EVANSTON, IL – Senior Andy Roy (Wall, NJ) placed seventh at 174 lb. to lead the Rutgers wrestling team on the third day of the prestigious Midlands Championships, held at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
Roy, the fourth seed, defeated Sean Jenkins of Rider in the second round, 7-5, but was upset by Kenny Robertson of Eastern Illinois, 4-3, in the third round. In the consolation round, Roy rebounded to post back-to-back major decision – a 12-1 victory over Grant Turner of Iowa State and 13-4 rout of Jason Carrasco of Cal-State Bakersfield. Roy defeated Penn’s Justin Wiles, 6-3, and then fell to Pete Friedl of Illinois in the consolation semifinals, 7-5. In the seventh-place bout, Roy earned a measure of revenge against Robertson when he pinned him in 4:30.
Sophomore Ramel Meekins (Westwood, NJ) earned an 8-4 decision over Scott Johnson in the first round of the 285 lb. bracket and lost a tight 5-4 contest against second-seeded Les Sigman of Nebraska in the second round. Meekins was forced to medically default in the consolation round due to injury.
Senior Chris Ressa (Andover, NJ) went 1-2 at 184 lbs., as he defeated Luke Lefever of Air Force, 7-2.
Senior John Foscolo (South Plainfield, NJ) knocked off Justin Curran of Indiana in the opening round at 197 lbs. before losing to the top seed, Jon Trenge of Lehigh. Foscolo lost by fall in the first round of the wrestlebacks.
Redshirt Sophomore Gene Zannetti (Edison, NJ) went 0-2 at 157 lbs., falling to Muzaffar Abdurakhmanov in the first round, 15-6, and Andy Keller of Central Michigan in the consolation round, 7-4.