Rider Adds 5 Recruits
The Rider University wrestling program has added five recruits to its 2012-13 roster.
Ryan Wolfe of New Castle, Delaware, Shane Springer of Norristown, Pennsylvania, Patrick Skinner of Freeport, New York, Curt Delia of Mullica Hill, New Jersey and Paul Kirchner of Somerville, New Jersey will further their educations and wrestling careers at Rider.
"Overall, this is a very good class of student-athletes that have a true passion for the sport and all wrestle a very aggressive style on the mat," said Rider head coach Gary Taylor, who now begins his 34th season at Rider.
Wolfe, a senior at Caravel Academy, is the 2012 State Champion and was a two-time Delaware State Finalist.
"Ryan has really come into his own and established himself as one of the best wrestlers in the nation at 182 pounds this year," Taylor said. "He is very athletic and aggressive in his wrestling style. We look for him to challenge at 184-187."
Springer, a senior at Norristown High School, compiled a scholastic record of 186-22, including a PIAA record 139 pins. "Shane is a very successful high school wrestler, a two-time State Finalist," Taylor said. "He is also very good at pinning people. Setting that state record is impressive. He has a great passion for the sport and we look for him to challenge at 157-165."
Skinner, a senior at Kellenberg Memorial High School, is a two-time High School National All-American and a two-time New York State place winner (third, sixth) as well as a three-time Catholic League State Champion.
"Patrick is fairly new to the sport but has had great success," Taylor said. "Having placed twice in New York and the High School Nationals demonstrates that he can compete with the best at his weight class. Patrick will look to challenge at 125."
Delia is a senior at Delsea Regional High School, where he compiled 141 wins on his way to two Region 8 Championships and four New Jersey State Tournaments, where he placed fifth this year.
"One of our former wrestlers, Greg Sauer, is Curt's coach at Delsea," Taylor said. "Curt had a very good senior year, competing in a tough weight class, and will challenge at 141 next year."
Kirchner, a senior at Somerville High School, is a two-time New Jersey State qualifier who won over 100 matches before finishing eighth in New Jersey this year.
"Paulie is a very talented wrestler who has a huge upside for college wrestling," Taylor said. "Paulie is a very wiry and competitive wrestler who will look to challenge at 141."
He is also the younger brother of graduating senior Jimmy Kirchner, who compiled 70 wins at Rider.
"We are pleased with these new additions to our program who will add depth and talent to specific areas of our lineup," Taylor said.