Ressa rattled off four-straight wins at 165 to advance to the championship bout. He began his day by pinning Joao Moreira (unatt.) at the 1:41 mark and knocked off David Gilkey of Cleveland State, 6-3, in the second round. After a 3-2 win over Bill Denix of Montclair State in the quarterfinals, Ressa beat Ryan Cunningham, 3-2, in the semifinals. Facing Tom Paladino (unatt.) in the championship match, Ressa fell, 3-1.
John Foscolo (South Plainfield, NJ) finished fifth at 197, winning his first three bouts. He opened with a 10-4 victory over Barry Stein and beat Benjamin Stum of Baptist Bible, 9-1, in the second round. In quarterfinal action, Foscolo upended Derman Lewis, 3-2, before falling to Kyle Cerminara, 11-5, in the semis. He then finished off his day with a 1-0 win over Rider’s Jared Terrell.
Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ) finished sixth at 184, mounting a furious comeback following an opening-round loss. Medini was pinned at the 1:41 mark of his opening-round match with Woodrow Cromartie of Nassau CC, but rallied to win four-straight matches. He first beat Jon Neyerlin of Wilkes (3-2), followed by a 7-5 win over Josh Lee. In the third round of consolation action, Medini registered a tech fall (18-3; 3:14) over Justin Capone and pinned Nassau’s Carlos West at the 4:15 mark to advance to the fifth-place bout vs. Curt Thompson of Penn State. Thompson pinned Medini at the :37 mark.
At Midlands, three grapplers – Greg Austin (Seaville, NJ), Andy Roy (Wall, NJ) and Ryan McGrath (Columbia, NJ) – competed with head coach John Sacchi accompanying them. At 149, Austin faced top-seeded John Fisher of the Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club in the opening round and battled Fisher evenly in a 3-2 loss. A win over Fisher, who finished second, would have been one of the tournament’s biggest upsets. Austin rebounded with a 6-1 win over Tommy Rohn of Lehigh in the first round of consolation action and followed with a 10-3 victory over Dustyne Azure of Montana-Northern in the second round. Facing ninth-seeded Nathan Galloway of Penn State, Austin bowed out, 3-1.
At 174, Roy earned a first-round bye and won his initial bout over Iowa’s Major Ennen with a tech fall at the 5:00 mark (16-0). Facing third-seeded Nathan Coy of the Orange Crush WC in the third round, Roy fell, 3-2, which forced him into the consolation bracket. His day came to an end with a 4-3 loss to Hofstra’s Ralph Everett. McGrath, competing at 197, fell to third-seeded Chris Skretkowicz of Hofstra in the second round, 10-0, but rebounded with a 3-0 win over UNC’s Vernroy July, 3-0, before falling to Iowa’s Paul Bradley (6-3).
The Scarlet Knights return to action on Sunday, Jan. 5 when they compete at the Millersville/Belles Tournament, which they have won for the past three years.