PISCATAWAY, NJ – Wrestling Rutgers sent several student-athletes to compete in the Mat Town Open on Saturday at Lock Haven University. Kyonte Hamilton (second), Michael Cetta (second), Tony White (second, unattached), Nicholas Colucci (third, unattached) and Nico Messina (fourth) all placed at the tournament, which served as Hamilton’s college debut.
First-year student Dean Peterson (unattached) also entered a tournament for the first time this season and finished with two wins, including a 3-1 decision over three-time Pennsylvania State champion Julian Chlebove (Arizona State) in the quarterfinals. Indiana recent transfer Asa Garcia wrestled for the first time as Scarlet Knight and finished with two wins.
Hamilton – who played in all 13 games with a start on the football team’s defensive line this fall – went 3-1 that day to advance to the heavyweight title fight. Hamilton beat opponents from UPenn, West Virginia and Lock Haven before suffering a tough 6-4 loss to three-time Nebraska State runner-up Grady Greiss (Marine).
Cetta opened the tournament with four straight wins en route to the 141-pound title match, where he sat out the final fight of the night. White also picked up four wins to advance to his group championship final before losing a 3-1 decision to Ethen Miller (Maryland). While, who produced two unattached titles in his first “On the Banks” season, is 22-4 this season in unattached competition.
Full Lock Haven Mat Town Open results available here. Rutgers returns to double action Thursday when they host Rider. The 7 p.m. game in the state will air on Big Ten Plus.