LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J.—The incoming class of Rider University’s wrestling team for the 2013-2014 school year was ranked 15th by the Amateur Wrestling News.
The class is made up of 10 members, all with various wrestling awards and accolades for their achievements in high school or with their previous schools. The class consists of:
· Robert Deutsch-- is a transfer from Old Dominion University where he was an NCAA Qualifier at 125. He compiled 29 victories over this past season and was the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association runner-up.
· B.J. Clagon—has four NHSCA National Championships, one of only three wrestlers to ever achieve that, and two NJSIAA State Championships at Toms River South. He is ranked third in the nation at 145 pounds.
· J.R. Wert – is currently ranked fifth in the nation at 120 pounds by Flo Wrestling and 10th by InterMat. He is a three-time Virginia State Champion.
· Wayne Stinson—is currently ranked 11th in the nation at 152 by InterMat and has won the NJSIAA State Championship at North Burlington HIgh.
· Ali Yildiz –placed third in the NJ States at 182 at South Brunswick HIgh and was a Region 5 Champion.
· Zach Valcarce—is a two-time District 32 runner-up. He finished third at Region 8 and was a NJ State qualifier at 125 pounds for Lower Cape May High.
· John Gentile-- was a three-time NJ State qualifier and a Region 8 Champion.
· Andrew Reca—is a transfer from Lycoming College. He is a Region 7 qualifier at 157 pounds.
· Chad Walsh-- is currently ranked 18th in the nation at 152 and is a four-time NJ State place winner at Camden Catholic.
David Fenton--a Region 5 runner-up at 160 and a NJ State qualifier for Hunterdon Central High.
· This incoming class of recruits joins the Rider’s wrestling team that finished 10-8 last season and in second place in the final Colonial Athletic Association Championships. This year Rider begins competing in the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL).