Schedule 11/20-23

Rider vs #16 Wisconsin Badgers & Clarion vs The Defending National Champions, #5 Penn State Nittany Lions highlight this weeks EWL Mat action!!

Thursday – November 20th
Rider hosts #16 Wisconsin – Alumni Gym 7:00pm

Friday – November 21st
Bloomsburg hosts Eastern Michigan – Nelson FieldHouse 7:00pm
Lock Haven hosts Shippensburg – Thomas FieldHouse 7:00pm

Saturday – November 22nd
Cleveland State at the Navy Classic – Annapolis, MD 10:00am
George Mason at the Navy Classic – Annapolis, MD 10:00am
Clarion hosts Defending National Champion #5 Penn State –
Tippin Gym 7:00pm

Sunday – November 23rd
Bloomsburg at the Keystone Classic – The Palestra Phila, PA 9:00am
Rider at the Keystone Classic – The Palestra Phila, PA 9:00am

 

WRESTLER OF THE WEEK & FRESHMAN WRESTLER OF THE WEEK

Our Eastern Wrestling League Wrestler of the Week, for week ended November 16, 2014, is Mitchell Port, who is a senior at Edinboro University.  Mr. Port is from Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, and competes for the Fighting Scots at 141 pounds.

Our EWL Freshman Wrestler of the Week, for the week ended November 16, is Sean Russell, who is a true freshman at Edinboro University.  Mr. Russell is from Lawrenceville, Georgia, and has been wrestling unattached this season at 125 pounds.

On November 15, 2014, Edinboro University competed at the Eastern Michigan Duals.  The Fighting Scots won all three of their dual meets at the event, beating Central Michigan by a score of 30-3, besting Northern Illinois 40-3, and upsetting top-ten ranked University of Michigan 23-16.  Mitchell Port helped lead his team to the three victories, by decisioning nationally ranked Zach Horan of Central Michigan 2-0, pinning his Northern Illinois foe in 1:21 of the first period and defeating top-four ranked Steve Dutton of Michigan 5-2.

Mitchell Port currently is ranked second in the nation at 141 pounds, and his three wins this past weekend raised his season record to 9-0.  Mr. Port, who is a former PIAA AAA champion, placed second in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and grabbed third place at the 2014 NCAA’s.  His college career won/lost mark now stands at 105-15.

On November 16, 2014, Sean Russell competed in the huge East Stroudsburg Open, and finished runnerup at 125 pounds.  In his first two bouts Russell majored his opponents from Drexel and Navy by scores of 17-7 and 20-7, respectively.  In his third and fourth matches of the day, Mr. Russell racked up tech falls over foes from Delaware Valley (final score 19-3) and West Virginia University (18-3).

In the ESU Open semi finals Russell defeated Billy Watterson of Brown University by a final score of 8-4.  Watterson is a senior, who has placed twice in the EIWA tournament, and qualified for the NCAA’s in 2013.  In the championship finals, Sean Russell dropped a 2-1 decision to Lehigh Div I All-American Darian Cruz, who placed seventh in the 2014 NCAA’s.

Congratulations to Mitchell Port, our EWL Wrestler of the Week, and to Sean Russell, our EWL Freshman Wrestler of the Week!

Further, the EWL tips its headgear to the six Edinboro grapplers who each went 3-0 at the Eastern Michigan Duals this past weekend.  They are, as follows: Kory Mines (125 pounds); A.J. Schopp (133); Mitchell Port (141); David Habat (149); Austin Matthews (157); and Vic Avery (at 184 pounds).

On November 15, 2014, besides the EMU Duals, Eastern Michigan University also hosted the Eastern Michigan Open.  In that connection, we tip our EWL headgear to Edinboro University’s Nick Mitchell, who entered the Open at 174 pounds and racked-up five straight wins to capture the crown.

Moreover, the EWL tips its headgear to two true freshman, who wrestled well this past weekend – Brock Zacherl of Clarion University and Billy Miller of Edinboro University.  Zacherl went 4-1 at the November 15 Eastern Michigan Open to gain second-place at 141 pounds, and Miller went 4-1 at the November 16 ESU Open to grab runnerup at heavy weight.

