DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – The Columbia wrestling team suffered a pair of setbacks during the first day of action at the South Beach Duals, today in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

The Lions opened the day with a 37-7 loss to No. 18 Rider, before a 25-12 defeat from Kent State.

The 18th ranked Broncs entered the weekend at 2-1 with wins over Iowa State and Penn. Rider was able to post wins in the first four matches of the dual, jumping out to a 22-0 lead over the Lions.

At 157, Columbia was able to break through during Markus Scheidel’s first match of the season. The senior was paired with fellow three-time NCAA Qualifier BJ Clagon, who took down Scheidel in the first period to take a 2-1 lead after the Scheidel escape. Columbia’s 157-pounder grabbed a takedown later in the period, then started the second on bottom to grab another escape point and take a 4-2 lead. One more takedown and a riding time point helped Scheidel earn his first win of the year, 7-3.

Rider would continue to rack up points, earning a pin at 165, before Tyrel White and Andrew Psomas were edged at 174 and 184. After the third straight decision by the Broncs at 197, Garrett Ryan came through with a major decision win at heavyweight to make it a 37-7 final.

Rider’s Ryan Cloud picked up a quick takedown of the Columbia senior to take a 2-0 lead, but it was all Ryan from there. Ryan quickly escaped and took down Cloud, getting riding time in his favor before Cloud escaped and Ryan picked up another first period takedown, ending the frame with a 5-3 advantage. Ryan then grabbed a second period takedown and a pair of nearfall points, helping him earn the 14-4 victory.

The Lions then faced off with the Golden Flashes in the second match of the day, as Kent State entered Friday with a 6-3 dual record. Columbia would get wins in three of the bouts, before Kent State won the match, 25-12.

A forfeit in the first match gave the Lions a 6-0 lead, before three consecutive victories put the Golden Flashes in front, 12-6. In his second bout of the day, Scheidel picked up a pair of first round takedowns, en route to a 7-4 defeat of another former NCAA Qualifier in Casey Sparkman, trimming the Kent State lead to three.

The lead would grow from there, as Kent State earned a trio of victories by a combined four points at 165, 174, and 184. After a major decision in the 197-pound bout for the Golden Flashes, Ryan again finished the match out right for the Lions, posting an 11-7 win over Devin Nye in the heavyweight bout.

Columbia will be back in action tomorrow, with an 11 a.m. dual against No. 16 Minnesota, before battling North Dakota State in the final match of the outing.

Rider 37, Columbia 7
125 – JR Wert TF Hunter Dusold, 18-0 (Rider, 5-0)
133 – Anthony Cefolo Fall (2:53) Chris Scorese (Rider, 11-0)
141 – Tyson Dippery TF JP Ascolese, 16-0 (Rider, 16-0)
149 – Gary Denmore wins via forfeit (Rider, 22-0)
157 – Markus Scheidel Dec. BJ Clagon, 7-3 (Rider, 22-3)
165 – Chad Walsh Fall (6:07) Laurence Kosoy (Rider, 28-3)
174 – Dean Sherry Dec. Tyrel White, 3-2 (Rider, 31-3)
184 – Mike Fagg-Daves Dec. Andrew Psomas, 7-4 (Rider, 34-3)
197 – Ethan Laird Dec. Michael Bulkin, 7-1 (Rider, 37-3)
HWT – Garrett Ryan Maj. Dec. Ryan Cloud, 14-4 (Rider Wins, 37-7)

Kent State 25, Columbia 12
125 – Hunter Dusold wins via forfeit (Columbia, 6-0)
133 – Anthony Tutolo Dec. Chris Scorese, 8-7 (Columbia, 6-3
141 – Tim Rooney Dec. JP Ascolese, 6-3 (Tied, 6-6)
149 – Nicholas Monico wins via forfeit (Kent State, 12-6)
157 – Markus Scheidel Dec. Casey Sparkman, 7-4 (Kent State, 12-9)
165 – Isacc Bast Dec. Laurence Kosoy, 8-7 (Kent State, 15-9)
174 – Dylan Barreiro Dec. Tyrel White, 6-4 (Kent State, 18-9)
184 – Colin McCracken Dec. Andrew Psomas (Kent State, 21-9)
197 – Kyle Conel Maj. Dec. Michael Bulkin, 18-7 (Kent State, 25-9)
HWT – Garrett Ryan Dec. Devin Nye, 11-7 (Kent State, 25-12)