Rider 17th of 47 at Midlands Day One
EVANSTON, ILL—The Broncs won 16 of 30 matches on Day One at the 51st Ken Kraft Midlands Championships, hosted by Northwestern University. “This is a very physical tournament,” said Rider head coach Gary Taylor. “We saw some good things and we saw some disappointments.”
On Sunday for Rider junior Donald McNeil (Plainville, Mass./Wyoming Seminary), the 10th seed at 197, lost 10-4 to the second seed, Christian Boley of Maryland in the quarterfinals. “Donald had a pretty good day,” Taylor said. “I thought he wrestled well.”
McNeil defeated the seventh seed, Nick Whittenburg of E. Michigan in the second round. McNeil defeated Garret Goldman of Indiana 12-8 in the first round. McNeil will now meet the 12th seed, Basil Minto of Northern Iowa in the consolations Monday afternoon.
Sophomore Robert Deutsch (Cherry Hill, NJ/Eastern Regional), the sixth seed at 125, lost 8-1 to the third seed, Cory Clark of Iowa, in the quarterfinals. “Clark is ranked fourth in the nation,” Taylor said.
In consolations, Deutsch will face Penn Gottfried of Columbia Monday morning. Deutsch defeated Billy Prochniewski of George Mason in the first round
Rider junior 133 Chuck Zeisloft (Woodbury Heights, N.J./Gateway) is 4-1 after defeating Colt Shilling of Cal Poly8-3 in the consolations. Zeisloft will now face the eighth seed, Rossi Bruno of Michigan Monday afternoon.
Zeisloft defeated Pat Myers of S. Illinois 4-1, defeated Kyle Springer of Indiana 7-4 and defeated Chasen Tolbert of Utah State 6-4 in consolations. Zeisloft lost 6-2 to the 11th seed, Jose Mendoza of Call Bakersfield in the first round.
Wrestling unattached, freshman 149 Chad Walsh (Cherry Hill, NJ/Camden Catholic) pinned the seventh seed, Mike Kelly of Iowa (2:38) in consolations and will now wrestle the eighth seed, Jake Short of Minnesota.
In consolations Walsh won by medical forfeit against the second seed, Darron Caldwell of RAW after defeating Kyle Chene of Cal Poly 4-3 and pinning the 12th seed, Colin Shober of Northwestern in 3:10.
Walsh, who is red-shirting this year but has compiled a 19-2 record wrestling unattached, lost 9-2 to the fifth seed, Eric Grajasles of Michigan in the second round, after both received first round byes.
Sophomore Curt Delia (Mullica Hill, NJ/Delsea) went 2-2. Delia lost by tech fall to Brandon Sorensen of Iowa in consolations Sunday night, Delia pinned the ninth seed, Gabe Morse of N. Illinois and defeated Cortlandt Choate of Brown 11-3. Delia lost 9-0 to John Fahy of Illinois in the first round.
Sophomore heavyweight Greg Velasco (Union Beach, NJ/Keyport) went 1-2. Velasco was pinned by Cody Krumweide of Northern Iowa Sunday night in consolations. Velasco defeated Jared Torrence of N. Illinois 3-2. After a first round bye Velasco lost 4-0 to the 11th seed, Evan Knutson of North Dakota State in the second round.
Senior Ramon Santiago (Sayreville, N.J./Sayreville), the sixth seed at 165, went 1-2. “Ramon did not have a good tournament,” Taylor said. Santiago lost 9-6 to Devon Gobbo of Harvard in the consolations. Santiago lost 6-5 to Josh Snook of Maryland in the second round. Santiago defeated Curt Maas of Northern Iowa 13-2 in the first round.
Sophomore Conor Brennan (Brick, NJ/Brick Twp.) was 1-2. In consolations Brennan was pinned (4:13) by the sixth seed, Tony Dallago of Illinois, Brennan defeated Pat Kissel of Purdue 7-3 in sudden victory in the first round before losing to the fifth seed, Cody Caldwell of Northern Iowa 5-3 in the second round.
Freshman Wayne Stinson (Wrightstown, NJ/Northern Burlington Regional) went 0-2. In consolations Stinson lost 11-6 to Andrew Murano of F&M. Stinson received a first round bye before losing 12-4 to the seventh seed, Markus Sheidel of Columbia in the second round.
Freshman Paul Kirchner (Somerville, NJ/Somerville) went 0-1. Kirchner was pinned by Will Switzer of Lehigh in the first round and in consolations lost by medical forfeit.
“This is a very tough tournament that will make us better,” Taylor said. “That’s what we’re here for.”