ANNAPOLIS, MD – Seniors Andy Roy (Wall, NJ) and Chris Ressa (Andover, NJ) took home weight-class titles to lead the Rutgers wrestling team to a fourth-place finish at the Navy Classic inside Halsey Field House on the campus of the United States Naval Academy on Saturday.
The Scarlet Knights, who were without the services of senior 197-pounder John Foscolo (South Plainfield, NJ), scored 122.5 points to finish fourth, 3.5 points behind NC State. Navy took home the team championship, scoring 202.5 points, while Virginia Tech placed second with 152 points.
Roy and Ressa were two of seven Scarlet Knight placewinners on Saturday. Sophomore Gene Zannetti (Edison, NJ) finished as the runner-up at 157 pounds for the second straight week, while classmates Dan Hilt (Manalapan, NJ), Steve Adamcsik (Chester, NJ) and Michael Ferrara (Effort, PA) placed fourth at 125, 141 and 149 respectively. Freshmen Joe Sacco (Johnson City, NY) and John Slevin (Montclair, NJ) took sixth place at 165 and 285 respectively.
“I was proud of our senior leadership today,” said Rutgers head coach John Sacchi. “Andy Roy and Chris Ressa wrestled extremely well and our younger guys showed potential. Any looked solid in his first competition of the season. The entire team did a nice job scoring off opponent’s shots.”
Roy won the 174-pound title at the Navy Classic for the second-consecutive year. He started the day with a pin of Cambell’s Brian Hocum in 6:38, then posted a 21-6 technical fall of Navy’s Cody Rapp in 7:00 to reach the championship match. He took home the title with an 8-0 victory over NC State’s Kevin Gabrielson.
Ressa, who moved up two weight classes to 184 pounds this season, took home the weight class title with victories over Jared Ricotta of Duquesne (9-3), Charles Pogue of Navy (5-3) and Steve Borja of Virginia Tech (12-7).
Zannetti took second at 157 after losing a close 10-8 decision to West Virginia’s Matt Lebe, ranked seventh nationally, in the finals. He reached the title bout with a 14-3 victory over George Mason’s Mitch Webster and a 4-3 decision over Navy’s Adam Brochetti.
Hilt advanced to the quarterfinals before falling, but rebounded with a 9-0 victory against Jon Bittinger of Duquesne in wrestlebacks. He lost an 11-3 decision to Navy’s Brad Canterbury, placing fourth at 125.
At 141, Adamcsik won a pair of matches against West Virginia’s Nathan Lingle (13-12) and Duquesne’s Dan Pauley (F 1:32) to advance to the weight bracket’s semifinals. He dropped a 12-6 decision to eventual champion Nathan Gulosh of Navy. Adamcsik defeated Chris Miosi of Navy, 13-6, to reach the consolation finals. He lost a 9-6 decision to Virginia Tech’s Donnie Ooten to finish fourth.
Ferrara reached the semifinals at 149 before losing, but he bounced back to reach the finals of the consolation bracket with a victory over Brian Smith of George Mason, 6-5. He lost an 8-3 decision to Navy’s Matthew Gulosh to place fourth.
Sacco had three victories on the day and finished sixth overall after he was forced out of the fifth-place match with a knee injury. Slevin dropped a close 4-3 decision to NC State’s Janior Palma in the fifth-place bout to finish sixth.
Rutgers returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 4, when they take on second-ranked Lehigh at the College Avenue Gymnasium at 7 p.m. in the 2004-05 dual meet opener.