Thursday, October 6, 2022

2023 NCAA DI The Season: Rider

 *NOTE* - I want to make it clear what this is and what this is not.  What this is NOT is an overview of the entire team. What this is, is a who’s who preview of THIS season 2022-2023. Meaning that I am going to talk about the starters who I feel will have an impact THIS year. Those who will win big matches in duals. Those who will earn placings in major tournaments like CKLV, RENO, MIDLANDS, MATMEN INVITE, SOUTHERN SCUFFLE, CONFERENCES & NCAA’s.  In some cases a weight class will have multiple talented wrestlers. I will note that & I will also be making posts later on about the best wrestle-offs to look forward to this season.  Then after that is determined I will make post later into the season of who our best backups are in the nation.

This post will NOT include redshirts. Those who are redshirting this season will be included in a separate post entitled “22’-23’ Best Redshirts.” 

Looks to be a pretty good year for Rider wrestling as I can see as many as four Broncs bringing home MAC titles this season. 

133 lbs
Richie Koehler 

24-9 on the season, Richie Koehler was a match away from placing at the Southern Scuffle as he brought home an MAC championship.  He will once again be the forerunner to win a title this season. 

141 lbs
McKenzie Bell 

Here's another Bronc that will contend for a MAC title this season. 6th at the Mat Men Open last season, he garnered a 10-5 decision over Edinboro's Gabe Willochell. 

149 lbs
Quinn Kinner 

An MAC champion at 141 lbs last season, Quinn Kinner will now try to win another conference title at 149 lbs.  He was 19-8 on the year. 

157 lbs
Jake Silverstein

An NCAA qualifier in 2021, junior Jake Silverstein will look to qualify for the NCAA's this season. 

197 lbs
Ethan Laird 

Coming off of a redshirt, Ethan Laird returns for his final season of competition.  A couple of seasons at HWT, he has moved back down to the 197 lbs weight class.  A MAC champion in 2019, he has runner-up finishes from 2020 & 2021.  He will be a favorite to once again win an MAC title this season. I would also call him, among the warzone that is 197 lbs, an All American candidate. 

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