Cavaliers wrestling schedule announced: Broncs to host Penn State, Rutgers

Rider University’s wrestling team would like to forget a big part of the 2021-2022 season.

And the best way to forget last year is to look forward to the next.

Rider released its 2022-23 schedule on Monday, a slate that includes a visit from national champion Penn State and rival Rutgers.

Rider will host Penn State on Friday, Dec. 2 at the Cure Insurance Arena in Trenton. The Broncs will host Rutgers on Sunday, January 8 at the Lawrenceville campus.

The Broncs hit the road to take on Mercer County rival Princeton on Saturday, January 21.

The injury-riddled Broncs finished 4-10 — the first losing season in more than a decade — last year, but many wrestlers missed significant comeback time.

Richie Koehler (133 pounds) and Quinn Kinner (141) were both NCAA qualifiers last year, while former NCAA qualifiers Ethan Laird (197/285), Jake Silverstein (165) and McKenzie Bell (141 ) come out of the red shirt.

Rider will kick off the season at the Princeton Open, returning after a two-year hiatus, on Nov. 6. He will also appear at the Keystone Classic — which features top teams like Virginia Tech and is raced this year for the first time by the Pennsylvania Regional Training Center — at Penn on Nov. 20.

In addition to Penn State, another interesting non-conference trip is to Oklahoma on Sunday, February 5. Below is the 2022-2023 schedule.

  • Nov. 6 Princeton Open, 9 a.m.
  • Nov. 11 at Northern Illinois, 7 p.m.
  • Nov. 13 at Purdue, 12 p.m.
  • November 20 Keystone Classic, 10 a.m.
  • Dec. 2 Penn State (at Trenton), 7:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 1 Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tennessee, 10 a.m.
  • January 2 Southern Scuffle in Chattonooga, Tennessee, 10 a.m.
  • Jan. 8 Rutgers, 2 p.m.
  • Jan. 13 at Bloomsburg, 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 21 at Princeton, 6 p.m.
  • January 28 Bucknell, 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 5 at Oklahoma, 2 p.m.
  • Feb. 11 at Edinboro, 1 p.m.
  • February 12 at the Clarion, 12 p.m.
  • February 17 George Mason, 2 p.m.
  • Feb. 18 Cleveland State, 10 a.m.
  • February 18 Drexel, 2 p.m.
  • March 3 MAC Championships in Fairfax, Virginia, 10 a.m.
  • March 4 MAC Championships in Fairfax, Virginia, 10 a.m.
  • March 16 NCAA Championships in Tulsa, Okla., 12 p.m.
  • March 17 NCAA Championships in Tulsa, Okla., 12 p.m.
  • March 18 NCAA Championships in Tulsa, Okla., 12 p.m.

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Earnest L. Veasey