Immediate Release: December 20, 2003
NEWARK, Del. - Junior 141-pound Josh Ruff (Bainbridge, N.Y.) and sophomore 165-pound Ryan Jantzen (Shoreham, N.Y.) earned top-5 finishes to pace Binghamton at the Beast of the East Wrestling Tournament, Friday on the campus of University of Delaware.
Ruff won three matches, including a pin and a major decision, and placed fourth. The fifth seed, he opened the tournament with a 16-2 win, then followed with a pin in 4:09 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, he was pinned by top-seeded, nationally second-ranked and eventual champion Scott Moore of Virginia. Ruff then scored a 3-1 overtime decision over sixth-seeded Mike Trotta of Buffalo before falling to third-seeded Ron Tarquinio of Pitt, 7-2 in the third-place bout.
"Josh wrestled well," head coach Mike Fusilli said. "He had a nice win in the quarterfinals. It's good for him to go up against the kind of kid like Moore. These are all learning experiences, and it gives him confidence going into the Midlands Championship, where we'll see the same kind of kid."
Ruff, who moved up to No. 2 in the latest Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) poll, raised his record to 11-4.
Jantzen went 4-2 at 165 pounds, earning fifth place. Unseeded in the field, Jantzen rolled into the semifinals with a pin and two straight decisions over seeded wrestlers. In his second match, Jantzen scored a 3-2 decision over fourth-seeded Vinny DiGiovanni of Ohio University, and he followed with a 7-6 win over fifth-seeded Nick Rausenberger of Buffalo. In the semifinals, he was beaten 9-4 by top-seed and eventual winner Zach Doll of Pitt. He then split two matches in the consolation bracket, capping the tournament with a 7-1 decision over eighth-seeded Ryan Garner of Bloomsburg.
"Ryan wrestled great," Fusilli said. "To knock off three seeds in the same tournament is outstanding. He wrestled smart and had a lot of fun out there. I was really impressed."
Jantzen moved up to No. 4 in the latest CAA poll.
Two other BU wrestlers won three matches - senior 149-pound Beau Bruno (Mineola, N.Y.) and freshman heavyweight Jeff Parker (Foxboro, Mass.). Bruno, the eighth seed, went 3-2 with a technical fall. He pushed top-seed and eventual winner Adrian Austin of George Mason to extra-time before falling 6-4 in the quarterfinals. Parker rebounded from a 3-1 tiebreaker loss in his opening match to post three straight decisions in the consolation bracket.
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