ST. LOUIS, MO - Juniors Andy Roy (Wall, NJ) and Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ) and freshman Ramel Meekins (Westwood, NJ) each saw his run through the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships come to an end on Friday. All three advanced through the consolation brackets Thursday night and Friday afternoon, before losing their second match of the double-elimination tournament.
“I was proud of all three of our guys in this tournament,” said Rutgers head coach John Sacchi. “Each guy fought hard and came close to advancing much further. We had a good showing at Nationals and, with all three guys coming back next season, we can use this as a building block for the future.”
Roy, who entered the tournament ranked seventh in the country, advanced the furthest through the tournament, reaching the consolation quarterfinals. After losing his first round match on Thursday, he earned a 6-1 win over Cleveland State’s Matt Kallai and a 5-2 victory over 11th-ranked Matt Herrington of UPenn in wrestlebacks. Roy’s tournament came to an end in the consolation quarterfinals with a hard-fought, 7-5 loss in overtime to third-ranked Eric Hauan of Northern Iowa. Roy appeared to have the match won in regulation but was called for stalling with two seconds left on the clock, allowing Hauan to tie it up and force overtime. Hauan took advantage of the sudden change of momentum and sealed the match in the extra period. Roy falls one match short of placing among the top eight wrestlers in the country and earning All-America status. He ends his season with a team-best 30-4 record, including a 2-2 record at Nationals. Roy has competed in the NCAA Championships in each of his first three seasons with the Scarlet Knights.
Medini was eliminated from the tournament following a fall to Ohio State’s Blake Kaplan in 46 seconds.
He ends the tournament with a 1-2 record, finishing with a 20-8 record for the season. The 2004 NCAA Championships marks his first appearance at Nationals.
Meekins won his first match of the day, beating eighth-ranked Clinton Walbeck of Fresno State, 5-3. He was finally eliminated from competition following an overtime loss to Oregon State’s Jamie Rakevich. After both wrestlers lasted to the extra period, Meekins was in position for a take-down when Raekvich gained control and put Meekins on his back for the pin in 7:59 and subsequent sudden victory. Meekins finished his first season with the Scarlet Knights, 15-10, with a 2-2 record at Nationals.