LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. -- The nationally-ranked No. 25 Rider University wrestling team defeated MAC foe Edinboro, 20-12, Friday night at Alumni Gym. With the win, the Broncs improve to 7-2 (3-1 MAC), while the Fighting Scots are now 9-5 (3-2 MAC).
Edinboro earned the first points of the match, taking a decision at 125, but Rider would answer back with wins at 133, 141, 149, 157, and 165 to take a 17-3 lead. Anthony Cefolo (Florham Park, NJ/Hanover Park Regional [South Dakota St.]) started the string of five-straight Rider victories, earning a 3-2 decision over Tye Vamdell. In his home Rider debut, Peter Lipari (Byram Township, NJ/Bergen Catholic [Rutgers]) earned a tech fall at 141 over Edinboro's Richie Gomez at 3:46. Gino Fluri (Blairstown, NJ/North Warren Regional) built on the Rider momentum by winning a 3-2 decision over Tyler Vath at 149, while nationally-ranked No. 5 Jesse Dellavecchia (Great River, NY/East Islip [Binghamton]) got past Peter Pappas, 1-0. Following the intermission, Joe Casey (Bridgewater, NJ/Bound Brook) wrapped up the fifth straight Rider victory with a 7-1 decision over Derek Ciavarro, 7-1.
Edinboro would win three of the final four bouts, but it wasn't enough, as Rider closed out the 20-12 victory. Ethan Laird (Waterford, PA/General McLane) defeated Dylan Reynolds, 3-2, at 197 to account for the final Rider victory of the night.
Quotes & Notes
"A win is a win. I feel like we let them slow us down a bit, but at the end of the day we still found a way to win. Pete brings energy, I love the way he wrestles. He goes from one to the next. I want most of my lineup to be like that. He is after it, he is excited, and he wants to see things happen. When you create good wrestling like that, good things happen. The more you practice, the more it becomes habit in the matches." - Rider Head Coach John Hangey
- With today's win, Rider has now won three straight duals over Edinboro cut the Fighting Scots' lead in the all-time series to 8-4.
- Lipari made his Alumni Gym debut.
- Rider returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 19, when it travels to Norfolk, VA, for a MAC dual against Old Dominion University slated to begin at 1 p.m.
125: Lucas Rodriguez (EU) dec. #20 Jonathan Tropea (RID), 6-5; Edinboro leads, 3-0
133: Anthony Cefolo (RID) dec. Tye Vamdell (EU), 3-2; Match tied, 3-3
141: Peter Lipari (RID) TF Richie Gomez (EU) at 3:46; Rider leads, 8-3
149: Gino Fluri (RID) dec. Tyler Vath (EU), 3-2; Rider leads, 11-3
157: #5 Jesse Dellavecchia (RID) dec. Peter Pappas (EU), 1-0; Rider leads, 14-3
165: Joe Casey (RID) dec. Derek Ciavarro (EU), 7-1; Rider leads, 17-3
174: Jacob Oliver (EU) dec. #17 Dean Sherry (RID), 13-11; Rider leads, 17-6
184: Cody Mulligan (EU) dec. George Walton (RID), 4-3; Rider leads, 17-9
197: #8 Ethan Laird (RID) dec. Dylan Reynolds (EU), 3-2; Rider leads, 20-9
285: Jon Spaulding (EU) dec. Ryan Cloud (RID), 5-1; Rider wins, 20-12.