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.