Ben Willeford is ranked #20 and Riley Shaw is ranked #19. This is the first time since the November 2005 preseason poll that two CSU wrestlers are in the top 20 of the country. Riley is ranked as high as #16 by the Wrestling Report.
In the 45th meeting between CSU and JCU, CSU wrestlers win 39-9. CSU advances to 1-0 and takes on #14 Edinboro on the road next. Below are the full results:
125 Ben Willeford (CSU) winner by default
133 Dan King (CSU) injury default over Sal Corrao (JCU)
141 Mike Carlone (CSU) 11-0 major decision over John Connick (JCU)
149 Nick Montgomery (CSU) 18-3 technical fall over Blake Dixon (JCU)
157 Tom McNulty (JCU) by fall in 2:40 over Chas Busz (CSU)
165 Matt Donohoe (CSU) 9-0 major decision over Jordan Victor (JCU)
174 Matt Tusick (JCU) 12-5 decision over Gabe Stark (CSU)
184 Xavier Dye (CSU) 18-3 technical fall over Steven Schmitz (JCU)
197 Kanez Omar (CSU) 3-1 decision over Todd Gaydosh (JCU)
285 Riley Shaw (CSU) by fall in 0:44 over Mike Andelbradt (JCU)
Ben Willeford finished 4th at 125
Dan King finished 5th at 133
Matt Donohoe finished 6th at 165
Riley Shaw finished 2nd at 285
Rankings for the entire Atlantic region:
Ben Willeford is #5 at 125
Dan King is #16 at 133
Matt Donohoe is #18 at 165
Xavier Dye is #26 at 184
Riley Shaw is #7 at 285
Link to Dan's win over Sam Hazewinkel at Bill Farrell International: http://www.flowrestling.org/coverage/251846-2014-Bill-Farrell-International/video/753405-57kg-Quarter-finals-Sam-Hazewinkel-Sunkist-vs-Dan-Mitcheff-NYAC#.VG5CQrEo6Uk
Cleveland State wrestling welcomes three additions in the early signing period. The three early signees are John Vaughn, Evan Cheek, and Grant Turnmire.
Evan Cheek has been one of the top lightweight wrestlers in Ohio over the past three years. He attends Milan Edison High School in Ohio. He placed 4th at the Ohio Division 2 State Tournament in 2013 at 106 and 3rd in Division 3 in 2014 at 120. In addition to his success within Ohio, he has been very good on the national scene. He is twice a Cadet Freestyle All American, placing 4th in 2013 and 8th in 2012. Last summer he finished in the top 12 his first year in the Junior National Freestyle Tournament. In 2013, Cheek also placed 7th at the Super 32 tournament, the premier preseason national tournament in the country.
John Vaughn has started for Boiling Springs High School in Pennsylvania his first three years. In that time, Boiling Springs has been team state runners-up in 2012 and 4th at team states in 2014. Individually, Vaughn has been a state qualifier at 145 as a freshman and junior. Additionally, he has placed in some of the top Pennsylvania tournaments placing all three years at the Tool City Tournament and taking 8th and 4th at King of the Mountain.
Grant Turnmire wrestles for Almont High School in Michigan where he is already a state champion. Turnmire is a three time state qualifier in Michigan’s Division 3 state tournament. He placed 7th as a sophomore at 125 and was crowned state champion as a junior at 130. An accomplished athlete, Turnmire qualified individually this fall for the Michigan state cross country meet as well as starting on the varsity baseball team. At Almont, he has been coached by his father, Bill Turnmire, in wrestling.
All three will help CSU continue its climb to the top of the Eastern Wrestling League.
If you are interested in buying a ticket: Contact Ben Stehura at firstname.lastname@example.org
The NEORTC (Northeast Ohio Regional Training Center) is a wrestling club based at Cleveland State University that is designed to serve the wrestling community in the Greater Cleveland area. In the evening of November 26, 2014, the NEORTC will have their 2nd annual reverse raffle fundraiser in downtown Cleveland. The event generates funding for the organization as it continues to promote the sport of wrestling and serve the wrestling community. With the purchase of a ticket, you will receive an evening dinner and beer at Karl’s Inn of the Barristers located at 1264 West Third St. Cleveland, Ohio 44115. Tickets for the event are $50.00 and will also earn you a chance to win the grand prize of $1,000.00.
Year round the NEORTC provides a free service for athletes to train and develop in the sport of wrestling; provided the athletes purchase a USA Wrestling membership and submit a waiver form. Three different levels of wrestling are supported by the organization; scholastic, collegiate, and the elite/Olympic level. The club is funded by donations and sponsorships from local businesses and/or individuals, and other fundraising events. Proceeds will contribute to many needs such travel expenses, training development, entry fees for competitions, and the overall development of athletes.
