert Kanniard throughout, surprising him with a pin in the third period to put Indiana ahead.
• No. 18 DJ Washington (174) dominated his way to a 14-5 major decision win over Jackson Turley to give IU a 16-10 lead.
• After Rutgers leveled the match at 16 from a pin at 184, Nick Willham (197) clinched a crucial 2-1 win through driving timing.
• Jacob Bullock set the double win with exclamation points, beating John O’Donnell 15-0 via tech fall.

NOTE
• The 6-1 start is Indiana’s best start to the season of the Angel Escobedo era.
• No. 18 Derek Gilcher has won three fights in a row against ranked opponents. His win over No. 23 Clark was the second time Gilcher had beaten Clark this season, winning the first time in December at the Midlands.
• Washington’s win was also a rematch, having previously lost to Turley at the 2021 NCAA Championships.
• Bullock’s win tonight improves him to 14-2 this season.

#17 INDIANA 24, #16 RUTGERS 16
125: No. 13 Dean Peterson (RU) defeated. Jacob Moran (IU) |Dec. 8-4
133: No. 14 Joe Heilmann (RU) def. No. 31 Henry Porter (IU) |Dec. 6-1
141: No. 29 Joe Olivieri (RU) defeated. Cayden Rooks (IU) | MD, 15-2
149: No. 33 Graham Rooks (IU) def. Anthony White (RU) | Dec 7-1
157: No. 18 Derek Gilcher (IU) def. #23 Andrew Clark (RU) |SV-1, 5-3
165: Nick South (IU) defeated. Robert Kanniard (RU) | Autumn (5:42)
174: No. 18 DJ Washington (IU) def. Jackson Turley (RU)|MD, 14-5
184: No.14 Brian Soldano (RU) defeated. Clayton Fielden (IU) | Autumn (2:45)
197: Nick Willham (IU) defeated. Billy Janzer (RU) |Dec. 2-1
285: No. 17 Jacob Bullock (IU) def. John O’Donnell (RU) |TF, 15-0 (5:22)
FRIENDLY GAME
184: Drayton Harris (IU) defeated. Michael Toranzo (RUT) | 2nd-1st December

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