Broncs come from behind, defeat Maryland in final home dual

Courtesy: Matt St. Onge
         
Release: February 18, 2017
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LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - “This is a very special day. This is a special team. And it’s all the teams leading up to here that built the history and the quality of this program,” said Rider Head Coach Gary Taylor talking about the Rider wrestling team’s come-from-behind victory over the Maryland Terrapins. The Broncs won 23-20 on the strength of two pins in the middleweights.

The Broncs received wins from J.R. Wert (Christianburg, VA/Christianburg), B.J. Clagon (Toms River, NJ/Toms River South), Dean Sherry (Brick, NJ/Brick Township), and Ryan Wolfe (New Castle, DE/Caravel Academy), along with a pair of pins from Chad Walsh (Cherry Hill, NJ/Camden Catholic), and Wayne Stinson (Wrightstown, NJ/Northern Burlington Regional).

The match began at 125 with an early 6-1 victory by Wert over Michael Beck to give the Broncs a 3-0 lead. 

They would then fall behind quickly, with Anthony Cefolo (Florham Park, NJ/Hanover Park Regional [South Dakota St.]) losing a tight 5-3 sudden-victory match, and Evan Fidelibus (Easton, PA/Easton Area)  and Gino Fluri (Blairstown, NJ/North Warren Regional) getting pinned to give Maryland a 15-3 lead through four matches.

The Broncs would get back on the winning track, starting with Clagon defeating Justin Alexander, 3-0, to push the score to 15-6 for a brief moment. The Broncs would be penalized one team point for unsportsmanlike conduct after the end of the match.

Walsh would then strike out of nowhere in what seemed like a fairly slow match, scoring the fall in 6:06 over Patrick Gerish. At 174, Sherry would fight hard on the way to a 7-3 decision over Josh Ugalde of Maryland. The match would end up tied at 14 when Maryland was penalized a team point of their own at the end of the 174 pound match.

Stinson would then strike in the heroic moment of the match, wrestling up a weight class at 184 and getting the fall in 1:46 to give the Broncs their first lead since 125 pounds, 20-14.

“I might as well go for it,” said Stinson about the big move. “I put him right on his back, and I knew I had to get the pin because it was huge for the team.”

In an end fitting only for the script of a Hollywood movie, Wolfe would come out to wrestle at 197 knowing that a victory would secure Coach Taylor’s 442nd and final dual victory. He did so in workmanlike fashion, defeating David-Brian Whisler, 8-3, to clinch the match, 23-14. 

“I was happy to be put in that position, knowing that I could win for Coach Taylor, myself and the team,” said Wolfe about being put in position to clinch the match.

The Broncs would forfeit at 285 pounds and take home the 23-20 victory.

“EWLs are what we’ve got next, and we’ll be going into training for that. We’ve hit this thing pretty well over many years, and coming out of EWLs are the NCAA Championships. This is an incredible team, and I’ve been amazed by them,” said Coach Taylor in regards to the next step for the season.

The Broncs will next compete at the Nelson Fieldhouse on the campus of Bloomsburg University in the EWL Championships, looking to add conference titles and national qualifiers to the history of Rider Wrestling.

125: J.R. Wert (RU) Dec. Michael Beck (UM), 6-1. RU Leads 3-0
133: Billy Rappo (UM) Dec. Anthony Cefolo (RU), 5-3 SV-1. Score Tied 3-3
141: Ryan Diehl (UM) WBF. Evan Fidelibus (RU), 3:49. UM Leads 9-3
149: Adam Whitesell (UM) WBF. Gino Fluri (RU), 1:36. UM Leads 15-3
*157: B.J. Clagon (RU) dec. Justin Alexander (UM), 3-0. UM Leads 15-5
165: Chad Walsh (RU) WBF. Patrick Gerish (UM), 6:06. UM Leads 15-11
**174: Dean Sherry (RU) Dec. Josh Ugalde (UM), 7-3. Score Tied 14-14
184: Wayne Stinson (RU) WBF. Idris White (UM), 1:46. RU Leads 20-14
197: Ryan Wolfe (RU) Dec. David-Brian Whisler (UM), 8-3. RU Leads 23-14
285: Youssif Hemida (UM) Forf. (RU). RU Wins 23-20

*- Rider was penalized 1 team point for Unsportsmanlike Conduct. 
**- Maryland was penalized 1 team point for Unsportsmanlike Conduct.
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