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Vinson comes up one win short of national honors

No. 3 seed beaten 2-1 in waning seconds of match for All-America honors

March 23, 2013

Vinson comes up one win short of national honors

Session III Vinson Highlights

Photo Gallery from Friday

Final Brackets

Final Team Standings

Thursday Recap

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DES MOINES, Iowa—Binghamton senior 149-pound Donnie Vinson came up one win short in his bid for repeat All-America honors as the last of the Bearcats’ four-man contingent was eliminated in Friday evening’s session of the NCAA Championship at the Wells Fargo Arena.

Vinson, the No. 3 seed, suffered a pair of tough one-point losses and saw his record-breaking career come to a close.

Vinson was BU’s last remaining entry and advanced to the round of 12 with a resounding 12-0 major decision over 12th-seeded Eric Grajales of Michigan Friday afternoon. But needing a fourth straight win to gain All-America honors, Vinson surrendered a takedown with 15 seconds remaining and lost a heartbreaking 2-1 decision to seventh-ranked Scott Sakaguchi of Oregon State. After a scoreless first period, Vinson escaped in the second to push ahead 1-0. But in a battle between reigning All-Americans, Sakaguchi prevailed in the closing seconds to steal the win.

Vinson went 4-2 in the championship and finished his stellar four-year career with a school-record 132 wins (132-27). He completed his final collegiate season with a 33-3 record. Last season, he went 7-1 at the NCAA Championship to record the highest finish (3rd) of any BU wrestler at the Division I national tournament. He won 12 NCAA matches in his four years of participation.

Senior 197-pound Nate Schiedel had his final season come to a close in Friday’s first session. Schiedel, the No. 7 seed, began the day with a third-period pin over unseeded Nikolas Brown of Chattanooga. But he got caught in a headlock against unseeded Nathan Burak of Iowa in his second match and suffered a first-period fall. Schiedel went 2-2 in the championship and completed his elite collegiate career with a 119-32 record. A four-time NCAA qualifier, Schiedel moved into third place on BU’s career wins list, behind only Vinson and Josh Patterson (123).

Senior 133-pound Derek Steeley went 1-2 in his debut at the NCAA Championship. Steeley won his opening match on Thursday but dropped back-to-back matches, including a 13-5 major decision at the hands of unseeded Geoffrey Alexander of Maryland on Friday. Steeley began his tournament with an 11-6 win over Sam Speno of NC State on Thursday. An inspirational qualifier who wasn’t at 100 percent after a hamstring injury, Steeley won 16 matches in his third and final season at Binghamton.

Junior 184-pound Cody Reed pushed sixth-seeded Ryan Loder of Northern Iowa to late in the third period in his opening 4-0 loss but then was eliminated Thursday night with a major decision against unseeded Ophir Bernstein of Brown. Reed, who won 18 matches this season, will be the lone BU qualifier to return for the 2013-14 season. He will bring 65 career wins to the mat in November.

The Bearcats went 7-8 at the championship, accumulated 10 points and currently are placed 32nd in the final team standings.

Final 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, 13-3

Second Round Consolation Matches (Friday morning)
133 - Geoffrey Alexander (Maryland) major dec. Derek Steeley, 13-5
149 - #3 Donnie Vinson dec. Dan Osterman (Michigan State), 7-2
197 - #7 Nate Schiedel WBF Nikolas Brown (Chattanooga), 6:12

Third Round Consolation Matches (Friday morning)
149 - #3 Donnie Vinson major dec. #12 Eric Grajales (Michigan), 12-0
197 - Nathan Burak (Iowa) WBF #7 Nate Schiedel, 2:34

Fourth Round Consolation Match (Friday evening)
149 - #7 Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon State) dec. #3 Donnie Vinson, 2-1

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