Walsh Champ at Southeast Open
Rider at Southeast Open
Walsh Champion, Clagon and Wert Runners-up, Stinson 3rd
ROANOKE, VIRGINIA—The Broncs competed in the Southeast Open, formerly known as the Hokie Open, on Saturday to begin the 2016-17 season. “We saw some good things today,” said Rider head coach Gary Taylor, who has seen many good things in his 39 seasons at Rider, “but we have a lot of work to do. Today was a good learning experience. We still need to get better, to get tougher, but I am not disappointed.”
For Rider, junior Chad Walsh (Cherry Hill, N.J. /Camden Catholic) won the 165 pound weight class, winning all five of his matches. “Chad was impressive throughout the tournament,” Taylor said.
In the finals Walsh pinned the sixth seed, Seldon Wright of ODU in 4:43 for the title. The top seed at 165, Walsh defeated the fourth seed, Forrest Przybysz of App. State 22-8 in the semifinals. Walsh defeated Cody Harrington (unattached) in the quarterfinals by the score of 8-0. Walsh pinned Princeton’s Riley Demos at 4:10 in the first round and defeated Joe Velliquette of UPenn3-0 in the second round.
Sophomore J.R. Wert (Christiansburg, Va. /Christiansburg) finished runner-up at 125. “Wert did a good job,” Taylor said. “He’s been out of competition for some time but had a good tournament. It has been almost a year and a half that he hasn’t wrestled. He had to beat some good people to reach the finals.”
In the finals, unseeded Wert lost to the top seed, Sean Russell of Edinboro, 12-4. “He lost to a pretty tough wrestler,” Taylor said. Wert won 6-5 in the semifinals against the third seed, Vito Pasone of App. State. Wert won 5-3 over Thayer Atkins of Duke after a first round bye and pinned Pat Kearney of The Citadel in 56 second in the quarterfinals.
Junior B.J. Clagon (Toms River, N.J. /Toms River HS South) finished runner-up. In the finals, Clagon, the number one seed at 157, lost to the number two seed Russell Parsons of Army 4-2 on riding time. “BJ wrestled a tough kid from Army,” Taylor said. “We’ll get him back on target. He didn’t have a bad tournament but there are some things we can change that will help him.”
Clagon won 10-6 in the semifinals against Mike D’Angelo of Princeton. In the quarterfinals Clagon pinned Michael Elliott of App State in 2:27. Clagon won 3-2 over Alex Rice of Newbury and defeated Ben Schram of ODU 6-3.
Senior Wayne Stinson (Wrightstown, N.J. /Northern Burlington Regional) placed third at 174, winning four of five matches. “Wayne is wrestling well,” Taylor said. In consolation finals Stinson defeated Dan McDevit of Penn. In the semifinals Stinson lost 6-4 to the number one seed, Ion Schleifer of Princeton, Stinson won 21-6 tech fall over Campbell’s Melik Jimenez and defeated Shabaka Johns of VMI in the second round. Stinson defeated Quinton Hiles of Penn 15-6 in the quarterfinals.
Sophomore Dean Sherry (Brick, NJ) placed fifth at 174. After a first round bye Sherry lost but in consolations won four matches. “Both of our 174s did a nice job,” Taylor said.
Junior Michale Fagg-Daves (Somerset, N.J. /Franklin) placed sixth at 184. In the battle for fifth place, Daves lost 5-3 to the top seed, Jack Dechow of ODU. In the championship quarterfinals Fagg-Daves lost in triple overtime to Jason Grimes of American. In consolations he lost to the third seed, Samson Imonode of Army after winning 3-1 over Jabari Irons of Brewton-Parker David Peters-Logue of App. State in the conso semifinals.
Senior Ryan Wolfe (New Castle, Del. /Caravel Academy), number two seed at 197, went 1-1 before an injury. “He got his bell rung when they hit heads,” Taylor said. Wolfe defeated Maveric Reichsteiner of Emmanuel with a 13-4 major decision. The seventh seed, Ben Darmstadt of Finger Lakes Prep, pinned Wolfe in 2:57 in the quarterfinals.
At 125 senior Brenden Calas Clark, N.J. /Seton Hall Prep) went 1-2. Calas won 7-5 on riding time over VMI’s Dalton Henderson but against the fourth seed, Calas lost 3-2 McClay of Notre Dame College. In consolations round of four Calas lost 7-3 to Thayer Atkins of Duke.
Freshman Ryan Cloud (Brookville, Ohio /Northmont) went 1-2. In consolations semifinals Cloud lost 3-1 to Cory Daniel pf UNC. Cloud defeated Princeton’s Mike Markulec 4-2 after a consolation forfeit win. After a first round bye, Cloud was pinned by Jacob Kasper of Duke and defeated K. Mason of Emmanuel.
The Broncs compete again November 13 at the Journeymen Collegiate Classic in Troy, NY. “It is going to be different from anything we’ve been in, an experimental type of tournament,” Taylor said.