PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The second Saturday of November will be a big day for Rutgers wrestler Steve Adamcsik (Chester, N.J.). That date, Nov. 10, 2007, is the day of the Oklahoma-Brockport Gold Tournament in Brockport, N.Y. In that tournament, Adamcsik will be competing as a Rutgers wrestler for the first time in nearly two years. The fifth-year senior made the decision to red-shirt his fourth year and save his final season of eligibility for 2007.
"Most wrestlers red-shirt at some point during their college career," said new RU head coach Scott Goodale. "They use that extra year to really hone their skills."
"My junior year was my last chance to red-shirt," said Adamcsik. "I wanted to use that extra year to train and get bigger. I wanted to make myself a better wrestler and that was my only opportunity to do it."
Despite sitting out the year, Adamcsik continued to wrestle, finishing seventh in University Nationals. But he still missed the thrill of competing as a Scarlet Knight.
"It definitely was not fun," he said. "I went to every home match, and every time I went I was dying to get back out there."
Although he was not out on the mat grappling with his fellow Scarlet Knights, he remained a big presence on the team. After being picked to replace John Sacchi as the wrestling coach, Goodale made it a point of seeking out Adamcsik to talk about what direction the program would go.
"Steve was the first guy [assistant coach John Leonardis and I] met when we got here," said Goodale. "He has really helped us to make the transition as smooth as it could be. He has tremendous work ethic. We want all our wrestlers to be like him and train like him."
In addition to his work ethic, Goodale is very impressed with Adamcsik's killer instinct.
"He thinks he can beat anyone," said the first-year head coach. "He has a great mindset, and I know he can wrestle with anyone in the country. He just has to go out and beat those guys."
The Mendham High School alum has as much faith in his new head coach as the coach has in him, and Adamcsik believes his best matches are ahead of him in the Goodale regime.
"Coach Goodale is intense, period," he said. "He wants to be here and he wants to win a national championship. I believe in him."
Bringing a championship to Rutgers would be an ideal way for Adamcsik to cap off his final year in the red and black, being a proud New Jersey native.
"I chose to be here because I like New Jersey and wanted to wrestle here," he said. "I liked the team and the atmosphere, and Rutgers is a great school."
Being so close to family also helps Adamscik when he wants some time away. During those times, he enjoys the same types of leisurely activities as most other college students.
"I like to just relax, watch TV, and play video games," said the Chester, N.J. native. "And I love just being able to spend time with my family and friends."
With his family close by, representing the Garden State means a great deal to Adamcsik. The state has always had a very good reputation in the national wrestling community.
"New Jersey is one of the top wrestling states in the country," he said. "Being able to compete just thirty minutes away from home, you just can not beat that."