Scarlet Knights drop Big Ten opener against Indiana

The inconsistencies, which Rutgers University wrestling coach Scott Goodale said his team had exhibited during the nonconference portion of his schedule, were evident Friday night in the Scarlet Knights’ 24-16 loss at Indiana University in their prelude to the Big Ten conference.

Indiana (6-1, 2-1) won six of their last seven fights, including a stunning pin in the third period at 165 pounds by Robert Kanniard’s Nick South in a fight Kanniard won, rebounding from a 10 point -deficit .

A 2-1 win by Nick Wilham over Billy Janzer at 197 pounds at the time of the drive gave Indiana the ultimate lead 19-16, and Hossier’s heavyweight Jacob Bullock defeated John O’Donnell by technical fall in the final bout for the win to win game.

O’Donnell took over from starter Boone McDermott, who didn’t weigh in. McDermott was injured in his fight with driver David Szuba last Sunday and had to retire after two periods of that fight.