Last year the event raised enough money to cover the cost of travel and two competitions at the elite level. This year, we would like to purchase equipment such as wrestling singlets, t-shirts, and shorts, and continue to pay for expenses that make it possible for athletes to work toward their goals. We hope to raise $3,500.00 for this year’s event.
The club had an exceptional season last year as it advanced two members to the U.S. World Team Trials in Madison, Wisconsin. Elite athlete Dan Mitcheff, a native from northeast Ohio, earned his way to the World Team Trials this year through an impressive top three finish at the U.S. Freestyle National Open. Mitcheff has placed in the top six of the U.S. Open several times, and is a top contender at the 57kg weight class.
NEORTC’s Nick Corba, and current Cleveland State Viking, also qualified for the World Team Trials in the FILA Junior Greco-Roman division. His third place finish at FILA Junior Nationals secured his spot to the World Team Trials; Corba competed exceptionally well and went on to be a tournament finalist and world team alternate.
In the scholastic division, there were over 10 NEORTC members who placed in the top eight at the Ohio high school state tournament. On that list of state placers include individuals from St. Ignatius, Elyria, Bay, Clearview, Hudson, and more.
Please consider supporting us this year as we help shape the local wrestling body with a financial contribution, a gift certificate, or by purchasing a ticket to the event. The organization is 501 (c) (3), therefore all donations are 100% tax deductible. Our tax ID number is 2147801.
We appreciate your time and consideration. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Competing at 57kg, Dan Mitcheff finished as runner-up to Joe Colon at the Bill Farrell tournament, formerly known as the prestigious New York Athletic Club tournament, held at Hofstra University in Hempstead NY.. The weight class was loaded with top contenders for the USA world team as well as international competitors including Kyrgyzstan, Japan, and Mexico. Mitcheff knocked off two of the favorites to win when he upset Sam Hazewinkel in the quarters then pinned Andrew Hochstrasser in the semis. Hochstrasser defeated Mitcheff last year in the US Open. Mitcheff lost by decision to former Northern Iowa All American Joe Colon. The second place at such a prestigious tournament starts a strong push to make the world team this summer.
There will be a reverse raffle fundraiser for the Mitcheff and the Northeast Ohio Regional Training Center on November 26th- further details to come.
Ben Willeford at 125 and Dan King at 133 took second at the Binghamton Open. Willeford was dominant winning his first four matches including a 3-1 decision over Lehigh's Darian Cruz, who took 7th place at NCAAs last year. He dropped a controversial 8-6 match in the finals to Dalton Macri who will be attending Cornell. King placed second after picking up three wins before falling to Chase Zemenak of Bloomsburg. Zemenak is the only wrestler to beat King so far this season.
Riley Shaw at 285 took third and Mike Kostandaras, wrestling unattached, placed fourth at 133. Shaw defeated nationally ranked Matt Tourdot of Old Dominion 14-6 to finish third. All of his wins came by bonus points. His only loss was to Jake Henderson of Old Dominion in an extremely close double overtime match. 285 was an especially tough bracket with four nationally ranked wrestlers competing. Jacob Aiken-Phillips of Cornell ranked top 20 by Intermat failed to even win a match. Mike Kostandaras earned his first tournament placing as a true freshman. He won four matches and lost twice to veteran Mike Hayes of Old Dominion.
Additionally, Latrell Davis at 157, Matt Donohoe at 165, and Xavier Dye at 184 finished in the top 6. For Davis and Dye, it was their first outing of the season. Donohoe followed up his top 6 finish at the Clarion Open with another five win tournament. He is now the first Viking wrestler to reach ten wins on the young season. He also pinned the Clarion Open champ, Ryan Preisch of Lehigh, in the wrestlebacks. RJ LaBeef at 149 wrestling unattached finished in the top 8 in a very tough weight class. Chris Brown wrestling unattached at 125 had a solid tournament as well losing only to the third and fourth place finishers. Amon Willis (285), Ray Stone (197), Kanez Omar (197), Chas Busz (149), Jayce Carr (141), Alfredo Gray (133), and Bobby Vedda (125) all had wins on the day as well.
Ben Willeford appeared in the new Intermat Rankings at #18 at 125. He is the highest ranked wrestler that was previously unranked (top 20) for any weight class. He is one of nine EWL wrestlers in the Intermat Rankings. Edinboro has 6 and Rider has 2 in the top 20.
In the Associated Wrestling Press rankings (top 33), both Riley and Ben moved considerably higher after winning championships over the weekend. Shaw is ranked #20 (eight spots higher) at heavyweight and Willeford is ranked #21 (ten spots higher) by Associated Wrestling Press. Riley remains the highest ranked EWL heavyweight.