LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ -- The Rider Wrestling Team won dual meets against Princeton University and George Mason University to punctuate the dedication of the team's brand new mat to former Head Coach Gary Taylor.
The Broncs' day started with a 21-12 victory over Princeton University. After falling behind 3-0 early, Anthony Cefolo (Florham Park, NJ/Hanover Park Regional) and Tyson Dippery (Harrisburg, PA/Central Dauphin) won back-to-back major decisions to take an 8-3 team lead.
The Broncs would head into the match intermission behind, 9-8, but would never look back after the break. Four of the final five matches were victories for the Rider wrestlers for the final score of 21-12.
In the nightcap of the doubleheader, the Broncs dominated against George Mason, winning eight of the 10 matches for a 36-6 final score to leave the Broncs at 7-2 in dual meets on the season.
Quotes and Notes
"It was nice to finally be home. It was good for the guys to get training in their facility, get their weights down in their facility and get their home crowd behind them in some pretty difficult matches today. It was nice to start the year at home for sure."
"It's easy to keep the focus when it comes to EWL schools because it's individual conference seeding in each weight class and it's also just bragging rights. Edinboro's got a 24-match win streak coming up and we're ready for it and they're ready for us. It's easy to keep the kids motivated because the eye is on the prize, so to speak. And, even though it's January, we're in the home stretch at this point. But we're about grinding and getting ready."
"It's just another special moment between Coach Taylor and myself. Our life goes way back to 1988 and there's many different highs that I can speak of. But this was a nice culmination to our current relationship and we'll obviously build more on it. But it was nice to have all those alumni do their part, donate back, honor him with the mat. And to see him choked up makes it all well worth it. He deserves it and it was nice to be the guy partly responsible for it." - Rider Head Coach John Hangey
"I'm really excited. Obviously, the goal is to win nationals, get on the podium. But I was also really excited for my first home match here at Rider and wrestling in front of the home crowd. I wanted to get bonus points and I got a major and tech today." - Redshirt senior Tyson Dippery
"It feels good. I've been working hard to get better all week and all year pretty much. It feels good to finally see that hard work pay off and get two big wins." - Freshman Ethan Laird
- Going undefeated for the Broncs on the day were Cefolo, Dippery, Chad Walsh (Cherry Hill, NJ/Camden Catholic), Dean Sherry (Brick, NJ/Brick Township), Michale Fagg-Daves (Somerset, NJ/Franklin) and Ethan Laird (Waterford, PA/General McLane).
- With today's victory over Princeton, the Rider Broncs are on a 17-match winning streak against the Tigers dating back to the 1986-87 season. The Broncs' series lead stands at 17-4.
- Walsh's victory today marked his second this season against Jonathan Schleifer of Princeton, whom he faced in a feature match at the 2017 NWCA All-Star Classic.
Rider 21, Princeton 12
125- Matteo Devincenzo (PRIN) dec. J.R. Wert (RID), 5-3
133- Anthony Cefolo (RID) M. Dec. Jake Adkins (PRIN), 19-6
141- Tyson Dippery (RID) M. Dec. Pat D'Arcy (PRIN), 8-0
149- Matthew Kolodzik (PRIN) Dec. Gary Dinmore (RID), 3-1, 7:39 OT
157- Mike D'Angelo (PRIN) Dec. B.J. Clagon (RID), 9-3
165- Chad Walsh (RID) Dec. Jonathan Schleifer (PRIN), 9-3
174- Dean Sherry (RID) Dec. Matthew Gancayco (PRIN), 8-7
184- Michale Fagg-Daves (RID) Dec. Kevin Parker (PRIN), 9-8
197- Ethan Laird (RID) M. Dec. Ian Baker (PRIN), 12-2
285- Patrick Brucki (PRIN) Dec. Mauro Correnti (RID), 8-6
Rider 36, George Mason 6
125- Ibrahim Bunduka (GMU) Dec. J.R. Wert (RID), 4-3
133- Anthony Cefolo (RID) Dec. Victor Echeverria (GMU), 9-6
141- Tyson Dippery (RID) Tech Fall Trevor Mello (GMU), 17-0, 1:36
149- Gary Dinmore (RID) Dec. Tejon Anthony (GMU), 3-1, 7:54 OT
157- B.J. Clagon (RID) WBF. Bryce Reddington (GMU), 0:40
165- Chad Walsh (RID) WBF. Austin Wilkerson (GMU), 4:14
174- Dean Sherry (RID) Med. FF. Phil Stolfi (GMU), 4:56
184- Mike Fagg-Daves (RID) Dec. Austin Harrison (GMU), 6-3, TB2
197- Ethan Laird (RID) M. Dec. Eli Spencer (GMU), 12-4
285- Matt Voss (GMU) Dec. Mauro Correnti (RID), 4-1