HAMPTON, Va. -- The second-seeded Rider University wrestling team earned bonus points in eight of its nine victories to dominate Duke, 47-3, at the Virginia Duals Friday morning. With the win, the Broncs advance to the semifinals, where they'll take on Maryland tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. The Terrapins knocked off third-seeded Fresno State, 22-18.
The Broncs started the match with six points in hand with a forfeit at 125, before Richie Koehler (Middletown, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy) and Peter Lipari (Byram Township, NJ/Bergen Catholic [Rutgers]) won the next to bouts by fall at 133 and 141, respectively, to give Rider an 18-0 lead.
Duke got its lone victory by decision in sudden victory at 149, before Rider won the final six. George Walton (Franklin, NJ/Bound Brook) won by fall at 184, Jesse Dellavecchia (Great River, NY/East Islip [Binghamton]) and Ethan Laird (Waterford, PA/General McLane) won major decisions, Dean Sherry (Brick, NJ/Brick Township) earned a decision, Joe Casey (Bridgewater, NJ/Bound Brook) took six points following a first-period injury at 165 and the Blue Devils forfeited at 285.
- The lone opening-round upset came with Maryland taking down Fresno State. Top-seeded Virginia, the second-seeded Broncs and fourth-seeded Old Dominion each advanced.
- The winner of tomorrow's dual between Rider and Maryland will take on the winner of the Virginia/Old Dominion dual at 8:30 p.m.
- The losing team between Rider and Maryland will head to the consolation bracket to face the winner of today's Kent State/Penn match.
- Dellavecchia picked up his team-leading 18th win of the year, while Laird now has 16 and Walton has 15.
125: Jonathan Tropea (RID) by forfeit; Rider leads, 6-0
133: Richie Koehler (RID) WBF Harrison Campbell (DUKE), 6:15; Rider leads, 12-0
141: Peter Lipari (RID) WBF Ty Mill, 1:18; Rider leads, 18-0
149: Wade Unger (DUKE) dec. Gino Fluri (RID), 8-6 (SV); Rider leads, 18-3
157: Jesse Dellavecchia (RID) maj. dec. Eric Carter, 9-1; Rider leads, 22-3
165: Joe Casey (RID) vs. Ben Anderson (DUKE), Inj.; Rider leads, 28-3
174: Dean Sherry (RID) dec. Mason Eaglin (DUKE), 7-4; Rider leads, 31-3
184: George Walton (RID) WBF Kai Blake (DUKE), 1:23; Rider leads, 37-3
197: Ethan Laird (RID) maj. dec. Vincent Baker (DUKE), 15-5; Rider leads, 41-3
285: Ryan Cloud (RID) by forfeit; Rider wins, 47-3