Broncs open 2017 with EWL win over Clarion

Courtesy: Matt St. Onge
Release: January 12, 2017
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LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - Coming off a long layover to start the New Year, the Broncs kicked 2017 off strong with a decisive 25-11 victory over EWL foe Clarion University. The Broncs (3-0, 2-0 EWL) rode bonus point victories from the junior middleweight duo of 7th ranked Chad Walsh (Cherry Hill, NJ/Camden Catholic) and 14th ranked B.J. Clagon (Toms River, NJ/Toms River South) to the conference victory. 

“We try to keep the wrestlers anxious for competition, and they do a pretty good job of that,” said Rider Head Coach Gary Taylor about the win.

Besides Walsh and Clagon, Rider also received victories from sophomore Anthony Cefolo (Florham Park, NJ/Hanover Park Regional), freshman 149 Gino Fluri (Wrightstown, NJ/Northern Burlington Regional), junior 184 Michale Fagg-Daves (Somerset, NJ/Franklin), senior 197 Ryan Wolfe (New Castle, DE/Caravel Academy) and redshirt junior heavyweight Mauro Correnti (Delran, NJ/Holy Cross). 

The match kicked off at 141, where Clarion sent out its top wrestler in 16th ranked Brock Zacherl. Zacherl won by technical fall, 19-4, over Rider freshman Evan Fidelibus (Easton, PA/Easton Area) to give Clarion the early 5-0 lead.

The Broncs would then go on a run of three-straight victories, with Gino Fluri defeating Jake Keller by a 5-3 score to kick off the run. 

Clagon would then wrestle to the tune of a 12-3 major decision to give the Broncs a 7-5 lead that they would never again relinquish. 

Walsh fell behind 2-0 early, before countering Evan Delong to win by fall in 4:55 to push the Broncs out to a 13-5 lead. “I felt like I was able to bounce back and keep wrestling to get the victory,” said Walsh. 

The match would continue on to 174, where Dominic Rigous defeated Wayne Stinson (Wrightstown, NJ/Northern Burlington Regional) by a close 3-2 decision to pull the Golden Eagles to within five points.

Another three-match win streak, with Fagg-Daves winning by 8-5 decision over Scott Marmoll, Wolfe defeating Dustin Conti by the score of 5-2, and Correnti winning 3-2 over Evan Daley clinched the dual meet victory for the Broncs, pushing the team score to 22-8 with two matches left. 

Junior 125 J.R. Wert (Christiansburg, VA/Christiansburg) would lose 3-2 to Jake Gromacki, followed by a last second 9-5 victory for Cefolo at 133 over Roshaun Cooley to end the dual. 

The Broncs next compete on Saturday, January 14th, when they travel to the Fitzgerald Field House in Pittsburgh to face off in three dual meets against Columbia, West Virginia, and Brown. Rider Wrestling’s next home match is Friday, January 20th, when they face off against Edinboro in an Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) rivalry match. 

141: Brock Zacherl (CU) Tech. Evan Fidelibus (RU) 19-4. CU Leads 5-0
149: Gino Fluri (RU) Dec. Jake Keller (CU) 5-3. CU Leads 5-3 
157: B.J. Clagon (RU) M. Dec. Taylor Cahill (CU) 12-3. RU Leads 7-5
165: Chad Walsh (RU) WBF Evan Delong (CU) 4:55. RU Leads 13-5
174: Dominic Rigous (CU) Dec. Wayne Stinson (RU) 3-2. RU Leads 13-8
184: Michale Fagg-Daves (RU) Dec. Scott Marmoll (CU) 8-5. RU Leads 16-8
197: Ryan Wolfe (RU) Dec. Dustin Conti (CU) 5-2. RU Leads 19-8
285: Mauro Correnti (RU) Dec. Evan Daley (CU) 3-2. RU Leads 22-8.
125: Jake Gromacki (CU) Dec. J.R. Wert (RU) 3-2. RU Leads 22-11
133: Anthony Cefolo (RU) Dec. Roshaun Cooley (CU) 9-5. RU Wins 25-11
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