Vikings Move to Second Place After Defeating Rider, 21-16

Vikings Move to Second Place After Defeating Rider, 21-16

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Cleveland State Wrestling team traveled to EWL's Rider for their fifth EWL match of the season. The Vikings came out strong and defeated the Broncs in a huge EWL match, 21-16.

The Vikings moved to second place in the EWL to match Rider's 3-2 league record. CSU is now 5-2 overall on the year. 

Gabe Stark started the Vikings off in great shape with a 7-1 decision that included a big 5 point throw and 3-0 lead over Rider in the 174 weight class. At 184, Xavier Dye gave the Vikings a 7-0 lead over Rider with a dominating 10-2 major decision. The Vikings continued their success with another win at 197 where Nick Corba won in another major decision, 12-2. That put the Vikings up 11-0 over Rider. #15 Riley Shaw won a tough match by gaining a point in the final seconds to seal a 2-1 win and add to the Vikings score, 14-0. The Vikings didn't slow down there. #15 Ben Willeford dominated with a 14-2 major decision. At 133, Alfredo Gray continued the Vikings shutout with a 6-3 decision over Rob Deutsch, who is ranked 21st in the country, and put CSU up 21-0. Rider fought back but wasn't enough as the Vikings defeated the Broncs, 21-16. 

The Vikings will be back in action as they host Bloomsburg in their final home meet of the season next Saturday (Feb. 14). Wrestling will begin at 1 p.m.

Match Results:

174  Gabe Stark-C dec. Steve Nelson-R                                7-1                      3-0
184  Xavier Dye-C major dec. Ali Yildiz-R                              10-2                     7-0
197  Nick Corba-C major dec. Don McNeil-R                       12-2                    11-0 
Hwt  #15 Riley Shaw-C  dec. Greg Velasco-R                         4-1                     14-0 
125  #15 Ben Willeford-C major dec.  J.R. Wert-R                14-2                    18-0     
133  Alfredo Gray-C dec. Rob Deutsch-R                              6-3                     21-0 
141 Chuck Zeisloft-R  dec. Mike Carlone-C                            10-6                     21-3 
149  #19 B.J. Clagon-R  major dec. Nick Montgomery-C  16-8                    21-7
157  #19 Chad Walsh-R dec.  Latrell Davis-C                        3-0                    21-10
165 Conor Brennan-R wbf Matt Donohoe-C                         6:06                    21-16