EVANSTON, IL – Junior Andy Roy (Wall, NJ) captured seventh place in the 174-pound weight class at the 41st annual Midlands Championships on Tuesday, Dec. 30. The prestigious two-day tournament, held at Northwestern’s Walsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, IL, is considered by many to be one of the nation’s top wrestling events.
Roy, seeded seventh in the 174-pound weight bracket, entered the day undefeated for the season at 10-0. He wrestled evenly with top-seeded Joe Williams of the Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club in the quarterfinals of the championship bracket before losing by an 8-6, sudden victory decision, for his first loss of the season.
Roy battled back in the class’ consolation bracket with a 14-8 decision over 10th-seeded Jed Pennell of Oregon State. Roy suffered his second close defeat of the afternoon, losing a 7-6 decision to sixth-seeded Pete Friedl of Illinois, who is ranked 10th nationally, in the consolation quarterfinals.
Roy ended the tournament on the winning end, defeating 11th-seeded Ralph DeNisco of Wisconsin by a convincing, 8-3 decision to earn seventh place in the tournament.
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 on the tournament’s opening day on Sunday.
This is Roy’s second consecutive trip to the Midlands Championships. He reached the third round of the tournament last season.
Earlier this season, Roy won his weight class title at the Brockport Open and Navy Classic Tournaments to begin the season. He owns a perfect 8-0 record this season with one pin.
Rutgers will resume its dual meet schedule on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, when it hosts East Stroudsburg at 7 p.m. inside the College Avenue Gymnasium.