Broncs Win 8 Matches at Nationals
NCAA Wrestling Championships Session Three
Rider Season Comes to an End
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—After winning six of 11 bouts on the first day, the Broncs won just two of seven matches Friday afternoon in session three at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Thursday, held at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
“Today was a tough day,” said Rider head coach Gary Taylor, “but it wasn’t for a lack of effort. They all wrestled hard and we made some good steps in the right direction.”
Rider is currently 30th of 72 teams at Nationals.
Rider senior 165 Ramon Santiago (Sayreville, N.J./Sayreville) went 3-2 in his second and final NCAA Tournament and ended his career with 78 victories. “Ramon is a wonderful kid,” Taylor said. “He’s had a really nice career. I’m very pleased with what he has been able to accomplish at Rider.”
Santiago lost 6-3 to #15 Daniel Zilverberg of Minnesota Friday afternoon after defeating the tenth seed, Cooper Moore of Northern Iowa 9-6 Friday afternoon. “Ramon really came back strong in the match with Moore,” Taylor said. “He showed a lot of heart in that match and worked hard to win that.”
Santiago pinned Jacob Kemerer of Lock Haven in 5:57 in consolations Thursday night. Santiago defeated Kemerer 10-7 earlier this season.
An EWL Champion, Santiago (23-14) 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 to begin the tournament.
Rider sophomore Robert Deutsch (Cherry Hill, NJ/Eastern Regional), the 11th seed at 125, went 2-2 in his second trip to Nationals.
Deutsch was pinned for the first time this year by 14th seed, Ed Kilmara of OK State Friday afternoon. Deutsch pinned Nick Roberts of Ohio State in 5:53 in the consolation round Friday morning.
Deutsch lost 2-1 on riding time to the sixth seed, Jarrod Patterson of Oklahoma Thursday evening in the Championship second round. It was his first loss in his last 20 matches.
Deutsch defeated Cory Stainbrook of West Virginia 2-1 in the first round. Deutsch (32-6) was the Eastern Wrestling League Champion this season.
Sophomore Conor Brennan (Brick, NJ/Brick Twp.), the EWL Champion at 174, went 1-2 in the National Tournament. Brennan lost 10-4 to Bryce Hammond of Cal State Bakersfield in consolations Friday afternoon.
Brennan lost 14-5 to the third seed, Robert Kokesh of Nebraska in the Championship second round Thursday night. Brennan defeated the 14th seed, Mark Martin of Ohio State, 7-2 in the first round. Brennan (27-9) began the season at 157 pounds but was forced to move up two weight classes due to injuries on the Rider squad.
Junior Clint Morrison (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cedar Cliff) went 1-2 at Nationals. Morrison lost 9-2 to #14 John Rizqallah of Michigan State in consolations Friday afternoon.
Morrison pinned Jonathan Fausay of Virginia in 6:59 in consolations. Morrison lost 5-4 on riding time to the fourth seed, Max Thomusseit of Pittsburgh. Morrison (19-6) finished third at the EWL Championships.
Junior 133 Chuck Zeisloft (Woodbury Heights, N.J./Gateway) went 1-2 in the tournament, losing 13-4 to #12 Joe Roth of Central Michigan Friday morning.
Zeisloft won 10-4 in the consolations over 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 (24-16) finished third at the EWL Championships.
Of the five NCAA qualifiers this year, four will return next year. “This was a good indicator going forward,” Taylor said. “We have some talented wrestles who red-shirted this year. With the four returning from Nationals and the red-shirts we have a chance to keep improving and that’s what it’s all about. This experience will help us next year.”