Rider's Jonathan Tropea takes down Minnesota's Patrick McKee at 125 pounds (Photo/Mark Beshey, The Guillotine)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Dean Sherry (Brick, NJ/Brick Township) pinned the No. 6 wrestler in the nation, Devin Skatzka, as the the Rider University wrestling team earned a statement dual victory tonight, upsetting the No. 9 Minnesota Golden Gophers, 21-17, at Williams Arena.
Rider got off to a quick start with decisions at 125 and 133 from Jonathan Tropea (Harrington Park, NJ/Saint Joseph (Montvale)) and Chris Wright (Harrisburg, PA/Central Dauphin) to take a 6-0 lead.
Minnesota's Mitch McKee after getting a pin at 141 pounds (Photo/Mark Beshey, The Guillotine)
Minnesota surged ahead with a fall from No. 4 Mitch McKee at 141 and another decision from No. 9 Brayton Lee. Jesse Dellavecchia's (Great River, NY/East Islip [Binghamton]) decision over Carson Brolsma knotted the match at 9-9 through five bouts.
Minnesota retook the lead with a major decision at 165, before Sherry pinned Skatzka with six seconds remaining in the opening period. The Gophers briefly retook the lead with a major decision at 184, before No. 14 Ethan Laird (Waterford, PA/General McLane) scored an 11-4 decision over Dylan Anderson at 197 to put Rider on top, 18-17. At 285, Ryan Cloud (Brookville, OH/Northmont) scored an escape in the second period and held on for a 1-0 victory in the night's final bout, securing the 21-17 victory for the Broncs.
Quotes & Notes
"This is a big win for Rider University and our wrestling program."
"A lot of things have to go right to beat a nationally ranked Big 10 team, especially in their place. Our kids wrestled very well tonight. I'm very proud of them and their effort."
"The match was a great team effort, but the difference in the match was the performance by Tropea and Sherry. We don't win that match without their wins!" - Rider Head Coach John Hangey
125: Jonathan Tropea (Rider) dec. #18 Patrick McKee (Minnesota), 10-3; Rider leads, 3-0
133: Chris Wright (Rider) dec. Brent Jones (Minnesota), 6-5; Rider leads, 6-0
141: #4 Mitch McKee (Minnesota) WBF Herb Edwards (Rider), 0:40; Match tied, 6-6
149: #9 Brayton Lee (Minnesota) dec. Gino Fluri (Rider), 11-7. Minnesota leads, 9-6
157: #6 Jesse Dellavecchia (Rider) dec. Carson Brolsma (Minnesota), 3-2; Match tied, 9-9
165: Bailee O'Reilly (Minnesota) maj. dec. Georgio Poullas (Rider), 17-9; Minnesota leads, 13-9
174: Dean Sherry (Rider) WBF #6 Devin Skatzka (Minnesota), 2:54; Rider leads, 15-13
184: Owen Webster (Minnesota) maj. dec. #33 George Walton (Rider) 11-3; Minnesota leads, 17-15
197: #14 Ethan Laird (Rider) dec. Dylan Anderson (Minnesota) 11-4; Rider leads, 18-17
285: Ryan Cloud (Rider) dec. Boddy Stevenson (Minnesota), 1-0; Rider defeats #6 Minnesota, 21-17