Courtesy of goarmysports.com
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – Four Black Knights won bouts, but it was not enough as the Army wrestling team dropped an 18-12 decision to Rider in a non-conference dual match Wednesday evening at Alumni Gymnasium.
It marked the third consecutive victory for the Broncs, who improve to 8-5 on the season. Rider won four of the first five bouts to open a healthy 12-3 cushion and never trailed en route to the win.
The match began at 165 pounds and 20th-ranked Ramon Santiago upended Army junior Paul Hancock, 7-4. Rider proceeded to win the next two bouts to establish a quick 9-0 lead.
Army began to cut into the Broncs’ advantage in the 197-pound bout as Barnes took a 12-8 decision from Ryan McNeil. Rider reclaimed its nine-point edge (12-3) with a victory in the heavyweight bout, but Army rallied to within 12-9 as Wood (125 pounds) and Thome (133) rattled off consecutive wins by decision.
Rider made it 15-9 following a victory at 141 pounds, but Army refused to go quietly, creeping to within 15-12 after Belanger slipped past Curt Delia, 6-5, at 149 pounds.
The Broncs sealed the match in the night’s final bout, however, when Zac Cibula defeated Army senior Patrick Marchetti, 4-1, at 157 pounds.
Army returns to the friendly confines of Gillis Field House on Sunday, Jan. 27, when the Black Knights host EIWA rivals Brown and Harvard beginning at 1 p.m.
Match Notes: Army falls to 12-13-1 all-time versus Rider … Bryce Barnes now ranks second on the team with 17 wins (17-13) … Paul Hancock dropped his first dual match of the year, falling to 8-1 in duals this season.
Rider 18, Army 12
125: Hunter Wood (A) dec. Patrick Skinner, 12-6
133: Jordan Thome (A) dec. Jimmy Morris, 5-1
141: Vinny Fava (R) dec. Tyler Rauenzahn, 6-1
149: John Belanger (A) dec. Curt Delia, 6-5
157: Zac Cibula (R) dec. Patrick Marchetti, 4-1
165: #20 Ramon Santiago (R) dec. Paul Hancock, 7-4
174: James Brundage (R) dec. Cole Gracey, 9-7
184: Ryan Wolfe (R) dec. Travis Mallo, 11-5
197: Bryce Barnes (A) dec. Donald McNeil, 12-8
285: Greg Velasco (R) dec. Stephen Snyder, 4-1
* The match began at 165 pounds