By Michael Mack
The Rider wrestling team competed in the Keystone Classic on Sunday, Nov. 21, and the team found some success, managing to finish fourth overall out of the 12 teams in the classic.
“There were a lot of good teams so fourth out of 12 was a good showing,” said head coach Gary Taylor.
The Broncs were led by a pair of tournament champions.
Sophomore Jim Resnick won all four of his matches en route to winning his 165-pound tournament.
“He competed very well and he has shown a lot of improvement this year,” Taylor said. “He dropped down a weight class this year and he’s handling the weight really well.”
Resnick started his day with back-to-back decisive wins. He won his first match by a score of 10-0 and his second by a score of 12-1, dominating the early competition.
Resnick then moved on to face third-seeded Kyle Blevins of Appalachian State, who Resnick defeated in a close match, 3-0. The win moved Resnick into the finals, where he was pitted against the defending 165-pound classic champion, top-seeded Stephen Burak of the host school, Pennsylvania. Resnick defeated Burak by a final score of 8-0 and captured the 165-pound championship.
Senior Rob Morrison followed suit, winning his 174-pound tournament. Morrison accomplished his win in an even more decisive fashion.
“Morrison’s win put him in the top 20 of the national rankings in his weight class,” Taylor said.
He won his first match by fall in just 1:03 and then won his second match by a score of 8-0 to advance to the semifinals. He followed up that victory with another impressive win by fall at 3:52, which pushed him into the finals where he took on top-seeded Hunter Meys of Boston University. Morrison was not intimidated by the higher seed, and managed to defeat Meys. The most impressive part, however, was that he won once again by a fall. It took Morrison only 3:30 to defeat the top-ranked wrestler in the 174-pound tournament and grab the championship.
Sophomore Zac Cibula and junior Jimmy Kirchner each won four matches, while losing one on their way to thirdplace finishes in the 149-pound and 133-pound tournaments, respectively.
Freshman Chuck Zeisloft and senior Fred Rodgers won three matches at their weight.
Next up for the Broncs is the Nittany Lion Open at Penn State on Sunday at 9 a.m.