ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Rutgers University wrestling team continued its season on Saturday with a third-place showing at the eight-team Navy Classic in Annapolis, MD. The Scarlet Knights finished with 76 points overall, just behind second place finisher West Virginia.
Senior captain Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ), ranked ninth in the 184-pound weight class by the NWCA/InterMat/National Wrestling Media Association in the preseason individual rankings, was one of seven Scarlet Knight grapplers to place among the top six in their respective weight classes.
The No. 1 seeded Medini, participating in his second event after missing the 2004-2005 season due to an injury, cruised to the 184-pound title, dropping Kyle Higgins of Campbell at 1:46 and Mike Matalli of Navy at 5:15. Medini then breezed past Matt Moyer of George Mason before edging out Charles Pogue of Navy for first-place honors.
After a fourth-place performance at the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Showcase last weekend, junior Steve Adamcsik (Chester, NJ) returned to the mat as the No. 1 seed and turned in a second-place finish overall in the 141-pound class at Navy. Adamcsik rolled past Brad Cipriani of Duquesne, 8-2, and Kelin Bidelspach of Campbell, 13-3, before falling to Brandon Rader of West Virginia in the championship match, 11-5.
Sophomore Ryan Jablonski (Norristown, PA) finished second overall in the 125-pound class, earning a 15-0 tech-fall over Drew Carey of Davidson before eventually losing in the championship match to Mike Kohler of Navy, 5-3.
Freshman Mike D’Amico (Kenilworth, NJ), a transfer from Fordham, finished third in the heavyweight class. After losing in the championship bracket to eventual first-place finisher Tanner Garrett of Navy, D’Amico knocked off Chris Cottrell of Navy, and Jeremiah Fennell of Campbell.
Other place-winners for the Scarlet Knights included: 125-freshman Kyle Milanese (Delran, NJ),fifth, 157-sophomore Jamie Lijo (Hopatcong, NJ), sixth, and 197-freshman Karim Mahmoud (Wallington, NJ), sixth.
The Scarlet Knights will be back in action on Nov. 27, at 2:00 p.m., when they travel to Bethlehem, PA to take on the No. 8 Lehigh Mountain Hawks, who are also the top-ranked team in the EIWA.
1 151 Navy
2 83.5 West Virginia
3 76 Rutgers
4 61.5 George Mason
5 49 McDaniel
6 38 Campbell
6 38 Davidson
8 29 Duquesne