HAMPTON, Va .-- The second-seeded Rider University wrestling team knocked off nationally-ranked No. 17 Virginia and Maryland to earn its first-ever Virginia Duals Championship on Saturday. The Broncs defeated Maryland, 24-8, in the semifinals before taking down the Cavaliers, 20-12, in the championship bout. The Broncs improve to 6-2 on the season with the wins.
Jonathan Tropea (Harrington Park, NJ/Saint Joseph (Montvale)), Peter Lipari (Byram Township, NJ/Bergen Catholic [Rutgers]), Jesse Dellavecchia (Great River, NY/East Islip [Binghamton]) and Dean Sherry (Brick, NJ/Brick Township) each won twice on the day for the Broncs.
Rider never trailed on the day, jumping out to a 9-0 lead on Maryland. Rider padded the lead with six points and a one-point deduction for a disqualification and postmatch infraction on Maryland after Dellavecchia had earned a 5-4 decision over Jahi Jones to make it 15-2. The Broncs' secured the win with Sherry, Ethan Laird (Waterford, PA/General McLane) and Ryan Cloud (Brookville, OH/Northmont) earning decisions to close out the match.
Against Virginia, Rider earned decisions by Tropea and Lipari at 125 and 141, respectively, with the Cavaliers evening the score at 133 and 149. Dellavecchia and Joe Casey (Bridgewater, NJ/Bound Brook) provided separation with major decisions at 157 and 165, respectively, while the advantage further extended to 20-6 with decisions from Sherry and George Walton (Franklin, NJ/Bound Brook). Virginia took the final two bouts at 197 and 285 by decision, but the Broncs came away with the 20-12 victory.
Quotes & Notes
"This is a very special moment, winning the 40th Annual Prestigious Virginia Duals for the first time in our program's history. Our guys wrestled well today with high energy and intensity. We got very consistent performances throughout the weekend and earned some very hard-fought wins over a Big Ten program and two ACC schools." - Rider Head Coach John Hangey
- Rider won the Virginia duals for the first time in program history.
- Lipari, Dellavecchia and Sherry each went 3-0 on the weekend, while Lipari and Casey posted 2-0 marks.
- Dellavecchia pushed his record to a team-best 20-2 on the season.
- The Broncs return home Friday, to take on MAC rival Edinboro at 7 p.m. at Alumni Gymnasium.
Rider 24, Maryland 8
125: Jonathan Tropea (RID) dec. Brandon Cray (UMD), 5-2; Rider leads, 3-0
133: Anthony Cefolo (RID) dec. King Sandoval (UMD), 3-2; Rider leads, 6-0
141: Peter Lipari (RID) dec. Hunter Baxter (UMD), 7-1; Rider leads, 9-0
149: Michael Doetsch (UMD) dec. Gino Fluri (RID), 2-0; Rider leads, 9-3
157: #7 Jesse Dellavecchia (RID) over Jahi Jones (UMD), DQ; Rider leads, 15-2
**Maryland deducted a point for a flagrant offense postmatch**
165: Kyle Cochran (UMD) dec. Gary Dinmore (RID), 6-0; Rider leads, 15-5
174: #17 Dean Sherry (RID) dec. Philip Spadafora (UVA), 11-6; Rider leads, 18-5
184: Kyle Jasenski (UMD) dec. #23 George Walton (RID), 6-3; Rider leads, 18-8
197: #8 Ethan Laird (RID) dec. Jaron Smith (UMD), 3-1; Rider leads, 21-8
285: Ryan Cloud (RID) dec. Parker Robinson (UMD), 8-2; Rider wins, 24-9
Rider 20, #17 Virginia 12
125: Jonathan Tropea (RID) dec. Patrick McCormick (UVA), 6-4 SV-1; Rider leads, 3-0
133: #18 Louie Hayes (UVA) dec. Anthony Cefolo (RID), 11-5; Match tied, 3-3
141: Peter Lipari (RID) dec. Brian Courtney (UVA), 10-5; Rider leads, 6-3
149: Michael Murphy (UVA) dec. Gino Fluri (RID), 7-1 SV-1; Match tied, 6-6
157: #7 Jesse Dellavecchia (RID) maj. dec. Justin McCoy (UVA), 8-0; Rider leads, 10-6
165: Joe Casey (RID) maj. dec. Sam Martino (UVA), 10-0; Rider leads, 14-6
174: #17 Dean Sherry (RID) dec. Victor Marcelli (UVA), 7-6; Rider leads, 17-6
184: #23 George Walton (RID) dec. Michael Battista (UVA), 7-3; Rider leads, 20-6
197: #9 Jay Aiello (UVA) dec. #8 Ethan Laird (RID), 6-1; Rider leads, 20-9
285: Quinn Miller (UVA) dec. Ryan Cloud (RID), 1-0; Rider wins, 20-12