NCAA Wrestling Championships First Round
Deutsch, Brennan in Championship Round
Santiago, Zeisloft, Morrison in Consolations
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—The Rider Broncs won three of six bouts in the first session of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Thursday, held at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Rider is currently 30th of 72 teams.
The second session begins at 7pm Eastern Thursday.
Sophomore Conor Brennan (Brick, NJ/Brick Twp.), the EWL Champion at 174, will face the third seed, Robert Kokesh of Nebraska in the Championship second round tonight.
Brennan defeated the 14th seed, Mark Martin of Ohio State, 7-2 in the first round.
Martin is a two-time NCAA Qualifier and placed seventh at the Big 10 Championships this year. Martin has 27 wins this season.
Brennan (27-7) began the season at 157 pounds but was forced to move up two weight classes due to injuries on the Rider squad.
Rider sophomore Robert Deutsch (Cherry Hill, NJ/Eastern Regional), the 11th seed at 125, will face the sixth seed, Jarrod Patterson of OU Thursday evening in the Championship second round.
Deutsch defeated Cory Stainbrook of West Virginia 2-1 in the first round. Stainbrook finished third at the Big 12 Championships and is 24-14.
Deutsch (31-4) was the Eastern Wrestling League Champion this season.
Junior Clint Morrison (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cedar Cliff) will face Jonathan Fausay of Virginia in consolations tonight.
Morrison lost 5-4 on riding time to the fourth seed, Max Thomusseit of Pittsburgh. Morrison was winning 2-0 and 4-3. Morrison (18-5) finished third at the EWL Championships. Thomusseit is a three-time NCAA Qualifier and has a record of 17-1, finishing runner-up at the ACC Championship.
Rider senior Ramon Santiago (Sayreville, N.J./Sayreville) will face Jacob Kemerer of Lock Haven in consolations tonight. Santiago defeated Kemerer 10-7 earlier this season.
Santiago was pinned in 2:31 by the eighth seed, Michael Moreno of Iowa State in the first round. Santiago won 7-0 in the pigtail round over Mitchell Wightman of Boston University. An EWL Champion, Santiago (21-13) has now defeated Wightman all four times they have faced each other, including an 8-2 decision earlier this season.
Junior 133 Chuck Zeisloft (Woodbury Heights, N.J./Gateway) is in the consolations and will face Greg Rinker of the Air Force Thursday night.
Zeisloft lost 5-2 to the 11th seed, Ryan Mango of Stanford in the first round. Zeisloft (23-15) finished third at the EWL Championships.
Rider sent four wrestlers to Nationals last year, two in 2012, three in 2011 and six in 2010. Rider sent four wrestlers to Nationals in 2009 and came home with its 13th All-American. In 1996 Rider sent a program-best nine wrestlers to Nationals and in 1997 came home with three All-Americans.