BROCKPORT, NY – Led by junior Andy Roy’s (Wall, NJ) first-place finish in the 174-pound class, the Rutgers University wrestling team finished sixth at the season-opening SUNY Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Wrestling Showcase Classic on Saturday in Brockport, NY. The Scarlet Knights tallied 96.5 points in the one-day event, with the University of Oklahoma taking the team crown with a 178.5-point effort. Roy joined four other RU grapplers who placed in their weight classes on Saturday.
After earning a bye to the quarterfinal round, Roy registered an 8-2 decision over Bloomsburg’s Jim Bertulis to advance to the semis. He then decisioned Buffalo’s Ed Pawlak, 7-2, to reach the finals, before wining the title with a 5-2 victory over E.K. Waldhaus of Oklahoma.
In his first match with the Scarlet Knights after transferring from George Mason last season, senior 141-pounder Donnie Defilippis (New Providence, NJ) captured third place. He pinned Army’s Rush Williams in 4:45 in his first match, before advancing to the semifinals with a 9-6 decision over Dan Song of Brockport. Defilippis battled Bloomsburg's Scott Heckman to the end, losing a very close 16-14 decision in the semifinals, but rebounded with a win in the in the class’ consolation bracket to take third place. Defilippis defeated teammate Steve Adamcsik (Chester, NJ), who won two matches in consolation action after an early loss in the championship bracket.
Junior Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ) pinned Ohio State’s Nick Lukens in 4:09 before defeating Nate Shirk of Bloomsburg to advance to the semifinals of the 184-pound bracket. Medini lost his semifinal match to eventual champion Blake Kaplan of Ohio State, but rebounded in wrestlebacks with his second pin of the day, this time against Buffalo’s Harold Sherrell in 3:58, to advance to the consolation finals. Medini captured third place with a 4-3 decision of Oklahoma’s Justin Dyer.
Senior Amir Khan (Voorhees, NJ) recorded the Scarlet Knights’ final third-place finish of the day with four wins. Khan earned victories over Brockport’s Andy Boice (unattached) and Bloomsburg’s B.J. Mikeska to reach the semifinals where he lost a 9-2 decision to Army’s Philip Simpson, the bracket’s eventual champion. Khan followed the defeat with a pair of victories in the consolation bracket to take third place.
Freshman Kyle Poulsen (Piscataway, NJ) showed promise in his first collegiate action. The 149-pound grappler rebounded from a 6-2 first-round loss to bracket runner-up Matt DePolo of Cleveland State, winning his next three matches to capture sixth-place. Poulsen earned his first career pin, taking down Ohio State’s Nick Harpster in 3:02. He then recorded a 3-2 decision over Brockport’s Pat Hanscomb and an 11-4 victory over Jody Ashline of Buffalo before bowing out to Tyler Williams of Bloomsburg in the consolation semis, 9-3. Poulsen finished up on the short end of a 12-5 decision against fifth-place winner Anthony Dunkin of Army.
Sophomore 165-pounder Chris Ressa (Andover, NJ) opened competition with a pin of Wagner’s Vinny Vazzana in 1:59. Ressa followed a quarterfinal loss with a 2-1 decision over Cleveland State’s Matt Klinger in consolation action.
The Scarlet Knights return to action next Saturday at the Navy Classic in Annapolis, MD. Competition is set to begin at 9 a.m.