This Week’s Schedule Nov. 10-16

Three EWL teams will head to Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI to compete in the Eastern Michigan Duals on Saturday, November 15th.   Marquee for the EWL squads matches will be when Clarion takes on #16 Northwestern University – 11:30am, #14 Edinboro faces #8 Michigan – 1:00pm, & Lock Haven squares off with #25 Kent State.
Rankings courtesy of InterMat – http://www.intermatwrestle.com/rankings/college/Team2

EASTERN MICHIGAN DUALS – YPSILANTI, MI
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Clarion
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 10:00AM
# 16 Northwestern University 11:30AM
Central Michigan University 1:00PM
Northern Illinois University 2:30PM

#14 Edinboro
Central Michigan University 10:00AM
# 8 University of Michigan 1:00PM
Northern Illinois University 11:30AM

Lock Haven
Ohio University 10:00AM
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 11:30AM
#25 Kent State 1:00PM
Eastern Michigan 2:30PM

Bloomsburg, Cleveland State, George Mason, & Rider are idle this week.

 

Recap – Week of 11/9

EWL WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK AND FRESHMEN WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK
Our Eastern Wrestling League Wrestlers of the Week, for week ended November 9, 2014, are Lock Haven University’s Dan Neff and Fred Garcia (co-winners of the award).  Mr. Neff, from Quarryville, Pennsylvania, is a junior, and Mr. Garcia, from Donora, PA, is a senior.

Our EWL Freshmen Wrestlers of the Week, for the week ended November 9, are Chase Zemenak and B.J. Clagon (co-winners).  Mr. Zemenak is from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and is a true freshman at Bloomsburg University. Mr. Clagon is from Toms River, New Jersey, and is a redshirt freshman at Rider University.

On November 8, 2014, Lock Haven University competed in the seven-team Brockport/Oklahoma Invitational Tournament (at Brockport), and finished a strong second place to the powerful Sooners of Oklahoma University.  Oklahoma finished with 173.5 team points with LHU at 154.0, trailed by Kent State University (third place), Army (fourth place), Buffalo, Bloomsburg and SUNY Brockport.  Dan Neff and Fred Garcia both helped lead the Bald Eagles to second place, by winning their weight classes.  Neff, a two-time NCAA qualifier, won the tournament title at 149 pounds, and Garcia, also a two-time NCAA qualifier, grabbed the gold at 184.  Both grapplers went 4-0 on the day.

On November 8, 2014, Chase Zemenak competed in Binghamton University’s Jonathan Kaloust Open, and won the crown at 133 pounds.  In winning his weight class, Zemenak opened with a 6-0 decision, then majored (14-4) his opponent from Lehigh University in the quarter-finals, pinned his foe from Old Dominion University in the semi-finals, and shut out (5-0) his Cleveland State opponent in the championship finals.

On November 9, 2014, Rider University competed in the University of Illinois Quad Meet.  In their three dual meets at the Quad, the Broncs were bested by the nationally ranked Illinois team, but defeated Northern Illinois University 28-9 and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville by a score of 31-9.  B.J. Clagon soldiered through the day, winning by decision, pin and tech fall, to finish 3-0.

Congratulations to Dan Neff and Fred Garcia, our EWL Wrestlers of the Week, and to Chase Zemenak and B.J. Clagon, our EWL Freshmen Wrestlers of the Week!

Also, the EWL tips its headgear to Rob Deutsch and Ben Willeford.  Mr. Deutsch, who finished top 12 at the 2014 NCAA Tournament at 125 pounds, is a junior at Rider University.  This season Deutsch is competing at 133 pounds and completed his November 8 University of Illinois Quad outing at 3-0, all by decision.

Ben Willeford, who redshirted this past season, but qualified for the 2013 NCAA’s by winning the 2013 EWL Tournament, is a senior at Cleveland State University.  This past weekend he competed in the Binghamton Open at 125 pounds, won four bouts on his way to a runnerup finish, including an opening-round decision over Lehigh’s Darian Cruz, who placed seventh at 125 pounds in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Moreover, one final tip of the EWL headgear, this one to George Mason University.  On November 9, 2014, the Patriots marched into the 18,000-seat University of Maryland Xfinity Center, and battled to a hard-fought 17-16 criteria win over the Terps.  It’s always nice to beat a Big Ten team in a dual meet!

