Harvard University 25, Rider University 13
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—The 24th ranked Broncs of Rider University lost a non-conference wrestling dual meet to Harvard University on Saturday afternoon in Alumni Gymnasium.
“I thought Harvard wrestled really well,” said head coach Gary Taylor. “I just felt they out-wrestled us today and won the key matchups.”
At 133, Zeisloft was a 9-5 winner. Zeisloft opened the bout with two takedowns and led 4-1 after the opening three minutes. Zeisloft increased his lead to 6-2 with another takedown during period two and leading 6-5, he used an escape and late takedown to record his 12th win of the season as Rider led 9-0 after receiving a forfeit at 125.
“I started off well,” said Zeisloft. “I got a couple of take downs and dominated the early part of the match. I like to get an early lead because it breaks the opponent’s confidence and also makes them chase me.”
“I thought Chuck wrestled well at Midlands and continued that today,” Taylor said. “He seems to be getting better as the year has gone on and that is what you want to see.”
At 149 sophomore Curt Delia (Mullica Hill, NJ/Delsea) jumped out to a 7-1 opening period lead and he used a late takedown and riding time for a 10-1 major decision to give the Broncs a 13-6 lead in the match. For Delia, it was his eighth win of the season.
“I like to get out to an early lead,” Delia said about his strategy. “I worked on keeping my stamina up for the match to wrestle a complete three periods. I usually falter a little toward the end of matches and I’m working on fixing that up. The season has been some ups and downs. It’s Division I wrestling and you have to keep grinding, believe in yourself and keep your weight under control.”
“Curt is a good wrestler,” Taylor said. “His biggest battle is consistency and if we get that straightened out, he can be very good. It was important that he got off to a good start because it changes how your opponent has to wrestle you.”
Harvard (1-0, 0-0 Ivy) won the final six bouts, turning a 13-6 deficit into the 25-13 final score.
Rider is 0-3 all-time against Harvard. The Broncs lost 24-17 at Harvard last year and lost 22-15 to Harvard at Rutgers the year before.
“Besides today, I think we’ve been wrestling well,” Zeisloft said. “Honestly I wasn’t too happy with the effort today. I didn’t wrestle great and overall, we could have wrestled the third period tougher in a few of the matches.”
“We’ve wrestled great this season,” Delia added. “We had a few guys out today which hurt us. I felt there were some key matchups we could have won. I think the team can continue to be great as long as we push through the ‘grind’ part of the season.”
Rider travels to the Virginia Duals on January 10-11 in Hampton, Virginia.
“We will work to get healthy and wrestle a lot better when we head to Virginia,” Taylor added.
125: Robert Deutsch (RU) won by forfeit fft 0-6
133: Chuck Zeisloft (RU) def. Jeffrey Ott (H) 9-5 0-9
141: Todd Preston (H) def. John Gentile (RU) wbf 6-9
149: Curt Delia (RU) major dec. Nick Stager (H) 10-1 6-13
157: Tyler Grimaldi (H) dec. Wayne Stinson (RU) 11-5 9-13
165: Devon Gobbo (H) dec. Ramon Santiago (RU) 6-4 12-13
174: Eric Morris (H) dec. Conor Brennan (RU) 3-2 15-13
184: Cameron Croy (H) dec. Jim Resnick (RU) 6-4 18-13
197: James Fox (H) major dec. Jeff McElwee (RU) 10-1 22-13
Hwt: David Ng (H) def. Greg Velasco (RU) 3-1 25-13