MIKE TRUNCALE '85|
A native of Smithtown, NY, Mike Truncale wrestled at Binghamton from 1982-85. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1985.
One year after transferring to Binghamton from the University of Tennessee, Truncale was co-captain of the most successful team in school history when the 1983-84 Colonials placed third in the nation - in front of a partisan home crowd in the West Gym.
A 150-pound wrestler, Truncale was a three-time All-American, capped with national runner-up honors as a senior in 1985. In his final collegiate bout, televised nationally by ESPN, Truncale narrowly lost an overtime decision and placed second in the country.
One year earlier, he went undefeated in dual matches (10-0), was named Most Outstanding Wrestler after capturing a SUNYAC title, placed third at the NCAA Championship, and boasted an overall record of 21-2. His first All-America honors came in 1983 when less than two months after joining the team, Truncale was runner-up at the SUNYAC Championship, and placed seventh at nationals.
In three seasons, he was 18-3 in dual matches, and also earned all-state distinction with his fifth-place finish in 1985. Truncale was named Binghamton's "Athlete of the Year" in 1985.
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