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Wrestling in trouble on the mats and on the internet

By Scott Burgess (Special to the Chronicle)

This season has been one to forget for the Hofstra Men’s Wrestling team who currently hold a 0-9 record heading into this weekends tournament, Grapple at the Garden. Hofstra had a disappointing weekend against Lehigh University, the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. Head coach Rob Anspach was particularly upset with the Prides performance on Friday as it lost 34-7 to Lehigh. “I thought Friday night we were very flat,” said Anspach. “From start to finish we didn;t go down there and compete very hard. I will take the blame for the performance because we weren’t ready and they took it to us.” Things didn’t get any better for the team following a B-team match at Penn State. Russell Benner, a member of Hofstra wrestling’s B team, is under heavy scrutiny for his tweets prior to the teams match this past weekend. Benner is a Hofstra Junior in his first year after transferring from Appalachian State and a member of the Men’s B team.  His tweet went as follows: “After this tournament at Penn State, ill take a 5 hour drive home before I shower here. Not foolin me #mybootyhole #stayaway” Benner’s comments came only a week after Boston College Women’s Soccer player Stephanie McCaffrey was reprimanded for her rape comments after visiting Penn State. McCaffrey has been suspended from the team while Benner’s punishment has not been released to this point. The Varsity Men’s wrestling team is looking to turn things around this weekend at the “Grapple at the Garden” tournament.  The pride will face #4 University of Iowa at 10:30 Sunday morning and then face off later that afternoon against #6 Ohio State at 12:30. The team still have time to turn the season around. The CAA tournament is great for teams like Hofstra who come out to a slow start but have the potential to step up later on in the season. The Pride will look to the leadership of seniors Steve Bonanno and Paul Snyder as well as Junior Luke Vaith to anchor the team into the second half of the season and hopefully a post season run.

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