PISCATAWAY, NJ – With the first competition of the 2003-04 season just weeks away, three members of the Rutgers University Wrestling team have been recognized nationally by the Amateur Wrestling News.
Seniors Donnie DeFelippis (New Providence, NJ) and Greg Austin (Seaville, NJ), and junior Andy Roy (Wall, NJ) have each been ranked in the publication’s preseason poll.
DeFelippis becomes the first Rutgers wrestler since Tom Tanis during the 2001-02 season to be ranked in the top 10 nationally, earning a No. 8 ranking at 141 pounds. DeFelippis is a new addition to the Scarlet Knights for the 2003-4 season, after transferring from George Mason University in January.
Roy was ranked 11th at 174 pounds. He was one of four RU wrestlers to compete in the 2003 NCAA Wrestling Championships. Roy ended the season 21-5 overall. He finished second at the EIWA Championships, guiding the Scarlet Knights to a sixth-place finish, recording a 3-1 record against nationally ranked opponents in the 174-pound bracket.
Austin, a 149-pound grappler, was ranked 14th in the country. Austin, along with Roy, competed in the NCAA Championships last season, following a fourth place finish at the EIWA Championships. He ended the 2002-03 campaign with a record of 23-8 overall.
Roy and Austin shared Most Valuable Wrestler honors for the Scarlet Knights last season, guiding the team to a 10-4 record in 2002-03.
Rutgers will open its season on Saturday, Nov.15, at the Oklahoma Gold/Brockport Tournament in Brockport, NY.