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Countdown to CAA Championship: BU hosts big event Saturday
Bearcats and six other schools will vye for CAA wrestling crown, NCAA qualifiers
February 28, 2012Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton wrestling is gearing up to start its “second season” on Saturday. The Bearcats, who went 15-4 in duals and are currently No. 19 in the nation, will host the seven-team CAA Championship on Saturday at the Events Center.
At stake is the team conference title and 23 NCAA individual berths.
“We are very excited to be able to host the CAA’s,” sixth-year head coach Pat Popolizio said. “This is an opportunity for us to host some of the best wrestling in the country. There will be three ranked teams competing in our arena along with some of the best teams in the Northeast. Our goal is to win as many weight classes as we can and qualify as many guys to the NCAA Championship as possible. I’m looking forward to seeing our guys compete at the highest level at home in the Events Center. The postseason is a whole new season and there are a lot of guys that are on the bubble for qualifying ... so they need to put together a solid day of wrestling. They will be able to control their own destiny!”
On Saturday, the action begins on two mats at the Events Center with quarterfinals at 10 a.m. Consolation matches begin at 1 p.m. and the semifinals are slated to begin at 3 p.m. Consolations and finals will start at approximately 7 p.m.
Ticket prices are $22 for adults in advance, $25 at the door. College students and kids 17 and under are $15.
With two matches going in simultaneously, there will be live streaming of the one semifinal match that a Binghamton wrestler is competing in at each weight class and then all 10 championship bouts will be streamed. If no Binghamton wrestler is in a semifinal match, the stream will be of the highest-remaining wrestler in that weight class. Visit bubearcats.tv to purchase the stream for the four-plus hours of live action.