Rutgers University 21, Rider University 12
LAWRENCEVILLE--Before over 1,000 fans in Alumni Gymnasium, Rutgers University defeated Rider University on Saturday evening in a non-conference wrestling dual.
The16th ranked Scarlet Knights (5-1) won six of 10 bouts, including three by major decision.
"A lot of great wrestling by both teams," said head coach Gary Taylor. "Their kids wrestled very well, our kids wrestled very well and it was a good match. Both teams went at it. I think it was a good night for people to come out and watch some good wrestling. You saw a good effort by both teams; Rutgers did a little better job of getting things done and that's the bottom line."
For Rider (3-2), senior Jimmy Kirchner (Somerville) put the Broncs ahead 6-3 with an upset victory over Bill Ashnault (Rutgers) by an 11-6 score at 141. Trailing 6-5, Kirchner used a near-fall late in the second period and an escape and takedown to clinch the win in the third period. Ashnault entered the match ranked 16th in the nation by Intermat. Kirchner, who placed second at the Keystone Classic and sixth at the Binghamton Open, won for the eighth time in his last nine duals and improved to 12-5 on the season.
"I don't consider Kirchner's win to be an upset," Taylor said. "He has defeated Ashnault before. Taking nothing away from Ashnault because he is a very tough kid but Jimmy is wrestling very well right now. Both wrestled hard and Jimmy has a way to wear on people and he did that tonight."
Kirchner defeated Ashnault 9-6 on January 22, 2010 during his sophomore season at the 133 pound weight class.
Sophomore Chuck Zeisloft (Woodbury Heights/Gateway) won the opening match at 125 pounds over Vincent Dellafave (Rutgers), using a takedown at the second period buzzer to take a 2-1 lead. Zeisloft executed an escape and a takedown in the third period of the 5-1 decision. Zeisloft, who placed third at the Keystone Classic, won for the 10th time this season.
"Chuck had some of the best fight that I've seen in my 30 plus year career here," Taylor said. "He wrestled against a very good opponent and he was able to fight off some very good shots and what looked to be a takedown to win the match."
Sophomore Ramon Santiago (Sayreville) won at 157, his sixth win of the season with a 6-1 decision over Anthony Volpe (Rutgers). Santiago took a 2-0 lead midway through the first period and used an escape and takedown in the third period and three-minutes of riding time for the final score.
"I thought Ramon wrestled a good match," said Taylor. "I don't think he opened up as much as we are used to because he didn't want to take too many chances with the team score as close as it was. It was a workman like effort which is what we needed there. He did a very nice job."
Sophomore Evan Craig (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) broke a 1-1 tie in the second period with an escape to pickup his ninth win at heavyweight, scoring a 2-1 decision in the final bout of the evening.
"Evan did what he needed to do to win the bout," said Taylor. "It was important for the team to finish on a good note and Evan had that in mind and did a good job."
Rider defeated Rutgers five straight times before the Scarlet Knights won the last four meetings, including a 29-3 victory last season in Piscataway and tonight's match.
Rutgers defeated Princeton earlier in the day 29-7.
Rider travels to the 49th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships, hosted by Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois December 29-30.
Participants include Rider, No. 1 Iowa, No. 7 Illinois, No. 10 Lehigh, No. 11 Oklahoma, No. 13 Maryland, No. 14 Virginia Tech, No. 16 Rutgers, No. 17 Northwestern, No. 19 Central Michigan, No. 22 Penn, No. 24 American, Cal Poly (RV), Edinboro (RV), Iowa State (RV), Purdue (RV), Stanford (RV), Wisconsin (RV), Bucknell, Cal State Bakersfield, Clarion, Eastern Michigan, Harvard, North Dakota State, Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa, Princeton, South Dakota State and Utah Valley.
"We need to examine where we are at with some of the situations as we head into finals," said Taylor. "We need to get the team some rest and we'll utilize this time to get healthy and train hard and get ready for what is one of the best tournaments in the United States."
Rutgers University 21, Rider University 12
125 Chuck Zeisloft-R dec. Vincent Dellafave (Rutgers) 5-1 0-3
133 Michael DeMarco (Rutgers) dec. Jimmy Morris-R 8-1 3-3
141 Jimmy Kirchner-R dec. No. 16 Billy Ashnault (Rutgers) 11-6 3-6
149 No. 4 Mario Mason (Rutgers) major dec. Zac Cibula-R 12-4 7-6
157 Ramon Santiago-R dec. Anthony Volpe (Rutgers) 6-1 7-9
165 No. 6 Scott Winston (Rutgers) major dec. James Brundage-R 12-3 11-9
174 No. 16 Greg Zannetti (Rutgers) major dec. No. 11 Jim Resnick 11-3 15-9
184 Dan Seidenberg (Rutgers) dec. Clint Morrison-R 5-3 (ot)18-9
197 Daniel Rinaldi (Rutgers) dec. Donald McNeil-R 6-2 21-9
HWT Evan Craig-R def. Daniel Hopkins (Rutgers) 2-1 21-12