LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. -- Trailing the entire match, the Rider University wrestling team won the final four bouts to take a 20-17 comeback win over MAC foe Lock Haven Friday night at the Thomas Fieldhouse. With the win, the Broncs' seventh-straight, Rider improves to 10-2 (6-1 MAC), while the Bald Eagles are now 7-6 (3-3 MAC).
Lock Haven opened the night claiming bonus points at 125, 133 and 141, giving the Bald Eagles a 14-0 lead. Rider would take its first points of the match at 149 and 157. Gino Fluri (Blairstown, NJ/North Warren Regional) defeated Lock Haven's Brock Port, 4-3, while Jesse Dellavecchia (Great River, NY/East Islip [Binghamton]) would claim victory over Alexander Klucker by major decision, 8-0.
Following the intermission, Lock Haven won a decision at 165. However, Rider won the final four matches at 174, 184, 197 and 285 to grab the victory. Dean Sherry (Brick, NJ/Brick Township) won by decision, 5-2, over Jared Siegrist, before George Walton (Franklin, NJ/Bound Brook) earned an 8-5 decision over Raymond Bernot. Ethan Laird (Waterford, PA/General McLane) defeated Parker McClelland, 9-2, to close the Broncs' deficit to one, before Ryan Cloud (Brookville, OH/Northmont) completed the comeback with a 10-1 major decision over Trey Hartsock.
Quotes & Notes
"Tonight was a team win. We got put on our heels with a questionable pin called at 133, but the team rallied well and won. We just have to keep grinding because it's just what you do during this time of year! We will get back in the practice room tomorrow to prepare for our dual on Sunday." - Rider Head Coach John Hangey
- With the win, the Broncs now lead the all-time series with Lock Haven, 16-10, including nine of the last 10 meetings.
- Rider returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 9, when they play host to Rutgers in Alumni Gym for a dual set to begin at 7 p.m.
125: #15 Luke Werner (LH) maj. dec. #28 Jonathan Tropea (RID), 15-4; Lock Haven leads, 4-0
133: #28 DJ Fehlman (LH) WBF Richie Koehler (RID), at 4:49; Lock Haven leads, 10-0
141: #20 Kyle Shoop (LH) maj. dec. #25 Peter Lipari (RID), 12-4; Lock Haven leads, 14-0
149: Gino Fluri (RID) dec. Brock Port (LH), 4-3; Lock Haven leads, 14-3
157: #4 Jesse Dellavecchia (RID)maj. dec. #29 Alexander Klucker (LH), 8-0; Lock Haven leads, 14-7
165: Austin Bell (LH) dec. Joe Casey (RID), 5-2; Lock Haven leads, 17-7
174: #18 Dean Sherry (RID) dec. #32 Jared Siegrist (LH), 5-2, Lock Haven leads, 17-10
184: George Walton (RID) dec. Raymond Bernot (LH), 8-5; Lock Haven leads, 17-13
197: #7 Ethan Laird (RID) dec. Parker McClellan (LH), 9-2; Lock Haven leads, 17-16
285: Ryan Cloud (RID) maj. dec. Trey Hartsock (LH), 10-1; Rider wins, 20-17.