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!