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BU wrestling puts six individuals in preseason national rankings
Four returning NCAA qualifiers anchor potent lineup for 2011-12
September 2, 2011Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y.—After sending a program-best six wrestlers to the NCAA Championship last March, Binghamton wrestling coach Pat Popolizio has reloaded once again. In the WrestlingReport.com Preseason Rankings, six Bearcats are in the top 33 of their weight class heading into the 2011-12 season.
Earning spots in the national rankings are junior Donnie Vinson (14th at 149 lbs.), senior Justin Lister (21st at 165), senior Matt Kaylor (23rd at 157), junior Cody Reed (25th at 197), junior Nate Schiedel (29th at 184) and redshirt freshman Tyler Beckwith (33rd at 174). No true freshmen were eligible in the rankings, meaning highly-touted BU heavyweight Nick Gwiazdowski will have to wait to move into the rankings, along with a few other talented newcomers.
“It’s good to know the national wrestling community is taking notice of our program,” Popolizio said. “We need to continue to build off these rankings, improving week to week, because our ultimate goal is to produce All-Americans and National Champions. This is a solid start to the beginning of our season.”
Vinson produced an exceptional sophomore season last winter, going 21-1 in duals. His biggest win was a 5-3 decision over two-time NCAA champion Kyle Dake of Cornell. Vinson went 26-6 overall and drew a No. 9 seed for the NCAAs before a pair of defeats abruptly ended his season.
Lister, an All-American two years ago, bumped up a weight class and responded by earning an NCAA bid in a tough weight class. He went 23-8 and posted a win at nationals before an ankle injury derailed his hopes for repeat top-4 honors.
Kaylor went 28-11 last winter, capturing a New York State title before winning the CAA crown at 157. He posted a team-high eight major decisions.
Reed came on strong toward the end of his redshirt freshman season and racked up 22 wins to earn CAA All-Rookie honors. Reed moved up to heavyweight to fill a void and at the CAA Championship and despite giving away pounds to his opponents, knocked off the No. 3 seed before a pair of two-point losses ended his run.
Schiedel won a team-high 32 matches to return to the NCAA Championship for a second straight year. He went 15-4 in duals, produced a team-best nine pins and won a state championship before receiving an at-large berth to nationals. There, a pair of narrow decisions ended his season.
Beckwith was redshirted last year with NCAA entry Ryan McGarity holding down the weight in his senior year. Beckwith enjoyed an unparalleled scholastic career that included 210 wins, two state titles and nine All-America honors. He is the only wrestler in history to capture an NHSCA national title in all four high school grade levels and was one of the country’s top recruits.
The Bearcats open their season with a home dual against CAA rival George Mason on November 12 in the West Gym.