Anyone questioning whether or not dual meets still matter needed only to hear and see the wild celebration on the Rider bench after heavyweight Greg Velasco managed to hold Lehigh’s Doug Vollaro to a regular decision in the final match of the dual meet between the Lehigh Mountain Hawks and Rider Broncs. Highlight videos to be posted soon.
Although the final score was deadlocked 16-16, Rider was awarded the victory on the basis of having scored more total points (44-41) to win on criteria, stunning a large and partisan crowd at famed Grace Hall on Lehigh’s campus in Bethlehem, Pa.
Each team managed to win 5 bouts, but Rider’s 197lb., Donald McNeil upset Lehigh’s nationally ranked Elliot Riddick, 4-3 keeping the upset in play. McNeil scored a 3rd period takedown that provided the decisive points in the match.
The dual started at 125lbs, and Lehigh’s freshman sensation Scott Parker defeated J.R. Wert, 3-2 in the first of many hotly contested bouts. Parker rode the entire second period resulting in the winning riding time point.
Although Rider’s Rob Deutsch carried the action in his battle with Mason Beckman it was Lehigh’s captain who prevailed in double OT, criteria, 2-2 (riding time criteria). Deutsch was in on several deep shots but was unable to convert the winning TD…and Lehigh’s fans breathed a DEEP sigh of relief.
At 141, Lehigh’s always dangerous Randy Cruz won a 4-2 decision over Chuck Zeisloft. Choose down at your own risk against Mr. Cruz, who is long and strong and almost impossible to get away from.
Rider’s own freshman superstar, 2x N.J. state champion, B.J. Clagon, dominated in all positions against a game but over-matched Drew Longo, earning a four point major decision 15-5. Look for B.J. to make some noise nationally before his career is over.
In two toss up weights Rider wrestlers came out on top at 157, and 165 with Chad Walsh and Conor Brennan prevailing in tightly contested match ups against their Lehigh opponent, Santiago Martinez and Marshall Peppelman.
Lehigh’s captain Nate Brown was able to equal the earlier Rider major by getting his own four point victory winning 10-2 over senior Clint Morrison at 184 lbs.
Kudos to coach Gary Taylor’s rough and tough bunch of Broncs. They’re an impressive squad who came to wrestle, pushed the action in many bouts and earned a well deserved victory over #10 ranked Lehigh.
125 – Scott Parker (Lehigh) dec. J.R. Wert (Rider) 3-2
133 – Mason Beckman (Lehigh) dec. Rob Deutsch (Rider) 2-2, r.t.
141 – Randy Cruz (Lehigh) dec. Chuck Zeisloft (Rider) 4-2
149 – B.J. Clagon (Rider) major dec. Drew Longo (Lehigh) 16-5
157 – Chad Walsh (Rider) dec. Will Switzer (Lehigh) 8-6
165 – Connor Brennan (Rider) dec. Santiago Martinez (Lehigh) 3-2
174 – Ryan Wolfe (Rider) dec. Marshall Peppelman (Lehigh) 6-2
184 – Nathaniel Brown (Lehigh) major dec. Clint Morrison (Rider) 10-2
197 – Donald McNeil (Rider) dec. Elliot Riddick (Lehigh) 4-3
285 – Doug Vollaro (Lehigh) dec. Greg Velasco 4-1
Rider wins on third criteria – 46-41 advantage in total match points