HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Anthony Cefolo (Florham Park, NJ/Hanover Park Regional) won his fifth-straight match, including three-straight by fall, as the Rider University wrestling team defeated Hofstra, 24-16, Saturday afternoon at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. With the win, the Broncs are now 5-3, while the Pride falls to 4-8.
Hofstra came out strong with wins in three of the first four bouts to take a 13-6 advantage. Cefolo's pin of Jacob Martin at 133 accounted for the three Rider points before Gino Fluri (Blairstown, NJ/North Warren Regional) earned a decision at 157 and Jesse Dellavecchia (Great River, NY/East Islip) won by forfeit to give Rider the 15-13 lead.
The Pride retook the lead, 16-15, with a decision at 174, before the Broncs won the last three matches. Michale Fagg-Daves (Somerset, NJ/Franklin) won a 7-6 decision at 184, while Ethan Laird (Waterford, PA/General McLane) won, 3-1, in sudden victory at 197. Ryan Cloud (Brookville, OH/Northmont) wrapped up the win with a 5-3 decision at 285.
Quotes & Notes
"Cefolo and our upper weights came through today and wrestled well! We are looking for consistency at this time of the year and need to get all 10 guys competing at a high level every time we take the mat. The good news is our team found a way to win today, but we still have a lot of work to do." - Rider Head Coach John Hangey
- Rider has now won six-straight over Hofstra to cut its deficit in the all-time series to 24-23.
- Cefolo's fifth win by fall of the year gives him the team lead.
- Laird is now second on the team with 13 wins on the year.
- Fluri won his 12th match of the season, including a 5-3 mark in dual matches.
- The Broncs return to EWL action Thursday, when they travel to George Mason at 7 p.m.
125: Dylan Ryder (HOFS) over Jonathon Tropea (RIDE) (Fall 4:00), Hofstra leads, 6-0
133: Anthony Cefelo (RIDE) over Jacob Martin (HOFS) (Fall 4:16), Match tied, 6-6
141: Garrett Lambert (HOFS) over Travis Layton (RIDE) (MD 9-0), Hofstra leads, 10-6
149: Holden Heller (HOFS) over Evan Fidelibus (RIDE) (Dec 14-13), Hofstra leads, 13-6
157: Gino Fluri (RIDE) over Chris Mauriello (HOFS) (Dec 2-0), Hofstra leads, 13-9
165: Jesse Dellavecchia (RIDE) over (HOFS) (For.), Rider leads, 15-13
174: Ricky Stamm (HOFS) over George Walton (RIDE) (Dec 13-9), Hofstra leads, 16-15
184: Michale Fagg-Daves (RIDE) over Trey Rogers (HOFS) (Dec 7-6), Rider leads, 18-16
197: Ethan Laird (RIDE) over Nezar Haddad (HOFS) (SV-1 3-1), Rider leads, 21-16
285: Ryan Cloud (RIDE) over Omar Haddad (HOFS) (Dec 5-3), Rider wins, 24-16