Lawrenceville, NJ – Senior Luke Vaith recorded a win by fall for the Pride but the Broncs captured six of the 10 matches as Rider defeated Hofstra, 22-18 in a non-conference match at Alumni Gymnasium Sunday evening.
Hofstra trailed 12-0 after three matches after Greg Velasco defeated Michael Hughes (11-15), 3-2 at 285, Robert Deutsch tripped up senior Jamie Franco (19-7), 4-0 at 125 and the Pride forfeited at 133.
But Vaith (23-4) pinned Paul Kirchner at the 2:17 mark of their 141-pound match. It was Vaith’s seventh pin of the season and his 99th career victory. The Pride tied the match at 12-all with victories at 149 and 157 as junior Cody Ruggirello (20-7) topped Curt Delia, 6-5 and red-shirt freshman Jahlani Callender (14-7) edged Wayne Stinson, 4-3, respectively.
But Rider won the next three matches beginning with Ramon Santiago’s 6-1 upset over Hofstra’s 15th-ranked Joe Booth (26-6) at 165. Connor Brennan then defeated Pride red-shirt freshman Frank Affronti (10-13), 7-4 at 174 before Clint Morrison majored Hofstra sophomore Victor Pozsonyi (5-13), 12-4 at 184. Pride senior Zeal McGrew closed out the match with a win by forfeit at 197 for the 22-18 final.
The Pride will return to action on Sunday, February 16 when they compete in the EAS Sports Nuitrition NWCA National Duals presented by Hibiclens and the United States Marine Corps at Ohio State’s St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The 14-team bracket will be announced this week.
Rider 22, Hofstra 18
285 – Greg Velasco (RU) dec. Michael Hughes (HU), 3-2
125 – Rob Deutsch (RU) dec. Jamie Franco (HU), 4-0
133 – Chuck Zeisloft (RU) wins by forfeit
141 – Luke Vaith (HU) WBF Paul Kirchner (RU), 2:17
149 – Cody Ruggirello (HU) dec. Curt Delia (RU), 6-5
157 – Jahlani Callender (HU) dec. Wayne Stinson (RU), 4-3
165 – Ramon Santiago (RU) dec. Joe Booth (HU), 6-1
174 – Connor Brennan (RU) dec. Frank Affronti (HU), 7-4
184 – Clint Morrison (RU) maj. dec. Victor Pozsonyi (HU), 12-4
197 – Zeal McGrew (HU) wins by forfeit