PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rising seniors Andy Roy (Wall, NJ) and Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ) and rising sophomore Ramel Meekins (Westwood, NJ) have each been recognized in Intermat Wrestling’s preview rankings for the 2004-05 season released on April 1.
The online publication ranked Roy eighth at 174 pounds, Medini 12th at 184 pounds and Meekins 13th at 285 pounds. The rankings come less than two weeks after all three competed at the 2004 Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, MO.
Roy completed his junior season one-match short of placing among the top eight wrestlers in the country at 174 pounds and earning All-America status. He was ranked all season and entered the NCAA Championships ranked seventh nationally. He reached the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket at NCAAs, before he was eliminated by third-ranked Eric Hauan of Northern Iowa by a 7-5 decision in overtime. He posted a 30-4 record in 2003-04, with all four of his losses coming to nationally-ranked competitors. Roy also finished 2-2 in his third-consecutive trip to Nationals this past season. He compiled 17-straight victories at one point during the season. Along with his second-place finish at the EIWAs (second-consecutive year), Roy also finished seventh at the Midlands Championships and won his weight class title at the Oklahoma Gold and Navy Classic Tournaments at the beginning of the season.
Medini finished the season 20-8 overall with a 7-2 mark in dual competition at 184 pounds. He posted one victory in three matches at the 2004 NCAA Championships – his first appearance at Nationals. Medini posted four falls and three major decisions this season as the Scarlet Knights’ regular starter at 184 pounds. At the EIWA Championships, he surprised many in attendance by upsetting the 19th and 20th ranked wrestler in the country en route to a second-place finish in the tournament. Medini won his weight class title at the Navy Classic, while placing third at the Oklahoma Gold Tournament.
Meekins joined the wrestling team late after competing as a defensive tackle for the Scarlet Knights’ football squad in the fall. He placed fourth at the EIWA Championships at 285, earning a wildcard berth to the NCAA Championships. Meekins went 2-2 at Nationals and completed his first season with the Scarlet Knights with a 15-10 record. He won seven consecutive matches at one point during the season, spanning from Jan. 24 to March 6.
Rutgers completed its season 10-4 overall and 5-1 in the EIWA. The Scarlet Knights placed fourth at the EIWA Championships and 46th at the NCAA Championships.