Boston U 17, Rider 16 (tiebreaker)
Boston University 17, Rider University 16 (tiebreaker)
BOSTON, MASS—“How bizarre, how bizarre, how bizarre?”
More than a ‘one hit wonder’ in the 1990s, ‘How Bizarre’ was a way many spectators described the wrestling match at Boston University Saturday afternoon.
Up until a few years ago, wrestling matches sometimes ended in ties, but are now decided by a list of criteria.
The Broncs won five of the 10 bouts but it was not enough to defeat BU Saturday afternoon, as the host Terriers won on the tiebreaker criteria.
BU totaled 47 match points to Rider’s 46.
The match was held in the FitRec Center, a building normally used for Physical Education, club sports and intramurals, similar to Rider’s SRC. Not varsity competition.
Because the match was held in a multipurpose center, the horn was not allowed to be used, since there was a (non-varsity) basketball game being played in the same building, so a ‘towel-tap’ was used to signal the referee that the period has ended.
Then there were a pair of takedowns that somehow got lost between the mat and the scorer’s table, in the first and last bouts. If either one of those takedowns had been recorded, Rider would have won the match based on criteria, 48-46. In the ninth match, heavyweight, the ‘towel-tapper’ missed the referee with his swipe, and a late BU point was allowed that won the match instead of overtime.
“It was just a bizarre day,” said 36-year Rider head coach Gary Taylor, who recently picked up his 400th career win. “I’ve been doing this a long time and this is one of the most bizarre days I’ve ever seen. But don’t get me wrong, BU is a good team and they won the match. I am not complaining about anything, just agreeing that it was one of the stranger things I’ve seen. It is what it is.”
Rider junior Clint Morrison (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cedar Cliff) won a 9-1 major decision at 184 to give Rider a 13-10 lead. Morrison improved to 10-3 on the season. “Clint got us a major which we really needed at the time,” Taylor said.
Sophomore Robert Deutsch (Cherry Hill, NJ/Eastern Regional) won in the tenth and final bout, 3-2 at 125, to tie the score at 16-16.
With the win Deutsch improves to 21-4. “Rob put in a good performance again today,” Taylor said.
Rider sophomore Curt Delia (Mullica Hill, NJ/Delsea) won at 149 to cut the BU lead to 6-3. Delia improved to 15-9.
Rider senior Ramon Santiago (Sayreville, N.J./Sayreville) won 8-2 at 165 to cut the BU lead to 10-6. Santiago improved to 13-10. “:Ramon wrestled more like himself today,” Taylor said. “He was aggressive.”
Sophomore Conor Brennan (Brick, NJ/Brick Twp.) won at 174 to cut the BU lead to 10-9, improving to 17-7. “Conor keeps on finding ways to win,” Taylor said.
Rider and BU are former ECWA and CAA opponents.
Rider and BU have now wrestled 20 times, with Rider winning all but three, including a 21-15 Terrier victory last season.
Rider hosts Duke and Sacred Heart Saturday February 1. Rider and Duke have never met on the mats before. “I know they have a pretty solid team,” Taylor said, “so we’ve got to get ready for that.”
Rider is hoping for nothing unusual, strange or odd happening next Saturday. Certainly nothing bizarre.
BU 17, Rider 16
133: Dane Harlowe-B dec. Chuck Zeisloft-R 6-5 3-0
141: Tyler Scotton-B dec. John Gentile-R 11-5 6-0
149: Curt Delia-R dec. Nick Tourville-B 5-1 6-3
157: Nestor Taffur-B major dec. Wayne Stinson-R 9-1 10-3
165: Ramon Santiago-R dec. Mitchell Wightman-B 8-2 10-6
174: Conor Brennan-R dec. Colin Saunders-B 3-2 10-9
184: Clint MorrisonR major dec. Aaron Conrad-B 9-1 10-13
197: Alex Najjar-B dec. Jeff McElwee-R 9-5 13-13
HWT: Kevin Innis-B dec. Greg Velasco-R 4-2 16-13
125: Robert Deutsch-R dec. Bubba McGinley-B 3-2 16-16