PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Rutgers wrestling team got pins from 141-pound junior Steve Adamcsik (Chester, NJ) and 157-pound sophomore Jamie Lijo (Hopatcong, NJ), but dropped its final EIWA dual meet of the season to American, 29-12, Saturday evening at the College Avenue Gymnasium.
After RU lost matches at 125 and 133 pounds, Adamcsik stepped onto the mat and put his 18-match unbeaten streak to the test against American’s Jordan Zipkin. After racing out to a quick 11-0 lead, Adamcsik put Zipkin to the mat and pinned him at the 3:35 mark. The pin represented a six-point turnaround, Adamcsik’s 22 win of the season, and Rutgers tied the match at 6-6.
Sophomore 149-pounder Marcello Medini (Colonia, NJ) lost a 15-6 major decision to American’s Tom Knizewski; however, after Lijo pinned Chris Stout at 3:52, RU grabbed its first and final lead of the match at 12-10. The win was Lijo’s 19th of the season, pushing his career record to 24-11.
The top match of the night involved RU senior Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ) and the top-ranked 184-pound grappler in the nation – American’s Josh Glenn. Glenn successfully defended his No. 1 spot last night against Navy and did the same with Medini.
After coming out in the first period on the offensive, over time, Medini succumbed to Glenn’s length, strength and toughness and eventually fell by a 10-2 major decision.
After the match, Medini praised Glenn, but felt he could have done more.
“I know I just have to be tougher out there,” Medini explained. “I am coming up on the final matches of my career and I’ve got to leave everything out on the mat.”
Rutgers head coach John Sacchi explained that his team is learning on a day-to-day basis.
“Five freshmen and two sophomores, that’s what we have here,” Sacchi said. “These guys are wrestling their hearts out, but we’ve got to keep on pushing and learn from our mistakes. Lijo and Adamcsik were outstanding again tonight and [Medini] gave Glenn a good fight, but it is very difficult to wrestle a guy that long, that quick and that strong.”
With the loss, the Scarlet Knights fell to 7-8 on the season, and closed out their EIWA slate with a record of 3-5. The win improved the Eagles to 10-6 on the season, including 4-1 in EIWA Conference action.
The Scarlet Knights will close out their regular season on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:00 p.m., when they host the Dragons of Drexel University at the College Avenue Gymnasium. RU will need a win against the Dragons to avoid their second straight losing season.
Rutgers 12, American 29
125: Matt Morkel (AU) dec. Ricky Ringel (RU), 6-4, Overtime SV
133: Jordan Lipp (AU) dec. Kellen Bradley (RU), 8-6
141: Steve Adamcsik (RU) pin-fall Jordan Zipkin (AU), 3:35
149: Tom Knizewski (AU) maj. dec. Marcello Medini (RU), 15-6
157: Jamie Lijo (RU) pin-fall Chris Stout (AU), 3:52
165: Rudy Rueda (AU) dec. Matt Pletcher (RU), 9-2
174: Dwayne Hash (AU) dec. Mike Whalen (RU), 6-4
184: Josh Glenn (AU) maj. dec. Rudy Medini (RU), 10-2
197: Tyler Flatt (AU) dec. Lamar Brown (RU), 6-3
285: Adam LoPicollo (AU) pin-fall Mike D’Amico (RU), 1:06