Broncs at NCAA Championships

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: March 19, 2013
Send this article to a friend Print RSS
Article Image
Courtesy: Donte Carty (Rider University)
 

Broncs at NCAA Championships

Santiago, Cibula, McNeil, Morris in Iowa

DES MOINES, IOWA-"Is this Heaven?"  "No, it's Iowa."

Four Rider University Broncs have reached the Promised Land and are competing at the NCAA 2013 Wrestling Championships, which begin Thursday at the Wells Fargo Arena in the Iowa capital city of Des Moines.

"Hopefully we'll have a lot of wins and some hardware coming home," said associate head coach John Hangey, who came home with some hardware of his own (All-America trophy) in 1993.  Hangey's hardware is one of 13 such trophies the Broncs have brought home in the last 32 years, and are looking for more this weekend.

"Our performance has been what we expected," Hangey said, after the Broncs placed runner-up at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships. "Our guys stepped up and wrestled to their potential at the CAAs, now it's time to get something out of this tournament. Bring home some wins and bring home some hardware. Get some kids on the podium."

Broncs attempting to reach the top-eight All-America podiums on Saturday will be 165 pound junior Ramon Santiago (Sayreville), senior 157 pound Zac Cibula (Luxemburg, Wis./Luxemburg Casco), sophomore 197 pound Donald McNeil (Plainville, Mass./Wyoming Seminary) and sophomore 133 pound Jimmy Morris (Northport, NY/St. Anthony's).

Santiago (29-7, 15-3 duals) advanced to the NCAA Championship by winning his weight class at the CAAs and is ranked 16th in the nation. 

"One of my goals is to be an All-American," Santiago said.  "This weekend I get my chance."

"Ramon did a great job all year," Hangey said.  "He's always been competitive with some of the best wrestlers in the country and this year he beat some of them."

Santiago will face the seventh seed, Conrad Polz of Illinois in the first round. "I have to win three or four times to place," Santiago said.  "I'll have to beat some of the top guys in the country. Having performed well at Midlands, against the top level there is, I have confidence going into Nationals."

Cibula (23-10) placed runner-up at the CAAs and is making his second trip to Nationals. Cibula was the 2011 CAA Championships' Most Outstanding Performer, and competed in the NCAAs hosted by Rider in Philadelphia.

"The atmosphere at the National tournament is like no other," Cibula said.  "The intensity that everyone brings is really amazing."

"Zac has been a standard in this program for five years," Hangey said.  "He's a great team leader for us. He's beaten some nationally ranked kids this year and we look for big things from him at Nationals."

"Having experienced it before will certainly help this week," Cibula said.  "I realize that once you are here it is anybody's match to win."

At Nationals he will face the ninth seed, Frank Hickman of Bloomsburg in the first round.

"I'm looking forward to winning the tournament and getting on the podium," Cibula said.

McNeil (20-15) placed third at the CAAs and will face the second seed, Quentin Wright of Penn State in the first round. McNeil lost 12-4 to Wright earlier this year.

"Donald really came on the second half of this year," Hangey said. "He worked his tail off and got stronger. We preach that you get out of it what you put into it and Donald has truly deserves this opportunity."

"I'm going to a National tournament as a sophomore," said McNeil, a two-time Mass. State Champ who attended Wyoming Seminary School in Pennsylvania and went to NC Greensboro for a red-shirt season before coming to Rider, "so my travels to get to Rider have worked out pretty good."

Morris (25-12, 12-4 duals) was seeded second in the CAA but lost in the semifinals, but received an at-large berth to Nationals several days after the CAAs. "I was in between classes and my phone rang and immediately I was so happy," said Morris, who was out for three weeks with an ankle injury before coming back for the CAA Championships.

"I was so disappointed at the CAAs and didn't really know if I'd get in (to Nationals)," Morris said.  "Looking back, I did have some quality wins this year and that gives me the confidence to know I belong in this tournament. At Nationals, anything can happen."

"We were a little disappointed at the CAAs because he was just coming off an injury, but for him to get this opportunity is great," Hangey said of Morris. "He has put himself in position to be one of the better 133s in the country."

At the NCAAs he will face the 10th seed, Scotti Sentes of Central Michigan in the first round.

Wrestling begins Thursday morning and ends Saturday evening with the 88 All-Americans on the 10 podiums.  The Broncs look forward to being on one of those podiums.

