Hofstra picks up pair of EIWA victories, extends win streak to 4

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The Hofstra University wrestling team picked up a pair of Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association victories Saturday, defeating Franklin & Marshall, 45-3, and Columbia, 24-14, at the David S. Mack Physical Education Center Saturday night. The wins moved Hofstra's win streak to four matches.

The Pride is now 7-5 overall and 4-0 in the EIWA following the wins. The Diplomats of Franklin & Marshall are 4-6 overall and 1-5 in EIWA action. Columbia is 4-3 on the year and 4-2 in league action.

The Pride had little trouble with the Diplomats in the first match as Dylan Ryder, ranked 30th by WrestleStat, picked up a technical fall over Jose Diaz by a score of 17-2 and Justin Hoyle followed with a first period pin (1:37) of Jack Bruce at 133 pounds. Ryder scored 10 back points in the match, including six in the third period.
Franklin & Marshall's Wilfredo Gil picked up a 3-2 decision over Vinny Vespa at 141, but Reece Heller came back at 149 pounds and pinned Christiaan Dailey at 3:26. Dailey led at the time, 2-1, but Reece Heller took him down and got the pin. Holden Heller followed with a pin on Noah Chan (3:47) at 157 to put the Pride ahead by a 23-3 score. Holden Heller also trailed at the time of the pin before scoring a reversal and getting the fall.

Ricky Stamm had an impressive victory over Emmett LiCastri, who was ranked 32nd in the nation by WrestleStat. Stamm rallied in the third period, picking up an escape to tie the score at 6 and then a takedown in the final minute to grab the 8-6 win. Sage Heller picked up another win by fall for the Pride as he pinned Crew Fullerton with two seconds remaining in the match. Sage Heller led 10-2 at the time of the fall. Charles Small kept up the Pride's winning ways at 184 pounds, using takedowns in the first and second periods before the Diplomats Reid Robilotto had to forfeit due to an injury in the third period.

Trey Rogers picked up eight takedowns in his 197 pound-match against Ethan Seeley on his way to an 18-6 major decision. Zachary Knighton-Ward closed out the Pride's big win with an 8-1 decision over Vincenzo Pelusi at 285 pounds. Knighton-Ward had three takedowns and allowed only a third period escape in the victory.

Ryder got Hofstra started on the right foot against Columbia as he downed Joe Manchio by major decision (13-0) at 125. Manchio entered the match ranked 25th by FloWrestling and 28th in the NCAA Coaches' Panel. Hoyle followed with a 15-8 decision over Angelo Rini for a 7-0 Hofstra lead.

But the Lions took the next two weights and the lead in the match as Matt Kazimir downed Vespa at 141 pounds, 10-0, and Andrew Garr got past Reece Heller at 149, 11-3. Kazimir is ranked 17th at 141 by Amateur Wrestling News.

Columbia extended its streak at 157 pounds as Kyle Mosher notched a 2-0 decision against Holden Heller to push the Lions match lead to 11-7. The match was scoreless until the third until Mosher escaped from his bottom position and earned a riding time point as well. Ricky Stamm and Riley Jacops battled at 165. The match was tied at 1 late in the third when Stamm scored a takedown with 12 seconds to go to earn the 3-1 decision.

Lennox Wolak of Columbia jumped out to a 13-4 first period lead over Sage Heller at 174 pounds but the Hofstra red-shirt junior put the Columbia freshman on his back in the second and recorded his second fall of the night. The win put Hofstra back on top in the match, 16-11. Joe Franzese got the Lions three points closer as he picked up a 3-0 decision over Small at 184 pounds. Franzese was able to get two back points in the second and earned a third point on riding time.

Rogers earned his second win of the evening at 197 pounds, 14-6, over Sam Wustefeld. Rogers had takedowns in each period with three in the third alone as he moved to 10-7 on the year. Knighton-Ward sealed the deal for the Pride at 285 pounds as he defeated Dan Conley, 9-0. The Pride red-shirt sophomore had a late first period takedown, added one in the second and then had a reversal and two back points in the third as he grabbed his second win of the night as well.

In the first match of the day, Columbia defeated Franklin & Marshall, 25-15.

Hofstra concluded an eight-match home stand today and will next be in action on the road at George Mason on February 9.

-Hofstra is 4-0 in the EIWA for the first time since joining the league in 2013-14.
-Hofstra's win streak is their longest since a four-match streak in 2017-18.
-Knighton-Ward has won five consecutive matches.
-Hofstra's four wins by fall versus F&M was a season high.

Hofstra 45, Franklin & Marshall 3
125: Dylan Ryder (HU) tech fall Jose Diaz (F&M), 17-2 (7:00) 5-0
133: Justin Hoyle (HU) wbf. Jack Bruce (F&M), 1:37 11-0
141: Wilfredo Gil (F&M) dec. Vinny Vespa (HU), 3-2 11-3
149: Reece Heller (HU) wbf. Christiaan Dailey (F&M), 3:26 17-3
157: Holden Heller (HU) wbf. Noah Chan (F&M), 3:47 23-3
165: Ricky Stamm (HU) dec. Emmett LiCastri (F&M), 8-6 26-3
174: Sage Heller (HU) wbf. Crew Fullerton (F&M), 6:58 32-3
184: Charles Small (HU) med. for. over Reid Robilotto (F&M) 38-3
197: Trey Rogers (HU) maj. dec. Ethan Seeley (F&M), 18-6 42-3
285: Zachary Knighton-Ward (HU) dec. Vincenzo Pelusi (F&M), 8-1 45-3

Hofstra 24, Columbia 14
125: Dylan Ryder (HU) maj. dec. Joe Manchio (CU), 13-0 4-0
133: Justin Hoyle (HU) dec. Angelo Rini (CU), 15-8 7-0
141: Matt Kazimir (CU) maj. dec. Vinny Vespa (HU), 10-0 7-4
149: Andrew Garr (CU) maj. dec. Reece Heller (HU), 11-3 7-8
157: Kyle Mosher (CU) dec. Holden Heller (HU), 2-0 7-11
165: Ricky Stamm (HU) dec. Riley Jacops (CU), 3-1 10-11
174: Sage Heller (HU) wbf. Lennox Wolak (CU), 4:15 16-11
184: Joe Franzese (CU) dec. Charles Small (HU), 3-0 16-14
197: Trey Rogers (HU) maj. dec. Sam Wustefeld (CU), 14-6 20-14
285: Zachary Knighton-Ward (HU) maj. dec. Dan Conley (CU), 9-0 24-14

Columbia 25, Franklin & Marshall 15
125: Joe Manchio (CU) dec. Jose Diaz (F&M), 4-2 0-3
133: Angelo Rini (CU) tech fall Jack Bruce (F&M), 22-3 (5:52) 0-8
141: Wilfredo Gil (F&M) dec. Matt Kazimir (CU), 7-5 3-8
149: Cristiaan Dailey (F&M) maj. dec. Andrew Garr (CU), 14-6 7-8
157: Kyle Mosher (CU) wbf. Noah Chan (F&M), 1:55 7-14
165: Emmett LiCastri (F&M) tech fall Sam Webster (CU), 16-1 (7:00) 12-14
174: Lennox Wolak (CU) tech fall Crew Fullerton (F&M), 23-3 (6:34) 12-19
184: Joe Franzese (CU) dec. Reid Robilotto (F&M), 6-2 12-22
197: Sam Wustefeld (CU) dec. Ethan Seeley (F&M), 10-4 12-25
285: Vincenzo Pelusi (F&M) dec. Dan Conley (CU), 5-0 15-25


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