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Vinson No. 2 in AWN Preseason Rankings
Bearcats also positioned 22nd in WIN Preseason Tournament Power Index
September 25, 2012Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton wrestling is well represented in three national preseason polls. Headed by returning All-American Donnie Vinson, three Bearcats are among the national top-20 in their respective weight classes and BU is projected to finish among the country’s top-25 teams for the third time in four years.
Vinson placed third at the 2012 NCAA Championship - the highest national finish of any Binghamton wrestler during its Division I tenure - and went 40-5 in a brilliant junior season. He returns to anchor the lineup under first-year head coach Matt Dernlan and is No. 2 in the Amateur Wrestling News Preseason Rankings. Vinson is also positioned No. 3 in the WIN Magazine Preseason Rankings and No. 4 in the D1 College Wrestling Poll. He will bring 99 career wins into his final collegiate season while completing graduate course work in BU’s rigorous master’s program in student affairs administration.
Senior Nate Schiedel is ranked No. 11 (197 lbs.) in the D1CW Rankings, No. 11 (184 lbs.) in the AWN Poll and No. 12 (184 lbs.) in the WIN Magazine version. Schiedel, a three-time NCAA qualifier, went 30-10 last season and won a pair of matches at the NCAA Championship.
Junior Cody Reed is ranked No. 17 (197 lbs.) in the AWN Rankings, No. 18 (197 lbs.) in the WIN Magazine Poll and No. 19 (184 lbs.) in the D1CW Rankings.
In the WIN Magazine Tournament Power Index, BU is positioned at No. 22 with one projected All-American.
The WIN TPI is compiled by awarding points to each team for the ranked wrestlers they have in WIN’s current individual rankings. In a sense, it suggests how many points these teams could score at this year’s NCAA tournament, March 21-23, in Des Moines, Iowa. TPI points will not match the final NCAA tournament points because it does not include bonus points for pins, technical falls, major decisions and forfeits/defaults. WIN’s Tournament Power Index and Individual Rankings are subject to change once wrestlers officially decide at what weight they will wrestle in 2013.
Teams are awarded points based on how many potential All-Americans (Top 8 wrestlers) they could have and get advancement points for wrestlers ranked No. 9-20. The order of teams in the TPI vary greatly from dual meet rankings, which will come out at a later date.
The 2011-12 Bearcats achieved numerous “firsts” and record-setting accomplishments. The team went 15-4 to set a program record for win percentage (78.9%), earned the highest national rank in its Division I tenure (18th), finished as CAA runnerup by the slimmest of margins and then sent five wrestlers to the NCAA Championship, where they produced 18 wins, crowned two All-Americans and placed a program-best 14th as a team.
Vinson led the charge with a remarkable 7-1 showing. He was the only wrestler among 330 in St. Louis to win seven matches - the first time in six years that any wrestler won seven straight matches at the NCAA Championship and just the fourth time in the last 14 years, according to the NCAA.
Dernlan’s 2012-13 squad is scheduled to open its season at the Buffalo Invite on November 4. The complete schedule will be released in the coming weeks.