ST. LOUIS, MO – Rutgers seniors Andy Roy (Wall, NJ) and Chris Ressa (Andover, NJ) completed their first day of competition at the 75th annual NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on Thursday.
Both wrestlers were eliminated from the championship bracket during the opening day of competition. Roy remains alive in the consolation bracket, while Ressa was eliminated from the championships with a pair of losses.
Roy, the seventh seed at ranked as high as fifth nationally at 174 pounds, advanced past Ronnie Silva of UC Davis in the Championship bracket’s first round. He opened the match with a quick takedown and with the score knotted at 4-4 with 25 seconds left in the final period, Roy was awarded an escape and posted the 5-4 victory.
The much-anticipated second-round matchup with Andy and his younger brother Nick, a junior at the University of Michigan, never came to fruition as Nick dropped a 6-1 decision to 10th-seeded and eighth-ranked E.K. Waldhaus of Oklahoma in the bracket’s first round.
Roy was defeated by Waldhaus in the second round during the evening session, 4-0. The Scarlet Knight nearly had a pair of takedowns, but was forced out of bounds each time. He will face Eastern Illinois’ Ken Robertson in consolation action on Friday.
Ressa was bounced from the championship bracket after dropping a 14-6 decision to Indiana’s Andy Rios in the first round of competition at 184 pounds. He was eliminated from the championships after 14th-ranked Ed Magrys of Eastern Michigan earned a 4-0 decision over Ressa in the consolation draw. Ressa and Magrys ended the first period scoreless, but Mangys opened the second round with an escape and recorded a takedown, earning his fourth point on riding time.
The NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will resume tomorrow and continue through Saturday’s championship round. For complete results of the NCAA Wrestling Championships, log on to www.ncaasports.com.