Wrestling team back in action

By Matt Horning

Feb. 5, 2018

With the beginning of the spring semester at Cleveland State University, it was back to work for the men’s CSU men’s wrestling team as they took on Rider University inside Woodling Gymnasium on Friday, Jan. 19.
The nationally ranked No. 19 Rider University Broncs would take seven of the 10 matches by decision, with two matches won by just a single point.

The first two matches at the 165lbs. and 174lbs. weight class would see Rider’s Chad Walsh and Dean Sherry pick up wins over Georgio Poullas and Gabe Stark.  

Walsh gained the pin-fall at 5:39, giving Rider their first points of the contest with Sherry winning his match by a 9-5 decision, boosting Rider to an early 9-0 lead.

Nick Corba, Cleveland State’s stand out redshirt senior, would get Cleveland State on the score sheet at the 184lbs. weight class with his team leading 19th win of the season.

The win came via forfeit after Rider failed to send an opponent to face Corba, which allowed CSU to pick up the maximum six points, making the score 9-6.

Rider would then go on a winning streak, taking the final seven matches of the event.

John Kelbly then won by major decision to Ethan Laird in the 197lbs. weight class giving Rider the 13-6 lead.

Cleveland State sophomore Collin Kelly entered next, grappling at the 285lbs. weight class, taking on Mauro Correnti. Entering the third period of the heavyweight fight, Kelly trailed 2-1, but Correnti would hold on and claim the 5-2 decision taking Rider to a 16-6 lead over Cleveland State.

Cleveland State’s John Martin would next take the mat for a match against Rider’s J.R. Wert at the 125lbs. weight class with Martin losing via a 3-2 decision, giving Rider the 19-6 advantage.

The 133lbs. weight class would then take center stage next as Cleveland State’s Andrew Coghill would grapple with Jonathan Tropea from Rider. Tropea’s 10-5 decision pushed Rider to a 22-6 lead.

Cleveland State’s Evan Cheek would next wrestle in the 141lbs. weight class as he faced Rider’s Tyson Dippery. Dippery recorded the 7-4 decision taking Rider to a 25-6 lead over Cleveland State.

The 149lbs. weight class would see a tightly contested match as Cleveland State red shirt freshman Ryan Ford, came up just behind Gary Dinmore from Rider. Ford held the lead after the first period of the contest, but Dinmore clawed back into the bout and managed to tie the score at 3-3 late in the third period. Ford would end up losing his match by a 5-4 decision, giving Rider a 28-6 lead, but Rider was docked one point for a bench conduct penalty.

The final match of the day saw a 157lbs. weight class battle as Cleveland State’s Ryan Montgomery battled B.J. Clagon from Rider.

Montgomery fell in a 11-5 decision, leading to Rider’s 30-6 lead and the overall victory.Cleveland State next hits the mat on Saturday, Jan. 27 when they host George Mason University at home before heading on the road to Clarion University for a Jan. 28 match-up against the Golden Eagles.



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