Jesse Dellavecchia after the 2021 NCAA semifinals (Photo/Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Today, Army West Point announced that they have hired 2021 NCAA runner-up Jesse Dellavecchia as their volunteer assistant. Dellavecchia comes to West Point after putting together an excellent career at Rider University that saw him go 67-10 in a Broncs singlet with a pair of MAC titles to his name. After winning his second MAC championship, in 2021, Dellavecchia was undefeated and given the fourth seed at the NCAA Championships. In the semifinals, Dellavecchia pulled off one of the stunners of the entire weekend when he pinned undefeated, top-seeded Ryan Deakin (Northwestern). That win made him Rider's first-ever NCAA finalist. Dellavecchia would later fall to David Carr (Iowa State) 4-0 in the championship bout.
Jesse was also the fourth seed in 2020 for the NCAA Tournament. After finishing as a runner-up at the Southern Scuffle (to Hidlay Hidlay - NC State), Dellavecchia reeled off 13 straight wins, a span that includes the MAC Tournament. Dellavecchia was a three-time NCAA qualifier for Rider.
Although Dellavecchia's best days came at Rider, he started his collegiate career wrestling for Binghamton and went 15-9 as a true freshman. Two weeks ago, our own Courtney Woods released a feature on Jesse in which he was up front about mental health challenges and how he learned to cope with during his time at Rider.
The Army West Point job will bring Dellavecchia back to his home state of New York. He is a Long Island native and a graduate of East Islip High School in Great River.