OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - After capping off his 25-4 regular season with a 3-2, fifth-place finish at the EIWA Championships and a wild-card bid to compete in the NCAA Championships, Rutgers University 141-pounder Steve Adamcsik (Chester, NJ) closed out his junior season with two strong efforts, but two losses at the Ford Center on Friday and Saturday at the NCAA Championships.
On Friday, Adamcsik took on Michigan’s Josh Churella, the 5th-ranked 141-pounder in the nation according to the NWCA/InterMat Div 1 141 Coaches' Poll, in round one action. While Adamcsik competed against the Wolverine, he did not have enough in the end, as Churella advanced with the 6-1 victory.
Adamcsik went on to the first consolation round and found himself up against Nebraska’s Dominick Moyer, the 18th-ranked 141-pound grappler in the nation. Adamcsik kept the match tight and after the first period, both wrestlers had failed to gain any type of advantage. Unfortunately for Adamcsik, Moyer outlasted him and came away with the 4-2 victory.
Adamcsik finished out his junior season with 28 victories, good for tops on the Rutgers wrestling team. Senior Rudy Medini (Colonia, NJ) finished second on the team with 23 wins.
Adamcsik’s junior season proved to be his breakout one, as he improved his training, weight management and overall on-mat presence.
His 2005-2006 season highlights include: a first place and Most Outstanding Wrestler award at the Wilkes Open, a runner-up performance at the Navy Classic and a fourth place finish at Oklahoma-Brockport Gold Classic. The junior also finished out his regular season on a 20-match winning streak that began with a win against Navy’s Spencer Manley on Dec. 3 and lasted until his loss at the EIWA Championships.