ANNAPOLIS, MD – Rutgers seniors Andy Roy (Wall, NJ) and Chris Ressa (Andover, NJ) each reached the semifinal round of their weight bracket on Friday in the opening day of the 101st annual Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Championships (EIWA). Rutgers is in ninth place in the 13-school tournament, hosted by the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. The Scarlet Knights accumulated 13 points as a team on Friday. Lehigh leads the team championship with 60 points after the opening day.
Roy, the top seed at 174 pounds, won his only match of the day to advance to the semifinals for the third consecutive year. He registered an 11-5 decision over eighth-seeded Mike Pedro of Brown. He will face fourth-seeded Daniel Walters of American in the semifinals on Saturday. Roy is ranked fifth nationally at 174 pounds. He has won his last 14 matches and enters Saturday with a 21-2 record on the season.
Ressa, the fifth seed at 184 pounds, was also victorious in his lone match of the day. He posted a 3-2 decision over Lehigh’s Brian LaMay in the quarterfinals. Ressa will face top-seeded Tyler Baier of Cornell, ranked seventh nationally, in tomorrow’s semifinal round. Ressa now has 77 career victories, which ties him for 21st on the Rutgers all-time wins list.
Senior John Foscolo (South Plainfield, NJ) stepped up from his normal 197-pound weight class to compete for the Scarlet Knights at 285 in the tournament. He lost a 5-0 decision to fifth-seeded Tyler Shovlin of Cornell in his opening match. Foscolo was eliminated from the tournament after Columbia’s Bart Seemen pinned him in 1:30. Friday marked Foscolo’s second and third career matches at heavyweight. Foscolo, the regular starter at 197 pounds for the Scarlet Knights the past two seasons, ends his Rutgers career with 41 victories.
Red-shirt freshman Ken Stiles (Little Falls, NY) upset eighth-seeded Leo Saniuk of Brown, 4-2 in his opening-round match. He could not hold off top-seeded and top-ranked Jon Trenge of Lehigh in the quarterfinals however, as Trenge pinned Stiles in 2:16. Stiles remains alive in the consolation bracket and will face Columbia’s Jon Grando on Saturday.
RU red-shirt sophomore Gene Zannetti (Edison, NJ), seeded eighth at 157 pounds, lost an 18-8 decision to top-seeded and fourth-ranked Muzzaffar Abdurakhmanov of American in his opening match. He will face Penn’s Brock Wittmeyer in wrestlebacks on Saturday.
Red-shirt junior Ricky Ringel (South Plainfield, NJ), the eighth seed at 125 pounds, was pinned in 2:37 by top-seed Robbie Preston of Harvard, ranked 14th nationally. He will face East Stroudsburg’s Roberto Ramos in the consolation bracket on Saturday.
At 133 pounds, sophomore Dan Hilt (Manalapan, NJ) dropped an 8-3 decision to fourth-seeded Jeff Eveleth of Penn in the opening round. He will face sixth-seeded Matt DeLorenzo of Columbia in wrestlebacks on Saturday.
Sophomore Steve Adamcsik (Chester, NJ) could not avenge a loss to Army’s Patrick Simpson last week, dropping a 16-4 decision to the fourth-seeded Army wrestler in the opening round of the 141-pound weight class. Adamcsik will face East Stroudsburg’s Scott Heckman in the consolation bracket on Saturday.
Sixth-seeded Ricky Turk of Columbia pinned Rutgers sophomore Mike Ferrara (Effort, PA) in 52 seconds in Friday’s opening round of the 149-pound bracket. He will face East Stroudsburg’s Mark Smith on Saturday in consolation action.
At 165 pounds, red-shirt freshman Joe Sacco (Johnson City, NY) lost to Army’s Chad Marzec by a slim 2-1 margin in a rematch of last week’s thrilling overtime match at the College Avenue Gymnasium in New Brunswick last week. Marzec defeated Sacco by the same score in overtime last week.
The EIWA Championships will conclude Saturday. Action is set to get underway at 11 a.m., with the championship matches slated for 6 p.m. For complete results of the tournament, log on to www.navysports.com/livestats/eiwa/brackets.pdf.