Jason Goldman '98
Goldman earned All-America honors in each of his two years at Binghamton, becoming just the fourth wrestler in program history to twice place among the top-4 in the nation.
In his first season as a Colonial in 1995-96, Goldman went 14-1 in dual matches at 118 pounds, accumulating a school-record 67 team points. He captured two invitationals and was runnerup at the New York State Championship during a dominant 31-5 season that also included team MVP honors. He then placed second at the Empire Collegiate Championship to earn a berth to the NCAA Championship.
At the national tournament at Cortland, eighth-seeded Goldman shook off a first-round overtime loss to win six consecutive matches and claim third place. During those six wins, four of which came against reigning All-Americans, Goldman outscored opponents 44-6, collecting two pins, two major decisions and a match termination. It was the highest NCAA place of any BU wrestler in 12 years and helped the Colonials to a 17th place national team finish.
As a senior in 1996-97, Goldman bumped up to 126 pounds and went 30-7 overall, 9-0 in dual matches. He became the ninth wrestler in program history to produce a perfect dual campaign and his two-year record of 23-1 in duals (96%) is the highest career win percentage in the program's first 42 years.
Goldman then captured a title at the Empire Conference Championship to punch his return ticket to the NCAAs. At Ohio Northern, he took the fifth seed and improved upon that to place fourth and collect his second All-America honor. After winning his opening match, a second-round upset sent Goldman into the consolation bracket, where he rattled off four straight wins. Among the victories was a major decision over the fourth seed and another decision over the No. 6 seed.
At two NCAA Championships, Goldman compiled an 11-3 record, outscoring opponents 81-25.
He was a repeat team MVP and later in the spring, earned Binghamton Athlete of the Year honors for the second straight year. Goldman then served as assistant coach and team academic mentor in 1997-98.
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