By Scott Michaelis | 11.18.18
Cleveland Crusaders DII 23 – 10 Wisconsin Rugby
15) Nick Musarra 14) Steve Burke 13) Bill Regan 12) Dom Mauer 11) Steve Fritsch 10) Nick Viviani 9) Andrew Little
8) Doug Rawlings 7) Preston Lowden 6) Zach Webb 5) Spencer Duncan 4) Justin Rutledge 3) Joe Brown 2) Mark Viviani 1) Tom Nemeth Reserves: 16) Michael Ciccolini 17) Joe Wollerman 18) Evert Chambers 19) Dominic Matteo 20) Justin Isaacs 21) Terry Kilbane 22) Danny Bruce 23) Derek Imes
Tries: Brown, Lowden, Rutledge, Fritsch
Penalty Kicks: N. Viviani (1)
The Crusaders traveled to Chicago to take on Wisconsin Rugby for the Midwest crown. A cold and snowy day set the stage for a physical, defensive battle. This held true in the first half. The Crusaders opened up the scoring with a Nick Viviani penalty kick to put the Crusaders up 3-0. Wisconsin answered back, scoring a try and taking a 5-3 lead into the half. The Crusaders stepped up the pressure in the second half. Preston Lowden set up Joe Brown for a quick try to start the half to take an 8-5 lead. The Crusaders kept the offensive and Defensive pressure up with a breakaway try by Preston Lowden and a score on a charge down by Justin Rutledge. Steve Fritsch ended the game with a long try to put the final score at 23-10, bringing The Midwest championship home to Cleveland. After some time to celebrate the club’s first Midwest Championship, the club will start preparations for the ultimate goal, a national championship.