-ru-

BroncVision
Play
Wrestling Six talk about heading to NCAAs
Play
Rider Athletics follows the story of freshman wrestler BJ Clagon, an extremely talented student...
Play
WRES EWL Post Match - Taylor 3/7/15
Play
WRES: Dalgewitz Pre Match 2/20/15
Play
WRES: Post Match - Brennan 2/20/15
Play
WRES: Post Match - Deutsch 2/20/15
Play
WRES: Post Match - Taylor 2/20/15
Play
WRES: Senior Night 2015 - 2/20/15
Play
WRES HL vs. Cleveland State 2/7/15
Play
WRES HL vs. Drexel 2/6/15
Play
WRES vs Drexel Post Match - Taylor 2/6/15
Play
WRES vs. Drexel Post Match - Brennan 2/6/15
Play
WRES HL vs. Edinboro 1/24/15
Play
WRES vs. Edinboro Post Match - Taylor 1/24/15
Play
WRES HL vs. Clarion 11/30/14
Play
WRES HL vs. Penn 11/30/14
Play
WRES vs. Penn - Post Meet- Taylor-11/30/2014
Play
WRES vs. Penn - Post Meet- Wolfe-11/30/2014
Play
WRES Match Replay vs. Clarion 11/30/14
Play
WRES vs. Clarion- Post Meet- Taylor-11/30/2014
Play
WRES HL vs. Wisconsin 11/20/14
Play
Wrestling Postgame vs Wisconsin- Deutsch 11/20/14
Play
WRES Full Match vs. Wisconsin 11/20/14
Play
Wrestling Postgame vs Wisconsin- Taylor 11/20/14
Play
Wrestling Postgame vs Wisconsin- Zeisloft 11/20/14
Play
WRES - Season Preview - Taylor/Hangey 10/15/14
Play
2014 NCAA Preview - Deutsch
Play
2014 NCAA Preview
Play
2014 NCAA Preview - Hangey
Play
2014 NCAA Preview - Morrison 1 of 2
Play
2014 NCAA Preview - Morrison 2 of 2
Play
2014 NCAA Preview - Santiago
Play
2014 NCAA Preview - Zeisloft
Play
WRES Full Match Replay (PPV) 2/9/14 vs. Hofstra
Play
WRES Postmatch vs. Hofstra 2/9/14 (Taylor)
Play
WRES HL vs. Hofstra 2/9/14
Play
WRES Post-Match vs. Hofstra (Santiago)
Play
WRES vs. Duke/Sacred Heart 2/1/14
Play
WRES: Post Match Gary Taylor 2/1/14
Play
WRES: Post Match Greg Velasco 2/1/14
Play
Wrestling vs. Bloomsburg 1/18/14 - Full Match
Play
WRES vs. Bloomsburg HL 1/17/14
Play
Post Match - vs. Bloomsburg 1/17/14 - Clint Morrison
Play
Post Match - vs. Bloomsburg 1/17/14 - Gary Taylor
Play
Post Match vs. Bloomsburg - Chet Dalgewicz - 1/17/14
Play
Post Match vs. Bloomsburg - John Hangey - 1/17/14
Play
WRES - Post Match vs. Harvard - Chuck Zeisloft 1/4/14
Play
WRES - Post Match vs. Harvard - Curt Delia 1/4/14
Play
WRES vs. Lock Haven 11/22/13
Play
WRES: Conor Brennan Post Match Interview 11/22/13
Play
WRES: Gary Taylor Post Match Interview 11/22/13
Play
WRES: Robert Deutsch Post Match Interview 11/22/13
Play
Wres Post Match Press Conference - Cael Sanderson
Play
Wres Post Match Press Conference - Gary Taylor
Play
Dan Mayo ELW Wrestling HOF
Play
2013 NCAA Rider Wrestling Preview
Play
CAA Wrestling Preview 3/6/13
Play
Wres vs. Boston U. 2/23/13
Play
Wres vs. Drexel 2/10/13
Play
Wres vs. Sacred Heart 2/9/13
Play
Wres HL vs. Sacred Heart 2/9/13
Play
Wres vs. Army 1/23/13
Play
Wres HL vs. Army 1/23/13
Play
Wrestling HL vs. Princeton 12/1/12
Play
Wrestling vs. Hofstra Highlights 2/16/12
Play
Wrestling vs. Hofstra 2/16/12
Play
Wrestling vs. Columbia 2/11/12
Play
Wrestling vs. Columbia Highlights 2/11/12
Play
Wrestling vs. Rutgers 12/10/11
Play
Wrestling vs. Rutgers Highlights 12/10/11
Play
Wrestling Highlights vs. ODU 12/3/11
Play
Rider Wrestling vs. Old Dominion 12/3/11
Play
Bronc vs. Bronc promo
Play
Wrestling Highlights vs. Princeton
Play
Play
Wrestling vs. Princeton 11/18/11
Play
2011 Rider Wrestling Preview (NCAAs)
Play
Rider Wrestling vs. Boston U. 2-19-11
Play
Rider Wrestling vs. Drexel 2-9-11
Play
Rider Wrestling vs. NC State 1-5-11
Play
Rider Wrestling vs. Penn
Play
Rider Wrestling vs. Army
Play
Jason Nase - Interview on shoresportsnetwork.com
The Campaign
Bronc Vision