“We’re a small school, but we’re tough,” said Rider University senior Sean Foley. “We are known for our courage and mental toughness and not being marked easily and fighting for every position.”
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Foley began his wrestling career in college, and he would not only go on to wrestle in high school, but also set the benchmark for wins as the first wrestler to raise his hand more than 100 times in a season.
Could Foley have gone elsewhere to wrestle? It’s possible, but with Rider University’s reputation reflecting his personality and the potential of the coaching staff and wrestling team, Foley stayed at his home in New Jersey and settled in for a wild ride and fierce.
“[Rider University] is known for just being brave wrestlers,” Foley said. “We just had an All-American take No. 2 in the nation and he said it himself, he had great schools looking at him, but he was turned down and Rider took a chance on him. It was just nice to see that if you trust the process and stick with the program, you see results.
There was no better example than when Foley and the rest of the Broncs upset the Gable Steveson-led Minnesota Golden Gophers.
New Jersey undersized and counted underdogs. Sounds pretty much like a certain former UFC lightweight champion.
“I love Frankie Edgar,” Foley said. “He’s here in New Jersey; he’s a great local guy.