NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A pair of newcomers to the Rutgers wrestling team – senior transfer Dare Ajibade (Bloomfield, NJ) and freshman Steve Adamcsik (Chester, NJ) – scored a pin and technical fall, respectively, to lead Rutgers to a 29-10 win over East Stroudsburg in RU’s EIWA opener tonight at the College Avenue Gymnasium.
With the match tied at 3-3, Ajibade recorded a first-period pin (2:25) and, two matches later, Adamcsik made his dual meet debut a memorable one with a 21-4 tech fall. The win improves RU to 1-1, and 1-0 in the EIWA, while ESU falls to 1-4 overall with a 0-2 EIWA mark. Junior John Foscolo (South Plainfield, NJ) got the Scarlet Knights rolling, using a first period take-down to set up a 5-0 win to open the meet. After RU’s Ramel Meekins (Westwood, NJ) fell, 2-1, at heavyweight, Ajibade registered his first pin in a Rutgers uniform to give the Scarlet Knights a 9-3 lead.
At 133, freshman Ed Labatch (Wilson, PA), making his collegiate debut, fell 10-1 to cut the lead to 9-7, but Adamcsik responded. The former 119-pound NJ state champion fell behind 2-0, but closed the match with 19-straight points, using a takedown and near fall early in the third period to seal his first career technical fall victory.
At 149, senior Greg Austin (Seaville, NJ) extended his winning streak to five with a 7-4 decision over Mark Smith, extending RU’s lead to 17-7. After a 4-3 win by ESU’s Keith Kleckner at 157 cut the lead to 17-10, Chris Ressa (Andover, NJ) posted an 8-3 win at 165 to return the lead to double-digits, 20-10. Ressa also evened his season record at 8-8 in the process.
Junior Andy Roy (Wall, NJ), ranked ninth nationally at 174, put the match out of reach with a pin of Jason Giandomenico in just 1:57. The win improved Roy to a team-best 13-1 this season and gave RU a 26-10 lead heading into the final match. At 184, Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ) and ESU’s Brandon Mihalko were tied, 5-5, midway through the third period before an escape and quick takedown by Medini provided the separation in a 10-8 victory, which capped the 29-10 win, RU’s eighth-consecutive victory over the ESU Warriors.
“We are excited to get off on the right foot in EIWA competition,” said Rutgers head coach John Sacchi. “I thought we didn’t perform up to our potential at times, but I was happy with the performance of several of our newcomers.”
Rutgers returns to action at the College Avenue Gymnasium on Saturday, Jan. 10, for a dual meet with Navy at 3 p.m.
Match Sequence/Results RU-ESU
197 – John Foscolo (RU) dec. Charles Deighton, 5-0 3-0
285 – Stanley Foster (ESU) dec. Ramel Meekins, 2-1 3-3
125 – Dare Ajibade (RU) pinned Mark Kosyk (2:25) 9-3
133 – Daniel Gonzalez (ESU) dec. Ed Labatch, 10-1 9-7
141 – Steve Adamcsik (RU) tech. fall Artie Crist, 21-4 (6:11) 14-7
149 – Greg Austin (RU) dec. Mark Smith, 7-4 17-7
157 – Keith Kleckner (ESU) dec. James Rosinski, 4-3 17-10
165 – Chris Ressa (RU) dec. Keith Smith, 8-3 20-10
174 – Andy Roy (RU) pinned Jason Giandomenico (1:57) 26-10
184 – Rudy Medini dec. Brandon Mihalko, 10-8 29-10