Match Schedule Nov 8th & 9th

Saturday November 8th

Bloomsburg – Brockport Invitational – Brockport, NY – 9:00am

George Mason – Navy – Fairfax, VA 1:00pm (HOME)

Lock Haven – Brockport Invitational – Brockport, NY – 10:00am

Sunday November 9th

Cleveland State – Binghamton Open – Binghamton, NY – 9:00am

George Mason – Maryland – College Park, MD – 2:00pm

Rider – Northern Illinois – Champaign, IL – 2:00pm

Rider – Illinois – Champaign, IL – 3:30pm

Rider – Southern Illinois Edwardsville – Champaign, IL – 5:00pm

Week Ending November 2nd Recap

EASTERN WRESTLING LEAGUE WRESTLER OF THE WEEK AND FRESHMAN WRESTLER OF THE WEEK

Our Eastern Wrestling League Wrestler of the Week and Freshman Wrestler of the Week, for week ended November 2, 2014, are A.J. Schopp, who is a senior at Edinboro University, and Brock Zacherl, who is a true freshman at Clarion University.

Mr. Schopp, who is from Tyrone, Pennsylvania, is a two-time NCAA All-American and currently ranked number one in the nation at 133 pounds.  On November 1, 2014, Schopp competed in the 49th annual NWCA All-Star Classic, held at The Palestra in Philadelphia.  His opponent was Mason Beckman, an NCAA All-American from Lehigh University, who currently is ranked second in the nation at 133 pounds.  Schopp trailed Beckman 2-1 after the first period, but rode out Beckman in the second period and tallied a takedown with 15 seconds remaining in the final period for a 4-2 victory.  (In the bout Schopp tallied one escape, one takedown and one riding-time point.)

Mr. Zacherl, who is from Brookville, Pennsylvania, is a former PIAA AA champion at 138 pounds.  This season he’s competing at 141 pounds and this past weekend grabbed second place at the Clarion Open.  In that tournament Zacherl opened with two tech falls, then tallied a 10-2 major decision in the quarter finals.  In the semis Mr. Zacherl beat 2014 EIWA place winner, Tyson Dippery, from Rutgers University by injury default.  In the championship finals young Zacherl dropped a 9-6 decision to Edinboro’s veteran two-time NCAA All-American Mitchell Port.

Congratulations to A.J. Schopp, our EWL Wrestler of the Week, and to Brock Zacherl, our EWL Freshman Wrestler of the Week!

Also, the EWL tips its headgear to seniors Mitchell Port of Edinboro University and Clint Morrison of Rider University, both of whom were honored by being selected to compete in the NWCA All-Star Classic.  Mr. Port, who is a two-time NCAA All-American (2013 NCAA runnerup), was scheduled to wrestle Ohio State’s three-time NCAA champion, Logan Stieber, in the main event at 141 pounds, but Stieber was not medically cleared to compete.  Mr. Morrison, who competed in a preliminary bout at 184 pounds, was defeated by the University of Pennsylvania’s Lorenzo Thomas, who finished sixth in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.  We appreciate that both of these excellent EWL grapplers were selected to compete in this showcase college wrestling event.

Further, on November 2, 2014, six EWL grapplers won titles at the Clarion Open.  The EWL champs at that event were, as follows:  Ben Willeford, who is a senior at Cleveland State University (at 125 pounds); Mitchell Port, who is a senior at Edinboro (at 141); David Habat, who is a senior at Edinboro University (at 149 pounds); Austin Matthews, who is a sophomore at Edinboro (at 157); Vic Avery, who is a junior at Edinboro (at 184); and Riley Shaw, who is a junior at Cleveland State (at 285 pounds).
Moreover, one final tip of the EWL headgear, this one to George Mason University heavy weight Jake Kettler.  Kettler is a senior from Ramsey Minnesota.  Kettler initially enrolled at the University of Minnesota the fall of 2009, won 31 bouts there, took the 2012 year off as an Olympic redshirt to concentrate on Greco-Roman wrestling, then transferred to GMU the fall of 2013 and now is a sixth-year senior.  This past weekend Mr. Kettler helped the Patriots win two of their three dual meets at the University of Virginia.  He racked up three wins, pinning his foe from Anderson University and decisioning accredited 285-pounders Ethan Hayes of Virginia and Juan Adams of VMI.