HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The Hofstra University wrestling team snapped a four-match losing streak with a 36-7 victory over The Citadel Saturday afternoon at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. The Pride won eight of 10 weight classes and recorded three wins by fall in the match.
Hofstra (2-4) opened the match with a win by fall from Dylan Ryder at 125 pounds. The Pride sophomore pinned Jordie White at 1:59 to give Hofstra a 6-0 lead in the match. Freshman Justin Hoyle, who was making his first non-unattached appearance of the season, followed with a 7-5 decision at 133 pounds over Jake Rotunda. Vinny Vespa recorded a 3-1 victory over Jacob Dado at 141 to make it a 12-0 lead. Vespa had a takedown with less than 20 seconds to go to snap a 1-1 deadlock.
The Citadel (2-1) got on the board at 149 as Selwyn Porter decisioned Reece Heller, 14-8, but Holden Heller gave the Pride the momentum back with a fall against Douglas Gudenburr at 2:38 at 157 pounds.
The Bulldogs picked up a major decision at 165 by Dazjon Castro, but the Pride closed out the match with four consecutive weight class wins (including a forfeit at 197) to earn the win. Sage Heller won by fall at 174 pounds, pinning Jared Zenia in 1:34. Charles Small had a 7-3 decision at 184 over Kyle Kretzer and Zachary Knighton-Ward defeated Michael McAleavy, 3-1, in sudden victory at 285 pounds.
The Pride has little time to enjoy the win as Hofstra hosts Binghamton Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
-Hofstra is 3-0 all-time versus The Citadel
-Ryder has won three consecutive matches, two of them by fall.
-Vespa has also won three consecutive bouts.
125: Dylan Ryder (HU) wbf. Jordie White (C), 1:59 6-0
133: Justin Hoyle (HU) dec. Jake Rotunda (C), 7-5 9-0
141: Vinny Vespa (HU) dec. Jacob Dado (C), 3-1 12-0
149: Selwyn Porter (C) dec. Reece Heller (HU), 14-8 12-3
157: Holden Heller (HU) wbf. Douglas Gudenburr (C), 2:38 18-3
165: Dazjon Castro (C) maj. dec. Ricky Stamm (HU), 13-4 18-7
174: Sage Heller (HU) wbf. Jared Zenia (C), 1:34 24-7
184: Charles Small (HU) dec. Kyle Kretzer (C), 7-3 27-7
197: Trey Rogers (HU) wins by forfeit 33-7
285: Zachary Knighton-Ward (HU) dec. Michael McAleavy (C), 3-1 sv