Return to the Lions’ Den: Hofstra Kicks Off ’09’-10 Season With Wrestle-Offs

Called into duty for the second time on the morning, Clymer was every bit as dominant (if not more so) against former Nazareth wrestler, Pat Murphy…Building up an 8-0 lead with a takedown and a pair of three-point nearfalls, the incumbent 184-pounder starter would be en emphatic cap on his day, pinning his redshirt freshman opponent with :45 remaining in the first period.

Picking up where his Gold teammate left off was three-time CAA Champion, Lou Ruggirello. Expected to redshirt in 2009/2010, the participation of the 2009 NCAA Round of 12 wrestler was more a treat to the fans than a move made with lineup implications…Competing against Banks (who after beating Vaith on behalf of the Gold team in the first match of the wrestle-off, had been traded to Blue), Ruggirello put forth a solid effort, compiling a pair of takedowns, an escape, and a three-point tilt, to go along with a significant amount of riding time to clinch the team competition (22-10 with one bout to go) for the Gold with an 8-0 major decision.

Franco’s aforementioned decision victory over Manley would close the show, as the Pride now turn their attentions towards getting prepared for their first test against intercollegiate competition, a dual on November 15th against the University of Buffalo at the friendly confines of the Mack Sports Complex.

The expected starters at 125 (Steve Bonanno), 157 (Jon Bonilla-Bowman), 174 (Ryan Patrovich), and heavyweight (Paul Snyder) did not compete today because of injury or a lack of an available opponent.

Gold-22; Blue-13
141- Tyler Banks (G) Dec Luke Vaith (B), 2-0
184- Ben Clymer (G) MD Jon Rothman (B), 13-0
133- Jamie Franco (B) Dec Jeff Rotella (G), 7-1
165- P.J. Gillespie (B) MD Ryan Colmer (G), 10-2
149- Justin Accordino (G) TF Justin Patus (B), 19-3 (4:05)
197- Anthony Tortora (B) Dec Lawrence Beckman (G), 4-1
184- Ben Clymer (G) pinned Pat Murphy (B) 2:15
133/141- Lou Ruggirello (G) MD Tyler Banks (B), 8-0
133/141- Jamie Franco (B) Dec Dan Manley (G), 4-0

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