ST. LOUIS, MO – Juniors Andy Roy (Wall, NJ), Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ) and freshman Ramel Meekins (Westwood, NJ) each lost in his opening match at the 2004 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on Thursday. All three Scarlet Knights, however, remain alive in consolation action which will continue on Friday at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, MO.
Roy suffered a 5-4 loss to Mitch Hancock Jr. of Central Michigan in his first-round match, eliminating him from the championship bracket at 174 pounds. He remains alive in wrestlebacks, and will face Matt Kallai of Cleveland State on Friday after earning a bye in the opening round of the consolation bracket.
Medini dropped an 8-4 decision to the second ranked wrestler in the country
at 184 pounds, Ben Heizer of Northern Illinois. After being eliminated from
the championship bracket, Medini fought back in consolation action with a pin
of Oklahoma’s Justin Dyer in 6:06. He moves on to face 14th-ranked Blake
Kaplan of Ohio State on Friday.
Derrell Lorthridge of Old Dominion decisioned Meekins, 5-3, in championship competition at 285 pounds. Meekins rebounded in wrestlebacks with a 10-6 victory over Boise State’s Jacob McGinnis. He will next face eighth-ranked Clinton Walbeck of Fresno State on Friday.