PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Rutgers University wrestling team got wins from 184-pound senior Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ) and 141-pound junior Steve Adamcsik (Chester, NJ), but fell short to Drexel, 28-10, on Thursday evening at the College Avenue Gymnasium. Medini, Rutgers’ lone senior, was honored before the match for Senior Night.
The match began at 174-pounds and after freshman Mike Whalen (Lake Hiawatha, NJ) dropped a close 5-3 decision to Drexel’s Nick Kozar, Medini stepped to the mat for his final match ever at the College Avenue Gymnasium.
Medini worked Drexel’s Brian Stouffer and pulled out the 15-5 major decision, the senior’s seventh major decision of the season. With his family in the stands, and brother Marcello Medini (Colonia, NJ) watching from the Rutgers bench, Medini was outstanding in his final regular season bout as a member of the Rutgers wrestling team. He finished his regular season with a 22-5 record, good for second on the Rutgers team.
Alongside Medini, Adamcsik had a standout season for RU. The junior dropped Drexel’s Will Martin at the 1:26 mark with a pin and won his 25th match of the season. The victory was the sixth pin for a victory for Adamcsik, and his 20-match winning streak to end the season proved to be a major bright spot for RU, which heads into the EIWA Championships at Lehigh on March 4 and 5.
With five freshmen and two sophomores starting for most of the season for RU, the wrestling team competed night in and night out and wound up having a promising season. Provided freshmen make the next step in 2006-2007, the RU wrestling program is headed for many solid seasons in the near future.
With the loss, RU dropped to 7-9 on the season. It finished out its conference schedule with a 3-5 record. The win improved the Dragons to 20-8 on the season.
After closing out its regular season, the Scarlet Knights will return for post-season action on March 4 and 5. RU will travel to Lehigh University to take part in the EIWA Conference Championships.
Rutgers 10, Drexel 28
125: Steve Mytych (DU) dec. Ricky Ringel (RU), 8-3
133: Zack Makovsky (DU) maj. dec. Kellen Bradley (RU), 15-4
141: Steve Adamcsik (RU) PF Will Martin (DU), @ 1:26
149: Chris Renninger (DU) PF Marcello Medini (RU), @ 2:17
157: Ryan Hlushak (DU) dec. Jamie Lijo (RU), 12-5
165: Scott Hunter (DU) dec. Matt Pletcher (RU), 6-2
174: Nick Kozar (DU) dec. Mike Whalen (RU), 5-3
184: Rudy Medini (RU) maj. dec. Brian Stouffer (DU), 15-5
197: Jon Oplinger (DU) dec. Lamar Brown (RU), 12-7
285: Chris Cowen (DU) dec. Mike D’Amico (RU), 3-2