Old Dominion University 24, Rider University 11
NORFOLK, VA-The Broncs won three matches, two by major decision, not enough to defeat Old Dominion in a Colonial Athletic Association dual meet Sunday afternoon.
ODU (9-5, 4-0 CAA) jumped out to an 18-0 lead after senior Zac Cibula (Luxemburg, Wis./Luxemburg Casco) was upset 2-1 at 157. "We got hurt at '57," said Rider head coach Gary Taylor. "We knew we needed that one. It was a match that could have gone either way."
That was the theme of the day, as the Broncs (8-6, 2-2 CAA) lost four matches by one point, including one in sudden victory. "It is what it is," Taylor said of the close defeats. "We just came up a bit short in a few matches that were close. We'll keep working on it."
Wolfe, the top ranked 184 in the CAA, won an 11-1 major decision over Austin Coburn, the fourth ranked 184 in the CAA, to cut the ODU lead to 18-11. "Ryan is a talented young man," Taylor said, "who needs to continue to grow. He is clearly heading in the right direction. He has a lot of talent but can get so much better. His upside is very high in the future."
Wolfe improves to 19-9 overall, 3-1 in the CAA.
Santiago, ranked 17th in the nation, won a major decision at 165 to cut the ODU lead to 18-4. Santiago improved to 24-6 overall, 12-2 in duals and 4-0 in the CAA.
Brundage won 7-3 at 174 to cut the ODU lead to 18-7.
ODU led 6-0 before things even started, with Rider forfeiting at 125. "We couldn't put Skinner (freshman 125 Patrick Skinner of Freeport, NY/Kellenberg) out there, he was injured," Taylor said. "We knew we had to give that up."
Rider beat ODU 16-15 at Rider last season, the first time since 2003-04. Rider is 4-9-1 against ODU since the series began in 2001-02, with Rider winning the first three meetings.
Rider is now off until February 9 when the Broncs host Sacred Heart at 12 noon. "The break is good for us," Taylor said. "It will give us a chance to work on some technique, which we're going to need more of as it comes down to the final run. We need to keep getting better all season long."
ODU 24, Rider 11
125: Jerome Robinson (ODU) wins by forfeit 6-0
133: Scott Festejo (ODU) dec. Jimmy Morris-R 5-2 9-0
141: Chris Macate (ODU) dec. Vinny Fava-R 6-2 12-0
149: Alex Richardson (ODU) dec. Curt Delia-R 2-1 15-0
157: Brennan Brumley (ODU) dec. Zac Cibula-R 2-1 18-0
165: Ramon Santiago-R major dec. Brett Miller (ODU) 8-0 18-4
174: James Brundage-R dec. Marcus Johnson (ODU) 7-3 18-7
184: Ryan Wolfe-R major dec. Austin Coburn (ODU) 11-1 18-11
197: Jacob Henderson (ODU) dec. Don McNeil-R 3-2 21-11
285: Matt Tourdot (ODU) dec. Greg Velasco-R 3-2 24-11