Hofstra upends Franklin & Marshall

LANCASTER, Pa. -- Senior Ryan Burkert recorded a major decision win at 165-pounds to lead six Pride wrestlers with wins as Hofstra defeated the Diplomats of Franklin and Marshall, 19-12 in an Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) match at the Mayser Athletic Center Saturday night.

Like in their match at Columbia earlier in the day, Hofstra jumped out to a 9-3 lead after four weight classes as freshman Dylan Ryder at 125, junior Jacob Martin at 133 and freshman Holden Heller at 149 each posted victories for the early lead. For Ryder, it was his 10th consecutive victory and his 21st on the season.

After Patrick Quinlan brought the Diplomats within three with a win at 157-pounds, Burkert started a three-win streak for the Pride with a 10-2 major decision over Crew Fullerton at 165-pounds. Sophomore Ricky Stamm at 174 and Trey Rogers at 184 followed with decision wins to boost the Hofstra lead to 19-6.

Franklin and Marshall closed the deficit on a sudden victory win at 197 and a one-point decision at 285 to close the final score to 19-12.

Hofstra returns to action next Saturday, February 9 when the Pride travels to Connecticut to face the Pioneers of Sacred Heart University in another EIWA match at 1 p.m.

- Dylan Ryder is the first Hofstra true freshman to record 20 wins in a season since Sage Heller recorded 23 wins in 2016-17.
- Sophomore Garrett Lambert had his six-match winning streak snapped by Franklin and Marshall's Wil Gil.
- Freshman Holden Heller has won six of his last seven matches and is now 11-7 on the year.
- The Franklin and Marshall match was the third of seven consecutive EIWA matches for the Pride.

125: Dylan Ryder (HOFS) over Jose Diaz (F&M) (Dec 11-4)
133: Jacob Martin (HOFS) over Michael Simonetti (F&M) (Dec 3-1)
141: Wilfredo Gil (F&M) over Garrett Lambert (HOFS) (Dec 11-4)
149: Holden Heller (HOFS) over Cole Aaron (F&M) (Dec 7-3)
157: Patrick Quinlan (F&M) over Chris Mauriello (HOFS) (Dec 11-7)
165: Ryan Burkert (HOFS) over Crew Fullerton (F&M) (MD 10-2)
174: Ricky Stamm (HOFS) over Jacob Conners (F&M) (Dec 5-0)
184: Trey Rogers (HOFS) over Reid Robilotto (F&M) (Dec 7-2)
197: Philip Robilotto (F&M) over Nezar Haddad (HOFS) (SV-1 3-1)
285: Antonio Pelusi (F&M) over Omar Haddad (HOFS) (Dec 3-2)


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