MILLERSVILLE, PA – The Rutgers University wrestling team traveled to the Shorty Hitchcock Memorial Classic in Millersville, PA today without its full arsenal of competitors. Despite missing three top starters, and losing another one during action, the Scarlet Knights finished second at the 10-team tournament with 105.5 points, just four off the pace of Appalachian State. Rutgers enjoyed four first place and two second place finishes, competing without starters Marc Rosenfeld (Brick, NJ), Amir Khan (Voorhees, NJ) and Andy Roy (Wall, NJ), all of whom were nursing injuries." />
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Rutgers Wrestling Battles Injuries To Finish Second at 2003 Hitchcock Memorial Classic
  • Posted on January 05, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • MILLERSVILLE, PA – The Rutgers University wrestling team traveled to the Shorty Hitchcock Memorial Classic in Millersville, PA today without its full arsenal of competitors. Despite missing three top starters, and losing another one during action, the Scarlet Knights finished second at the 10-team tournament with 105.5 points, just four off the pace of Appalachian State. Rutgers enjoyed four first place and two second place finishes, competing without starters Marc Rosenfeld (Brick, NJ), Amir Khan (Voorhees, NJ) and Andy Roy (Wall, NJ), all of whom were nursing injuries.

    At 125, freshman Shaun Sehar (Harrisburg, PA) gave the Scarlet Knights a huge lift with a first-place finish. With Rosenfeld out of the lineup, Sehar elevated his production and earned the first, first-place finish of his collegiate career. He won four-straight matches, beginning with a 10-5 win over Terrance Thompson and advanced on a tiebreaker in a thrilling, 8-8, second-round match vs. Ithaca’s Marcario Alvarez.

    RU’s Chris Ressa (Andover, NJ), coming off a second-place showing at the Wilkes Open and looking to improve on last season’s second-place showing at Millersville, took first at 165, finishing off a 4-0 day with a 3-2 win over second-seeded Lee Roper of Appalachian State. He began his day with back-to-back major decisions (11-3; 12-3) and used an 8-0 win over Mathias Kieb of Ithaca in the semis.

    Senior Ryan McGrath (Columbia, NJ) finished first at 197 for the second-straight year, allowing just one point through four matches. He opened with an 11-0 win over App. State’s Josh Carroll and followed with a 10-1 win over Duke’s Andrew Herber. In the semifinals, McGrath defeated Millersville’s Adam Schaaf, 5-0, and polished off JMU’s Steve Kodish, 6-0, in the finals. McGrath outscored his opponents, 32-1, on the day.

    At 285, senior Frank Sabatino (Hazlet, NJ) gave RU its fourth first-place finish by winning all three of his matches. After advancing by medical forfeit, Sabatino defeated Brian Mielnick of Millersville, 3-2, in the semifinals and Millersville’s Mike Davidowic, 3-1, in the finals. Sabatino finished seventh last season.

    At 133, Andrew Tilles (Devon, PA) took second, posting three-straight victories before falling to Appalachian State’s Tavis Drake, 7-2, in the finals. Tilles opened with a 15-6, major decision over Todd Schroed of JMU and followed with 7-1 and 5-0 wins to advance to the finals.

    At 149, top-seeded Greg Austin (Seaville, NJ) won his first match over Gregg Skiff of Itacha, 7-1, but took a medical forfeit in the semifinals, allowing Ithaca’s Jad Duca to advance. Luckily for the Scarlet Knights, freshman Gene Zanetti (Edison, NJ) was on the other side of the bracket, winning three in a row to advance to the finals, where he fell to Duca (10-4) and took second. Zannetti opened with a pin at the 2:40 mark over Duke’s Matt Southar and followed with followed with a 2-0 win over third-seeded John Cholish of Cornell and an 11-1, major decision over second-seeded Marc Israel of Ithaca.

    At 184, Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ) also finished second, falling to Maryland’s Jake Stork by fall at the 1:36 mark in the finals. Medini, seeded sixth, registered his second-place finish by defeating third-seeded Matt Martin of JMU (6-2) and Corey Pendergrass of App. State (12-4).

    The Scarlet Knights return to action on Wednesday, January 8, when it travels to East Stroudsburg for a dual match at 7:00 p.m. RU defeated ESU, 30-3, last seaosn and has won six in a row since a 16-16 tie in 1995-96.

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