Hofstra tops Rider in CAA action

Hempstead, NY -- Each team recorded five victories but Pride senior Steve Bonanno and junior Luke Vaith each posted major decision wins to lead Hofstra to a 17-15 Colonial Athletic Association victory over Rider at the Mack Sports Complex Wednesday night.

The victory gives the Pride their first victory of the season and evens their CAA record at 1-1. Rider falls to 5-5 overall and 0-1 in conference action.

Opening up at 174 pounds, Hofstra sophomore Jermaine John's third period escape was the difference in a 3-2 victory over Rider's James Brundage. John improved to 11-9 on the season. Senior Taras Luzhnyy gave the Pride a 6-0 lead in the contest with a 6-4 decision over Ryan Wolfe. Luzhnyy (2-13) jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the first period and held on for his second victory of the season. Rider's Donald McNeil put the Broncs on the board at 197 with a 10-6 decision over junior Tim Murphy (2-13). Tied at 5-5 after two periods, McNeil posted a takedown, a nearfall and took the riding time point for the victory.

Pride senior Paul Snyder boosted the Hofstra lead to 9-3 with a 5-1 decision over Greg Velasco at 285. Snyder gave up only a first period escape to improve to 13-7 this year. Bonanno increased the lead to 13-3 and notched a key bonus point with a 20-8 major decision win over Patrick Skinner at 125. The 2012 All-American tallied seven points in the second period and eight in the third to boost his season record to 8-7. It was also his third major decision of the season. Rider's Jimmy Morris brought the Broncs closer at 13-6 with an 8-2 win over Pride junior Jamie Franco (8-12) at 133.

Hofstra junior Luke Vaith notched his fourth major win of the year with a 17-9 victory over Vinny Fava at 141. Leading 2-1 after one period, Vaith (12-9) blew the match open in the second with 12 points to give the Pride a 17-6 advantage.

Rider closed out the match with three victories as Curt Delia tallied a 7-2 decision over red-shirt sophomore Cody Ruggirello (1-8) with five points in the second period at 149 pounds, Zac Cibula edged senior Tyler Banks (1-2) in the first tie-breaker, 3-2 at 157 and Ramon Santiago rallied in the third period with a takedown and a nearfall to edge Pride sophomore Nick Terdick, 8-6 at 165 as the Broncs fell short, 17-15.Wednesday's match marked the Pride return of Banks, who had been sidelined since the second match of the year with an injury.

The Pride will return to action on Saturday, January 19 when they travel to Fairfax, Virginia for the CAA Duals. Hofstra (1-11) will face Boston University at 11:15 a.m., Old Dominion at 12:30 p.m. and George Mason at 1:45 p.m. at the GMU Field House.

174 Jermaine John (Hofstra) won by decision over James Brundage (Rider), 3-2.
184 Taras Luzhnyy (Hofstra) won by decision over Ryan Wolfe (Rider), 6-4.
197 Donald Mcneil (Rider) won by decision over Tim Murphy (Hofstra), 10-6.
285 Paul Snyder (Hofstra) won by decision over Greg Velasco (Rider), 5-1.
125 Steve Bonanno (Hofstra) won by major decision over Patrick Skinner (Rider), 20-8.
133 Jimmy Morris (Rider) won by decision over Jamie Franco (Hofstra), 8-2.
141 Luke Vaith (Hofstra) won by major decision over Vinny Fava (Rider), 17-9.
149 Curt Delia (Rider) won by decision over Cody Ruggirello (Hofstra),7-2.
157 Zac Cibula (Rider) won in tie breaker 1 over Tyler Banks (Hofstra), 3-2.
165 Ramon Santiago (Rider) won by decision over Nick Terdick (Hofstra) 8-6.


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