EVANSTON, IL – Junior Andy Roy (Wall, NJ) is the lone Scarlet Knight wrestler to remain in competition after the completion of the opening day of the two-day Midlands Championships in Evanston, IL. Three RU wrestlers were eliminated from competition in the double-elimination tournament on Monday.
In his second consecutive trip to the Midlands Championships, considered one of the top tournaments in collegiate wrestling, Roy, seeded seventh at 174 pounds, remains undefeated at the completion of the tournament’s opening day.
Following a first-round bye, Roy posted an 11-3 major decision over Careef Robertson in the second round and an 8-1 decision over Central Michigan’s Mitch Hancock in the third round. He will face top-seeded Joe Williams of the Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club in the quarterfinals of the championship bracket on Tuesday.
Roy reached the third round of the tournament last season.
Senior Amir Khan (Voorhees, NJ) major decisioned Steve Woeckener, 16-7, at 157 pounds to advance to the second round where he dropped a 9-3 decision to seventh-seeded Ty Morgan of Central Michigan. In the consolation bracket, Khan earned victories over Illinois’ Michael Boyd (5-3) and Northern Illinois’ Joe Henning (11-8) before Michigan State’s Arsen Aleksanyan pinned Khan in 3:53, eliminating him from the tournament.
Junior Chris Ressa (Andover, NJ) opened competition with a first-round victory over Iowa’s Ben Stedman, 11-4, in the 165-pound weight class. Fourth-seeded Ralph Everett of Hofstra beat Ressa in the second round to eliminate him from the championship bracket. Ressa’s day ended after Waylon Lowe of Findlay pinned the Scarlet Knight grappler in 3:47, in the consolation bracket.
Junior Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ), wrestling at 184 pounds, earned a bye into the second round where he lost a close, 9-7 decision to seventh-seeded Paul Bradley of Iowa. Medini posted a pair of wins in the consolation bracket, decisioning Cleveland State’s Ron Howard (9-6) and Oregon State’s Dan Pitsch (11-9). His day came to an end with a hard-fought, 7-6 loss to Central Michigan’s Matt McCartney.