PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Rutgers University wrestling team sits in fourth place after completion of the opening day of the 100th anniversary of the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Championships on Saturday at the Palestra in Philadelphia, PA.
All 10 Scarlet Knights advanced to Sunday’s final day of competition for the first time in the history of the wrestling program.
Juniors Andy Roy (Wall, NJ), Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ) and Chris Ressa (Andover, NJ) advanced to the semifinals of their weight bracket on Saturday.
Roy, the second seed in the 174-pound bracket, decisioned Eddie Jones of Harvard in the opening round before a victory over East Stroudsburg’s John Carr in the quarterfinals.
Medini, the seventh seed at 184 pounds, earned an 11-1 major decision over East Stroudsburg’s Brandon Mihalko in the opening round. He knocked off second seed Nick Ciarcia of Brown, the 19th ranked wrestler in the country, to advance to the semifinals.
Following a 10-1 major decision over Franklin & Marshall’s Ted Seemuller in the opening round, Ressa knocked off third-seeded Sean Jenkins of Brown in the quarterfinals at 165.
Senior Donnie Defilippis (New Providence, NJ), who owns a pair of Colonial Athletic Association titles as a member of the George Mason wrestling team, advanced to the quarterfinals with an 11-2 major decision of Princeton’s Milo Adams. Defilippis, the fifth-seed at 141 pounds, defeated Adams for the second-straight week after earning a 14-2 major decision over the Princeton in RU’s dual meet finale last Wednesday. He was eliminated from the winner’s bracket following a two-point loss to fourth-seeded Nate Gulosh of Navy.He will come back to wrestle in consolation action tomorrow.
Sixth-seeded Greg Austin (Seaville, NJ) earned a bye into the quarterfinals where he lost a hard-fought 4-3 decision to David Dies of Brown in overtime in the 149-pound weight bracket. The co-captain will wrestle in the consolation bracket on Sunday.
Senior Amir Khan (Voorhees, NJ) began his day against UPenn’s Brett Vanderveer in the quarterfinal round. In one of the more controversial decisions of the afternoon, he seemingly scored a match-winning take-down as the buzzer sounded, but officials ruled the takedown to be too late and Vanderveer escaped with the 4-3 victory. He returns to action in wrestlebacks on Sunday.
At 285, freshman Ramel Meekins (Westwood, NJ) posted a 4-2 double-overtime victory over Army’s Bo Reynolds in his opening-round match but came out on the short-end in double-overtime against fourth-seeded Rode Ogunwole of Harvard in the quarterfinals. He will return to action in wrestlebacks tomorrow,
Junior 197-pounder John Foscolo (South Plainfield, NJ) lost to UPenn’s Marcus Schontube in the quarterfinals but will return in consolation action tomorrow,
Freshman Dan Hilt (Manalapan, NJ) bowed out in the first round of the tournament at 125 pounds, dropping a 4-2 decision to Brown’s Greg Pace. He rebounded in wrestlebacks to remain alive in Sunday’s competition.
At 133 pounds, senior Dare Ajibade (Bloomfield, NJ) knocked off eighth-seeded Rich Gebauer of Franklin & Marshall, 10-3, in Saturday’s opening round. Ajibade lost to top-seeded Travis Lee of Cornell in the quarterfinals, but returns to action tomorrow in the consolation bracket.
“We had a great opening day at the EIWAs,” said Rutgers head coach John Sacchi. “Every guy moved on to wrestle in the second day, showing the great balance of our team. I am proud of our accomplishments.”
The Scarlet Knights will wrap up competition in the EIWA Championships on Sunday with action to begin at 11 a.m. and concluding with championship finals at 5:30 p.m.
For complete results of Satruday’s action at the EIWA Championships, log on to www.pennathletics.com/2004eiwas.