Broncs take 2nd at EWL Championships
BLOOMSBURG, PA - The Rider Wrestling Team scored 75 team points to take second place in the team standing at the 2017 Eastern Wrestling League Championships.
The Broncs ended up in second on the strength of three titles, four third-place finishes, and two fourth-place finishes. The Broncs received championship finishes from B.J. Clagon (Toms River, NJ/Toms River South), Chad Walsh (Cherry Hill, NJ/Camden Catholic), and Ryan Wolfe (Cherry Hill, NJ/Camden Catholic). Taking third were Anthony Cefolo (Florham Park, NJ/Hanover Park Regional [South Dakota St.]), Dean Sherry (Brick, NJ/Brick Township), Michale Fagg-Daves (Somerset, NJ/Franklin), and Mauro Correnti (Delran, NJ/Holy Cross [Lock Haven]). J.R. Wert (Christianburg, VA/Christianburg) and Evan Fidelibus (Easton, PA/Easton Area) took fourth.
“We’re disappointed. We were going there to win the tournament and we didn’t,” said Rider Head Coach Gary Taylor. “Edinboro had a great team, and the next-best thing when you’re not winning is second. It was good to see all three of our finalists take home titles.”
125-pound wrestler J.R. Wert received the third seed for the tournament, and took advantage in the quarterfinals with a 6-5 decision over Willy Girard of Bloomsburg. In the semifinals, Wert lost a tough 2-1 decision to Jake Gromacki of Clarion, sending him to the consolations. Wert would defeat Jake Field of Lock Haven, 6-4, to advance into the third-place match against Ibrahim Bunduka of George Mason. Wert would lose a tight 4-3 decision to Bunduka to take fourth place.
Third-seeded 133-pound wrestler Anthony Cefolo started the day off strong with a fall in 4:41 over Andrew Coghill of Cleveland State. Cefolo would lose by fall in the semifinals, with DJ Fehlman defeating him in 5:27. In the consolations, Cefolo defeated Roshaun Cooley of Clarion, 4-3, in the first tiebreaker to set up a third-place match against Matt Noble of Bloomsburg. Cefolo would defeat Noble by a 11-2 major decision to take third place.
141-pounder Evan Fidelibus went into the tournament unseeded, drawing fourth-seeded Evan Cheek of Cleveland State in the first round, who defeated him by technical fall. Fidelibus then received a bye into the consolation semifinals, where he defeated Tejon Anthony of George Mason, 10-6, to make the third-place match for a rematch from the first round against Cheek. Fidelibus lost again in the rematch by an 11-2 major decision for fourth place.
At 149, Gino Fluri (Blairstown, NJ/North Warren Regional) also went in unseeded, facing fourth seed Jake Keller of Clarion in the opening round and losing by a narrow 3-2 margin. Fluri then defeated Sam Matzek of Cleveland State, 9-6, to move into the consolation semifinals. In that match, Fluri suffered his second loss of the day, losing to Kyle Shoop of Lock Haven, 5-1, to end his day.
B.J. Clagon received the top seed and a bye into the semifinals at 157 pounds, where he defeated fourth-seeded Jon Ross of Lock Haven by 12-0 major decision to draw a berth in the finals against Chase Delande of Edinboro. Clagon would defeat Delande by 9-1 major decision for his second EWL title, after having won in 2015.
At 165, Chad Walsh also drew the number one seed and a bye through the first round, setting up a semifinal matchup against Jared Siegrist of Lock Haven. Walsh defeated Siegrist by 10-1 major decision to set up a finals rematch from last year against Austin Matthews of Edinboro. Walsh would earn revenge, defeating Matthews, 9-5, to get back to the top of the conference for the second time.
174-pound wrestler Dean Sherry was awarded the fourth seed, and proved it was well placed early with a 15-6 major decision over Trevor Allard of Bloomsburg. In the semifinals, he was matched up with top-seeded Ty Schoffstall of Edinboro. He would fall in sudden victory, 8-6, to go to the consolations for his next round match against Ryan Forrest of George Mason. Sherry would defeat Forrest 13-6 and move onto the third-place match and face Dominic Rigous of Clarion, where he’d win a 6-4 decision.
Michale Fagg-Daves received the second seed at 184 pounds, awarding him a bye through the first round and setting up a semifinal matchup against Nick Corba of Cleveland State, where he would get upset, 4-1. His next match against Corey Hazel of Lock Haven got him back on the winning track, with the victory coming by 7-3 decision. Fagg-Daves would then defeat Scott Marmoll of Clarion, 7-4, to take third place.
197-pounder Ryan Wolfe drew the first seed as well, receiving a bye through the first round and a date with fourth-seeded Dylan Reynolds of Edinboro. Wolfe would defeat Reynolds by technical fall, 22-7, to advance to the finals across from Dustin Conti of Clarion. Wolfe would bring home the title with a 9-2 decision over Conti for his third EWL title.
Mauro Correnti garnered the fourth seed at heavyweight, and succeeded in the first round, winning by fall in 0:38 over Mike Furbee of Cleveland State. Correnti was then faced with top-seeded Thomas Haines of Lock Haven, who would defeat him, 3-0, to send him to the consolations for a match with Evan Daley of Clarion. Correnti would defeat Daley, 2-1, to move into the third-place match in a matchup against Matt Voss of George Mason. Correnti defeated Voss 3-2 to take third place.
With the end of action today, the Broncs received three automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament, with Ryan Wolfe, Chad Walsh, and B.J. Clagon all locking up bids. The other wrestlers will wait for the announcement of the at-large bids to come out.
“We know the guys who have a legitimate shot, and they will continue to train. It’s out of our hands now, so we’ll have to wait and see what comes,” said Coach Taylor.
The Broncs will next wrestle at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, Missouri, March 16-18.
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