Columbia (6-4) won seven matches, including the final four to close out the day with 22 unanswered points. Shane Hughes and Nick Mills recorded pins and Stephen West had a major decision as the Lions snapped Rider’s three-match winning streak.
Rider (9-8) jumped out to a 3-0 lead when Chuck Zeisloft defeated Robert Dyar (14-15), 8-4 , in the opening match at 125 pounds. Kyle Gilchrist (22-11) edged Jimmy Morris, 3-2, at 133 to knot the score at 3-3. But the Broncs retook the lead following the 141 bout when Jimmy Kirchner defeated Ryan Ponte (9-6) by major decision, 9-0.
The Lions responded with back-to-back wins at 149 and 157. Steve Santos (17-6) shutout Conor Brennan 4-0 and Jake O’Hara (24-10) took a 4-3 win over Ramon Santiago, giving Columbia a 9-7 advantage.
After Rider briefly took a 10-9 lead when James Brundage defeated Columbia’s Eren Civan (7-8) by a score of 7-2 at 165, the Lions roared back as some of its bigger wrestlers came up with big points in their victories.
At 174, Stephen West (26-10) won by major decision over Brandon Lintner, 11-1, to put Columbia back in the lead, 13-10.
Hughes (18-9) followed with a pin of Clint Morrison in 4:59 at 184 and Mills (10-12) notched a pin against Donald McNeal in 4:04 at 197 to seal the victory for Columbia. Kevin Lester (25-9) won by forfeit at 285.
Columbia returns to University Gymnasium on Feb. 18 to host Brown at 1 p.m. and Harvard at 3 p.m. The Lions will close out their dual schedule on Feb. 19 when they host Hofstra at 1 p.m.
Columbia 31, Rider 10
125: Chuck Zeisloft (RU) dec. Robert Dyar (C), 8-4 - Rider ahead 3-0
133: Kyle Gilchrist (C) dec. Jimmy Morris (RU), 3-2 - Tied 3-3
141: Jimmy Kirchner (RU) maj. dec. Ryan Ponte (C), 9-0 - Rider ahead 7-3
149: Steve Santos (C) dec. Conor Brennan (RU), 4-0 - Rider ahead 7-6
157: Jake O’Hara (C) dec. Ramon Santiago (RU), 4-3 – Columbia ahead 9-7
165: James Brundage (RU) dec. Eren Civan (C), 7-2 - Rider ahead 10-9
174: Stephen West (C) maj. dec. Brandon Lintner (RU), 11-1 - Columbia ahead 13-10
184: Shane Hughes (C) wbf. Clint Morrison (RU), 4:59 – Columbia ahead 19-10
197: Nick Mills (C) wbf. Donald McNeal (RU), 4:04 – Columbia ahead 25-10
285: Kevin Lester (C) won by forfeit, Columbia wins 31-10