Today, Army West Point announced that they have hired 2021 NCAA runner-up Jesse Dellavecchia as their volunteer assistant. Dellavecchia comes to West Point after putting together an excellent career at Rider University, which saw him go 67-10 in a Broncs singlet with a few MAC titles to his name. After winning its second MAC championship in 2021, Dellavecchia was undefeated and got the fourth seed at the NCAA championship. In the semifinals, Dellavecchia pulled one of the stunners all weekend as he pinned undefeated, top-seeded Ryan Deakin (Northwestern). This win made him Rider’s first ever NCAA finalist. Dellavecchia would later fall to David Carr (Iowa State) 4-0 in the championship.
Jesse was also the fourth seed in 2020 for the NCAA Tournament. After finishing second at the Southern Scuffle (to Hidlay Hidlay – NC State), Dellavecchia drew 13 wins straight out, a span that includes the MAC tournament. Dellavecchia was a three-hour NCAA qualifier for Rider.
Although Dellavecchia’s best days came on Rider, he started his collegiate career wrestling for Binghamton and went 15-9 as a true freshman. Two weeks ago, our own Courtney Woods released one function on Jesse where he was at the forefront of mental health challenges and how he learned to deal with his time at Rider.
The Army’s West Point job will bring Dellavecchia back to his home state of New York. He is a native of Long Island and a graduate of East Islip High School in the Great River.