Broncs 8th at Midlands after Day 1

Courtesy: Matt St. Onge
Release: December 29, 2016
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EVANSTON, IL - The Broncs sit in 8th place out of 42 teams after the conclusion of the quarterfinals signaled the end of day 1 of the 54th annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships Thursday. The contingent of 10 Rider wrestlers scored 49 points throughout the day, with two wrestlers still alive in the semi-finals and another four wrestlers competing for a place on the podium in the consolation brackets.

Junior Chad Walsh (Cherry Hill, NJ/Camden Catholic) was awarded the two seed at 165 pounds and competed strongly to make the semi-finals of the tournament.

Walsh made his run to the semis with victories over Abner Romero of Old Dominion by fall in 4:53, a 6-4 decision over 15th seeded Josh Ugalde of Maryland, and 13-7 decision over Tyrel White of Columbia. Walsh will face Lorenzo De La Riva of CSU Bakersfield in the semi-finals tomorrow morning.

11th ranked senior Ryan Wolfe (New Castle, DE/Caravel Academy) also put on a great performance on day one, taking his seven seed at 197 pounds and wrestling to the semi-finals.

Wolfe opened up his run for a medal with a 3-1 decision over John Rizzo of Pittsburgh, before pinning 10th seeded and 19th ranked Ricky Robertson of Wisconsin in 5:19. 

Wolfe was then faced with the defending Division III 184 pound champion and 2016 Outstanding Wrestler Riley Lefever of Wabash, who had received the number two seed. Wolfe defeated Lefever by a close 5-4 score to advance to the semis, where he will face 3rd seed and 9th ranked Aaron Studebaker of Nebraska.

Sophomore 133 pounder Anthony Cefolo (Florham Park, NJ/Hanover Park Regional) suffered a loss to John Muldoon of SIU-Edwardsville in the first round before staying alive in the consolations with a fall in 4:40 over 13th seeded Alex Madrigal of Old Dominion, along with wins over Pat D’Arcy of Princeton and Jason Isparides of Northwestern. Cefolo will open his day two journey with Eli Stickley of Wisconsin.

Freshman 141 Evan Fidelibus (Easton, PA/Easton Area) fell to AJ Jaffe of Harvard in the first round, sending him to the consolations where he defeated Brandon Levesque of Sacred Heart by pin in 1:45 before majoring John Meeks of Iowa State  13-4, and pinning 9th seeded Kyle Springer of Eastern Michigan in 4:37 to keep his podium hopes alive. He opens day two action against Nicholas Villareal of Arizona State.

Junior 157 BJ Clagon (Toms River, NJ/Toms River South) defeated Logan Peterson of South Dakota State by a 6-2 score, and Matt Latanze of Brown by a 10-6 score before losing twice to 10th seeded Alex Griffin of Purdue and Fred Green of Boise State to end his run in the competition. Clagon was the 7th seed.

Sophomore 174 Dean Sherry (Brick, NJ/Brick Township) drew the 2nd seeded wrestler at the weight class, Alex Meyer of Iowa who is ranked 7th nationally in the first round. Meyer defeated Sherry by a 12-3 score, sending Sherry to the consolations where he defeated Weston Dobler of Oregon State by a 14-3 major decision. Sherry then defeated Sam Rowell of Maryland by a 17-4 major decision to set up a day two matchup with 7th seeded Ryan Christensen of Wisconsin.  

On the other side of the same 174 pound bracket, senior Wayne Stinson (Wrightstown, NJ/Northern Burlington Regional) fell to 8th seeded Nick Reenan of North Carolina State 8-4, setting up a match in the consolations against Garrett Sutton of Michigan who defeated him 8-4. 

Junior 184 Mike Fagg-Daves (Somerset, N.J. /Franklin) drew tough competition early, opening up with 8th seeded and 10th ranked Jordan Ellingwood of Central Michigan, falling by a 4-1 score. Fagg-Daves defeated Nate Hall of Ohio by an 11-6 score and defeated Kevin Parker of Princeton by fall in 3:51 to continue his competition. He then fell to 14th seeded Brady Ayers of South Dakota State.

Sophomore 285 Ryan Cloud (Brookville, OH/Northmont) fell to 9th seeded Michael Boykin of North Carolina State by a 10-4 score before defeating Alex Macki of South Dakota State by a 9-5 score to set up a matchup with 14th seeded Dean Broghammer of Grand View, whom Cloud defeated by 14-3 major decision. Cloud will open day two against Mike Kosoy of North Carolina State.  

Junior 285 Mauro Correnti (Delran, NJ/Holy Cross [Lock Haven]) lost to 6th seeded Ross Larson of Oklahoma by a 13-5 score, continuing on to defeat Christian Araneo of Princeton by a 4-1 score and Alex Encarnacion of CSU Bakersfield 4-2. Correnti fell to Nicholas Gajdzik of Harvard by a 2-1 score to end his competition.

The Broncs also sent a contingent of wrestlers to the Lock Haven Classic on Thursday. Rider sent seven wrestlers, taking 13th out of 14 teams.

Freshman 125 Jonathan Tropea (Harrington Park, NJ/Saint Joseph (Montvale)) fell to Sean Badua of West Point by a 5-3 score before losing to Steven Simpson of Old Dominion by fall in 3:33.

Junior 133 Zach Valcarce (Villas, NJ/Lower Cape May) made a run to the semi-finals with victories over Matt Seitz of Buffalo by an 8-5 decision and Jaquan Loney of Old Dominion by a 10-4 decision. Valcarce then lost to DJ Fehlman of Lock Haven by fall in 4:06 before losing to Josh Patrick of Rutgers by an 8-2 decision to end his competition.

Freshman 141 Mark McCormick (Deptford, NJ/Camden Catholic) defeated Joe Ghione of Lock Haven before falling to Michael Van Brill of Rutgers by a 6-0 score. McCormick then lost a tough 5-3 decision in overtime to Ryan Peters of Buffalo.

Junior 149 Jesse Rodgers (Pittsburgh, PA/North Allegheny) won by 7-4 decision over Collin Glorioso of Lock Haven, before medically forfeiting out of the tournament.

Sophomore 149 Gino Fluri (Blairstown, NJ/North Warren Regional) defeated Jacob Spino of Kent State 9-4 before beating Sawyer Davidson of North Carolina 8-3. Fluri then lost to 3rd seeded Ryan Burkert of Hofstra by a 7-1 score, then defeated Nico O’Dor of Kent State 7-4 and losing to Michael Hayes of Old Dominion by fall in 5:56.

Freshman 197 Xavier Ferrizzi (Pottstown, PA/Owen J. Roberts) lost to 1st seeded Tristan Sponseller of Lock Haven by an 11-2 major decision before falling to Trey Hartsock of Lock Haven by 7-2 decision.

Freshman 197 Mike Carfagno (Woodland, NJ/Saint Joseph (Montvale)) lost to Mark Tracy of Buffalo by an 8-1 decision, before defeating Matt Doggett of Columbia by a 6-2 score. Carfagno then beat Trey Hartsock by 4-3 decision before defeating Matt Correnti of Rutgers by medical forfeit to go to the third place match, where Carfagno would lose to Phillip Robilotto of Franklin and Marshall by 13-2 major decision to take 4th place.

Day two of competition at the 54th annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships begins with consolation matches tomorrow morning, with the finals scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. 
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