Week in Review 11/23

EWL WOW & FWOW

Our Eastern Wrestling League Wrestler of the Week, for week ended November 23, 2014, is Chuck Zeisloft, who is a senior at Rider University.  Mr. Zeisloft is from Woodbury Heights, New Jersey, and competes for the Broncs at 141 pounds.

Our EWL Freshman Wrestler of the Week, for the week ended November 23, is B.J. Clagon, who is a redshirt freshman at Rider University.  Mr. Clagon is from Toms River, New Jersey, and wrestles at 149 pounds.

Rider had an outstanding wrestling week.  On November 20, 2014, the Broncs upset sixteenth-ranked Wisconsin, nipping the B1G Badgers 20-19.  The dual meet (at Rider) started at 141 pounds, and Chuck Zeisloft got the Broncs off to a winning start, decisioning the Badgers’ nationally ranked Ryan Lubeck 3-1, via a sudden-victory take down.  That take down was the first of the dual meet, and proved to be the criteria tie-breaker.  The one-point criteria addition, thanks to Mr. Zeisloft’s TD, elevated Rider from a tie to a 20-19 victory.  In that dual meet, B.J. Clagon was one of the five Rider winners.  Clagon majored his Wisconsin foe, T.J. Ruschell, by a score of 12-3.

On November 23, 2014, Rider competed in the University of Pennsylvania’s Keystone Classic, and finished second in the 14-team field.  Rider tallied 92.5 team points in The Palestra showcase event, close behind the Northwestern University final point total of 98.0.  In the Keystone Classic Chuck Zeisloft went 3-1 and finished runnerup to Todd Preston of Harvard.  Preston, who, this past season was the OW at the EIWA Tournament and finished top 12 at the 2014 NCAA’s, edged Zeisloft 3-1 in the championship finals.

B.J. Clagon also had a very good Keystone tournament.  He placed third in the event at 149, winning five of six bouts.  Clagon’s only loss, by a score of 10-8, was to the defending NCAA champion, Jason Tsirtsis of Northwestern.  Rider’s veteran head coach Gary Taylor remarked, “A lot of people thought he had a take down at the end, that would have put it into overtime.  It was a great match.”

Congratulations to Chuck Zeisloft, our EWL Wrestler of the Week, and to B.J. Clagon, our EWL Freshman Wrestler of the Week!

Further, the EWL tips its headgear to four other EWL grapplers, who had strong mat weeks.  They are Rob Deutsch of Rider, Riley Shaw of Cleveland State, Chase Zemenak of Bloomsburg and Wayne Stinson of Rider.

Mr. Deutsch (133 pounds) had a 6-3 win over nationally ranked Ryan Taylor in the Broncs’ win over Wisconsin and also finished second at the Keystone Classic.  Mr. Shaw (285 pounds) racked up four wins, including two pins, on his way to a runnerup finish at the 13-team Navy Classic, held on November 22nd in Annapolis, Maryland.  Further, on November 22, 2014, Mr. Zemenak (133 pounds) and Mr. Stinson (157) each won titles at the Central New Jersey Open.