Rider Splits on Day One at VA Duals
Rider University 25, George Mason16
Virginia Tech 25, Rider University 9
34th Virginia Duals
HAMPTON, Va.—The Rider University wrestling team opened competition at the 34th annual Virginia Duals on Friday morning, scoring a victory over George Mason University 25-16, by winning six of 10 bouts before losing to second seed Virginia Tech 25-9 Friday afternoon.
Rider wrestles again on Saturday at 10 a.m., against The Citadel.
“I thought we wrestled well,” said head coach Gary Taylor who picked up career win 397 against George Mason. “We are down here in the midst of some really tough competition. The match against Virginia Tech was a tough match that went back and forth but the end result was that they wrestled a little better. I thought both teams really went at each other.”
Red-shirt sophomore 125 Robert Deutsch (Cherry Hill/Eastern Regional) opened competition for the Broncs, winning by technical fall (20-5) to give Rider a 5-0 lead against Mason and he scored a 4-3 win against Virginia Tech., giving the Broncs a 3-0 lead against the Hokies. With his two wins on Friday, Deutsch now has 16 wins on the season.
“Deutsch did a good job getting us started in both matches,” Taylor said.
After George Mason cut the Rider lead to 8-6, sophomore 149 Curt Delia (Mullica Hill/Delsea) won by fall in 3:51 and gave the Broncs a 14-6 lead in that match and against the Hokies, his 5-4 decision over returning All-American Zach Neibert tied the match 6-6. Delia now has 10 wins this season and he is tied for the team lead with three pins.
“Curt did a nice job and had him tight to get the pin,” Taylor said about Delia against George Mason. “Then he came out and defeated a returning All-American. He wrestled well.”
Leading the way for Rider (7-4) against Mason was red-shirt junior 133 Chuck Zeisloft (Woodbury Heights/Gateway) who won his 13th match of the season with an 8-3 decision to give the Broncs an 8-0 lead. Zeisloft avenged a 3-1 loss to Vincent Rodriguez from January 21, 2012.
“I thought Chuck wrestled extremely well,” Taylor said. “He beat a kid that had defeated him in the past and that’s a big thing. Beating a wrestler that had defeated him and that was also an NCAA qualifier was the story of the match against GMU.”
Other winners in the opener for Rider were red-shirt senior 165 Ramon Santiago (Sayreville), red-shirt sophomore 174 Conor Brennan (Brick/Brick Township) and red-shirt junior 184 Clint Morrison (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cedar Cliff).
With the wins against Mason, Santiago won for the 11th time, Brennan won for the 12th time and Morrison picked up his fifth win of the season.
“Ramon looked like himself a little more in his first match,” Taylor said. “He was aggressive and put together a strong offense. He needs to build off this win and keep coming back after being knocked down a little bit at Midlands.”
Against Virginia Tech., senior Jim Resnick (Media, Pa./Penncrest) pulled off a takedown in the final 15 seconds of his match at 174 to pull out a 7-6 win, his second win of the season and first at 174.
“Jimmy showed a lot of heart in his match,” Taylor said. “He was struggling a bit and he got the takedown late and came from behind for the win. That showed a lot of heart to come from behind and win in the last few seconds.”
The Hokies defeated Nebraska-Kearney 27-6 on Friday morning before defeating Rider and they will face Edinboro in the quarterfinals.
The Citadel lost to Kent State 28-12 before defeating Bucknell 19-18.
“I know The Citadel beat a good Bucknell squad,” Taylor added. “I’m going to see how we will match up with them.”
Rider 25, George Mason 16
125: Robert Deutsch (RU) tech. fall over William Prochniewski (GMU) 20-5 5-0
133: Chuck Zeisloft (RU) def. Vincent Rodriguez (GMU) 8-3 8-0
141: Sahid Kargbo (GMU) won by fall over Paul Kirchner (RU) 3:20 8-6
149: Curt Delia (RU) won by fall over Donald Takagi (GMU) 3:51 14-6
157: Gregory Flournoy (GMU) def. Wayne Stinson (RU) 7-4 14-9
165: Ramon Santiago (RU) def. Ryan Forrest (GMU) 9-3 17-9
174: Conor Brennan (RU) def. Zack Martinez (GMU) 8-5 20-9
184: Clint Morrison (RU) tech. fall over Ryan Hembury (GMU) 15-0 25-9
197: Matt Meadows (GMU) major dec. over Jeff McElwee (RU) 9-0 25-13
285: Jacob Kettler (GMU) def. Greg Velasco (RU) 2-1 25-16
Virginia Tech 25, Rider 9
125: Robert Deutsch (RU) dec. Joey Dance (VT) 4-3 0-3
133: Dennis Gustafson (VT) dec. Chuck Zeisloft (RU) 5-4 3-3
141: Eric Spjut (VT) dec. Paul Kirchner (RU) 2-1 6-3
149: Curt Delia (RU) dec. Zach Neibert (VT) 5-4 6-6
157: Sal Mastriani (VT) major dec. Wayne Stinson (RU) 17-6 10-6
165: Chris Moon (VT) dec. Ramon Santiago (RU) 7-4 13-6
174: Jim Resnick (RU) dec. John Dickson (VT) 7-6 13-9
184: Nick Vetterlein (VT) def. Clint Morrison (RU) 6-4 16-9
197: Chris Penny (VT) def. Donald McNeil (RU) 2:56/injury 22-9
285: Ty Walz (VT) def. Greg Velasco (RU) 5-1 25-9