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Vinson and Gwiazdowski All-Americans!

First time BU crowns two All-Americans in same year; BU in 16th place heading into Saturday

March 16, 2012

Vinson and Gwiazdowski All-Americans!


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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Binghamton wrestling won 10 of 14 matches on a remarkable Friday at the NCAA Championship, securing two All-Americans and climbing up the team standings. On Day 2 of the three-day event at the Scottrade Center, junior 149-pound Donnie Vinson and freshman heavyweight Nick Gwiazdowski won four matches apiece to earn All-America honors (top-8).

It’s the first time BU has crowned two All-Americans in the same year and the two bring BU’s wrestling total to four All-Americans in the last four years (Josh Patterson in 2009, Justin Lister in 2010). The morning session on Saturday begins at 11 a.m. ET and will be shown on ESPNU. Both Vinson and Gwiazdowski will take part in the prestigious “Parade of All-Americans” that precedes the 7:30 (ET) final session. They will enter in front of what will be another sellout 18,695 crowd at the arena.

As a team, BU has 31.5 points and sits in 16th place entering the final day. The Bearcats are only a half-point behind Stanford and one point behind Oklahoma in the standings. The program’s best national finish is a 21st-place showing in 2010.

Vinson (38-5), the No. 4 seed, looked ferocious in every single match, posting a technical fall, pin, major decision and major decision on Friday. He will finish anywhere from third to sixth when the action concludes on Saturday. He opens against sixth-seeded Tyler Nauman of Pitt with the winner wrestling for third place.

In the evening session on Friday, Vinson posted a 12-4 major decision over eighth-seeded Eric Grajales of Michigan to clinch All-America honors. he was explosive from the opening whistle, earning two takedowns, back points, riding time plus a reversal in the first period alone. Up 6-2 in the second, Vinson hit a reversal and then another takedown in the closing minute to pull away.

In his next bout - a rematch with Nick Lester of Oklahoma, the wrestler who upset him in the opening round - Vinson was utterly dominant. He scored a takedown and three backs to jump ahead 7-3 halfway through the first and added another takedown and two backs with 41 seconds left to build an 11-4 cushion (plus riding) after the first period. A reversal in the second and takedown in the third gave him the major decision and redemption.

Gwiazdowski (30-8), one of just two “true” freshmen in the heavyweight draw, also won four matches on Friday to secure All-America honors. He becomes the school’s first freshman Division I All-American and first freshman All-American in any sport since track standout Monique Hacker won a Division III triple jump crown in 1996.

Needing a win over sixth-seeded Cameron Wade, of team kingpin and heavy crowd favorite Penn State, Gwiazdowski showed he’s a “gamer” with a 7-4 decision. Down 2-0 early, he scored a takedown to deadlock the score after one. An escape and shot in on the legs gave him a 5-2 lead after two. After a Wade takedown trimmed the margin to 5-4, Gwiazdowski shot again, secured the decisive takedown with 1:25 left and hung on for the 7-4 win.

Gwiazdowski, 5-2 thus far in his first NCAA Championship, then looked equally impressive in his final match, attacking throughout in a 5-3 loss to athletic 10th-seeded Michael McMullen of Northwestern. He hit a reversal with 35 seconds left to tie it at 3-3 but the ensuing escape and riding time gave McMullen the win. Gwiazdowski will now face seventh-seeded Jeremy Johnson of Ohio for seventh place on Saturday morning. 

In Friday’s morning session, all five Binghamton wrestlers won matches before fourth-seeded 149-pounder Donnie Vinson and unseeded heavyweight Nick Gwiazdowski kept their All-America hopes alive with additional wins at the NCAA Championship at the Scottrade Center. The remaining three BU wrestlers were eliminated in the third round of the consolations.

Vinson continued his torrid run through the wrestlebacks with a technical fall and pin in the first session.

Vinson followed his pin on Thursday with a 16-1 technical fall Friday morning over Harvard’s Corey Jantzen. Vinson scored his first points 36 seconds into the match, earned three quick back points and more than two minutes of riding in the first period alone. Another takedown and back points in the second made it 10-0 and Vinson nearly ended the match there with a near-pin. With Jantzen forcing the issue in the closing seconds, Vinson worked a five-point move to collect the tech fall.

Then against Eric Terrazas of Illinois, Vinson got a quick takedown and back points before ending the match with 0:28 left in the first. He will face eighth-seeded Eric Grajales of Michigan Friday night with the winner assured of top-8 honors (All-America). Vinson is 36-5 this season with nine pins.

Gwiazdowski was commanding against unseeded Peter Capone of Ohio State in his first match of the day. He recorded a takedown and three back points in the first period, nearly earning the pin. In the second, he put Capone to his back again and ended the match at 3:49.

He then used a pair of first-period takedowns to jump ahead of Brandon Williamson of West Virginia, 4-1 after one. Gwiazdowski built riding time in the first and second periods and added a takedown and three near-fall points near the end to score a 10-2 major decision. He will advance to face sixth-seeded Cameron Wade of Penn State Friday night. Like Vinson, a win would give Gwiazdowski guaranteed top-8 standing and All-America honors.

