Wisconsin regained the lead at 10-8 with a 13-8 to 157 victory by Garrett Model over Robert Kanniard in a tossup bout.
Model broke an 8-8 tie with one out with 32 seconds left in the second period, then two points back on a tilt in the final 10 seconds of the second stanza.
Freshman Dean Hamiti (165), ranked No.12 nationally by Flowrestling.org, extended the Badgers’ lead to 13-8 with a 10-4 victory over Andrew Clark. Hamiti had four strikeouts.
The Rutgers coaching staff planned to wear a red shirt on 133-pound rookie Joey Olivieri. However, on Sunday, the red jersey fell for Olivieri, three-time NJSIAA champion at Hanover Park.
As Sammy Alvarez missed out on the second game in a row after injuring himself at the Matmen Open on December 29, Olivieri was inserted into the two-fixture for the first time and he won a 4-3 victory over the return of Wisconsin. NCAA qualifier Kyle Burwick.
It was the second time in 11 days that Olivieri had beaten Burwick. He edged Burwick 9-1 in a Matmen Open wrestling bout en route to finishing fifth in this tournament while struggling unattached.
Olivieri, who was 14-3 in open tournaments before Sunday, got a reversal early in the second period and a withdrawal later in the period. Burwick has only had three breakouts.
Sebastian Rivera (141), a triple-seeded NCAA top-six, gave Rutgers an 8-3 lead and continued his bonus point streak in each of his bouts on the mat this season with a 19 technical victory. -3 in the fall in 6:06 on the former Catholic wrestler from Bergen Joseph Zargo.
It was Rivera’s second victory over Zargo in 11 days. He outscored Zargo 11-1 in a Matmen Open semi-final on December 30 en route to the tournament title.
Wisconsin moved closer to 8-7 when Austin Gomez (149) handed Mike VanBrill his first loss of the season with a major 11-1 decision in a game against the previous NCAA playoffs.
Gomez, an Iowa State transfer who was one win away from being an All-American at 149 in 2019, got the middle finger when he locked VanBrill behind his back for a six-point move in the final 10 seconds .
Returning Wisconsin All-American Eric Barnett (125) gave the Badgers a 3-0 lead with a professional 8-4 decision over Dylan Shawver.
Barnett, who was eighth nationally at 125 last season and ranked No. 4 nationally by Flowrestling.org, racked up 4:03 of driving time in the first two periods. He got a strikeout 17 seconds into the fight and two points behind with 1:23 left in the first period after a challenge from Wisconsin head coach Chris Bono. He then rode Shawver for the entire second period.
Wisconsin 16, Rutgers 8,
125: Eric Barnett (F) d. Dylan Shawver 8-
133: Joey Olivieri (right) d. Kyle Burwick 4-3.
141: Sebastian Rivera (D) tf. Joseph Zargo 6:06 (19-3)
149: Austin Gomez (W) md. Mike VanBrill 11-1.
157: Garrett model (W) d. Robert Kanniard 13-8
165: Dean Hamiti (W) d. Andrew Clark 10-4
174: Andrew McNally (F) d. Jackson Turley 6-1.