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Week in Review 11/30


Our Eastern Wrestling League Wrestler of the Week, for week ended November 30, 2014, is Aaron McKinney, who is a redshirt junior at Lock Haven University.  Mr. McKinney is from Imperial, Pennsylvania, and competes for the Bald Eagles at 165 pounds.  He redshirted the 2013-14 campaign, but is back on the mats for Lock Haven this fall.

Our EWL Freshman Wrestler of the Week, for the week ended November 30, 2014, is Brock Zacherl, who is a true freshman at Clarion University.  Mr. Zacherl is from Brookville, Pennsylvania, and wrestles at 141 pounds.

On November 30, 2014, Lock Haven University hosted its annual Mat Town Open.  Led by Aaron McKinney, the Bald Eagles grabbed four Mat Town crowns.  McKinney hammered his way through the tournament, opening with a pin in 1:52, then gaining a 10-1 major decision in the quarter-finals.  In the semi-finals he racked-up an 8-0 shutout.

In the championship finals, McKinney faced Garrett Peppelman of the University of Virginia.  Peppelman, out of powerful Central Dauphin High School, was 2014 PIAA AAA champion at 160 pounds and one of the highest ranked middle-weight recruits in the nation.  McKinney defeated Peppelman 12-1 for the Mat Town title.

On November 30, 2014, Brock Zacherl wrestled unattached at Lock Haven’s Mat Town Open.  Zacherl opened with a 17-1 tech fall followed by a 10-3 decision.  In the semi finals he scored a 9-4 win, then decisioned two-time EWL place winner, Bobby Rehm of Lock Haven University, in the championship finals 9-4.

Congratulations to Aaron McKinney, our EWL Wrestler of the Week, and to Brock Zacherl, our EWL Freshman Wrestler of the Week.

Further, the EWL tips its headgear to the three other Lock Haven University grapplers (besides Aaron McKinney), who won titles at the November 30 Mat Town Open.  They are Ron Perry at 133 pounds, Elias Biddle at 157 pounds and Fred Garcia at 184.

Also, we tip our headgear to the Rider University wrestling team.  On November 30, Rider, currently ranked #25 in the nation, hosted Clarion University and the EIWA’s University of Pennsylvania.  Rider defeated Clarion 38-3 and then beat Pennsylvania 21-12, to raise their dual meet record this season to 5-1.  Good job Broncs.

Week in Review 11/23


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.

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



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 –

Saturday, November 15, 2014

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.


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


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.