One of the biggest Eastern Wrestling League showdowns in recent memory went down in Lawrenceville, NJ last night as the Lock Haven Bald Eagles came into to mix it up with the Rider Broncs. I predicted several tight individual matches leading to a close dual but Rider dominated throughout. If a couple of Rider wrestlers had kept their cool this match would have been a much bigger blow out than the 10 point spread reflects.
Rider ripped the first three matches from Lock Haven, setting a tone for the evening. I didn’t ask either coach about training cycles but Rider was clearly ready for the bout where I’m not sure Lock haven was ready for the task at hand. Lock Haven won at 149 where Ronnie Perry was just more aggressive and had better cardio than Gary Dinmore and 165 where Marsteller racked up 3 takedowns and a reversal on a Chad Walsh that seemed more out of synch than I’ve seen him before. All the Rider upper weights did their job winning individual matches. Wayne Stinson went up a weight class to challenge Corey Hazel, Coach Hangey thought he matched up better with Hazel than MFD but was disqualified with a couple seconds remaining for an aggressive blow to Hazel’s head. Both guys were chippy in the final seconds and Stinson’s blow made more noise than Hazel’s. Questionable DQ decision. Before we get to Sherry and Laird, this 8 point swing in the match made the dual close again. Especially if you thought Thomas Haines was going to wrestle. Sherry, Laird and Correnti all piled on for Rider. Laird looks like the real deal. The northwest PA prep has had a really good freshman campaign.
Rider is undefeated in EWL matches with Bloom and Clarion remaining, they are the odds on favorite to claim their first EWL dual Championship. You can catch Rider today versus Bloom and at Drexel next Sunday afternoon before the Super Bowl, 1 PM at the DAC. Lock Haven returns to action today versus Columbia and Thursday Feb1 against Edinboro.
Post match interviews: J.R. Wert, BJ Clagon, Mauro Correnti, Dustin Kilgore, Dylan Alton, John Hangey and Lock Haven’s Ryan Wolf.
Warm ups. Introductions. Pre match WIB and Riders Tim Morrison and John Carvalheira HOF.
125lbs: J.R. Wert (Rider) over Luke Werner (Lock Haven), 6-5; Rider leads, 3-0
133lbs: Anthony Cefolo (Rider) over D.J. Fehlman (Lock Haven), 4-2; Rider leads, 6-0
141lbs: Tyson Dippery (Rider) over Kyle Shoop (Lock Haven), 7-1; Rider leads, 9-0
*Unsportsmanlike conduct on Rider. 1 point deduction. Rider leads, 8-0
149lbs: Ronald Perry (Lock Haven) over Gary Dinmore (Rider), 8-2; Rider leads, 8-3
157lbs: B.J. Clagon (Rider) WBF Alex Klucker (Lock Haven), 3:55; Rider leads, 14-3
165lbs: Chance Marsteller (Lock Haven) over Chad Walsh (Rider), 8-4; Rider leads, 14-6
174lbs: Dean Sherry (Rider) over Jared Siegrist (Lock Haven), 10-5; Rider leads, 17-6
184lbs: Corey Hazel (Lock Haven) DQ Wayne Stinson (Rider), 6:59 Rider leads, 17-12
*Flagrant misconduct on Rider. 2 point deduction. Rider leads, 15-12
197lbs: Ethan Laird (Rider) over Trey Hartsock (Lock Haven), 9-2; Rider leads, 18-12
285lbs: Mauro Smash Correnti (Rider) major over Derek Dragon (Lock Haven), 18-6; Rider wins, 22-12