On January 21st, 2017, the Rutgers Prep wrestling team participated and hosted the 12th
annual Robert Dougherty Tournament. The team placed 6th overall with a total of 35 points.
First place was taken by St. Peters Prep who had a total of 108 points, followed by St. John Vianney with 97 points, then St. Joseph Regional with 85 points. Pingry took fourth place with 55 points and Linden took and fifth place with 46 points. The bottom two spots were held by Blair Academy and Barnegat who each had 32 points.
The captain of the Rutgers Prep wrestling team, Robert Rittenhouse ‘17, made it to the finals but lost to St. John Vianney’s Steven Giannios by a score of 21-9. He reached the finals by beating his first round opponent, Peter Jennings of Barnegat, by pinning him in a time of 1 minute and 45 seconds.
Charlie Phillips ’19 placed third in his weight class. He lost his first round match to St. John Vianney’s Charlie Peterson but won his following match against St. Joseph Regional’s Anthony Medina. Philips won the third place match against Linden’s Stefano Devalue by pinning him in a time of 40 seconds.
Joe Coviello ’20 made it to his third place match but lost to St. Peters Prep’s Quamek Fearon.
Alex Shpylko ’17 placed third in his weight class as well. He defeated Spencer Margolis of St. John Vianney’s in order to get to the third place match where he then defeated Ken Rosenbaum of Linden by pinning him in a time of 1 minute and 29 seconds.
Kevin O’Hara ’17 also placed third in the tournament after defeating Joe Lauer of Barnegat by a score of 7-2.
When asked about his team’s performance at the Dougherty tournament, captain Robert Rittenhouse said, “I was really happy with everyone’s performance. Everybody gave it their all and gave 100%, and it was really great to see some of my teammates place and win medals. A lot of our hard work in the wrestling room paid off that day.”
And when asked about his goals for this season, he said, “For goals for the team, as captain, I feel that towards the team all I want and ever wanted to do was to inspire my teammates. Whether it be to better my teammates as people, athletes, or wrestlers, just as long as I can motivate them to keep looking forward at their goals in life and being predators, I am happy and feel that we can be successful as people and as warriors.”