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Rider’s Gary Taylor claims career coaching victory 400


By Bud Focht
Rider Sports Information

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—The Broncs won six of the 10 bouts to win an Eastern Wrestling League dual meet with Bloomsburg Friday night.

With the victory Rider head coach Gary Taylor became just the second active wrestling coach to compile 400 wins at a Division I program.

Taylor is now 400-226-4. University of Minnesota head coach Jay Robinson is the only active head coach to have 400 wins all at a Division I program with 411.

For Rider (10-5, 4-1 EWL), ranked third in the EWL, sophomore Conor Brennan (Brick, NJ/Brick Twp.) upset 20-match winner Mike Dessino 3-2 with a late third period take down to give the Broncs a 17-9 lead.

Sophomore Curt Delia (Mullica Hill, NJ/Delsea) won by tech fall to give Rider an 11-6 lead. Delia was the EWL Wrestler of the Week last week and is now 10-5 in dual meets.

Rider freshman Wayne Stinson (Wrightstown, NJ/Northern Burlington Regional) won in an upset to give Rider a 14-6 lead.

Junior Clint Morrison (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cedar Cliff) won to give the Broncs a 20-9 lead.

Sophomore Robert Deutsch (Cherry Hill, NJ/Eastern Regional) won to give Rider a 3-0 lead. Deutsch, who is ranked 16th in the nation at 125.won for the eighth straight time and improved to 20-4 overall, 14-1 in duals and 4-1 in the EWL.

Junior Chuck Zeisloft (Woodbury Heights, N.J./Gateway) improved to 16-10 with a victory at 133 for a 6-0 Rider lead.

For Bloomsburg (4-5, 1-1 EWL), ranked second in the EWL behind #14 Edinboro,165 Josh Veltre, ranked 15th in the nation, won a close match with senior Ramon Santiago (Sayreville, N.J./Sayreville) to cut the lead to 14-9.

Huskie 197 Richard Perry, ranked fourth in the nation, won a major decision.

Heavyweight Justin Grant, ranked 14th in the nation, won for the final score.

Rider and Bloomsburg have now met 14 times, with Rider winning eight. All eight under Coach Taylor.

A seven-time Conference Coach of the Year, Taylor has led Rider to 13 conference titles, with 96 individual conference champions, 152 NCAA qualifiers and 13 All-Americans.

And now 400 victories.

Rider travels to Boston University January 25.

Rider, Bloomsburg
125 – Rob Deutsch-R dec. Sean Boylan-B 7-1 3-0
133 – Chuck Zeisloft-R dec. Nick Wilcox-B 11-5 6-0
141- Matt Rappo-B wbf John Gentile-R 1:28 6-6
149- Curt Delia-R tech fall Derek Goodwin-B 18-1 (5:20) 11-6
157- Wayne Stinson-R dec. Kevin Hartnett-B 4-2 sv 14-6
165- Josh Veltre-B dec. Ramon Santiago-R 2-0 14-9
174- Conor Brennan-R dec, Mike Dessino-B 3-2 17-9
184- Clint Morison-R dec. Sam Shirey-B 7-1 20-9
197- Richard Perry-B major dec. Jeff McElwee-R 21-7 20-13
285- Justin Grant-B dec. Greg Velasco-R 4-1 20-16

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