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.