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No. 3 Vinson still alive after 13-1 win in consolations

Vinson, No. 7 Schiedel and Steeley advance to Friday at NCAA Championship

March 20, 2013

No. 3 Vinson still alive after 13-1 win in consolations

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DES MOINES, Iowa—Binghamton wrestling had mixed results on the opening day of the NCAA Championship with three of four entries staying alive but each in the consolation draw. The Bearcats went 4-5 on Thursday and saw their two top-10 wrestlers knocked out of the championship bracket in front of a capacity crowd at the Wells Fargo Arena (16,131). Binghamton is tied for 26th place in the team standings.

Senior 149-pound Donnie Vinson, seeded third, will need another remarkable run to repeat as an All-American after a heartbreaking first-round loss. Vinson opened his tournament with a 9-5 win in a pigtail match but couldn’t get his offense going against unseeded Kevin Tao of American, suffering a 3-2 overtime loss. He rallied with a 13-1 major decision in the first round of consolations Friday night but will now have to win three straight bouts on Friday to secure All-America honors (top-8) for the second straight year. Vinson can still finish as high as third, a feat he accomplished last year after winning seven straight matches in St. Louis.

Senior 197-pound Nate Schiedel, seeded No. 7, advanced to the second round with a dominating 10-1 major decision but then dropped a 9-5 decision to 10th-seeded Scott Schiller of Minnesota in his next match. Schiedel will face unseeded Nikolas Brown of Chattanooga in Friday morning’s consolation second round.

Unseeded senior 133-pound Derek Steeley won in his NCAA debut match - an 11-6 decision. Steeley then ran into a buzzsaw in fourth-seeded A.J. Scopp of Edinboro and was beaten with a first-period tech fall.

Junior 184-pound Cody Reed dropped a 4-0 decision to the No. 4 seed and then was eliminated with a 13-1 loss in the backdraw.

Friday’s action begins at 11 a.m. ET.

Championship Schedule (all times Eastern)

Session III - Friday, 11 a.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Session IV - Friday, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

Session V - Saturday, 11 a.m. (ESPNU)

Session VI - Saturday, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Day 1 Results

Pigtail Match (Thursday afternoon)
149 - #3 Donnie Vinson dec. Ian Paddock (Ohio State), 9-5

First Round Matches (Thursday afternoon)
133 - Derek Steeley dec. Sam Speno (NC State), 11-6
149 - Kevin Tao (American) dec. #3 Donnie Vinson, 3-2 (TB1)
184 - #6 Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa) dec. Cody Reed, 4-0
197 - #7 Nate Schiedel major dec. Conner Hartmann (Duke), 10-1

Second Round Matches (Thursday night)
133 -  #4 A.J. Schopp (Edinboro) tech fall Derek Steeley, 18-1, 2:42
197 -  #10 Scott Schiller (Minnesota) dec. #7 Nate Schiedel, 9-5

First Round Consolation Matches (Thursday night)
149 - #3 Donnie Vinson major dec. Tyler Bedelyon (Clarion), 13-1
184 - Ophir Bernstein (Brown) major dec. Cody Reed, 13-1

Friday Schedule

Second Round Consolation Matches (Friday morning)
133 - Derek Steeley vs. Geoffrey Alexander (Maryland)
149 - #3 Donnie Vinson vs. Dan Osterman (Michigan State)
197 - #7 Nate Schiedel vs. Nikolas Brown (Chattanooga)


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DES MOINES, Iowa—Binghamton’s four-man wrestling contingent went through its final workout Wednesday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Arena in preparation for the three-day NCAA Championship, which begins Thursday at noon (ET).

The Bearcats, whose travel plans were altered by the Binghamton snow on Tuesday, wound up flying out of Albany Wednesday morning and busing to Des Moines from Omaha in the afternoon. The squad joined many of the other competitors utilizing the eight mats at the Wells Fargo Arena for a workout on the eve of the championship.

Set to compete for Binghamton are senior 149-pound Donnie Vinson, senior 197-pound Nate Schiedel, junior 184-pound Cody Reed and senior 133-pound Derek Steeley.

Vinson will be one of the first wrestlers to compete on Thursday when he takes the mat at noon for his pigtail match. Seeded No. 3, Vinson was given the only preliminary bout in his weight class (leading into round of 32). Vinson (29-1), a four-time NCAA qualifier and reigning All-American, will open his tournament against unseeded Ian Paddock of Ohio State. Paddock (14-7), a redshirt junior and three-time NCAA qualifier, placed sixth at the Big Ten championship to earn his berth.

Vinson captured his second straight CAA title and also was named the championship’s Most Outstanding Wrestler for a second consecutive year. At the 2012 NCAA Championship, Vinson rebounded from an opening-match setback to rattle off seven straight wins and place third - the highest-ever finish by a Bearcat at the Division I tournament. Vinson is 8-1 against the NCAA field this year.

Schiedel was given the No. 7 seed and he will start his final NCAA Championship with a match against unseeded Conner Hartman of Duke. Hartman (20-9) is a freshman who placed third at the ACC Championship to qualify. Schiedel (26-2), a four-time NCAA qualifier, is coming off a runnerup showing at the CAA Championship. He is 5-1 against the NCAA field. Schiedel went 2-2 at the 2012 NCAA Championship down at 184 pounds.

Unseeded Reed (18-13) is making his second-straight NCAA appearance and he drew No. 6 Ryan Loder of Northern Iowa in the opening match. Loder (30-4) is a three-time NCAA qualifier who finished runnerup at the Mid-American Championship to qualify. Reed and Loder faced each other in late December at the Midlands Championship with Loder prevailing 3-0 en route to a fourth-place finish. Reed will look to duplicate his start from the 2012 Championship, when he upended the No. 4 seed from Maryland, 2-1, to advance. He wound up going 2-2 at 197 pounds.

In his first NCAA Championship appearance, unseeded Steeley drew unseeded Sam Speno of N.C. State in his first match. Speno (16-12), a freshman who placed fourth at the ACC Championship, will have the benefit of an intimate scouting report as his head coach is former Bearcat coach Pat Popolizio. Steeley (15-12) earned his automatic NCAA berth by finishing second at the CAA Championship. He is 3-4 against the NCAA field this season.

Two rounds will be contested on Thursday. After the opening afternoon session, Thursday’s championship second round and consolation first round will begin at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

All six sessions (two per day over three days) will be broadcast either over the web or live on television by the ESPN networks. Thursday’s action in Session I and Session II will be live on with four mats. The quarterfinals will also be available on ESPN3. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be broadcast live on ESPNU with side-by-side mat coverage, while the finals will be live on ESPN on Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m. ET.

At the 2012 NCAA Championship, five BU qualifiers won 18 matches and the resulting 14th-place team finish was the highest in program history. This year, the Bearcats are one of 72 schools with at least one NCAA entry and Binghamton is one of 43 teams with four or more qualifiers.

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