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Wrestling keeps climbing, up to No. 18 in nation

Bearcats (12-3) host American Friday night at West Gym

January 31, 2012

Wrestling keeps climbing, up to No. 18 in nation

NWCA/USA Today Poll

InterMat Rankings

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VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton wrestling (12-3) has moved up another notch in the national rankings, occupying the No. 18 spot in this week’s NWCA/USA Today poll. The Bearcats, who split two matches during the week, traded places with Northwestern, who dropped to 19th in the rankings. Binghamton lost to unbeaten No. 1 Oklahoma State and beat Bucknell in Stillwater on Sunday.

Individually, BU has four wrestlers in this week’s InterMat rankings. Junior 149-pound Donnie Vinson remains positioned at No. 4 in the country. Vinson, who lost a narrow 5-3 decision to the No. 2 wrestler from Oklahoma State, is 26-4 overall, 14-1 in duals. Senior 157-pound Justin Lister dropped to No. 10 after his 5-3 loss to the No. 9 wrestler from Oklahoma State. Lister is 21-3 overall, 13-1 in duals and is two wins away from reaching the 100-win plateau for his career. He is 98-34 in his collegiate career. Freshman heavyweight Nick Gwiazdowski (20-5) sits at No. 19 and junior 184-pound Nate Schiedel (23-6) is No. 20.

Binghamton hosts American at 7 p.m. Friday night at West Gym to begin a final stretch of four duals (three at home) to close out the regular season. The match against the Eagles, who finished fifth at the 2011 NCAA Championship and were ranked earlier in the season, has several intriguing story lines. American is where BU head coach Pat Popolizio earned his coaching stripes alongside Mark Cody, a Binghamton native who this season took over the reigns at Oklahoma. Now former Oklahoma State wrestler Teague Moore, a three-year teammate of Popolizio’s with the John Smith-coached Cowboys, takes over the reigns at American. Additionally, BU assistant coach Jasen Borshoff, a standout wrestler and scholar-athlete at American, is the older brother of current American assistant Kyle Borshoff as well as 133-pound starter Corey Borshoff.

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