Rider secures perfect conference record with 23-12 win at Cleveland State

CLEVELAND, OH -- The Rider University wrestling team wrapped up their dual season by capturing their second consecutive MAC East Division Dual championship with a perfect 8-0 record in the Mid-American, after the Broncs defeated Cleveland State 23-12 on Friday afternoon. With the win, Rider moves to 8-7 with an undefeated conference record of 8-0, while Cleveland State falls to 8-8 and 6-3 in the MAC.

The Broncs started off the dual with wins at both 125 and 133 as Tyler Klinsky and Richie Koehler. Klinsky took down Ben Aranda in a tightly contested bout to kick off the dual. Klinsky and Aranda both went scoreless in the first and traded escapes in the second and third leading the bout into sudden victory. In the extra period, Klinsky scored the takedown to move to 6-2 in the MAC and 14-11 on the year. Koehler took down Nick Molchak 7-2 following the Klinsky win to cap off his perfect in conference season at 7-0 in MAC duals.

Rider also scored victories at 149 and 157 by #30 Quinn Kinner and No. 28 Colton Washleski to get Rider back-to-back victories. Kinner dominated his match against Douglas Terry scoring Rider's first bonus point win of the afternoon with a 15-3 major decision win. Washleski battled with Marcus Robinson coming out as the victor 6-5. With the win, Washleski wraps up his MAC dual season at 7-1 and moves to a team-best 26-6.

Rider clinched the victory and their second straight MAC East Division title thanks to victories at 174, 184, and Heavyweight as Michael Wilson, Isaac Dean, and No. 33 David Szuba. Wilson's win secured a perfect 8-0 record in MAC duals. Szuba rounded out the dual with the second major of the afternoon with a 16-2 win over #26 Daniel Bucknavich.

Quotes and Notes
- "The guys responded and wrestled well today. It was a complete team effort plus we had some very good individual performances as well. I'm very proud of this team for their perseverance throughout the season, they earned the title of MAC East Champs." Rider Head Coach John Hangey
- Wilson and Koehler's wins secured perfect MAC dual record for both at 8-0 and 7-0
- Washleski wraps up his MAC dual season at 7-1 and moves to a team-best 26-6.
- The win gave Rider their 12th straight MAC win dating back to January 26th of 2023.
- The Broncs captured their second straight MAC East Division Crown after being co-champs a season ago.
- The win also secured Riders best confrence record since joining the MAC

125 Tyler Klinsky (Rider) over Ben Aranda (Cleveland State) (SV-1 4-1)
133 Richie Koehler (Rider) over Nick Molchak (Cleveland State) (Dec 7-2)
141 Dylan Layton (Cleveland State) over Will Betancourt (Rider) (Dec 3-0)
149 Quinn Kinner (Rider) over Douglas Terry (Cleveland State) (MD 15-3)
157 Colton Washleski (Rider) over Marcus Robinson (Cleveland State) (Dec 6-5)
165 Daniel Patten (Cleveland State) over Cole McComas (Rider) (Dec 4-1)
174 Michael Wilson (Rider) over DeAndre Nassar (Cleveland State) (Dec 13-9)
184 Isaac Dean (Rider) over Joey Lyons (Cleveland State) (Dec 4-2)
197 Benjamin Smith (Cleveland State) over Azeem Bell (Rider) (Fall 3:35)
285 David Szuba (Rider) over Daniel Bucknavich (Cleveland State) (MD 16-2)
Extra: Kaden Naame (Rider) over Ruben Pina-Lorenzana (Cleveland State) (MD 9-0)