Rider earns road MAC win at Bloomsburg

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Seven Broncs won their matches as the Rider University wrestling team earned a 28-11 road win at Mid-American Conference foe Bloomsburg Friday night. A fall from Robbie Cleary (Edison, NJ/Bound Brook [Rutgers]) at 141 put the Broncs on top for good, as the Broncs improved to 3-0 (2-0 MAC) on the season. Bloomsburg fell to 0-2 (0-1 MAC) with the setback.

Rider was first on the board with a win by decision at 125 from Jonathan Tropea (Harrington Park, NJ/Saint Joseph (Montvale))vover Christian Gannone. The Huskies would answer back with a fall at 133 to take a 6-3 lead, but Rider retook the lead for good at 141 with Cleary's win by fall over Aaron Coleman with 4:28.

Gino Fluri (Blairstown, NJ/North Warren Regional) would continue the momentum at 149, winning by major decision over Gavin Hale, propelling Rider's lead to 13-6, while Jesse Dellavecchia (Great River, NJ/East Islip [Binghamton]) kept the points coming with a win over Alex Carida at 157, pushing the Broncs' lead to 16-6.

Following a setback at 165, Dean Sherry (Brick, NJ/Brick Township) won by major decision over Anthony Vetrano at 174. Bloomsburg got three more points at 184, before the Broncs closed out the match with wins at 197 and 285. Ethan Laird (Waterford, PA/General McLane) defeated Kyle Murphy in a rematch of 2019 EWL Semifinals, before Ryan Cloud (Brookville, OH/Northmont Regional) closed out the match with a fall 26 seconds into the heavyweight bout.

Quotes & Notes
"I felt our kids wrestled hard tonight and were very aggressive on their feet. We are getting very consistent performances from our guys every time they take the mat and that's important." - Rider Head Coach John Hangey

- Rider now leads the all-time series with Bloomsburg, 14-6, including wins in each of the last seven meetings.
- Dellavecchia improved to a perfect 13-0 on the season with his win.
- Cloud now has a team-best four wins by fall this season.
- Rider returns to action on Sunday for its home opener against Central Michigan. The match is set to begin at 1 p.m.
- At halftime of the match, Rider will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its wrestling program.

125: Jonathon Tropea (RU) dec. Christian Gannone (BLB), 12-10; Rider leads, 3-0
133: Josh Mason (BLB) WBF Richie Koehler (RU) at 1:33; Bloomsburg leads, 6-3
141: Robbie Cleary (RU) WBF Aaron Coleman (BLB) at 4:28; Rider leads, 9-6
149: Gino Fluri (RU) maj. dec. Gavin Hale (BLB), 20-8; Rider leads, 13-6
157: Jesse Dellavecchia (RU) dec. Alex Carida (BLB), 6-4; Rider leads, 16-6
**Bloomsburg assessed a one-point penalty. Rider leads, 16-5**
165: Nate Newberry (BLB) dec. Georgio Poullas (RU), 15-10 ; Rider leads, 16-8
174: Dean Sherry (RU) maj. dec. Anthony Vetrano (BLB), 9-1 ; Rider leads, 20-8
184: Trevor Allard (BLB) dec. George Walton (RU), 4-3 (OT); Rider leads, 20-11
**Rider assessed a one-point penalty. Rider leads, 19-11
197: Ethan Laird (RU) dec. Kyle Murphy (BLB), 8-2 ; Rider leads, 22-11
285: Ryan Cloud (RU) WBF Jarrett Walters (BLB) at :26; Rider wins, 28-11


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