Jack DelGarbino the heavyweight for Princeton, shocked the wrestling community this week with his huge upset win over Tony Cassioppi from Iowa. Inches away from being pinned himself, DelGarbino pulled off an incredible bridge and flip to reverse Tony and stick him for the win. Many are mocking Cassioppi for saying in an interview that he would not be on the mat for a long time, he was pinned in the first period. Fans of the young heavyweight and Iowa wrestling are calling it a fluke.
Jack DelGarbino is a sophomore for the Tigers. In freshman season in 2019, he posted a 3-5 record wrestling at different open tournaments. After taking off the 2020-2021 season due to Covid-19, Jack has had a much better start to his sophomore outing. Before his upset win against the number three ranked heavyweight in college wrestling, he wrestled in the southeast open. Princeton as a team performed well, leaving with 8 place winners and 2 champs Quincy Monday (157 pounds) and Stout (197 pounds), Jack DelGarbino walked away with a 4th place finish.
Now that he seems to be the starter, Jack has shown improvement from his freshman season two years ago. While flipping someone to go from getting pinned to being pinned is impressive enough at 285, it certainly cannot be relied upon to win multiple matches against ranked opponents. As the season continues, fans will be looking for him to push himself into the conversation for top heavyweights. It will take a lot, but an unranked over #3 upset might just be the confidence boost Jack DelGarbino needs to allow him to go and make a name for himself.
By Nick Jairdullo senior writer for Heavyweight Nation