Rider 6th at Keystone Classic
PHILADELPHIA, PA—With two runners-up, one third place, two fifth place and a sixth place finisher, the Rider Broncs placed sixth of 12 teams at the 19th annual Keystone Classic, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania at the historic Palestra Sunday.
“We competed hard,” said Rider head coach Gary Taylor. “This is a pretty major tournament with a very competitive group of teams. There were a lot of good wrestlers here and that’s what we wanted. We can learn a lot from this.”
Teams scores: Bloomsburg 117, Indiana 108, Northwestern 100, Pittsburgh 95, Arizona State 84, Rider 82, Penn 76, Boston U. 60, Harvard 46, American 46, Campbell 36, Appalachian State 31
Sophomore Robert Deutsch (Cherry Hill, NJ/Eastern Regional), the third seed at 125, won three of four bouts and placed second.
Senior Ramon Santiago (Sayreville, N.J./Sayreville), the third seed at 165, won three of four bouts and placed second.
“Robert and Ramon had opportunities to win their weight classes but just came up a bit short,” Taylor said. “It is still November so this is the time to learn. They both did a good job getting to the finals. They beat good people to get to the finals and they both had competitive matches in the finals.”
Junior Chuck Zeisloft (Woodbury Heights, N.J./Gateway) was unseeded and won four of five bouts and placed third. “This is the best Chuck has wrestled,” Taylor said.
Sophomore Conor Brennan (Brick, NJ/Brick Twp.), the sixth seed at 174, won four of six matches and placed fifth and junior Donald McNeil (Plainville, Mass./Wyoming Seminary), the fifth seed at 197, won four of six bouts and placed fifth.
Deutsch, ranked 10th in the nation, lost 2-1 in the finals against David Teraso of American. In the semifinals, Deutsch won 6-3 over Caleb Richardson of Penn. Deutsch won by a 12-0 major decision over Ares Carpio of Arizona State in the first round then beat Bubba McGinley of Boston U. 5-2
Santiago, ranked 13thin the nation, lost 9-4 in the finals against eighth ranked Josh Veltre of Bloomsburg. In the semifinals, Santiago won 8-6 over 11th ranked Pierce Harger of Northwestern Santiago won by tech fall in first round over Cody Ryba of Campbell and defeated Geno Morelli of Pittsburgh 6-3,
Zeisloft pinned 12th ranked Nick Wilcox of Bloomsburg in overtime in the battle for third place. Zeisloft won 9-6 in the consolations against Esteban Gomez of American. In the semifinals, Zeisloft lost 3-2 to 17th ranked Shelton Mack of Pittsburgh. Zeisloft won a 13-2 major decision in first round over John Coukos of Northwestern and won 4-2 in overtime over Dan Harlowe of Boston U.
McNeil pinned James Fox of Harvard in the battle for fifth place, McNeil won 7-3 over Harrison Cook of Penn before losing 11-5 to 20th ranked Alex Polizzi of Northwestern. In the consolations McNeill defeated Taylor McGiffen of Campbell 10-8 and pinned Josh Dasilveria of Arizona State before losing 5-3 to Francis Mattiace of Penn.
Brennan pinned Andrew Maksimovic of Boston U. in the battle for fifth place. Brennan defeated Maksimovic 11-5 in the first round before losing 3-2 to Mike Dessino of Bloomsburg. In consolations, Brennan won 4-2 over Zach Agostino of Penn and defeated Eric Morris of Harvard 3-1 in overtime before losing 8-6 to Kevin Rafford of Arizona State.
Junior Clint Morrison (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cedar Cliff), the third seed at 184, went 1-0 and placed sixth. After two byes Morrison defeated Jason Grimes of American 11-2 in a major decision before a medical forfeit in the semifinals. Morrison advanced in the consolations by way of another medical forfeit.
Sophomore Curt Delia (Mullica Hill, NJ/Delsea) went 2-2. Delia pinned Alexis Wagener of Harvard and beat Nick Tourville of Boston U 9-2 before losing to sixth ranked Jason Tsirtsis of Northwestern. In the consolations, Delia lost 4-3 to Brent Jorge of Campbell
Freshman Paul Kirchner (Somerville, NJ/Somerville), the third seed at 141, went 1-2. Kirchner won 7-3 over Trevor Moody of Indiana in the first round before losing 4-3 to Todd Preston of Harvard. In consolations, Kirchner lost 10-6 to Matt Rappo of Bloomsburg.
Freshman Wayne Stinson (Wrightstown, NJ/Northern Burlington Regional) picked up his first collegiate win with a pin in consolations and went 1-2.
Junior Nick Papa (Edgemont, Pa./Penncrest) saw his first action of the season and in consolations won 5-3 over Joe Randazzo of Indiana and went 1-2.
Sophomore Greg Velasco (Union Beach, NJ/Keyport) went 1-2. Velasco lost in the first round but in the consolations defeated Joel Yahner of Pittsburgh 5-0 before losing to Justin Grant of Bloomsburg.
Junior Andrew Marr (Clarksburg, NJ/Wall) went 0-2
The Broncs placed third of 15 teams at both the 2012 and 2011 Keystone Classics.
Rider travels to Binghamton December 7 for a dual meet.