Senior 157-pound Justin Lister’s stellar career came to an end in the third consolation round. Lister trailed for much of the match but was within two, 6-4, in the third period before a scramble and quick pin call shut him down against unseeded Joshua Kreimier of Air Force. Lister concluded his career as a three-time NCAA qualifier, 2010 All-American (4th) and will graduate with a 105-38 overall record (28-7 this year).

In his first match of the day, Lister sand Oklahoma’s Matt Lester battled through a wild first period with each wrestler scoring a pair of takedowns. Lister hit for a takedown with 19 seconds left to carry a 7-6 lead into the second. There, he rode Lester for the period to earn the riding time. In the third, after a penalty point had tied it at 7-7, Lister shot for the decisive takedown with 1:12 left and stayed on top for the final hard-fought 10-7 decision.

Junior 184-pound Nate Schiedel and sophomore 197-pound Cody Reed suffered close decisions to end their tournament runs. Schiedel (30-10) fell behind 12th-seeded Jonathan Fausey of Virginia in the second period and couldn’t get off bottom for much of the match. A thirfd-period escape and stall point weren’t enough in a 5-3 loss. 

In his first match of the day, Schiedel used a takedown and reversal in the first period to forge a lead over Ryan Garringer of Ohio. Up 6-4 after one, Schiedel escaped in the second and rode hard on top in the third to secure the riding time and an 8-4 decision.

Reed (25-18) continued his great run in his first NCAA appearance with a 4-2 sudden victory decision over Derek Stanley of Army in his opening match on Friday. Down 1-0 in the third, Reed got a reversal but gave up an escape. After a single-leg slipped out of his grasp at the end of regulation, Reed shot in on both legs and ended the bout with 36 seconds left in the first extra period.

Against 12th-seeded Joe Kennedy of Lehigh, Reed surrendered two takedowns and couldn’t generate enough offense in the 6-1 loss.

The Bearcats won their first five matches on Friday before dropping three of five in the third round of wrestlebacks.The team’s 20.0 points were good for a share of 17th place in the standings.

Second Round Consolation Results (Friday)
149 - #4 Donnie Vinson (BU) tech fall Corey Jantzen (Harvard), 16-1
157 - #9 Justin Lister (BU) dec. Matt Lester (Oklahoma), 10-7
184 – Nate Schiedel (BU) dec. Ryan Garringer (Ohio), 8-4
197 – Cody Reed (BU) dec. Derek Stanley (Army), 4-2 sv1
Hwt – Nick Gwiazdowski (BU) pinned Peter Capone (Ohio State), 3:49

Third Round Consolation Results (Friday)
149 - #4 Donnie Vinson (BU) pinned Eric Tarrazas (Illinois), 2:32
157 - Joshua Kreimier (Air Force) pinned #9 Justin Lister (BU), 5:33
184 – #12 Jonathan Fausey (Virginia) dec. Nate Schiedel (BU), 5-3
197 – #12 Joe Kennedy (Lehigh) dec. Cody Reed (BU), 6-1
Hwt – Nick Gwiazdowski (BU) major dec. Brandon Williamson (West Virginia), 10-2

Fourth Round Consolation Results (Friday) (All-America round)
149 - #4 Donnie Vinson (BU) major dec. #8 Eric Grajales (Michigan), 12-4
Hwt – Nick Gwiazdowski (BU) dec. #6 Cameron Wade (Penn State), 7-4

Fifth Round Consolation Results (Friday)
149 - #4 Donnie Vinson (BU) major dec. Nick Lester (Oklahoma), 16-5
Hwt – #10 Michael McMullan (Northwestern) dec. Nick Gwiazdowski (BU), 5-3

First-round matches (Thursday)
149 – Nick Lester (Oklahoma)  dec. #4 Donnie Vinson (BU), 9-4
157 - #9 Justin Lister (BU) dec. Aaron Sulzer (Eastern Michigan), 7-3
184 – Nate Schiedel (BU) dec. Brad Dieckhhaus (Northern Illinois), 8-4
197 – Cody Reed (BU) dec. #4 Christian Boley (Maryland), 2-1
Hwt – #2 Anthony Nelson (Minnesota) major dec. Nick Gwiazdowski (BU), 8-0

Second Round Results (Thursday)
157 - #8 Frank Hickman (Bloomsburg) dec. #9 Justin Lister (BU), 7-4
184 - #4 Steve Bosak (Cornell) major dec. Nate Schiedel (BU), 10-0
197 - James Nakashima (Nebraska) dec. Cody Reed (BU), 7-5

Pigtail Consolation Results (Thursday)
Hwt - Nick Gwiazdowski (BU) dec. Ernest James (Edinboro), 8-5

First Round Consolation Results (Thursday)
149 - #4 Donnie Vinson (BU) pinned Dan Osterman (Michigan State), 2:55
Hwt – Nick Gwiazdowski (BU) dec. Kyle Frey (Drexel), 8-2

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