ANNAPOLIS, MD – Juniors Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ) and Andy Roy (Wall, NJ) each won their weight class title to lead an undermanned Rutgers wrestling team to a fourth place finish at the seven-team Navy Classic on Saturday.
The Scarlet Knights were competing without several of its key members who were sidelined with injuries prior to the tournament. RU still managed to total 94 team points, finishing within a point of host Navy. The Citadel captured the team title with 110 points.
After knocking off Navy’s David Courtney, 11-2, in his first match, Roy pinned Nathan Klunk of McDaniel in 1:44 to advance to the semifinals of the 174-pound bracket. The junior reached the championship match with a 9-3 decision over Navy’s Andrew Hemminger. Roy took the title after defeating Keith Clifton of the Citadel, 4-3. The title is the second of the season for Roy in the Scarlet Knights’ first two competitions. He also took the championship at the season-opening Brockport Gold Tournament.
Junior Scott Mcadoo (Prince Frederick, MD) placed fourth in the same weight bracket, posting wins over West Virginia’s Ryan Wilman (9-1), Navy’s Joe Kane (5-2), and Steve Jennings of McDaniel by a pin in 3:05. He lost to Hemminger in the third-place bout, 11-3.
Senior 157-pounder Amir Khan (Voorhees, NJ) earned his second third-place finish of the season, winning four matches on Saturday. He opened competition with a 17-2 technical fall of NC State’s Eric Heath in 4:00. Khan then beat Craig Dziewlatkowski of Navy, 9-6. After losing in the semifinals, Khan decisioned Patrick Lukenich of Navy, 6-5, before knocking off Dziewlatkowski again, 9-5, to capture third place honors. Khan also took third place at the season-opening Brockport Gold Tournament last weekend.
Medini pinned NC State’s Sean Brookshire in 3:24 to advance to the quarterfinals. He then earned a 6-1 decision against Chris Pogue of Navy before knocking off Kent State’s Alex Camargo, 2-0, in the 184-pound championship match.
Senior 285-pounder John Fleming (South Orange, NJ) recorded the Scarlet Knights second fourth-place finish of the day. Fleming knocked off NC State’s Jainor Palma, 3-1, in his first match. He then beat WVU’s Sean McAllister, 2-1, to move on to the semifinals, where he lost to Billy Linane of the Citadel by a narrow 4-2 margin. Fleming lost to Tanner Garrett in the third-place match, 3-0.
At 165 pounds, sophomore Chris Ressa (Andover, NJ) beat Navy’s Stephen Szachta, 12-1, and West Virginia’s T R Chinn, 5-0, before losing to Zac Frying of WVU in the semifinals of his class.
Freshman Kyle Poulsen (Piscataway, NJ) rebounded from an early defeat with two pins in consolation action. He took down NC State’s Bryant Reams in 5:59, and Joe Adellzzi of McDaniel in 0:52.
Rutgers will open its 2003-04 home slate against eighth-ranked Nebraska at the College Ave. Gymnasium in Piscataway, NJ, on Saturday, Nov. 29, at noon.