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