PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers University head wrestling coach John Sacchi has announced his 14-member, 2003-2004 recruiting class, which includes nine scholastic products from the State of New Jersey. Included in the class are five regional champions and one New Jersey state champion.
Headlining the class is Steve Adamcsik (Chester, NJ), who attended West Morris-Mendham High School. Adamecsik, who will likely compete at 133 pounds, won the 119-pound state championship this past winter, registering a 1-0 decision over Woodbridge's Joe Bubenheimer to cap a 36-0 senior season. He also earned County Wrestler of the Year honors from the Star Ledger.
Robert Kasier (Lodi, NJ), who will compete at 165 pounds, is a two-time regional champion and two-time state placewinner, finishing second in 2003, falling to Rick Frondorf in the 152-pound title bout. He posted a 33-2 mark as a senior in 2002-03.
David Hilt (Englishtown, NJ) is a three-time regional champion and three-time state placewinner at Manalapan High School. He will compete at 125 pounds for the Scarlet Knights.
Jamie Lijo (Stanhope, NJ) is a regional champion and three-time state placewinner at Hopatcong High School. He also earned high school All-America honors in 2003 from the NHSCA at 130 pounds.
Kyle Poulsen (Piscataway, NJ) is a local product who finished sixth in the state in 2002 and is a two-time state qualifier. Tom Rant (Ocean, NJ) placed eighth in the state as a senior and is a 2002 Regional Champion.
Ken Stiles (Little Falls, NJ), who wrestled at Passaic Valley, is a two-time state qualifier, while Ryan Fessler (Manahawkin, NJ) was also a state qualifier. Stiles and Fessler are both expected to compete at 174 pounds. The final NJ product is Marcello Medini (Colonia, NJ), the younger brother of current RU grappler Rudy Medini. He is a two-time regional champion and a two-time state qualifier.
The class also includes two New York, two Pennsylvania and one Ohio product. Joe Sacco (Binghamton, NY) and Cole Merryman (Salem, NY) are the Empire State representatives. Sacco, who competed at Johnson City HS, is a two-time section IV runner-up, while Merryman, who wrestled at LaSalle Institute, was a state qualifier as a senior. Ed Labatch (Easton, PA) and Ryan Jablonski (Norristown, PA) add depth to the class. Labatch, who competed at Wilson Area HS, is a two-time state qualifier, finishing sixth in 2003. Jablonski is expected to challenge for mat time at 125 pounds. The final member of the class is Kieren Anderson (Pickerington, OH), a two-time state qualifier who will add depth at 157 pounds.
“We are very pleased with this recruiting class,” said head coach John Sacchi. “We signed some of the top wrestlers in New Jersey and addressed our needs in several weight classes. This group also validates our program’s rise as a serious competitor in Eastern wrestling circles. We are excited about our future.”
Rutgers finished 10-6 in dual meet competition and posted a sixth-place finish at the EIWA Championships in 2002-2003. RU also sent four to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, including Andy Roy (Wall, NJ), Amir Khan (Voorhees, NJ) and Greg Austin (Seaville, NJ), all of whom will return to the team this coming season.