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Wrestling Takes Down Rider in Dual Meet Opener, 25-13

The Crimson has won six straight duals dating back to last year (Robert Preston).

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – The Harvard wrestling team won seven of 10 bouts, including six in a row to close out the meet, en route to a 25-13 win at Rider Saturday afternoon.

The victory marked the third straight year that the Crimson has opened the dual meet portion of its schedule with a win over Rider (6-3, 1-1 EWL), and is the team's sixth straight overall dating back to last season. Harvard will remain on the road to face EIWA foe Rutgers tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Rider opened the meet with wins at 125 lbs. and 133 lbs. before Todd Preston got Harvard on the board at 141 lbs. The sophomore pinned John Gentile at the 4:34 mark for his second fall of the year, pulling the Crimson to within 9-6 in the team scores.

Rider rebounded with its third win at 149 lbs., but it was the last victory the hosts would get.

Tyler Grimaldi began Harvard's run with an 11-5 decision over Wayne Stinson at 157 lbs. Devon Gobbo followed with a 6-4 upset of No. 19 Ramon Santiago, his second straight victory over the nationally ranked Bronc.

Eric Morris picked up a 3-2 decision against Connor Brennan at 174 lbs. to give the Crimson its first lead, 15-13, before Cameron Croy extended Harvard's advantage with a 6-4 victory over Jim Resnick. James Fox put the match out of reach with his third major decision of the year, 10-1 against Jeff McElwee, and David Ng capped off the day with a 3-1 win versus Greg Velasco at heavyweight.

Harvard 25, Rider 13
125: No. 20 Robert Deutsch (RU) won by forfeit, 0-6
133: Chuck Zeisloft (RU) dec. Jeffrey Ott (HU), 9-5, 0-9
141: Todd Preston (HU) fall  John Gentile (RU), 4:34, 6-9
149: Curt Delia (RU) major dec. Nicholas Stager (HU), 10-1, 6-13
157: Tyler Grimaldi (HU) dec. Wayne Stinson (RU), 11-5, 9-13
165: Devon Gobbo (HU) dec. No. 19 Ramon Santiago (RU), 6-4, 12-13
174: Eric Morris (HU) dec. Connor Brennan (RU), 3-2, 15-13
184: Cameron Croy (HU) dec. Jim Resnick (RU), 6-4, 18-13
197: James Fox (HU) major dec. Jeff McElwee (RU), 10-1, 22-13
Hwt: David Ng (HU) def. Greg Velasco (RU), 3-1, 25-13