Broncs announce 2017-18 recruiting class
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – The Rider University wrestling team has announced the commitments of six incoming student-athletes for the 2017-18 season. Jesse Dellavecchia (Great River, NY/East Islip [Binghamton]), Gary Dinmore (Skillman, NJ/Hunterdon Central), Tyson Dippery (Harrisburg, PA/Central Dauphin [Rutgers]), Herb Edwards (Trenton, NJ/Trenton Central), Ethan Laird (Waterford, PA/General McLane) and Matt McKenzie (Wall, NJ/Wall) will all be newcomers in John Hangey's first year as Head Coach after taking over for the legendary Gary Taylor.
“We are very excited about the group of young men that make up this year's recruiting class,” said Hangey. “They all bring great experience, talent and character to our University and wrestling program. We will look for several of them to make an immediate impact and are anxious to begin working with all of them in pursuit of their academic and wrestling goals.”
Dellavecchia comes to Rider from Binghamton University, where he posted a 15-9 record with four pins and a major decision as a freshman in 2015-16. A two-time state finalist at East Islip High School, Dellavecchia was named an All-American in 2015. Dellavecchia will wrestle at 157.
Dinmore wrestled for two years at Penn State, competing unattached at 141 as a true freshman in 2015-16, and will have three years of eligibility remaining. He was a four-year letter winner in wrestling at Hunterdon Central High School where he amassed a 138-11 overall record. Dinmore was team captain twice, in 2013 and 2014 and was a three-time New Jersey State Runner Up.
Dippery comes to Rider from Rutgers, where he competed for four years. He was an NCAA qualifier at 149 in 2016 and placed sixth at the Big Ten Championships. He also won the East Stroudsburg Open three years in a row and was a 2014 EIWA Championships placewinner, finishing sixth. In high school at Central Dauphin, he recorded a 183-15 record, good for the most wins in school history. Dippery was a member of two state championship teams.
Edwards was a Second Team All-Colonial Valley Conference selection for Trenton Central as a senior, posting a 35-6 record at 126 and securing a berth in the state tournament. He also earned honorable mention All-CVC as a junior. A two-sport athlete, Edwards also lettered in football as the Tornadoes' quarterback.
Laird was a four-time state qualifier for General McLane and the 2017 state runner up. He set the Lancers' school record with 138 wins. A three-sport athlete, he was All-Region in wrestling at 195, while also earning the honor in football and baseball. He's also excelled in the classroom, achieving Academic All-State three times.
McKenzie posted a 145-14 career record and is Wall's all-time wins leader. His 145 career wins are tied for 10th all-time in Shore Conference history. A three-time state medalist, McKenzie finished as high as third in the state as a junior. A three-time District 23 Champion and three-time Region 6 Finalist, McKenzie won the Region Championship in 2017 at 195. In his four-year high school career, he was taken down just three times and didn't surrender any back points.
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