Boston University 21, Rider University 15
LAWRENCEVILLE--The Broncs won four bouts, but it was not enough to defeat Boston University in a Colonial Athletic Association dual meet Saturday. It marked the first time since the 2001-02 season that BU defeated the Broncs, and just the second time ever.
"I think both teams saw this as a potential five-five split," said Rider head coach Gary Taylor. "Boston out-wrestled us today."
The top-ranked 157 in the CAA, Nestor Taffur of BU (8-7, 2-4 CAA), defeated Rider senior Zac Cibula (Luxemburg, Wis./Luxemburg Casco) for the final score.
This year Taffur won both of his previous matches with Cibula, 3-1 and 5-4. Cibula beat Taffur twice in 2010-11 and they were in different weight classes last year.
Sophomore Donald McNeil (Plainville, Mass./Wyoming Seminary) won by fall, his sixth pin of the season, to give Rider a 12-3 lead. "If Don gets someone to their back he usually gets a pin," Taylor said. "He's very good at settling that once he gets a guy over."
In the first bout of the day, junior Ramon Santiago (Sayreville, N.J./Sayreville), ranked first in the CAA at 165, used a takedown with 45 seconds left to take a 6-5 lead in the 7-6 victory over Mitch Wightman, the third ranked 165 in the CAA.
Rider freshman Curt Delia (Mullica Hill, NJ/Delsea) won to cut the lead to 18-15 and freshman Ryan Wolfe (New Castle, Del./Caravel) also won. "Curt is a good wrestler and he beat a pretty good wrestler today," Taylor said. "Wolfe wrestled well enough to win but he still needs to learn things and get better."
Rider (10-8, 3-3 CAA) defeated BU 24-9 last season in Boston, the tenth straight win for the Broncs over the Terriers.
Rider and BU have now wrestled 19 times, with Rider winning all but two.
The victory was the 300th at BU for head coach Carl Adams, and the 322nd of his career.
Between Coach Taylor (390) and Coach Adams, they have 712 victories.
The Broncs were competing without two injured starters, sophomore Jimmy Morris (Northport, NY/St. Anthony's) and sophomore Vinny Fava (Elmwood Park, N.J./Elmwood Park). "You deal with what you have," Taylor said. "The wrestlers we put in today fought hard."
Rider will now travel to BU for the CAA Championship March 9. "We should have our 10 starters going into the CAAs," Taylor said. "This is a pretty balanced year in the CAA. Whoever shows up and puts it together will win it."
Boston U. 21, Rider 15
165 #20 Ramon Santiago-R dec.. Mitchell Wightman-B 7-6 0-3
174 Kyle Czarnecki-B dec. James Brundage-R 4-3 3-3
184 Ryan Wolfe-R dec. Andrew Maksimovic-B 15-9 3-6
197 Donald McNeil-R wbf Kristian Meyer-B 1:04 3-12
285 Kevin Innis-B dec. Greg Velasco-R 9-2 6-12
125 Bubba McGinley-B dec. Patrick Skinner-R 12-8 9-12
133 Dane Harlowe-B wbf Mike Shupin-R 1:36 15-12
141 Tyler Scotton-B dec. Rob Cigna-R 10-3 18-12
149 Curt Delia-R dec. Nick Tourville-B 9-6 18-15
157 Nestor Taffur-B dec. Zac Cibula-R 8-5 21-15