Rider 3rd at Keystone Classic

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
Release: November 18, 2012
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James Brundage was runner-up at 174
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Broncs 3rd of 15 at Keystone Classic
Brundage and Santiago Finish Second
Delia Finishes Third 

PHILADELPHIA Pa.--The Rider University wrestling team finished third out of 15 teams at the 18th annual Keystone Classic on Sunday with 91 points, matching their finish from last year. 

The all-day tournament was hosted by The University of Pennsylvania and was held at The Palestra.

Northwestern was the team champion with 156 points and the host Quakers came in second amassing 102.5 points. 

"We wrestled hard and continued to show improvement," said head coach Gary Taylor about the third place finish for the Broncs.  "We're just going to keep working hard to get better."

For the Broncs, junior James Brundage (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining) finished second at 174.  The second seeded, Brundage lost to Northwestern's Lee Munster 4-0 in the finals. Brundage opened up with two big wins, defeating Appalachian State's Dominic Vetell 20-2 via tech fall and Richard McDonald of Brown by fall in 1:53. In the semi-finals, Brundage beat Penn's Ian Korb 7-3. Brundage finished third at last year's Keystone Classic.

Junior Ramon Santiago (Sayreville) came in second in the 165 weight class. Santiago was the third seed and advanced to the finals with two wins over Indiana's Sawyer Morris 12-5 and Appalachian State's Zachary Strickland 13-2 followed by a 7-5 OT win over NC State's Tyler Smith. In the championship match, Northwestern's Pierce Harger knocked off Santiago by a 9-1 decision. 

"This is the second tough tournament in a row for James," Taylor said.  "He made the finals today and at the Binghamton Open.  He wrestled aggressive and sharp and did a nice job getting to the finals against a strong field.  Same thing with Ramon, they both wrestled well in a tough tournament."

Freshman Curt Delia (Mullica Hill/Delsea), the fourth seed at 149, beat Duke's Marcus Cain 5-3 to finish in third place. Delia started off the tournament defeating Boston University's Colin Saunders via tech fall 19-4 in 6:13. Delia lost to fifth seed Quaker Andrew Lenzi 7-6 in the quarterfinals. In consolation competition, Delia defeated Geno Capezio of Indiana 6-1 and Penn's Brooks Martino 4-3 before knocking off Dylan Marriot (Northwestern) 6-5 to earn a bid for third place.

Senior Zac Cibula (Luxemburg, Wis./Luxemburg Casco) finished fourth in 157. Cibula was seeded fifth and started off with a 6-2 win over Penn's Raamiah Bethea. Cibula lost his next match to Boston U's Nestor Taffur 16-0 in 6:55, but came back to record two wins over Princeton's Seth Hazleton (6-2) and California Poly Tech's Kyle Chene (9-6). Cibula earned a chance at third after beating Indiana's Taylor Walsh in sudden death 2-1, but lost a 5-4 in a re-match with Taffur. 

The third seed at 184, sophomore Clint Morrison (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cedar Cliff) placed sixth. Starting off with a 11-0 win over Marcus Shrewsbury of Northwestern, Morrison went on to beat Indiana's Luke Sheridan 3-2 before losing to eventual champ Canaan Bethea of UPenn 6-4 via sudden victory in the semi-finals. In the consolation bracket, Morrison beat Princeton's Scott Gibbons by fall in 2:48, before losing to Sean Dougherty of California Poly Tech via tech fall 19-2 in 6:47. 

The number two seed at the 133, sophomore Jimmy Morris (Northport, N.Y./St. Anthony's) also finished sixth after being defeated via default by Indiana's Quintin Murphy. Morris knocked off Esteban Gomez-Rivera of American by fall in :35, Anthony Finocchiaro from Brown in 3:55 and Bloomsburg's Andy Lyman 7-4 before losing to Devon Lotito (California Poly Tech) 9-2 in the semi-finals. Morris then lost to Duke's Brandon Gambucci by fall in :54 before falling to Murphy.

"We had some injuries and a little bit of a letdown at the start of last season and the guys have been working hard to get off to a better start this year," Taylor said.  "We have a good, young team and the guys are making the adjustments that you need to make to wrestle at this level and be good in college."

Freshman Greg Velasco (Union Beach/Keyport) took sixth in the 285 class. Unseeded, Valasco opened up competition beating Princeton's Charles Fox 3-1 via sudden victory. Velasco lost to the top seed Mike McMullan of Northwestern in the quarterfinal by fall in 4:44. Velasco made his way through the consolation bracket beating Appalachian State's Travis Morgan 3-1 and Penn's Steven Graziano by fall in 2:40 but lost to fourth seed Atticus Disney by fall in :41 seconds, missing fifth place.

Sophomore Vinny Fava (Elmwood Park) went 3-2 in the 141 class. Fava was seeded fourth and started out with a 7-3 win over Matt Rappo and a 3-2 victory over NC State's Michael Avelar. Fava then lost to Charles Cobb of Penn 10-3. In Consolation competition, Fava defeated Eric Devos 3-2 before losing to Boston's Tyler Scotton 4-2.

Sophomore Donald McNeil (Plainville, Mass./Wyoming Seminary) finished 1-2 at 197. Mcneil started off with a 15-6 win over Cal Poly's JT Goodwin before dropping a tough 8-7 decision to Sterling Hecox of Brown. Mcneil lost his consolation match to Paul Weiss of Appalachian state 8-2.

Freshman Patrick Skinner (Freeport, N.Y./Kellenberg) and sophomore Mike Shupin (Jackson/Jackson Memorial) both went 0-2 at 125. Skinner was defeated by top seed Mark Rappo of Penn 20-5 via tech fall and Bloomsburg Elliot Zackowski 8-4. Shupin lost by fall in 1:45 to Dominic Parisi (Appalachian State) and to Indiana's Joe Duca 21-6 after 4:17.

Junior Brandon Lintner (Little Egg Harbor/Pinelands Regional) went 0-2 in the 174, losing a 11-5 decision to American's Keithen Cast and then a 3-0 decision to Cheny Dale of Indiana.

The 2-0 Broncs will host Princeton University on December 1 at 1pm in Alumni Gymnasium.

"We'll take a couple of days to rest up and then we will get back to work for the Princeton dual on December 1," Taylor said.  "They have a good squad and we will have to train hard to get ready for a tough match."


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