BETHLEHEM, PA – The Rutgers University wrestling team opened its EIWA schedule on Sunday with a 36-3 loss at the hands of the No. 8 Mountain Hawks of Lehigh. Rutgers senior captain Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ) earned the lone Scarlet Knights victory on the day at the 184-pound class with a 4-1 decision over Ben Bishop.
Medini, who is ranked ninth nationally in his class, was the top performer for a young Rutgers squad.
The match started at the 174-pound class with Rutgers freshman Michael Whalen (Lake Hiawatha, NJ) squaring off against Travis Frick. Frick earned a major decision over Whalen, 19-6, and the Mountain Hawks continued to pressure the Scarlet Knights.
After Medini’s victory, the Scarlet Knights went on to lose the final eight matches of the day. Junior Steve Adamcsik (Chester, NJ) wrestled an impressive match against Lehigh 141-pounder Matt Ennis. Although Ennis earned the decision at 4-2, Adamcsik made him earn every point.
After a strong performance at the Navy Classic last week, freshman heavyweight Mike D’Amico (Kenilworth, NJ) dropped a 13-7 decision to Matt Curl of Lehigh.
While the loss dropped the Scarlet Knights to 0-1 on the young season, facing a national powerhouse house like Lehigh so early in the season will certainly pay dividends to a young Scarlet Knights roster later in the year. The Rutgers wrestling team will look to bounce back in its home-opener on Dec. 3, when it hosts the United States Naval Academy in the College Avenue Gym at 1:00 p.m.